Under the Rainbow: Kansas State Fair

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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

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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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Bonjour!

Hola!

I never meant to take such a long post-hiatus from Detour after my trip to Omaha. Here we are though, nearly a month later and this is the first post I’ve truly written (not including my ‘In a Flash’ posts) since my return.

Okay, that’s not true.

I’ve started on my England/Ireland trip posts but I’ll be frank; finding my voice for said posts has been a ride. A long, bumpy, and frustrating ride.

Do you ever have that problem?

You know what you want to share. You know what stories and photos you want to share.

Yet whenever it comes to writing and posting, you wonder if it’s too much, not enough or the biggest (and peskiest) problem of them all, you wonder if anyone will find it interesting enough to read?

That’s exactly where I am.

What it comes down to is this: I want to bring new things to this blog other than my photography posts (no matter how awesome they are).

While I have dozens of ideas, it’s coming up with a posting schedule, finalizing those ideas and sticking to them.

Consistency, my friends. I want it.

The other more important aspect of this non-hiatus and potential future blog changes has been my job.

Over the last three years, I have been temporarily employed, working forty hours at my job. Now because of the economy and politics being what they are, my hours have been cut down to half time. As you can imagine, it’s been an adjustment.

I love my job, that’s never been the issue. I doubt I would have stayed as long as I had if I didn’t.

Still, thoughts of what I want to do long term, where I want to go more long term and who I want to be has been at the forefront of my mind.

I’m nearly 28 and I still don’t know what or where it is I want to be in five years. Other than living the dream and traveling the world.

I say this because today is my last day at work for the month of August, granting I don’t find another job before September.

As you can imagine, I’ve spent the better part of the last two months (give or take) getting things ready to go and done before I leave the building today. When I haven’t been working, I’ve been babying a leg injury (that’s finally healed, a big yay there) and working in the University letterpress lab. Not to mention, playing Skyrim, Animal Crossing and Tomodachi Life. My life, let me show you it.

Never fear, I don’t plan on abandoning this blog for a long while. What I plan to do next is figure out the direction and how to streamline it. It’ll take a little work but I’m excited.

Please stay tuned! I have some new posts in the works that include my England/Ireland and Omaha trips and my experiments in the letterpress lab. It’s very exciting!

How about you? How’s your summer been?

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In a Flash: Week #22

Happy Saturday, everyone!

I hope my American friends had a safe and happy Fourth of July. To everyone else, I hope you had a great Friday.

Here’s Week #22 of ‘In a Flash’ and I hope that you’ll enjoy it! As I’ve been choosing photos for this particular week (and the one before it), I’ve been choosing and discarding some that I want to use for future posts about my trip to England and Ireland. A month later isn’t too late, is it?

Sarah and I had a fabulous trip to Omaha (even with a hiccup or two along the way) and I can honestly say I have spent more on makeup in the last week than I did last year! Of course last year, I was obsessing over nail polish.

Priorities, I have them.

I hope that you’ll enjoy Week #22 of ‘In a Flash’!

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May 25 – May 31st, 2014

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