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Lawrence, KS
Working on building the life I like to imagine.
Interests: travel, photography, books, photography,, nature, art journaling, writing, family, doctor who, general hospital, game of thrones, todd rundgren
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I have a serious, grade school style crush oh Josh Gates. Apparently he has been on the TV for a long time, but I haven't had cable for even longer so he's brand new to me. And I love him. /Swoon Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2017 at Notes from ShellyCentral
It’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything and that always makes me feel weird about posting again. Shouldn’t I explain a very sold excuse about why I haven’t posted and shouldn't it also be a post so great that I had to rush off and write it? Well no of course not, but I get hung up sometimes. I’ve learned over the years the best way to get back into is to just jump. April is almost over and I couldn’t be more glad. April is my most crazy month. There are the car tags to renew because... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2017 at Notes from ShellyCentral
The first quarter of 2017 is behind us, and I am happy to still be capturing a second of my life pretty much every day. Sometimes I share them on Instagram and sometimes I don't. It's one thing to remember to take some video every day, actually compiling and posting them ever week is a bit more than I'm up for. I think the longer compilations are more fun to watch, anyway. Three months seems like a nice chunk to break off and show you. I also smashed together this very nice chunk. It's too soon to tell, but it... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2017 at Notes from ShellyCentral
This weekend was so cold, and so gray (just like last weekend!), I spent a lot of time under the covers in my bed, or under a blanket on my couch, watching way too much YouTube. I thought I'd share some. It started innocently, with a search for cat videos that might make me laugh. Compilation of Cats Being Jerks And Knocking Things Over And then I thought if was going to waste time watching tv, I'd watch something that would teach as well as distract me. A glimpse of teenage life in ancient Rome Four sisters in Ancient Rome... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2017 at Notes from ShellyCentral
Last Sunday night I was talking to my mom and she told me she'd be in Kansas City Monday morning. She asked if I wanted to drive in to see her. Where she was headed was about 35 minutes away. She lives 2 and a half hours away, so of course I did. Monday morning I talked to my mom, then I talked to my brother while I was getting ready, and then talked to Hannah for the drive in. When I told her I was going to meet Grandma in Olathe, she pointed out it was probably close to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2017 at Notes from ShellyCentral
Well hello people! I just got back from a very lovely and relaxing cruise through the Caribbean, with a bonus trip to Orlando to see some of my people to cap it off. It was fantastic and even though it might seem like I've already told everyone all about it on my Facebook while it was happening, I haven't. And I'm going to tell you more, starting right here. So the cruise was a 7 night Eastern Caribbean cruise with Royal Caribbean. On the Oasis, which isn't their biggest ship, but is insanely big. There were over 6 thousand people... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2017 at Notes from ShellyCentral
I have been looking for a new couch I could love for years. When we started to change the rooms on our main floor last December, the search started to get serious. I pretty much knew what I wanted all along. These are the three big contenders over the years that just never made it into my living room. The one on the far right almost made it. I had pretty much decided to go pick it up as soon as it worked out for Alan to bring the old truck to help me cart it. Two Wednesdays ago, Hannah... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2017 at Notes from ShellyCentral
Last year, around 9 or 10 months in, I started to fail a bit in my 1secondeveryday consistency. I don't want to do that this year, so I decided to start posting smaller bits of time on my instagram (@shellycentral). I think that will help keep it in my mind. I thought I'd show you my first 4 weeks, in 3 posts, over here. When I'm smarter, I'll upload these without the sound. I find it distracting when you're just getting a one second clip, shoved together with a bunch of other one second clips so I'm sorry to do... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at Notes from ShellyCentral
Remember last fall when I had to go to a funeral in Louisiana? Yeah that was sad. But here's one thing about it that's not super sad - it was in the city of Lafayette - named for my hero and yours, Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier de La Fayette, Marquis de La Fayette. Or just Lafayette if you're singing some Hamilton. One morning, on my way to the local Target for some room freshener, I drove past this. Of course I couldn't tell from the road, but on my way back I pulled over to check, and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2017 at Notes from ShellyCentral
This is my mom, happy in Cozumel. I know I went on a trip a couple months ago and didn't tell you guys anything about it, and that's not good (* see below). But it's time for me to get excited about the next one! I went on my first cruise about a year ago. A cruise had never been in my plans, but when my mom asked me to go with her (and my brother and his girlfriend) I didn't want to say no. I was unsure how it would go, but I promised Danny that if I liked... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2017 at Notes from ShellyCentral
2016 is over. That probably gives you all kinds of thoughts and feels. One thing about it is that for all of us doing 1 second every day last year, we've got a finished product. I was far from perfect with this project - but I kept trying and I'm so glad I did. I LOVE IT!! Take a look. I found out just the other day that I could have cheated for the days I missed! There were several ways to add clips from the wrong day which wow would have made such a difference, and I think that's... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2017 at Notes from ShellyCentral
It’s been over 2 months since I posted anything here. I feel like I should address this, but I also feel as a blog reader I’m never interested in posts talking about how the writer is sorry they haven't posted or talk about why someone hasn’t posted for a long time. So, you know, life. We all have one. It happens. Here's a catch up about mine, with photos of course. I knew I was going to be out of the state on election day, so on the first day it was possible, I drove downtown with Danny and Hannah... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2016 at Notes from ShellyCentral
Last week I was in Louisiana for about the worst reason you can ever have to go out of town. My dad’s brother, my favorite uncle and my godfather passed away. He was an incredible man who lived a great life and I love him very much. I can’t really talk much about it or him yet, but I hope that I will soon. Right now, I’m going to just tell you a little about the trip. I picked up a rental car on Saturday morning. They said I'd get a Kia Rio, or something similar. The Kia wasn't there... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2016 at Notes from ShellyCentral
If you're my friend on Facebook, you may have noticed I am struggling with the tragedy of my country right now. If you follow me on Twitter you probably think I've lost my mind. But the world is a harsh place right now, and I am a sensitive girl. There is a part of my mind that is constantly shouting out me to freak out. Constantly. To do nothing but shout and scream about these things. And to ignore everything but this. I am often convinced that this is the only answer and I should ignore everything else in my... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2016 at Notes from ShellyCentral
Another from the lists I made when I turned 50 a couple months ago. Pompeii, Italy Winchester mystery house Glasonbury, England Manitou Springs, CO at 7 (far right) and at 27 Placerville, CA Ft Worth, TX Inis Mor, Ireland London, England New York City Las Vegas Pittsburgh, PA Unsinkable Molly Brown’s House Clifs of Mohr, Ireland Grand Isle, LA San Francisco, CA St Louis Arch Rome, Italy Civil war battlefield Boston, MA Swope Memorial, Kansas City Bethesda Terrace, Central Park, NYC Glenwood Springs Adveture Park Disney World Google Middle of the Ocean Edinburgh, Scotland Tiny villages in the mountains of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2016 at Notes from ShellyCentral
The continuing story of my trip with my daughter to Europe way back in 2011. Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2016 at Notes from ShellyCentral
Finally sharing my 1 second every day video from the last two months. It's still not long though - two months in 1 minute! Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2016 at Notes from ShellyCentral
The story of how I got my first stitches at the age of 50. Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2016 at Notes from ShellyCentral
On our second day in Europe, we took a tour into some gorgeous bits of Eastern Ireland. Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2016 at Notes from ShellyCentral
Today, Google reminded me that it was 5 years ago today that Hannah and I started our long adventure across a tiny bit of Europe. I thought it might be fun to show you some pictures of the days as their anniversaries come up. The first thing we did after we settled into our hostel was head out to explore something. We walked a couple blocks into a boring residential area, and then turned around and quickly found this, Dublin Castle. Big giant ancient castle in the middle of everything. It was pretty gorgeous. We explored the castle, the church... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2016 at Notes from ShellyCentral
I spent a few days in bed from a migraine. Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2016 at Notes from ShellyCentral
Things around here have slowed down and gotten almost boring. I am loving it. I loved it when it was crazy the last couple months, too. I guess I like to live one extreme for a while, and then move to another. Moderation? Whatever. I've been busy, actually, just with projects around my house and my brain. I love my house in a lot of ways, but it just looks horrible. Lame. Outdated. Like it never had any kind of plan. I don't like it so have been focused on changing that. I've also been a bit obsessed with things... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2016 at Notes from ShellyCentral
This started out as a list of 5, but who was I kidding? Barcelona The British Lake District Wales Greece Venice Casablanca, Morocco Istanbul, Turkey Angkor Watt, Cambodia Sri Lanka St Petersburg, Russia Vienna, Austria Giverny, France Disneyland Yellowstone National Park The Grand Canyon Hadrian's Wall, Scotland/England border Florence, Italy Sienna Amsterdam The Badlands Cahokia, Illinois Globe Theatre Egypt Big Sur Sedona, AZ Bora Bora Hawaii Machu Picchu Petra Cinque Terre, Italy Skara Brae, Scotland greenland or iceland Denmark Bali, India Budapest Tibet Nepal Portugal Santorini, Grece Crete Delphi, Grece Niagra Falls Malta Cyprus Serengeti National Park Prague Forbidden City,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2016 at Notes from ShellyCentral
Hung out with William Burroughs at his house. This picture was taken in his front yard, in 1996. On a digital camera so this resolution is the best that exists. That's Justin Hall to my right, Bill claiming me as his girlfriend on my left, and Eben, being shoved the wrong way by Justin in the back. Tossed a love note onto the altar of Julius Caesar. In the Roman Forum, you can visit the altar where they burned Caesar's body and have worshiped him as a god for a couple thousand years. People still visit every day. I believe... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2016 at Notes from ShellyCentral