This & That (including a new business!)

Well, it’s been awhile since I spent any time in the blog world.  I miss reading and catching up with all of my awesome blog friends!!!

The past few weeks have been full with all sorts of exciting events.

Chris and I went to the Dining Out (military ball/adult prom).  Always fun to get all dressed up!!!

All dressed up
All dressed up

We also hosted the Concealed Reveal – art auction that the YWCA does for the battered women’s shelter – such an incredible event!!!

reading for an art auction
reading for an art auction
fun auctioneers
fun auctioneers

Sadly, one of our tenants had to move out very quickly and unexpectedly.  Fortunately we were able to rent the apartment in 1 week!!!  It’s super cute – my favorite of the 3 apartments.

living room
living room
claw foot tub in one of the 2 bathrooms
claw foot tub in one of the 2 bathrooms
fireplace in one of the bedrooms
fireplace in one of the bedrooms

The boys are almost done with another school year  (only 8 more days!!!).   Lots of concerts, programs and, of course, tests!!!  (and then both boys will be high schoolers!!!!)

And……we are in the process of starting a new business!!!  Meetings, planning, talking, research  and fears are all taking shape for my next big venture.

This building doesn’t look like a lot right now –

like the primary colors?!
like the primary colors?!
stage for modeling!!!
stage for modeling!!!

But I have huge plans that include new flooring (no more commercial carpeting), removal of the weird wall things and opening the ceiling to revel this awesome raised tin ceiling –

tin ceiling
tin ceiling

This business will be a retail venture – everything you need for a wedding (or any big event) all in one location – all offered through consignment.

After almost 2 years of running an event venue I know there is a need for a local place to buy and sell the decorations and other items needed for a big event that only get used once!!!

So, we are opening…Your Special Day.  This will be a store that you can walk into and feel like you are in an upscale shopping place with a personal shopping experience.

We also want to include any and all vendors that people need for weddings (or other big events) and give them a space to display some of their product/work.

The idea is all-in-one shopping/planning for your wedding or any big event/party.

So, my blogging might be Screen Shot 2015-05-12 at 8.29.17 PMfor awhile but I hope to get back to it more consistently at some point!!!

(I have been doing my daily 45s still even though I haven’t posted any  in weeks!!!

How are things with you?

Happy Wednesday!!!


Do You Live in a Walking Town?

People run, bike and walk in our neighborhood but very few people  in Topeka walk as a means of transportation.

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People who work downtown walk a little more but the rest of the time it is rare to see anyone walking just to get someplace.

Wednesday morning I had to take Chris’ car to the Ford place for some work.  I decided I would just walk home because it was a gorgeous morning.

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After I dropped off the car the guys at the desk asked if I needed a ride.  I told them I was just planning to walk home.

They didn’t know what to do.  One of the guys gave me his card so that I could call if I got tired!!!  What?!  I’m a LONG distance runner!!!

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It made me laugh!  I told him that I regularly run ultras and hoped I could handle walking 5.5 miles.  I’m not sure he knew what to think.

The best part is I have to take the car back today (Friday)  for new tires and I’m planning to walk home again because it was such a nice walk!!!

Do you ever walk as a means of transportation?  
I’ve always thought it would be nice to live someplace where everyone walked – maybe I will start doing it more often and see if it catches on here!!

Happy Friday!


The Courage to be Different

In my previous life (before I had kids), I taught middle school science and coached volleyball, basketball and track at the middle school.

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I know that most teens and preteens want to fit in with all of their peers. Screen Shot 2015-04-28 at 8.37.14 PM I think it is refreshing to see kids that aren’t afraid to be a little different and do their own thing!!
Screen Shot 2015-04-28 at 8.36.39 PMActually, I think that even adults struggle with being different sometimes.  I see people trying to put everyone in a little bubble instead of embracing the differences that make us all unique.

I spent many years of my life afraid to stand out.  Now, I’m perfectly happy to be me and hope that my boys will always have the courage to be themselves.

Screen Shot 2015-04-28 at 8.37.29 PMSometimes being yourself means a teenager who is willing to play with boxes –

Sometimes being a little different is a 46 year old dad showing his sons his moves –

A little courage goes a long way!!!

Today I’m linking up with Deb (Deb Runs) for the Wednesday Word which is courage.

Deb Runs

When is the last time you did something that required courage?

Happy Wednesday!!!


Not all Steps Have to be Giant Ones

This is not a sponsored post but it is about something that I 100% believe.

I tend to get wrapped up in new goals and plans and think that I have to get it done immediately which rarely works out because I can’t drop everything else to focus on the “new” thing!!!

2 phenomenal women and bloggers – Carla Birnberg and Roni Noone published a book that came out recently – Screen Shot 2015-04-26 at 9.20.20 PM

The concept behind this book is simple – do what you can when you can because small things will add up to big things over time!!!

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It is so easy to get wrapped up in life and feel like everything has to be done a certain way to a certain standard.  Sometimes those standards become overwhelming and we end up not doing anything.

However, if we live by the “what you can, when you can” motto we will take a lot of pressure off of ourselves and probably end up achieving much more in the process!!!

Don’t you love the idea of reaching your goals by taking small steps that fit into your lifestyle?

Happy Monday!!!


PS – Check out the wycwyc website.

Some Days You Have to Laugh

This week was full of those little incidences that you have to just laugh about to keep from getting stressed!!!

Monday – I was hoping to watch some of the Boston Marathon – Screen Shot 2015-04-23 at 8.33.13 PMBut, after spending the morning cleaning the venue, I had enough time to drive home, catch the final 5 minutes of the men’s race, shower and get back to the venue for a meeting.

At the meeting , the couple brought in a baby and a 7 year old girl (she wasn’t in school because she had been sent home earlier that day with pink eye) – the guy told me they were all sick – after I shook hands with everyone!!!Screen Shot 2015-04-23 at 8.48.19 PM

Tuesday – I had my 3 month check with the dermatologist after having some skin cancer removed.  Before I left his office he had used some weird thing to “freeze” about 10 spots off my hands and face and taken a scalpel to a spot on my back to test a “worrisome” spot.

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Normally when we have events at the venue I don’t stay.  However, Tuesday evening we had an event that I had to stay for.  Driving home I couldn’t figure out why it seemed like the Topeka drivers were worse than normal.  When I finally got close to home (it is about 20 minutes driving through town) I realized that somehow the know had gotten turned and I was driving without lights on – OOPS!!!

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Thursday – I had a full morning of ironing tablecloths lined up.  About 45 minutes into my ironing/book on CD  one of our tenants text me that a squirrel had made a nest inside the wall/ceiling of her apartment.

Not a picture from today - I didn't climb 3 stories up a ladder to see the actual nest!
Not a picture from the apartment – I didn’t climb 3 stories up a ladder to see the actual nest!

Almost 2 hours and a full education on squirrels later (thank you Critter Control) I was finally back to ironing for the event that afternoon  – thankfully I finished with over an hour to spare.

See – sometimes it is good to just laugh at all the petty stuff that happens.

What things did you choose to laugh at this week instead of letting them cause you stress?

Happy Friday!!


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