Dolce Does….the Project Zero Update

In September of 2010, I discovered the Project Zero Update.  The challenge was to determine 101 things to accomplish in 1001 days.  The original dates of the challenge were from October 5, 2010 until July 2, 2013.

During that timeframe I ended up moving cross country to Washington, D.C….and back.  And got engaged.  A lot can happen within 1,001 days!  Needless to say, I never did accomplish all 101 goals, but I’ve turned this into my bucket list, so to speak.  Goals to accomplish over time, not necessarily within a set time limit.

As the calendars change to 2015, and I reflect back in 2014 and all that I accomplished, I thought it was a good time to dig this list up from an old blog of mine.

I’ve updated everything completed up until this point — January 8, 2015.  My goal for the year is to blog a lot more, and one way to achieve that is to post as I cross each item off my bucket list!

30/101 (long way to go!)
1. Buy a passport Sept 2013
2. Run a 5k  ran a 10k Oct 30, 2011, 5k July 2013 and July 2014
3. Go to a running shoe store and buy GOOD running shoes
4. Complete a Tone It Up Challenge
5. Lose all college weight
6. Learn how to box
7. Complete a sprint triathlon
8. Swim in the ocean every summer
9. Learn Spanish
10. Relearn French
11. Relearn Italian
12. Go to Europe (France, Italy, Spain, England, and/or Greece) Austria, Czech Republic – Nov 2014
13. Go to La Brea Tar Pits
14. Pamper myself regularly – massages and facials, manis and pedis
15. Live within my budget for 3 months
16. Get out of debt paid off old credit cards
17. Start a significant savings account
18. Take the Single Subject CSET (Social Studies) January 2015
19. Take the Foreign Service Officer exam
20. Start courses for a certificate in MEP started first class 10/18/12!
21. Buy a new car bought new car 8/29/12!
22. Trade up heart necklace
23. Learn the US Presidents in order
24. Be on time/early everywhere every day for a month  was on time first few months in DC
25. Get over 8 hours of sleep every work night for a month
26. Organize my house/office
27. Blog!
28. Hike at least once a week for a summer
29. Keep my house neat and organized for a month
30. Don’t eat out for a month – at all
31. Cut out processed foods for a month
32. Get a bikini wax
33. Go for a spa day with girlfriends
34. Go to an away Charger game
35. Go to the dentist every 6 months
36. Wash my face every night for a month
37. Finish reading Pride and Prejudice
38. Learn about wine
39. Play a whole 18 holes of golf
40. Play in a tennis tournament
41. Watch 26 classic movies each starting with a different letter of the alphabet
42. Watch 101 new movies
43. Learn about cars
44. Complete one entire fitbook (12 weeks of exercise/diet goals and recording them)
45. Save $10 for every task I complete
46. Donate $10 to charity for every task I don’t complete
47. Get my palm read
48. Play the lottery $2 a week every week for a year
49. Take a photography class
50. Volunteer with a charity or foundation
51. Join a new organization/association to meet new people  joined WCSA
52. Write a book
53. Go to the getty

54. Join a wine club Miramonte in Temecula and Alpha Omega in Napa
55. Join a church joined St Peter’s in DC
56. Attend an Xtend Barre class
57. Take scrapbooking classes
58. Learn about another religion
59. Join a book club January 2014
60. Visit Portland  visited 9/29
61. Donate to a different charity every year
62. See the Mona Lisa in the Louvre
63. Go to Washington, D.C.
64. Visit my family in NY 
65. Go on a cruise to the bahamas
66. Keep an updated address book
67. Send thank you notes on time for Christmas and/or a birthday
68. Get involved in my sorority alumni club
69. Get a Disneyland passport
70. Get some stamps on my passport  Antigua, Milan, Paris, Thailand
71. Complete Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred
72. Run a 1/2 Marathon Disney Avengers, November 2014!
73. Become a certified Pilates Mat instructor
74. Celebrate my Golden Birthday in a to be determined special way 🙂 In NYC & a weekend in DC
75. Read the Bible
76. Move out Moved to DC, then back to SD w/ Dom
77. Learn about the following cultures/countries and have a themed dinner:      Japan, Australia, Italy, Polynesia, Russia, Romania, Canada, Morocco, Brazil, India, Israel
78. Wear nothing black for a week
79. Make a souffle
80. Host a Holiday party
81. Buy a Magic 8 Ball and base all my decisions on it for a whole day
82. Buy a good camera Christmas/Wedding gift 2013
83. Document a day of my life in pictures
84. Find 10 books that inspire me
85. Take a cooking class
86. See Wicked July 2011 in DC!
87. Take a cruise to Mexico
88. Find a personally inspirational quote and work it into a piece of art or home decor 
89. Find 4 things outside that spell out “L-O-V-E” take pictures and put them in a frame
90. Go to 5 different museums Smithsonian & NYC 🙂 (American History, Air and Space, Natural History, National Portrait Gallery, MoMA & more!)
91. Look up my genealogy
92. Say yes to everything for a day (within reason)
93. Attend an NBA game
94. Attend an NHL game
95. Go to a 3 game Padres series against any team
96. Upload my entire CD collection to my external hard drive and sell/give away CD’s I’ll never use again
97. Take a spontaneous road trip
98. Make a weekend trip to Palm Springs September 2014
99. Bet $7 on # 7 in roulette in Vegas
100. Try 10 new recipes
101. Write a list of 101 things already achieved in this lifetime

Dolce Does…Halloween Weekend

If I have one takeaway from this Halloween weekend, it would be that Halloween should always fall on a Friday!

I spent Halloween day at work with two costume changes — I was a mouse (as in, Mean Girls, “I’m a mouse. DUH!”) and then this lovely cozy panda hat scarf with mittens (that’s actually what they are called) arrived in time for me to be a Panda for the second half of the work day.  What — like you don’t order your “costume” on Amazon at 3 pm Thursday, and expect it to be delivered to work Friday?  Yeah — I’m definitely not a procrastinator. 🙂

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I then rushed home to the puppy and to set up for the trick or treaters.  I had not done any decorating prior, so I threw up some gravestones we made out of drywall two years ago, some pretty bad fake cobweb decorating in the front of the house, and plugged in my trusty lightning and thunder noise machine to let all the kiddies know that yes, our house does have candy, so please come take it so I dont eat it all.  We don’t get many trick or treaters for living in a residential neighborhood, so we still ended up with quite a bit of candy, but at least we’re the “cool” house that gives out handfuls of candy.  I’m convinced that if we keep doing that, the kids will come.  Kind of like Field of Dreams…if you give handfuls of candy out, they will come.  Something like that…

Anyway, I forgot to capture a picture of the terrible decorating job I did — so you’re welcome for that.  But I did get a bad lighting, iPhone picture of the non-traditional Mexican Meatball Soup I made.  It’s hard to cook Mexican food for your Mexican husband, but I love this recipe, so it’s become my new Halloween tradition.  It was delicious and spicy and perfect for the first cool fall weekend we’ve had in socal!

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Mmmm cotija cheese and avo. YUM!

We finished Halloween up with finally watching the first Paranormal Activity.  Well, I watched through a blanket the whole time, but we had to get a scary movie in there for Halloween!

Saturday was spent lazing around with the pup and the cat.  I snapped this photo to enter Starbuck’s Red Cup Contest on Instagram.

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After our caffeine fix, we ran some errands, and then got ready for a Halloween party at a friend’s house!  The Mr. and his buddies dressed as smurfs (that’s my husband in the middle as Brainy Smurf), while the wives and I dressed as Care Bears!  I was Grumpy Bear.

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We enjoyed lots of cocktails, danced our booties off to the DJ they hired, and voted for the best male, female and couple costumes.  Sadly we weren’t winner.  Even though I tried to stuff the ballot box. Sssssh.

Oh!  And the girls kicked the guys butts in flip cup

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(Again. Apologies for the crappy quality iPhone photos!)

Sunday I did not capture on camera — again — you’re welcome.  Ok that’s not true.  My dear husband took a picture of me passed out on the couch during football with the pup sleeping on the ground next to me.  But it’s not attractive, so I’ll spare you all.

That pretty much summed up our Sunday though.  We were up by 8-8:30ish (puppy slept in later than I thought with daylights ending!), watched some football, grubbed, slept, watched some more football, took Charger on a walk, and then read up on my guidebooks since we’re now only 2 weeks from our Eurasia trip!!! I don’t know how time has flown that fast, but the next 2 weeks will be crazy busy with work, life, and getting ready for a trip of the lifetime.

Overall a pretty sweet Halloween weekend!

Dolce Does… the One Year Wedding Anniversary

One Year Married.  I can hardly believe it!  We celebrated our first wedding anniversary yesterday and it was such a lovely day, with nothing major on the agenda (a first for us).  I spent a lot of time reminiscing on what we were doing at that time, just one year ago, and I probably drove the Mister crazy just a little bit, but that’s nothing new.

Our wedding day really truly was such an amazing, wonderful, lovely day, that truly went by in such a flash.  Everyone tells you how fast it goes — and it really, really does.

Good thing we have the most amazing wedding photos so I can re-live the day with just a few clicks on a computer, or flipping through our album.

Our first year was a pretty good year if I do say so myself.  We were also told the first year is the toughest, which I really didn’t find to be that way.  And, if it was in fact the toughest, then I’m looking forward to the many years ahead.  I know we’ll have our ups and downs and life can just be hard at times, but I really am lucky I found someone who makes those ups and downs just a little bit better.

We stuck to the traditional theme for gifts — Paper.  And, coincidentally, we both got each other two gifts: one heartfelt/sappy, and one fun.  I got him a photo book highlighting our first married year, and incorporated the lyrics to our first dance, the reading at our wedding, our vows, and the ring exchange.

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I also got him season tickets to the 2015 Padres Season!  So excited for those games next year.

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He got our vows printed up on a canvas, and got me a Kindle Paper White since I’ve been doing a lot more reading lately.  Pretty good first anniversary!

We also spent the day lounging around — started off with some wedding cake and champagne (can’t go wrong there), enjoyed some local beer while watching the Chargers WIN (yay!) and ended with a delicious dinner at Richard Blais’ Juniper and Ivy.  Yum!

I’ll leave you now with some highlights from our first married year — like I said, it was a good one!  Can’t wait to see what’s in store for year numero dos!

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Dolce Does…A Great Beer Tour Update

Since I last posted about my self-imposed challenge of hitting all of the craft, micro, nano-breweries in San Diego County, I can proudly say I have made updates to the list!  Over the past couple weeks (minus about 10 days I did not drink alcohol — what??–more on that later) the Mr. and I managed to try about five new breweries.  Let me tell you how hard that has been. (sarcasm) And boy, was it like pulling teeth to convince Mr. to join me.  (more sarcasm.  but really — do I need to point that out?)

In summary — tasting all these amazing beers is a tough, tough job.  But someone’s gotta do it.  So I’ll take one for the team. You can thank me later.

Anyway.  This also means I have to turn the tasting notes and pictures from my Evernote (great, nifty little tool/app/program for shared documents/note taking/list making, whatever your heart desires), into actual blog posts.  So..I should probably get on that. 

Oh! And! I learned about another cool app to help me along my way.  99 Brews.  You can locate breweries, beer events, and even restaurants and bars featuring craft beer near you, or in a specific location.  You can also create lists of places you want to try, categorize them, and check them off as you make your way to each place.  Pretty cool!  Also helps me with my count. 🙂

(And while googling 99 Brews to see if they have a website or anything, I found this San Diego Union-Tribune article highlighting other cools beer-drinking apps.  Sweet!)

(And yes — these are all my personal recommendations.  I’m not cool enough to get paid to post about companies and brands. Yet.)

So I digressed.  But without further ado…my updated count/list!

47/89 (added 2Kids Brewing from my last list)

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Acoustic Ales Brewing Experiment

AleSmith Brewing Company
Alpine Beer Company
Amplified Ale Works
Arcana Brewing Co.
Automatic Brewing Company
Aztec Brewing Company
Back Street Brewery
Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits – Scripps Ranch
Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits – Home Brew Mart
Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits – Little Italy
Barrel Harbor Brewing Co.
Belching Beaver Brewery
Benchmark Brewing
BNS Brewing & Distilling
Booze Brothers Brewing Co.
Border X Brewing
Breakwater Brewing Company
Butcher’s Brewing
ChuckAlek Independent Brewers
Cold Bore Brewing Company
Coronado Brewing Company – Coronado
Coronado Brewing Company – Bay Park
Council Brewing Company
Culture Brewing Co.
Dos Desperados Brewing
Fallbrook Brewing Company
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
Green Flash Brewing Co.
Groundswell Brewing Co.
Helm’s Brewing
Hillcrest Brewing Company
Indian Joe Beer
Intergalactic Brewing Co
Iron Fist Brewing Company
Jamul Brewing Co.
Julian Brewing Company
Karl Strauss 4S Ranch
Karl Strauss Carlsbad
Karl Strauss Downtown
Karl Strauss La Jolla
Karl Strauss
Karl Strauss Sorrento Mesa
La Jolla Brewing Company
Latitude 33 Brewing Company
Legacy Brewing Company
Lightning Brewery
Magnetic Brewing
Mike Hess Brewing – Miramar
Mike Hess Brewing – North Park
Mission Brewery
Modern Times
Monkey Paw Pub & Brewery
Mother Earth Brew Company
New English Brewing Company
Nickel Beer Company
Oceanside Ale Works
Offbeat Brewing Company
Oggi’s Pizza & Brewing Company
On-The-Tracks Brewery
Pacific Beach Ale House
Pacific Brewing Company
Pizza Port Bressi Ranch
Pizza Port Carlsbad
Pizza Port Ocean Beach
Pizza Port Solana Beach
Plan 9 Ale House
Poor House Brewing Co
Port Brewing / The Lost Abbey
Prohibition Brewing Company
Rip Current Brewing Co.
Rock Bottom Brewery Restaurant La Jolla
Rough Draft Brewing Company
San Diego Brewing Company
San Marcos Brewery & Grill
Societe Brewing Co.
St. Archer Brewing Co.
Stone Brewing Company
Stone Brewing Liberty Station
Stumblefoot Brewing Company
The Beer Company
Thorn St. Brewery
Toolbox Brewing Compan
Twisted Manzanita Brewing Ales & Spirits
Urbn St. Brewing Company
Valley Center Brewing Company
Wet ‘N Reckless Brewing Company
White Labs

 

Dolce Does…The Great Beer Tour!

San Diego has emerged as one of the top craft beer cities in the U.S. over the past decade or so.  Although there are a few notable breweries coming up on their 20th anniversaries, the majority of the city’s craft/micro/nano breweries have opened in the last decade.

The Mr. and I have bonded over our mutual love of alcohol, so we’ve been known to take advantage of the amazing beer scene a time or two.  He sticks to the IPAs, porters and stouts, while I gravitate toward belgians, wheats, lagers, pilsners, and saisons.

While we’ve made it out to a number of breweries, there’s still a lot of territory we’ve yet to cover.  Since I’m pretty good at setting myself up for challenges (noooot so good at the follow through, however..) I thought I’d start one I actually might have a chance at completing.  So, without further ado, I present to you…the Great Dolce Does Beer Tour!

The current list of breweries is sitting at a hefty 82 breweries, and it grows by the day.  So slow and steady will win this race!

Current Count: 38/88

Acoustic Ales Brewing Experiment
AleSmith Brewing Company
Alpine Beer Company
Amplified Ale Works
Arcana Brewing Co.
Automatic Brewing Company
Aztec Brewing Company
Back Street Brewery
Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits – Scripps Ranch
Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits – Home Brew Mart
Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits – Little Italy
Barrel Harbor Brewing Co.
Belching Beaver Brewery
Benchmark Brewing
BNS Brewing & Distilling
Booze Brothers Brewing Co.
Border X Brewing
Breakwater Brewing Company
Butcher’s Brewing
ChuckAlek Independent Brewers
Cold Bore Brewing Company
Coronado Brewing Company – Coronado
Coronado Brewing Company – Bay Park
Council Brewing Company
Culture Brewing Co.
Dos Desperados Brewing
Fallbrook Brewing Company
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
Green Flash Brewing Co.
Groundswell Brewing Co.
Helm’s Brewing
Hillcrest Brewing Company
Indian Joe Beer
Intergalactic Brewing Co
Iron Fist Brewing Company
Jamul Brewing Co.
Julian Brewing Company
Karl Strauss 4S Ranch
Karl Strauss Carlsbad
Karl Strauss Downtown
Karl Strauss La Jolla
Karl Strauss
Karl Strauss Sorrento Mesa
La Jolla Brewing Company
Latitude 33 Brewing Company
Legacy Brewing Company
Lightning Brewery
Magnetic Brewing
Mike Hess Brewing – Miramar
Mike Hess Brewing – North Park
Mission Brewery
Modern Times
Monkey Paw Pub & Brewery
Mother Earth Brew Company
New English Brewing Company
Nickel Beer Company
Oceanside Ale Works
Offbeat Brewing Company
Oggi’s Pizza & Brewing Company
On-The-Tracks Brewery
Pacific Beach Ale House
Pacific Brewing Company
Pizza Port Bressi Ranch
Pizza Port Carlsbad
Pizza Port Ocean Beach
Pizza Port Solana Beach
Plan 9 Ale House
Poor House Brewing Co
Port Brewing / The Lost Abbey
Prohibition Brewing Company
Rip Current Brewing Co.
Rock Bottom Brewery Restaurant La Jolla
Rough Draft Brewing Company
San Diego Brewing Company
San Marcos Brewery & Grill
Societe Brewing Co.
St. Archer Brewing Co.
Stone Brewing Company
Stone Brewing Liberty Station
Stumblefoot Brewing Company
The Beer Company
Thorn St. Brewery
Toolbox Brewing Compan
Twisted Manzanita Brewing Ales & Spirits
Urbn St. Brewing Company
Valley Center Brewing Company
Wet ‘N Reckless Brewing Company
White Labs

Dolce Does…(or is..) Flying Around the World (afterall)

We did it.

We booked our flights.

After a long short debate, we booked our flights home from Phuket, Thailand.  We’ve officially moved forward with the whole bucket-list-flying-around-the-world/once-in-a-lifetime bit.  Forget disappearing planes, bad weather crashes, and oh, missiles shooting down planes.  YOLO, amiright?  No?  Well — at least if we go down we’ll have a good story behind it. 🙂

Thailand.  I can’t wait to visit you in T-124 days!!!!

Dolce Does…Fly Around The World? Or Just to Europe..

I just wrote all about how we scored this A-MA-ZING ’round the world trip for under $200.

And then for the 3rd time this year, I see a headline along the lines of “plane goes missing” mid-flight….:

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And I’m now I’m questioning if we’re tempting fate by flying from Paris to Bangkok — if these are all signs — or if I’m being over-paranoid.

The day we booked there was a military coup in Thailand (that Wikipedia — always a trustworthy source), and we thought, if things got out of hand, we could always ditch our flight to Asia, and just fly home from Europe.

I want to book flights home from Thailand this week, before prices climb, but now I’m second guessing this.

But, but, but.  I REALLY want to go to to Thailand.

So.  Do we risk it?  I mean — how many flights are there every day, that arrive at their destinations safe and sound, without any glitches?  And I’m focusing on only 3?  Because, I will KICK myself if we don’t go to Thailand and everything’s fine.

Or – do we do the smart, adult, responsible thing, and spend extra time in Europe (ooh, Hungary, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, France, England — so many options!) and book a flight home from there?

Something tells me I’m too stubborn to give up this chance to fly, literally, around the world.

In the end, if we have to change course, we could always book a new flight home from Europe..it’s just money, right?!  Decisions, decisions..