So… I live a really boring life. I really, really do. Even when I was employed I lived a boring life. But y’know what? I’m ok with that! So I decided to give you all a little look into my semi-boring life.
I start off my morning with a gorgeous glimpse of one of our abandoned elementary schools. They’ve been talking about turning it into another cell block for the detention center at the end of our street, which I really don’t care for. And I’ve also heard that the EMS is going to take over the building. That there would be kind of annoying too, but it’s the lesser of the two evils. The steeple you see is that of the Catholic church a block away. It really is a beautiful view.
I get into my trusty Kia, Kiki. Yes, I name my vehicles. And this one’s name is Kiki. And she loves Hello Kitty like I do
Turn the corner and you’re downtown. They have the banners up for Neewollah, our annual Halloween festival. Three days of good food, good music and a great carnival atmosphere. Plus there’s parades. And everyone loves a good parade.
Look! More flags!
My town has this weird fetish with bronze people and things… On the other side of this street there’s a bronze shoe… And across the intersection? A couple of frozen children on a log… Down the street? A frozen bulldog. And don’t get me started on all the frozen children in the park. *shudders*
This is a view of my beautiful historic downtown. Going to run errands this makes it worth the drive.
Look! My favorite (and only) coffee shop, Ane Mae’s! They have THE best coffee ever- Farm Girl Roast. GAH! That crap is good!
Lookie, it’s 10:20am!
A picture of me and my Hello Kitty Shades. What you can’t really see is that I’m giving the camera the prerequisite duck face.
I’m never alone when I have mini Darth with me. He keeps me company.
I was hell bent to finish my book that day. And I did!
After the errands were done, we took a spin around the park. These lions have stood sentinel since sometime in the early 1900’s.
This carousel has been in the park since the early 1900’s. The man that bequeathed it to the park stated in his will that the ticket fee for the carousel could never go above five cents or his family would retain ownership. In this economy, it’s hard to find anything for five cents, let alone a gorgeous relic like this. The train, which looks like a real locomotive but is powered by a riding lawnmower engine, only costs .25 per ride while the miniature golf costs each player a dollar per game. Our park here is one of the best I’ve ever seen. Beautiful rolling greens, the park with tons of playthings for kids (even though the good majority of those have been taken out due to “liability” issues. What-ever.)
We have a band shell, where they do concerts in the parks, theatrical readings, and Halloween themed book readings.
Down the winding road we go, around to the back side of our zoo.
Look! A camel!
The castle in the Kiddie Park section of the park/zoo.
Monkey Island, once home to Miss Abel, a Rhesus monkey who had the privilege to be the first monkey in space.
The Lions Den, ran by the Lions (duh), it’s a little snack bar to serve hungry park goers with awesome yumminess like nachos and *gasp* cotton candy!
And we have a train!
After our trip around the park and zoo, there’s time for lunch!
We had to go to Parent/Teacher conferences that afternoon, so after we were done, it was over to Sonic for some Happy Hour yummies to congratulate the kids for their good grades.
Yes, I’m a weirdo and I order stem cherries in a cup. With nothing else. Because I do not like cherry limeades, or cherry Dr. Peppers or anything else with cherries in it. Just the cherries. In a cup. This is a cup of love. You have to experience it to understand it fully.
And I also got my regular- Large un-sweet iced tea with extra ice. Enough to make my eyes cross, it tasted so good.
On our way back from Sonic, we pass by the Booth Theater, which is in the process of being refurbished to be reopened in all its former glory. I can’t wait to see it.
This is my favorite snow cone place, which is only a few blocks away from my house. Best Fuzzy Navel snow cone EVAR.
Creepy, scary house.
This is Alf Landon’s house. I think he was a governor of Kansas or something. Plus he lived in Independence. Only thing that really draws me to this house is that it’s supposedly haunted.
This is reputedly one of the most haunted places in Independence. It used to be a state hospital for the insane. Now, it’s apartment buildings. I wouldn’t want to live there… Look, there’s evidence of ghosts right in the window
So we get home and Collin begins his homework. This is my setup for when I work on the computer. YEs, that’s a TV tray that my laptop is sitting on. I am so 21st century it’s scary.
And we round out the night with Grey’s Anatomy’s season premier. Don’t you feel like McAngsty is staring at you? I do. Creeper…
So yeah, I lead a really boring life. But it’s my life, and I’d never ask for anything more.