Happy heat of the summer to you! Perhaps you are a pool owner and love when the Kansas heat rolls in, but as a non pool owner, it is hot and the sweating has begun. As a Kansan, we are used to literally going from heat to air conditioning and perhaps back and forth a few times before we have constant heat of the summer. In NOTO, this time of year is quite toasty for us in our 100 year old buildings with a/c that simply just can’t keep up. Today while I worked on flipping the showroom I realized I was loosing a battle of sweating and heat rising in Pinkadilly. At 83 inside I realized I lost and pooped out.
So I am hoping my next house is one that allows me to put in a little elbow grease and put my mark on it. This house was finished for a stage in my life I couldn’t tackle any more. Now, I’m ready to tackle! (so if you know of anyone wanting to sell a unique house in Topeka, have them message me!)
My next major excitement is my countdown to Europe!! March 12th my best girlfriend Shannon and my sister and I are heading to London and Ireland and then on to Amsterdam, Belgium and Germany. Patti goes home after a week and Shannon’s kids will fly in to join us along with two friends of mine on March 19th. So although I have most of it squared away, if you know me and my travels, I am obsessive and quite particular. So I can’t wait to share with you more about my trip and what we have planned. Make sure to follow “my adventures” to not miss out on that craziness.
Hope to see you locals this Friday for the First Friday Art Walk!
I always have such good intentions as I head out of one season into the next, but sadly that's always what they end up being is just intentions. I think I'll be so organized next year. I'll be prepared and think ahead for x,y, and z. But somehow, I feel my days feel warp speed and before I know it I'm wearing my flip flops in the snow. Maybe eventually I can lap myself and instead of chasing my tail I can be one step ahead of everything. A girl can dream can't she?
I have started to try and keep more of a journal of things to keep not only my businesses more organized but also Jenny's mental brain more organized and balanced as I head into this year. I think January depresses me horribly. Literally and figuratively, and I really struggle with that each year. The weather is kind of yucky and I think I just get tired. I truly like to hibernate. But half of the month I make myself feel bad for feeling icky and wanting to hibernate and then the next half I get frustrated at myself for beating myself up for it, and then I realize I think I did this last year also maybe...thus, the journal. Heck, maybe I could kill two birds with one stone and blog more consistently and wallah! I have both.
My other struggle with January is all retail small businesses tend to be very slow and quiet after the holiday season. Food, retail sales, and not many weddings are happening either. I have had multiple discussions with people about, perhaps, is it a better option to close a small business like mine during the month of January? Most of the time we spend more financially to be open then to be closed for the month which is to be expected for a retail January. But why can't we be like a tourist area that closes at the end of the season? Why couldn't we take a season off if a majority of the area wanted to also? I laughed, if they aren't visiting us they won't be missing us...oh such a struggle in my head.
During my self awareness of my January blues, no pun intended, I have tried to force myself to get out and learn to live a little again. I actually hit the road last week and headed to Memphis Tennessee to enjoy the International Blues Competition. We have enjoyed having The Michael Lee Band while performing at Serendipity on a couple occasions. They are from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and were competing along with over 120 bands from all over the world for the title. They made it all the way through the semi finals, which shows their talent for their first year competing. I met my best friend Shannon and her husband Doug, who is also a music lover and we stayed on Beale street at the famous Peabody. We were able to meet up with some other friends who were also in town to enjoy IBC. We had a ball, enjoyed Beale Street and its offerings, and heard some wonderful music. I then headed to Nashville, Tennessee to spend an evening with my dear friend Hillary whom I've known since junior high school. Loved to see her beautiful family and get to catch up and be a part of her world even if for a short time. Plus, we did get to hit a killer area that has the neatest family style restaurant that was to die for.