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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Kansas City, Missouri

I was here once before... years ago....probably 10 years ago. Not sure. Besides, I didn't have time to sight see since I was there for a wedding.
This time, work brought me to the area.
Unfortunately, I wasn't issued a rental car for the whole 2 weeks I was here. I did, however, make the decision to rent a car out of my own pocket for the weekend so I wouldn't be stuck in my room doing nothing. This meant I also had to buy a $150 Garmin - I would have been WAY too lost without it. Would it have killed me to remember to bring mine from home???

Last Friday after work I got the car and went straight to Harley Davidson for a factory tour.
I mostly took this tour for my mom's husband. Someone had to tell him if it was good or not. Might as well be me.
And let me tell you - It was awesome!
To be fair, I like all tours... even tours of air conditioners being manufactured. (Carrier Bryant)
I got there four minutes after the last tour of the day. Darn! Thankfully Kelly, the tour guide, gave me a tour anyways. I think she mostly only did this because I was the only one there.
About the tour: It is free. No pictures allowed.
You wear eye glasses and get a radio and ear piece to listen while walking around.
You also get a pin to wear. In fact, she gave me two so I would have one to give to my mom's husband. Very nice of her - I didn't even ask for it. I had just mentioned that is why I was here.
The tour was almost an hour long. I chose to skip the ten minute video since I felt bad about being late. I am sure it was very informative and would have answered any lingering questions I had.
About ten minutes into the tour two older men joined us. You could just tell they were die hard Harley fans.
After the tour you are given a postcard and they mail it for you. I sent it to my mom's husband. I think he appreciated it.
Harley shirts are much cheaper here. Got him a new one thanks to my mom. :)

My next stop was to Crowne Plaza.
Talk about AMAZING!
I would definitely stop here again if I am ever in the area.
This is an indoor shopping area with all sorts of stores, restaurants and tourist stops.
I wanted to see the Hallmark Visitor's Center for a tour and Chips Chocolate Factory for a tour, but sadly they are both closed for the month of January.
I did get THE BEST ever Carmel apple from Chips! I want another one just thinking about it. I also bought some fudge.
Did you know Hallmark owned a clothing store? I had no idea. I should have taken a picture for you.

Went to Union Station which is the largest remaining Renaissance-style train station in the United States.
You gotta see this in person! I enjoyed walking around looking at the beautiful architecture.
The post office looks glamorous don't you think?
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art was something I wanted to see if I found it. I had put the address into my GPS and somehow still managed to get lost. I then realized my error and found it (I had put Street and not Parkway - two completely different addresses).
Thank goodness!
I am not usually a museum person but this place was stunning! I walked around and then walked around some more. Would have stayed longer if I wasn't concerned about driving in the dark and possible snow.

They had a mummy!
A real mummy!
I love Egyptian history!
Did you know that mummies were in tombs which were inside larger tombs (boxes)? I didn't. I just thought they were wrapped and then in one box. Very interesting reading all the signs next to the Egyptian items.
They had all sorts of neat artifacts.
Got to see tons of painting and artifacts from all over the world and from different time periods.
Here's just a few of my favorites:
 This one reminds me of Zombies - so it was freaky, but I think Matt will like it.
Ate at Author Grant's since the guy sitting next to me on the plane said it was the best.
I felt it was decent. Nothing to brag about.
I wouldn't eat here again. It was over priced and kind of BLAH.

Another place I ate over the weekend was a Streetcar Named Desiree. Blah! Won't eat here again either.
Ate at Jack Stacks which was WONDERFUL! The best restaurant I ate at in Kansas City!
I would go out of my way to eat here again.
I enjoyed my leftovers as much as I enjoyed the meal the first time around.
 
The baked beans were the BEST I EVER HAD! and the corn literally tasted like macaroni and cheese! What could I possibly not like about that?
I was a bit sad on Monday when I had to return my rental car. I would have liked to keep it for the remaining duration of my stay. I guess it was a good thing I had so much work to get done.
Now I am home enjoying my weekend with my husband and dogs.
There truly is no place like home.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

In one word... BEAUTIFUL!
Adding in a second word... HISTORICAL!
I am so glad I got to see this location. No regrets about coming here. None.
If you are ever nearby and are able to stop, you should. I don't even have enough words to explain the beauty and the historical significance of everything I saw.

Look at some of these old buildings:
All these building date back to the late 1800s or early 1900s. Would love to be able to go back in time for a few days and see what everything looked like.

They even have a piece of the Berlin wall:
Enjoyed the museum on post:
 Saw this at a local park:
Don't know who made it, but I could see some good family pictures being taken in front of it.

What do you think of this groovy truck?
Are you thinking of painting yours now???

I have never seen a Christmas tree farm!
Who knew they were even real? Not me!
 
We did manage to eat at one non-chain restaurant in the area called Luigi's. It was an Italian restaurant.
I had:
 
If I am ever in the area again I will be sure to eat here.

I enjoy the history of old places - I don't enjoy reading about places, but to actually be there and see them is a whole different story.
I'm sure there are some places near me filled with history... I should try to find them.


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

2012, You'll Be Missed

Sorry to get this posted half way into the first month of the new year. LATE!
In my defense, I have been away for work and only had my tablet to get online.
You try typing on that thing! Didn't work out so well for me. Oh - and good luck getting any pictures uploaded to it. I could barely figure out how to copy and paste a sentence.

2012 was a wonderful year for me!

The best yet!

I started with a BANG-
January 1st Matt FINALLY
asked me if I would spend forever with him. Talk about a good start to a new year!

February my mom and I spent a few fun filled days in Reno, NV and Lake Tahoe. (I never did blog about this - perhaps it isn't too late???)

May we got
married and went on our fabulous honeymoon.

June is when Matt officially moved to Kentucky.

August I spent a weekend in
St. Louis with my mom.

September Matt and I went to
Indianapolis and he got a good job offer.

October we went on our
second cruise and Matt started his new job.

November I
hosted my first Thanksgiving.

December was a bit rough for my family but still a good month overall.

Like I said, overall, the best year yet!

Per my previous post, Matt and I want to track all our spending this year and really start saving money.
To make this happen we plan on tracking every dollar spent and earned. We both feel we bring in money, spend it, then have nothing to show for it. We are sick of this happening and this is our fist step in stopping this awful trend.
We will call this goal number one.
SAVE AND SPEND MONEY WISELY
Beneath goal number one we have 'A' - we are going to finish paying off my student loans, 'B' - make a good dent in our new vehicle's balance, and 'C' save money.

Step one is to buy a planner.
I am hoping they are on sale now. I haven't bought one yet since I knew I wouldn't be home for all of January. This meant we couldn't try too hard until I got back. You can't help but eat out a lot while away from home. Plus maybe now they are 75% off. Guess I will find out soon enough.

I have an Excel spreadsheet I use to keep track of monthly bills and now I am adding a more detailed one. It has columns for money spent of groceries, money spent eating out, money spent on gas and money spent on miscellaneous items. I think it is important to know where our money is going before I can start cutting the fat.
Mind over matter, right?
Resolution number two is we both want to eat more healthy and get into shape.
EAT HEALTHY AND GET IN SHAPE
We are both hoping in the process we lose weight because we are both sick of being overweight.
In my immediate future I will be joining Weight Watchers Online.
I mean it this time. No more just talking about it and putting it off for another day.
This is important to me. More important then it ever has been.
Please wish us luck on these two!
I am confident we can easily accomplish our missions!
 

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Beautiful Hair At CVS

HELLO 2013!
I cannot believe we have already said goodbye to 2012. Time flies WAY too fast sometimes. Seems like I was just saying hello to 2012 the other day...
I do actually have a lovely post I am almost done with, but I had to get a few things done today so it wont get posted until tomorrow.
In the mean time I couldn't resist showing you what I bought today.

After work I went to Meijer to get my FREE gallon of milk thanks to my mPERKS number. If you shop at Meijer and don't have an account I highly suggest you do this - pronto! Basically you log online and add coupons to your phone number you use when you check out. I have gotten some really good coupons! FREE milk has been one of the better ones.

Anyways, this post is not about FREE milk.
It is about CVS.
Which is where I went after Meijer since I had seen a good deal on someones blog.
I bought all these bottles for $12 -
3 bottles of conditioner and 5 curly hair styling products.

CVS has all sorts of different hair products I could have bought for 50% and 75% off, but 1. I don't know how well these styling products work since I have never used them before and 2. I am trying to be more thrifty.

That is mine and Matt's number 1 New Year's resolution. I'll tell you more about this tomorrow.

Make sure you check your local CVS. I am glad I did. :)