In a Flash: Week #23

That’s right, In a Flash is back!

My goal is to have them all caught up and finished by the first couple of weeks of 2015. After all, I have to wait until December 31, to call it successful, don’t I?

Here we are – Week #23 (June 1 – 7, 2014). This includes the last couple of days of my England & Ireland trip and the first week I actually missed a day. I know I received a photo that day but didn’t actually take one. But, mistakes happen, don’t they?



June 1 – 7th, 2014

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Under the Rainbow: Kansas State Fair


I’d like to welcome you to the first installment of what I will call ‘Under the Rainbow’.

Under the Rainbow is a series that is and will be dedicated to all things found in and around the Kansas area. A place that for 28 years I’ve called home. Despite all of my travels in and out of the country, there are some things that are simply unique to Kansas.

What will this include? Pretty much any unique towns, restaurants, events and anything else that may be of some interest to someone who hasn’t visited Kansas before.

You won’t find mountains or beaches here but what we do have in terms of landscape is unique to the area and the country.

For example, did you know that Kansas holds some of the last remaining Tallgrass prairie left in the country? Less than 4% remains and most of it is right here in the flint hills of Kansas. It’s one of the many thing that make Kansan’s proud.

Today, let’s talk about State Fairs, and in particular the Kansas State Fair. For those of us who live in the States, it’s that time of year when each state has one (or more) celebratory fair to promote and celebrate everything their state has to accomplished in terms of agriculture and livestock. At least, that’s the way it is in the midwest. People come together to ride carnival rides, consume any and all fried food and look at all the livestock, homemade goods and fruits/vegetables they can handle.

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Favorites: the travel edition


You’re waiting for a train. You don’t know where this train will take you but it doesn’t matter.

Truth be told, I started writing this the night of the 16th, before my Mom and I left on a trip to Flagstaff, Arizona.

As you can tell, it didn’t get done.

It was the first time that either of us have gone to the southwest so it was truly a first adventure for the both of us. And? It was a LOT of fun, but more on that in another post.

Every time I travel, I think of things I can’t live without or want to do without. Of course, this has come to differ between the trip I took overseas vs. the trips I’ve taken within the states. Regardless of the destination, there are a few key items that I try to bring with me.

With that, I thought I would post a top list of my favorite things to pack and bring with me – from the MUST HAVES to the pointless and silly.

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