Friday Five: Things to Do {#18}

May 20, 2022

See the full list of items here.

I have created a spreadsheet listing all the cards in a deck and columns of things to do. Each week, I’ll pull out a card and see what things I should research and schedule on the calendar, or go do. I’m excited to give this new plan a try and see what new adventures I find myself doing.

  • In General: listen to Mozart’s Requiem
  • The Adventure Challenge Book: trade up
  • 1001 Movies to Watch: Gangs of New York  
  • 1001 Things to do in Sacramento: 23
  • Food & Drinks: drink mulled wine on a snowy night in Prague    
  • Bonus – Brewery to get a passport stamp: Waterman Brewing Co.

If there are any suggestions to add to the lists, I’d love to hear. Also, any tips you might have for ones that might require some research. If you have done, or want to do these too this year, I’d love to hear of your experience.

Friday Five: Things to Do {#17}

May 13, 2022

See the full list of items here.

I have created a spreadsheet listing all the cards in a deck and columns of things to do. Each week, I’ll pull out a card and see what things I should research and schedule on the calendar, or go do. I’m excited to give this new plan a try and see what new adventures I find myself doing.

  • In General: plan / go to a new state
  • The Adventure Challenge Book: spray painters
  • 1001 Movies to Watch: Boogie Nights  
  • 1001 Things to do in Sacramento: 37
  • Food & Drinks: Eat more fat      
  • Bonus – Brewery to get a passport stamp: Movement Brewing

If there are any suggestions to add to the lists, I’d love to hear. Also, any tips you might have for ones that might require some research. If you have done, or want to do these too this year, I’d love to hear of your experience.

Friday Five: Things to Do {#16}

May 6, 2022

See the full list of items here.

I have created a spreadsheet listing all the cards in a deck and columns of things to do. Each week, I’ll pull out a card and see what things I should research and schedule on the calendar, or go do. I’m excited to give this new plan a try and see what new adventures I find myself doing.

  • In General: Hang a spoon from your nose
  • The Adventure Challenge Book: Today you are Banksy, and your street walls are a plain white T. You’re going to graffiti on one of your shirts and, once dried, wear it for a day. You can use multiple colors, write your name or spray paint Jeff Goldblum. As long as you spray it and wear it, that’s all that matter to us!
  • 1001 Movies to Watch: The English Patient
  • 1001 Things to do in Sacramento: Visit Bluestone Meadow Lavender Farm in Placerville to see the bloom in soft morning light.
  • Food & Drinks: Eat pufferfish sushi          
  • Bonus – Brewery to get a passport stamp: Super Owl Brewing

If there are any suggestions to add to the lists, I’d love to hear. Also, any tips you might have for ones that might require some research. If you have done, or want to do these too this year, I’d love to hear of your experience.

April Check-In / May Plans 2022

drinking from a coconut

I got to spend the last 2 weeks of April in Hawaii. It was to visit with my sister and have a long overdo vacation. The last time I visited her in Hawaii was about eight years ago. So, we had a few things in mind to do but we didn’t really plan out the days until we were there. We ended up cramming a lot of activities and foods into the trip. By the time my mom and I got back home in California, we needed a vacation from the vacation.

I plan to separate these adventures out for individual posts, but I will share what our itinerary ended up being.

I don’t have any set plans for May. I am inspired to keep up doing new adventures though. And go standup paddleboarding now that the weather is warmer.

What’s something you are looking forward to doing in May?

2022 HAWAII TRIP

Tuesday, Apr 19
– Drive to Santa Clara, stay the night at Uncle Pat & Aunt Marsha’s

Wednesday, Apr 20
– Fly to Kona (5 hours)
– Get rental car & see Stacy’s place & meet her dog, Kruze, for the first time in person
– Dinner at Kona Brewing Co.

Thursday, Apr 21
– Merrie Monarch Festival arts & crafts
– Manaola Clothing pop up store
– Lunch at Hilo Bay Café
– Big Island Candies

Friday, Apr 22
– Breakfast at the Coffee Shack
– Shopping
– Dinner at Food Truck night

Saturday, Apr 23
– Couple of Farmer’s Markets
– Grab lunch and go to park, take a walk on a trail

Sunday, Apr 24
– Hike the Native Forest Nature Trail at the Kalōpā Native Forest State Park and Recreation Area
– Snack on vegan ice cream sandwiches
– Lunch at Kohala Grown Market in Hawi
– Hamakua Macadamia Nut Company (saw video how they are grown & processed)
– Walk around at Puʻukoholā Heiau National Historic Site

Monday, Apr 25
– Paddleboard on the ocean
– Lunch at Lava Java
– Tour at Greenwell Coffee Farm

Tuesday, Apr 26
– Onomea (Pepe’ekeo) scenic drive (about 4 mile stretch)
– Malasadas at Tex Drive-In (a Portuguese style doughnut)
– 2 waterfalls at Akaka Falls State Park
– Smoothie at Whats Shakin Smoothies
– Rainbow Falls at Wailuku River State Park
– Kaumana Caves
– Saw a rainbow while driving around
– Dinner at Umekes (bonus, was featured on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives)

Wednesday, Apr 27
– Tour at the Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory
– Shopping in Kona
– Lunch at Kai Eats+Drinks

Thursday, Apr 28
– Walk around a little at Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park
– Fly home

I’m always open to suggestions for adding to my list of things to do.

Friday Five: Things to Do {#15}

April 29, 2022

See the full list of items here.

I have created a spreadsheet listing all the cards in a deck and columns of things to do. Each week, I’ll pull out a card and see what things I should research and schedule on the calendar, or go do. I’m excited to give this new plan a try and see what new adventures I find myself doing.

  • In General: Buy flowers for yourself and a friend
  • The Adventure Challenge Book: It’s time to get some fast food and slow it down. You are going to make your favorite fast food items with high quality ingredients for a fancy dinner! It doesn’t matter if it’s burgers and fries or a fried chicken sandwich. You are the chef now. Make sure to eat by candle light with your fanciest plate and silverware. Tonight should resemble the result of Downton Abbey and KFC Colonel having a baby.
  • 1001 Movies to Watch: LA Confidential  
  • 1001 Things to do in Sacramento: Jump into the flight simulator at the Aerospace Museum of California. The, walk around outside and see more than 50 different types of aircrafts.
  • Food & Drinks: Eat less fat          
  • Bonus – Brewery to get a passport stamp: LogOff Brewing

If there are any suggestions to add to the lists, I’d love to hear. Also, any tips you might have for ones that might require some research. If you have done, or want to do these too this year, I’d love to hear of your experience.

Friday Five: Things to Do {#14}

April 22, 2022

See the full list of items here.

I have created a spreadsheet listing all the cards in a deck and columns of things to do. Each week, I’ll pull out a card and see what things I should research and schedule on the calendar, or go do. I’m excited to give this new plan a try and see what new adventures I find myself doing.

  • In General: Dress up day (wear something different, like have a crazy Hawaiian shirt day)
  • The Adventure Challenge Book: Make a list of ingredients by:
  • (1) Writing down your favorite food on a Charcuterie board
  • (2) Write down what vegetable you would be
  • (3) If you were a meat what kind of meat would you be?
  • (4) If your family baked a pizza, what topping would everyone agree with? (can’t choose Pepperoni)
  • (5) If your celebrity crush was a pizza topping, what would they be?
  • Now put them all together on a Pizza!
  • 1001 Movies to Watch: Titanic  
  • 1001 Things to do in Sacramento: Climb into a Model T, one of the first cars built for mass consumption at the California Automobile Museum.
  • Food & Drinks: Eat humble pie           
  • Bonus – Brewery to get a passport stamp: Burning Barrel Brewing Co.

If there are any suggestions to add to the lists, I’d love to hear. Also, any tips you might have for ones that might require some research. If you have done, or want to do these too this year, I’d love to hear of your experience.

Brewery Visit #7 – River City Brewing

Last year I got a Sacramento Beer Passport (get one here) to take on the challenge of visiting as many of the breweries as I can. Some changes are bound to happen as places close or new ones pop up.

I decided that I would get a photo of the front, inside, and beer with the passport to be able to mark it done on the list.

Visited River City Brewing on February 27, 2022

Location: 6241 Fair Oaks Blvd, Carmichael (their webpage)

Brewery highlights (in my opinion):

restaurant, inside & small outside area

Friday Five: Things to Do {#13}

April 15, 2022

See the full list of items here.

I have created a spreadsheet listing all the cards in a deck and columns of things to do. Each week, I’ll pull out a card and see what things I should research and schedule on the calendar, or go do. I’m excited to give this new plan a try and see what new adventures I find myself doing.

  • In General: Put books in 5 different little libraries
  • The Adventure Challenge Book: What you’ll need:
  • (1) Goggles and a lab coat
  • (2) One 6 sided dice
  • (3) Research 6 classic High School / Middle School science fair projects
  • Give each project a number, the dice will decide which project you get to do! Make a vlog out of the experience.
  • 1001 Movies to Watch: Lone Star
  • 1001 Things to do in Sacramento: File a permit with the County to place a geocache box in your favorite public park. have fun with your “outdoor scavenger hunt” at geocaching.com
  • Food & Drinks: Eat only the green M&M’s              
  • Bonus – Brewery to get a passport stamp: Fair Oaks Brew Pub

If there are any suggestions to add to the lists, I’d love to hear. Also, any tips you might have for ones that might require some research. If you have done, or want to do these too this year, I’d love to hear of your experience.

Brewery Visit #6 – Ruhstaller Farm

Last year I got a Sacramento Beer Passport (get one here) to take on the challenge of visiting as many of the breweries as I can. Some changes are bound to happen as places close or new ones pop up.

I decided that I would get a photo of the front, inside, and beer with the passport to be able to mark it done on the list.

Visited Ruhstaller Farm on February 20, 2022

Location: 6686 Sievers Road, Dixon (their webpage)

Brewery highlights (in my opinion):

food & soft ice cream, nice outdoor area for families & friends to visit, they have made Kolsch beer

Friday Five: Things to Do {#12}

April 8, 2022

See the full list of items here.

I have created a spreadsheet listing all the cards in a deck and columns of things to do. Each week, I’ll pull out a card and see what things I should research and schedule on the calendar, or go do. I’m excited to give this new plan a try and see what new adventures I find myself doing.

  • In General: Perfect your calligraphy (or relearn cursive)
  • The Adventure Challenge Book: Go to a book store with a children’s section. Find your favorite book you read as a child, or that was read to you. On the inside cover, you will write down your favorite childhood memory connected to the book. Call or facetime a friend and read the book along with the memory. Send this book to someone in your life that is connected to this memory or would appreciate it as much as you do.
  • 1001 Movies to Watch: Braveheart
  • 1001 Things to do in Sacramento: Pick up the fabulous book The California Naturalist Handbook by the University of California Press, and read a new page every day. Especially about the Sacramento Valley’s geology, native animals and plants, freshwater resources and ecosystems, and so much more.
  • Food & Drinks: Enjoy the frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity    
  • Bonus – Brewery to get a passport stamp: Kathrin’s Biergarten

If there are any suggestions to add to the lists, I’d love to hear. Also, any tips you might have for ones that might require some research. If you have done, or want to do these too this year, I’d love to hear of your experience.

Brewery Visit #5 – HWY 50 Brewery

Last year I got a Sacramento Beer Passport (get one here) to take on the challenge of visiting as many of the breweries as I can. Some changes are bound to happen as places close or new ones pop up.

I decided that I would get a photo of the front, inside, and beer with the passport to be able to mark it done on the list.

Visited HWY 50 Brewery on January 30, 2022

Location: 3544 Carson Rd, Camino (their webpage)

Brewery highlights (in my opinion):

pizzas, salads, chili, and other foods. winery right next door, inside & outside area, music

Friday Five: Things to Do {#11}

April 1, 2022

See the full list of items here.

I have created a spreadsheet listing all the cards in a deck and columns of things to do. Each week, I’ll pull out a card and see what things I should research and schedule on the calendar, or go do. I’m excited to give this new plan a try and see what new adventures I find myself doing.

  • In General: Visit a friend that lives out of town
  • The Adventure Challenge Book: Tonight you dine like royalty! You’re gonna order an appetizer, an entrée, and a dessert. The only rule is you can’t eat any of them from the same restaurant. 3 different courses, 3 different restaurants, 1 tasty night.
  • 1001 Movies to Watch: Saving Private Ryan
  • 1001 Things to do in Sacramento: Ride a carousel powered by human pedalers volunteering for a good cause in the summer at Davis Farmer’s Market at Davis Central Park on Wednesday nights. Eat an early homemade picnic dinner and enjoy the bounce house until it gets dark
  • Food & Drinks: Eat dessert first
  • Bonus – Brewery to get a passport stamp: Claimstake Brewing Co.

If there are any suggestions to add to the lists, I’d love to hear. Also, any tips you might have for ones that might require some research. If you have done, or want to do these too this year, I’d love to hear of your experience.

March Check-In / April Plans 2022

March started off with a very pleasant surprise. There was a knock on the door late one evening. My mom and I didn’t have clue who it could be. I opened the door to find out that it was my sister. She lives in Hawaii, but she came home so we could celebrate her birthday together in the same place. Shouts of joy, happy tears, and hugs followed for a while. It was a short visit, but such a nice one. We went to see Uncharted in the movie theater, shopping, and eating out a few times. My mom and I had already planned on going to visit her at the end of April. So, we get to see her again soon.

Active 20-30 United States and Canada held their bi-annual national board in-person meeting this month in Minden, Nevada. I am a past active member now, but still involved with a few things so I went. Plus, it was nice to get out of the house and go somewhere different for the weekend. There was a chance of it snowing the day I drove to Minden, and I was a little nervous because I’ve rarely driven in snow. But all we saw of snow, was it on the grown by the side of the road. It was nice see friends I haven’t in a while, from other clubs across the country. On the way home we took a longer, but scenic drive. Got a little lost because I turned off my maps a little to early. I thought I knew the way but made a wrong turn. Whoops.

Celebrated Pi Day with our usual pizza order, the Maui Zaui from Round Table. And of course, celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with corned beef, cabbage, carrots, & Guinness.

A friend of mine decided she wanted to celebrate her birthday with a pjama bowling party. We showed up to the bowling place in our pj’s and had a fun time.

Also went on more hikes and visits to breweries to get stamps for my beer passport. Which I finally started posting about here.

Looking forward to Easter, more springtime weather, and going to Hawaii! What’s something you are looking forward to doing in April?

General Things Done this Past Month:

• Went on hikes
• Answering the questions in the daily Q&A journal.

Food & Drinks:

• Celebrated National Pi Day
• Celebrated St. Patrick’s Day

Breweries & Wineries:

I’m always open to suggestions for adding to my list of things to do.

Brewery Visit #4 – Urban Roots Brewing & Smokehouse

Last year I got a Sacramento Beer Passport (get one here) to take on the challenge of visiting as many of the breweries as I can. Some changes are bound to happen as places close or new ones pop up.

I decided that I would get a photo of the front, inside, and beer with the passport to be able to mark it done on the list.

Visited Urban Roots Brewing & Smokehouse on January 29, 2022

Location: 1322 V St, Sacramento (their webpage)

Brewery highlights (in my opinion):

BBQ food, inside & outside area they have made Kolsch beer

Friday Five: Things to Do {#10}

March 25, 2022

See the full list of items here.

I have created a spreadsheet listing all the cards in a deck and columns of things to do. Each week, I’ll pull out a card and see what things I should research and schedule on the calendar, or go do. I’m excited to give this new plan a try and see what new adventures I find myself doing.

  • In General: listen to a podcast
  • The Adventure Challenge Book: You need a new look and a new identity. You’re about to go undercover in a new town. Pick a name and a backstory, head over to a new town and stay at least for the weekend. When there you have to:
  • (1) Go to a class
  • (2) Go to a social event
  • (3) Go on a date
  • (4) Go dancing
  • While you do all these fun activities you have to stay in character, your cover can’t be blown!
  • 1001 Movies to Watch: The Usual Suspects
  • 1001 Things to do in Sacramento: Take a trip to Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park in Midtown and get transported to the wild, lawless pioneer world of the early 1800’s. Then get some fancy house-made lemonade at Paragary’s on 28th St. Just three blocks away.
  • Food & Drinks: Eat salt water taffy and cotton candy
  • Bonus – Brewery to get a passport stamp: Ruhstaller (Shop and R+D Brewery)

If there are any suggestions to add to the lists, I’d love to hear. Also, any tips you might have for ones that might require some research. If you have done, or want to do these too this year, I’d love to hear of your experience.