January 27th: Have a Conversation with a Stranger

You would think being a bartender I have a knack for small talk and random conversation with strangers. When I am working that is definitely the case. But when I am not working I often have trouble making small talk. Maybe I am so exhausted from the day in/day out of doing for work that I don’t want to force it in other situations.

The dog park, however, often makes it easy. So today at the park I struck up a conversation with a stranger.

It was actually pretty great. He has a puppy the same age as Bella (my new pup) and an older dog around Mia’s age (my older pup).

I have been having some challenges with them getting along 100% of the time and so does he. So we shared experiences, what has been working and was hasn’t. It was nice and random.

If anyone else out there has advice on helping a new puppy and an older dog get along I would love the input! And a new random conversation with a stranger will be welcomed as well.

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 19th: No Soda for a Month

Here we go. I’ve been eating breakfast regularly, drinking apple cider vinegar every morning, taking vitamins! I lasted the week long that I challenged myself to for those challenges and even still continuing them the best I can. But now I am adding another- no soda for a month (I will still drink soda water) but no sugary colas.

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 14th: Try a Traditional Bahn Mi Sandwich

I returned to what might be my new favorite spot today, Vinh Xuong Bakery. I might slightly be in love with Vietnamese coffee. Which is crazy because I have never really been a coffee drinker.

Today in addition to the coffee I tried a Bahn Mi Sandwich. There were lots of choices, as you can see on this menu board:

I did not expect that. I thought it was one specific type. But I decided to go with the combination, which seemed like the most traditional one. And man, I was not disappointed.

This thing was huge! They offered chili oil and jalapeños with it, which, of course I took.

And the iced coffee went really well with it. Not disappointed at all!

This year is really shaping up. I’m loving the new adventures, new foods and attempts to venture out from my norm. Hope I can keep it up.

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.

January 10th: Try Vietnamese Coffee

Sometimes it is funny how things happen. Over a year ago I was updating my list of 365 things and was having a hard time thinking of new things. A good friend of mine, who is a fantastic chef in Denver, was sitting with me and recommended some new foods/drinks to try. One of her recommendations was try Vietnamese coffee and a traditional Bahn Mi Sandwich.

Yesterday I was out driving doe Postmates and I got a delivery for both items from a little place near my house called Vinh Xuong Bakery in Zepplin Station, which is a really cool shared market/workspace.

So today I revisited the place to get a Vietnamese coffee.

I am not a huge coffee drinker. But wow!

This coffee is delicious. It is very sweet. Very much like a treat. I might be addicted.

Next week I am going back to try a Bahn Mi Sandwich!