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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 been to London twice, and both times I have stayed here, at St Paul's YHA. I'll always love that area because after spending most of my life dreaming of visiting Great Britain, it was the first place I actually got to explore. And "living" there meant it became the kind of home away from home you make for yourself when you're traveling. The hostel isn't exactly nice, but look at that building. It started life as a place for the kids in the choir (or choir school?) at St Paul's to live. It was gorgeous. Also it was... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2018 at Notes from ShellyCentral
As you may or may not remember, one place I'm visiting on my upcoming adventure is the former home of William Wordsworth. In preparation, I downloaded an audible version of some guy reading his poetry. Brilliant idea. I love it. You may also remember my faovirte poet is Gerard Manley Hopkins. I enjoyed the Wordsworth poetry so much I decided to also download someone reading me Hopkins poetry. Even better idea. Last night I was listening to it while I went to sleep. It's so beautiful. The words he chose to put together sound like... dreamy. I was listening and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2018 at Notes from ShellyCentral
Unless you watch my Instagram stories, you didn’t know I was even thinking about it, but I was. A couple weeks ago, around the Ides of March, I was thinking a lot about Rome and said to my friend, “I can’t believe I’m not going to to go Rome.” The other day I was looking at old Europe pictures, and there was Rome. All Romey and glorious. I made the mistake of looking up how much it would cost to visit if I flew there from Paris when we were done and then flew back to London. It was not... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2018 at Notes from ShellyCentral
i did it. i've been psyching myself up for the last week to buy my tickets to London (and back), and tonight i finally did it. did i make good choices? well i don't know. only time will tell, but i made choices and that was good. so now it's on. i kinda think it might be all europe all the time from now until i get there. it's 84 days till i leave america, so 70some until i leave kansas (i haven't picked a day for that quite yet). here's a picture of glastonbury tor from my 2007 visit,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2018 at Notes from ShellyCentral
It's 29 degrees outside of my Disney hotel room, so I am not going out there until I have to. I only have to because I have a lunch reservation at the Magic Kingdom. Luckily it's at 1pm when it will have warmed up to a toasty 48. (there is no such thing as climate change) I was at the Magic Kingdom last night and it got pretty chilly, especially by Florida standards. It was about 40 as I walked home from my bus stop, and that was a chilly walk even by Kansas standards. Before I came home though,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2018 at Notes from ShellyCentral
Goodbye Doctor. I sure grew to dig you. But honestly, I can't wait for life after Moffat. Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2017 at Notes from ShellyCentral
You guys I am just so freaking excited about seeing Todd tomorrow I can barely stand it. Do you ever feel that excited? I used to think that feeling was nervous, because it’s so overwhelming and intense and I feel like i’m going to be swallowed by it, but my therapist taught me some brain science. Nervous and excited are right next to each other in your brain, and sometimes when it gets easy to mix up the feelings. Nervous makes no sense. I’m not performing in front of anybody. I’m going to be so thoroughly entertained. Excited makes all... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2017 at Notes from ShellyCentral
I'm writing this from my Aunt's couch in Weatherford, Texas. It's only 50 degrees, but it's 37 at my house so I'm not complaining. I did complain yesterday though when it was warmer at home than here. We stayed in all day for that mess. Luckily we are a family of talkers and story tellers so it was still a fun day. On Tuesday we went into Ft Worth to visit my cousin who works at Texas Christian University. We had lunch at a tasty place just off campus and then we visited some iconic TCU spots like these fountains... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2017 at Notes from ShellyCentral
Last summer, at my family vacation I told my cousin Doug, who lives in Austin, I was going to come see him this fall. And I told my aunt who lives around Ft Worth I would stop to see her on the way. And then I told my best friend who moved to Texas I would stop at her house and of course I told my sister in Tulsa the same thing. I didn't forget about it. When I saw that auntie last month I told her "oh yeah, I'm definitely coming." I just never really picked any dates or... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2017 at Notes from ShellyCentral
Last Tuesday, I was at Hannah’s house meeting her cat. You may have seen a picture I’ve posted. Here’s another one, just in case. We were hanging out, watching the kitten when I got a text from my cousin Pam who lives in London. This is what it said. Yeah you guys. That’s what it said. Did you see it? A long time ago my cousin said they were doing a thing so they’d be in virtual line to get tickets when they went on sale and wondered if I’d be interested in going, so I kind of knew it... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2017 at Notes from ShellyCentral
Chances are you've never been in my art room, but I will tell you it has been a mess. Like a big crazy ugly mess. It never got set up right in the first place. It was a mess, so I added storage drawers and storage things, but it still seemed impossible to organize. I knew there was enough space for everything to have it's own home, but I needed blank space somewhere to put things as they were being sorted. It was like one of those puzzles where there's a square missing and then you have to slide it... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2017 at Notes from ShellyCentral
My 50th year was not my favorite, so I've been working on ways to change things and get back to having a life that makes me happy. One essential part of that was to straighten up my art room and make some daily movement in that area every day. Art is good therapy. Art is good for your soul. All of that art stuff, it's true. The first step was to get the art space in some kind of working order. I started getting rid of junk and supplies I don't use, while moving my favorite things into places easy... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2017 at Notes from ShellyCentral
The rest of my story about my most recent trip to Orlando - We left off Monday morning with a Game of Thrones hangover and nothing on my schedule all day. I spent most of it wasting time in some of my favorite ways - talking about tv on twitter, eating donuts I only eat on vacation, petting the dog and chatting with people via the (type)written word. When Adrianne got home from work we ran to Publix to get stuff for dinner. My brother grilled out in the crazy rain for us and we tried to find a movie... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2017 at Notes from ShellyCentral
A quick overview of the first few days of my Orlando trip. Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2017 at Notes from ShellyCentral
Every now and then I like to make a quick list of some simple things that are going on in my life at the moment. It's a nice thing to be able to look back at years later. I might remember big things that happen in my life, but small things like this get lost amidst the mess. (This was actually written last night, but since who knows when you'll read this, I count it as still valid.) currently: drinking: Diet Dr Pepper from Sonic (thank you Danny) watching: Cosplay Melee. Expedition Unknown is up next. feeling: worried reading: Notes... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2017 at Notes from ShellyCentral
I am still doing 1 second every day! And since June just finished, that means I now have half of 2017 in a 3 minute movie. I tend to think this has been a kinda crap year, but watching this makes me really happy so I guess it hasn't been too bad. I do have a bad habit of not recording anything at all when I'm doing some of the best stuff. Visits with friends and family or doing anything super fun - I forget all about capturing some of it. I want to work on that a little bit.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2017 at Notes from ShellyCentral
Well I say "just back" but honestly we got home on Tuesday. It's just taken me that long to get it together enough to write and share this. I think I'm finally glad to be back. In case you didn't know, I was at a family reunion in the mountains of Colorado. I have learned that 130 people from the same family spending a week together on a regular basis is a little unusual, but this is the family I came from so it really shouldn't surprise anyone. We've been doing this since 1977, although we've had to change locations... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2017 at Notes from ShellyCentral
I have never been very good at sticking with things, but 1secondevery day is just so fun I'm still doing it. Here are a few second of May from my point of view. If you want to see more of my 1secondeveryday clips, click here. If you want to download the app for yourself, click here. Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2017 at Notes from ShellyCentral
Every 3 years, my extended family gets together in the mountains of Colorado for a week long family reunion. This is the magic year, and the week starts at the end of this month! That means it’s time to get the planning into high gear and start getting ready. I’ve already started of course. Road trips take a little extra planning, and I’m not very familiar with the place we’re going (we’ve gone there once, at the last reunion 3 years ago). Making any trip longer than it started out is my super power. So with the blessings of Danny... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2017 at Notes from ShellyCentral
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