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. 🙂


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!


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.


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.



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


(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 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…An Update on Thirty

Image from my fabulous 30th Birthday Bash, featuring some dear friends, and a fave President of mine!


Hello again — every few months I tend to pop back in, and it’s about that time, again. 

I signed in and re-read my last blog, about turning 30.  Here I am, three months later, and still adjusting to 30.  Honestly, age really is just a number — except last night at dinner when our very, spunky, waitress, was a reminder that I’m no longer 22..but I digress.

When asked how old I am, I have to pause and think about it.  I’m not yet trained to say 30.  But so far, I have no complaints.

This year is turning into an exciting year of firsts.  A year of growth.  A year of challenge. While I’m still working on the weight thing — more on that later — I’ve definitely been saying yes to things.  Number 1 item, definitely being travel.

I’ve always been enamored with travel.  But I’ve never had the time, or the money, (fill in the blank excuse) etc, to really do the travel I’ve wanted.  This year that changes.

I have little trips sprinkled throughout the year (Napa for a girls’ weekend, Vegas for a BFF’s 30th Birthday, Palm Springs getaway with the Husband, a random weekend in Houston, possibly followed by a Caribbean cruise, thanks to a silent auction), and then we finally have a big trip on the docket.

In November we will be taking a round the world trip to Europe and Thailand. I. Can’t. Wait. I’m beyond stoked, and every couple days I get that giddy “is this really happening?!” realization.  And then I profusely google what to wear, what do I need to pack, how should I pack, where should we go, etc in each destination.

Let’s just say, there’s nothing I love more than planning trips, or schedules.  So I am in heaven.  And I get an amazing travel experience in the end.

So, in addition to travel, work and training for this half marathon are at the forefront of my life these days.  I’m still active with the Tone It Up plan, and I have a 5k this weekend — which I’m expecting to do terribly, but hey, I’m counting it as a “training” run. 

I also hope to get back on the home improvement train over the next year — which my husband keeps kindly reminding me that the more we travel, the longer until we have new bathrooms and a kitchen.  I personally expect that money will just magically appear, and it will all be fine and dandy.  Maybe I should go buy a lottery ticket…or get a second job….Nah.

So for now, I’m certainly enjoying this little thing called life, and I really can’t complain about how 30 is treating me so far.  Cheers to a wonderful life.

Quick update…

I have a draft sitting, waiting to be completed. It speaks to a current challenge I’ve given myself. Alas – I have not had the time to sit down and finish it and post it — nor have I had time to write about 5 other posts I’ve had floating in my head.

This challenge is of the physical variety, and despite an unbelievably hectic month at work, I’ve kept on track – for the most part.

I’ll finish the draft hopefully in the next day or two. But in the meantime my pillow is calling.

Until then…


As time goes by…

Well.  Here I am again.  I have a long history of starting blogs, posting a few updates, and then neglecting the poor things for months at a time.  Then one day, I get that little urge again to pick up the old bloggy blog, dust it off, and start all over.

Seriously.  I think I’ve created 10 blogs by now.  And here I am. 7 months since my last post, on what was supposed to be my wedding/lifestyle/craft/getfit/homeremodel blog.  Well — you can scratch wedding off.  I’ve now officially been a Mrs. for ohhh 6 going on 7 weeks now.

Yes – it was fabulous.  Yes – it was the best day of my life thus far.

But I digress.

I think the only blog I managed to keep up was my first.  My dear old Xanga.  And at that time I had been in the habit of regular journal musings.  I currently cant even remember to post in my 10 year journal.  (Note to self — update your 10 year journal)

But, as so eloquently stated by White Snake, Here I Go Again.

I have a number of projects I would really like to focus on as we head into 2014.  Hey – maybe that’s a good resolution.  Keep up with the writing.  I write for myself – as some sort of therapy.  I write so I can remember where I was in life at any given time.  I write to track my progress on any life projects — it’s a known fact: if I’m not writing, then I’m not doing.

I write for me.  And it’s something that I truly want to keep up on.  So.  I’m starting with a 2013 Holiday Season Resolution.  To keep up with the writing.

So with that, I officially revive Dolce Does, out of code blue status. And although I’m no longer planning a wedding, I’m going to keep the Wedding section, because I am still obsessed with party planning, trends, new fresh ideas, and love.  And maybe I can throw in a few recaps here and there.

So with that — here we go. 🙂