Thursday, January 29, 2009

going green.

colby and i decided to jump on the environmentally conscious bandwagon: going green. except in a more literal sense. we spent our MLK 3-day weekend painting our kitchen. 1 tan, and 3 red walls were primed and painted "tate olive," and our outdated brass light fixture was replaced as well.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

how i feel about cold.

the only time i get even a little bit excited about snow is the first snowfall of the season. appropriately, this year, this was the morning we went to cut down our christmas tree. after that, i'm over it. over snow, over winter.

much like bears, i hibernate during the winter. i go outdoors only when necessary, which in turn gives me a terrible case of cabin fever. simply put: i'm miserable when i'm cold.

if i had it my way, the remainder of my years would have 3 seasons. and since i'm so fond of the holidays, we'd move those to the summertime - give the phrase "Christmas in July" some authenticity.

until then.. thank goodness for hot chocolate!

my dog, on the other hand. why, she lllloves the snow.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

ring the king.

my favorite pizza in the entire world: Pizza King

Unfortunately, this chain doesn't leave Indiana's borders. And I've also concluded that 'outsiders' don't quite get it - Colby, included. Only fellow Hoosier natives seem share this appreciation for pizza "good to the very edge!" One of these days, I'll pay the big bucks to have one shipped here. But until then, I will look forward to my next visit home to enjoy this fine delicacy.

Dibs on the corner pieces.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

come visit in 2009.

A couple of weeks ago, a USA Today article listed Kansas City as a Top 5 Destination to Watch in 2009 in the world. It's officially 2009. I had better get some visitors! :) See the article below..

5 destinations to watch in 2009

By Christine Sarkis,

A destination in the midst of inventing itself. Another preparing for its year in the world spotlight. Cities and regions gearing up for year-long parties. Our top picks for destinations to watch in 2009 are bursting with up-and-coming, you've-gotta-see-this attitude. Not only are these destinations on the rise, but each offers good value to travelers looking to vacation affordably in the coming year.

Plus, find out what cities and countries are celebrating big milestones and hosting major festivals. From Alaska's 50th birthday to the major party in London surrounding the 500th anniversary of Henry VIII's ascension to the throne, 2009 is ready to party. And festivals such as Homecoming Scotland 2009, which welcomes back people of Scottish heritage and "Heart Scots" who just really like the country, offer even more reasons to hit the road.

With this much excitement to come, 2009 just got a whole lot more interesting.

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Kansas City

Never considered Kansas City as a vacation destination before? Over the past few years, the city has been working hard to make itself a destination worth the trip. And the effort is paying off big time during 2009 when more than $9 billion in major improvements will be reinvigorating its downtown area and lending major credibility to its arts and dining scenes.

Recent developments include the new nine-block Power & Light District, downtown's newest mixed-use neighborhood packed with restaurants, shops, and entertainment and performance venues. There's also an outdoor stage featuring live entertainment more than 150 days a year. The Crossroads Arts District hosts one of the largest art walks in the nation from 7 to 9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month. Downtown, there's also the new Sprint Center, which hosts large concerts and special events, and the College Basketball Experience, a giant entertainment facility with interactive exhibits and the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.

Beyond downtown, revitalized and expanded attractions draw crowds as well. The well-known Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art just finished an expansion last year. Already ranked among the top art museums in the country, the new expansion increases the museum's exhibition space by one third, and makes more room for the museum's collections of modern and contemporary art, African art, and photography. And just in time for its 100th anniversary, the Kansas City Zoo has also undergone a major renovation.

As if that isn't enough, Kansas City is expanding its culinary reputation. Long known as a mecca for barbecue, a number of Kansas City chefs and their fine dining establishments—including Bluestem, American Restaurant, and Michael Smith—have recently received national recognition as well.

Even better (especially this year), Kansas City is one of the country's most affordable major cities to visit. It's well-served by airlines including American, Continental, Delta, Frontier, Southwest, and United. So much service means prices tend to stay competitive. Hotels, dining, and attraction costs tend to be less expensive than in many other cities around the country as well. In fact, recently ranked Kansas City as one of the top value-priced destinations in the U.S. based on airfare, accommodations, and entertainment prices in 50 U.S. cities. Plus, there are dozens of free museums and attractions to visit.

The reasons to come will just keep expanding. 2010 will bring the opening of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, and the unveiling of a newly renovated Truman Sports Complex (home of the Kansas City Chiefs).

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