March 2nd: Go on Vacation

Holy moly! It’s been a crazy beginning to the year. As I say many times over the course of the year I’m working on playing catch up with my 365 things. But this week is time to slow everything down, enjoy and cross some things off the list that are incredible and amazing experiences.

Go on Vacation should be an easy one to check off but I very rarely have the opportunity. But oh my, I’m headed to Maui today! Yes, Maui!

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Here’s a little glimpse of the Rocky Mountains as I fly over them to head over! I can’t wait to check off some many other amazing things over the next week as I experience them in Maui!

 

January 20th-26th: Catching Up

As happens most years after the initial romanticism of the new year starts to wear off it gets harder and harder to maintain things on a daily basis. Today I am going to try and catch up on things I’ve been doing and make a plan for trying to be more successful the rest of the year.

January 20th: Potty Train Bella

Of course, this has been an ongoing challenge and will probably continue to be a challenge for a while but she is pretty close to being completely potty trained.

We have had no accidents in the house at night, she tells me when she has to go outside for the most part and she never goes in her crate.

January 21st: Go to an Arcade

Well, this was a fun one. Especially because here in Denver (as I’m sure in other cities) we have a bar/arcade for adults! Giant PacMan, Skee-Ball… the list could go on for quite a while.

January 22nd: Take Dogs to Dog Park Regularly

This day began what I hope can be a year long endeavor. I was not sure how Bella would do at the park but it was a pretty fantastic experience.

She played very well with the other dogs and ran around for a while hour, which tired her out, so bonus.

The best part was Mia really got into it too. Mia is ten. I used to take her to the park all the time. In the last three years when we would go she would just stand there and not play. Strangely today she played like crazy! It was great to see some youth still in her.

We got home and they were the best they have been with each other since I brought Bella home. They even sat with each other waiting for treats.

I look forward to taking them to the park lots this year. Hopefully, Bella will keep Mia young! ❤️🐶

January 23rd: Have a Star Wars Marathon

Now that episode 9 is out, which of course I’ve already seen (because I’m a huge Star Wars fan), I feel it’s a good time to revisit all the movies. I started on the 23rd with Episode I and will continue to watch them all over the course of the next month.

January 24th: Research Land for Sale in Western Colorado

Wow! This is not what expected. There is so much beautiful land out there and it is not that expensive.

I found this site: BillyLand.com.

I am in no financial situation at this time to buy land but it is something I think of often. I love living in a city but I think later in life I would like to live out in the open. Hopefully in the next ten years I could put some money together and purchase some land and build my own little home.

It is definitely a long term dream but after doing this little bit of research, I feel a little more confident that it could be a possibility one day.

January 25th: Sleep in Bed Every Night for a Month

I love adding new monthly challenges! Of course they are always hard to maintain but give me something to focus on daily.

I have been shooting apple cider in the am and I have not had a soda since the 19th.

Now I add this. I too often watch tv late at night and end up falling asleep on the couch. The next month will be about consciously making an effort to sleep in my bed every night.

January 26th: Do a Kind Deed

This one almost feels like cheating because I would have done it regardless if it was an item on my list but maybe that is better than simply doing it because I feel I have to.

My friend got stuck at work today for an extra 8 hours so I went and walked his dog for him.

January 17th: Try a New Resturant

So there’s been this little hole in the wall on Colfax in Denver for a long time, called Bourbon Grill. Back when I moved out here 8 years ago many of my friends frequented it. Everyone always raved about it.

They recently moved into a little bigger of place down the street. So I decided to check it out.

It was good. Definitely a great value. I would not rave about it but it might have changed a bit when they moved too.

January 12th: Try a New Whiskey

I drink Jameson. I love my whiskey and very rarely stray from it. So I challenged myself today to drink something new.

So, I’m watching football at my favorite watering hole and was talking about my list with my friend Jason. He asked what I was doing today. I hadn’t really thought about it yet.

Most days, I wake up and scroll through the list to determine what is appropriate for the day and what I can get done. Being Sunday I typically am a little lazier than other days since it’s technically my Saturday afternoon.

So scrolling through the list I came upon “try a new whiskey” and Jason offered to buy!

There’s not a huge selection where we were but still a few I had never had before.

We chose this local Colorado one:

Jason tried one too.

It is not necessarily something I would drink on a regular basis but a nice change up for the day. A little more but than I’m used to with Jameson but a nice sweet finish.

January 11th: Go to a Rodeo

Living in Denver is a strange thing. We are definitely a “cow town” yet exceedingly over the last 6 years we have quickly developed into a large city.

That being said, I have lived here for 8 years and experienced both.

But tonight! Tonight was a different experience. I felt transplanted to the life of a cowgirl.

The National Stock Show is in town and tonight kicked off with Colorado vs the World Rodeo.

It was a good time. Bull riding, horse bucking, barrel racing… you name it, they had it.

I am not sure I would go to another rodeo because it was not necessarily really my thing, but it was definitely a great, fun experience.

Plus, I got to see alpacas after in the corrals.

2019

I’ve been doing this for 3 years now and never completed a full year. Even when I don’t complete a year it feels good to check things off a list that I probably never would have never done had I not forced myself to do them.

Hindsight is 20/20…

Going to complete this year’s list!! Do one with me. Just think of 365 things you want to do this year and make the best of it! Even if you just do 30 of them, it’s more than you would have done without the list.

January 20th: Be Lazy

This is my favorite! 😂🤗😂 Doesn’t that new couch in my living room look so inviting… and oh how it was.

I did absolutely nothing today and it was glorious. I have to admit in my mind I feel useless and so very unproductive, when I really have a million things to do. But I just did not feel like it today and sometimes it is just as important to make yourself be lazy as it is to make yourself productive. So that was today. I did nothing and that is a thing. 😉

January 6th: Say No

This might sound like a simple thing but when I added it to the list I meant for it to be a way of taking a stand.

In the instance of what I did today- I was asked to work a shift for someone. I always say yes, probably because I am a workaholic. But also because most of the time I will put other people’s time above mine. But today I said NO!

I plan to take a stand and say no more often when I want to, even if I have a sense of guilt about it.

January 3rd: Apply for a Game Show

What is the nerdiest thing I could do this year, Alex?

So it is the nerdiest thing but what can I say?, I am a nerd.

I record Jeopardy! daily and watch it whenever I have a chance. I have always wanted to be on the show. So today I looked up what is required.

They only do the test to qualify every so often so basically I just registered to be informed when the test is happening.

So now I am registered and will take the test the next time it comes up.

For now, I took the practice test and got 20 of 30 right… I don’t know what the pass/fail percentage required to qualify is, but for now, I will just keep practicing… maybe I will get on one day.

Here is the site to register and find the practice test- Jeopardy!