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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Oh, hello there.





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?


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’!


May 25 – May 31st, 2014


In a Flash: Week #21

Let me take a minute to just say, wow!

I cannot believe I’m on Week #21 of ‘In a Flash’.

As I write this, I’ve just finished creating and updating an album on the Detour from the O.Z.’s official Facebook page. As I went through them and chose an image per week, it made me realize not only how long I’ve been doing this, but how far I’ve come from where I started.  Truthfully? I cannot believe it’s been over twenty one weeks.

As of this moment? I’ve only forgotten to take a photo on two occasions.


Anyway, here we are, ladies and gents!

The first of two weeks filled with trip photos. I took so many that I had to narrow down some of the photos so I’d have something left for the upcoming trip review. Not a bad place to be at all. Those reviews will come once I get home from Omaha, Nebraska.

Speaking of, when this posts, I’ll be on my way back into town with even more stories to share and tell.

For now, I hope that you’ll enjoy Week #21 of In a Flash.


May 18 – May 24th, 2014


To any American followers – anyone have anything exciting for the 4th of July? Or, in general, in fun weekend plans?
Follow the Facebook Page for any updates and teasers.


In a Flash: Week #20

By the time this posts, I will be in a car on the way to Omaha, Nebraska with Sarah. It’s home to the Huskers, annual College World Series and many Fortune 500 companies. It’s also where my Mom’s side of the family all settled after immigrating from Ireland and the Czech Republic (at that time, Czechoslovakia) and called home.

Tonight, we’ll probably eat at my aunt and uncles and tomorrow will be their 50th wedding anniversary. Holy cow!

Yes, I just typed ‘holy cow’ and I don’t plan on erasing it.

But, never fear! After today’s ‘In a Flash’ post, we officially hit the two weeks where photos from my trip to Ireland and England come in. I admit, it’s been hard to not choose EVERYTHING but it just means there will be long travel posts in the near future!

This one is mostly flowers (again) and a couple of other photos that would be easily targeted in a game of  ‘which of these is not like the others’.



May 11 – May 17th, 2014

Hope everyone has a safe and fabulous weekend!


In a Flash: Week #19

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

Meaning, we’re just that much closer to the weekend, yeah?

I don’t know about you but I’m always happy when it’s Wednesday because the rest of the week just flies by afterward.

In this case, the weekend means an upcoming trip to Omaha, Nebraska with Sarah from beauty-bitch.net! Which also means, there will be trip photos coming up for that small vacation as well. This time around however, posts are being scheduled and this blog won’t be on complete hiatus.

May is a great time for flowers and storms in Kansas and this year was no different. Minus the storms. With that in mind, I hope that you’ll enjoy Week #19 of In a Flash.


May 4 – May 10th, 2014

Anyone have any big weekend plans?