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Everything's Up to Date in Kansas City

I'm going to try to make a more consisten effort to blog. I've been going once a week, and that's not something I want to do. I want to hit twice a week, if I can, and since I don't work on Mondays, this will be a day that I DEFINITELY plan to blog in the future. Also, I want to focus more on writing as a process, books I've read, and how my book is going. Possibly even chapter previews.

Anyway, today's post is about life. I got to get out of Council Bluffs this past weekend, and spend some quality time with my sister, aunt, uncle and cousins. My sis had to go back to KC to get some of her stuff after she moved out of our aunt and uncle's house, and back home. We left after we both got out of work, around 5:30, and stopped in St. Joe, MO to get our cousin, Victor, for a reprieve from school right before finals. We also had dinner at Denny's (I love that Denny's is still around and still so cheap!) before continuing our trek to Grandview, which is ab…

Red Lentil and Bacon Vegetable "Stoup."

I don't know how it is all over the rest of the country, but the midwest has been RAINY! We had a little bit of sunshine this past weekend, but for the most part, it's been wet, and last night, there was a lightning/thunder storm. It's almost May, and we haven't had pretty blossoms on trees yet. I hope they still come. It still looks like winter right now.

After a trip to OrangeLeaf with my mother, we came home to make real dinner. Since it's cold, we were thinking of soup. I looked at Pinterest for ideas for red lentils, as we had a jar of them (Tip, keep jars that hold spaghetti sauce, and after finishing the sauce, wash them and store grains, peas and lentils in them!). I pretty much just looked up how to cook lentils and went from there.

I started with cooking down some bacon ends a pieces (Usually good for soups), which my mom fished out when they were getting too dark. From there, we sauteed a small onion, about three or four chopped celery stalks, two carrot…

Annette Funicello 1942-2013

I'm a couple days late in this post, but I honestly think I needed to collect my thoughts before getting a blog together. When I was a kid, my dad raised my sister and I on older movies and TV Shows. One of my favorite movies was Babes in Toyland, Starring Annette Funicello as Mary Quite Contrary and Ray Bolger (the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz) as Mr. Barnaby, her antagonist. I loved the story, the music, the dancing. Everything. The following video is Mary (Funicello) and her fiance, Tom-Tom The Piper's Son (Tommy Sands). Wonderful.


More than anyone, she was Walt Disney's Sweetheart. He discovered her, cast her in his new children's show, and she would have done anything for him. She loved him like an Uncle (and he insisted the Mousketeers call him that), and even kept up her Disney reputation by being sweet and modest (where are THOSE Disney kids? Seriously?!).

One of my favorite Beach movies that she was also famous for was Beach Blanket Bingo. I hadn't seen i…