Skip to main content

Manhattan/Topeka Trip

Monday morning I headed to Manhattan. It was a beautiful drive - beautiful weather and beautiful scenery. Fall is alive and blooming in Kansas! When I got to the kids' house, they were all there. Kaleb had to leave for a class, so I took Kaitlin and Brandon to lunch at Arby's (big whoop!). We had a nice visit. After dropping Brandon back off at their house, Kaitlin and I headed to Topeka. We wanted to get there early for the Daughtry concert. I've only been to Topeka a few times, most of them a long time ago. We found the Kansas Expocentre fairly easily (after a stop at Dairy Queen for a blizzard!). Since we had allowed ourselves plenty of extra time, we drove around the area a bit to find the easiest and quickest way out of the arena. We still ended up waiting about 45 minutes before standing in line another 20 minutes for the doors to open. The first act was Cavo. Kaitlin nor I had ever head of them. Apparently they are from St. Louis. Second act was Theory of a Deadman. I've listened to their music because Brandon and Kaitlin both like them, but I had no clue what they looked like. They were okay. Daughtry finally made it onstage about 9:40pm. Let me say first of all that I have been to dozens of rock concerts over the years. Yes, I know they are loud. I expect them to be. However, I was truly disappointed in Daughtry because the music was so loud it overshadowed the vocals. When I go to a concert, I want to hear the vocals - lyrics are what it's all about. There were two highlights: the acoustic set about midway through the concert, and a wonderful rendition of "In the Air Tonight" by Phil Collins. Other than that, the concert was mediocre, and Kaitlin and I left before the encore. At least I got to spend some time with the kids and we had a nice visit.

The capitol building (in the distance):

The Kansas Expocentre

Daughtry (my camera doesn't take very good pics from a distance)

I cleaned their kitchen, took out the trash and started the dishwasher this morning before I left for home. Kaitlin complains that she's always the one left to clean the kitchen, and I believe it. It wasn't in terrible shape, but they use a LOT of glasses. In fact, I kept finding them all over the house after I started the dishwasher. I ended up washing those by hand since the dishwasher was full! I had a safe, uneventful trip home. One note, I rented a car for this trip because my car is still acting up. In fact, Corby and our two neighbors are working on my car right at this minute. Anyway, the rental was a Honda Accord, and it was really nice. I took it back late this afternoon, and Corby picked me up on  his way home from work.

It's back to work tomorrow after a week and a half off. Am I looking forward to it? No! If I could afford to retire now I would. But with 3 kids in college it's definitely NOT feasible. It doesn't mean I don't like my job because I do - I just like being home better!


Lenore said…
Ugh - I hate it when the music drowns out the vocals. Not Daughtry's fault probably - bad sound guys!!

Popular posts from this blog

REVIEW: The Lost Girls by Allison Brennan

St. Martin's Press
November 1, 2016

Love Brennan's Lucy Kincaid series!

Siobhan Walsh has been looking for two sisters who disappeared 2 years ago. She feels responsible, so when she gets a phone call from a Texas priest, who has found an abandoned newborn with a locket nearby that she'd given one of the girls; she goes to Texas in hopes of finding them. She calls in her FBI friends, including Lucy Kincaid, and the search is on. Meanwhile, Lucy's fiance, Sean, has an unexpected visit from a former girlfriend. Her husband, and the 12 year old son he never knew he had, have disappeared in Mexico. So it's time for the Rogan family to find out what's going on.

This is a suspenseful, hard-to-put-down book, so hang on for the ride! Be prepared for a human trafficking story that is hard to stomach, and more than likely, all too true in this day and age. Mexican cartels, murder and mayhem. This book has it all.

Entertainment Weekly "REVISITED"

(thanks for the REVISITED idea, Robyn!)

Okay, I posted last week a blog entry about Entertainment Weekly's Top 100 Movies of the last 25 years. Now I'm going to post their Top 10 TV Shows, and my Top 10 TV Shows...

1. The Simpson's - don't like, never watch
2. The Sopranos - never watched
3. Seinfeld - don't like, not a Seinfeld fan
4. The X-Files - never watched
5. Sex and the City - never watched (do you see a pattern here?)
7. The Cosby Show - I would put this in my Top 20, but probably not my Top 10
8. Lost - never watched
9. Friends - HATED!
10. Buffy the Vampire Slayer - never watched

Obviously you can see my tastes are definitely not the same as the EW reviewer's.

Here's my Top 10:
1. Miami Vice - I still drool over Don Johnson
2. Golden Girls - consistently funny, and I love Sophia!
3. Scarecrow and Mrs. King - Bruce Boxleitner was one HOT dude!
4. CSI Miami - great cast! great st…
The Nanny Arrangement
by Rachel Harris
May 22, 2017
Entangled Publishing

Hannah has been best friends with Deacon for years, ever since she befriended him and he became her protector. Now she's been asked to be the nanny for Deacon's son, while he's embarking on a tour with a famous country band. Hannah has loved him for years, and she's determined to make him see her as more than a best friend. Do her tactics work? Does Deacon's upbringing (absent dad, alcoholic mother) prevent him from being able to maintain a relationship?

I loved the interaction that Hannah had with Deacon, as well as his band-mates wives and girlfriends. First book I've read by Harris, and I enjoyed it so much that I need to go back and read You're Still The One, the first book in the series.