Simply the Best

When I think of Springfield, Missouri this pops into my mind. I spent many a days and dollars here. This is one of my favorite coffeehouses I have visited so far. The staff is always friendly, the establishment is calm and clean, and the coffee (PT’s) is tasty every time. A visit to SGF always requires a stop into The Coffee Ethic. If you’re ever in the area, check them out. You won’t regret it.

This PSA sponsored by my love of coffee.

Simply the Best

Throwback, The Last Song

The last concert I can remember going to was at the Missouri State Fair, an old tradition. I would attend the fair every year and depending on the talent booked would also attend a concert. This year, 2009 I believe, was Heart so I had to go. My friends and I were a handful of young people at this show, everyone else was 20 years our senior. It goes to show that at any age you can enjoy an evening out listening to good music. The performance was great and the one memory I can recall was a lot of laughs with friends.

For your viewing pleasure.

Throwback, The Last Song

Throwback, Loves

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Springfield has quite the coffee crowd considering the location and population. I found myself right at home here and the city still holds a small piece of my heart. One of my favorite things to do on a day off was sit in a cafe and enjoy some local Askinosie chocolate over a latte while reading. Heavenly!

Throwback, Loves

Gone Girl, A Review

Gone Girl

Title: Gone Girl

Author: Gillian Flynn

Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Publication: Broadway Books, 2012

Format: paperback

Rating: 4/5 stars

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

I really enjoyed reading this book. It was fast paced, full of action/intrigue, and I finished over a weekend. Some have complained that the book was too dark while others say it was not as dark as Flynn’s other works. I found it, even though I haven’t read her other pieces yet, quite satisfying.

Flynn dissected each character’s set of relationships like a surgeon. I felt much apart of the hunt to find Amy and her possible killer. I am convinced I am a naive individual because I never thought so many could lie, especially to people they love. After finishing this book my appreciation for the mystery genre has been renewed.

Gone Girl, A Review

Throwback, Comedy Night


While living in Missouri you either prefer Kansas City or St. Louis, I was always in the first group. St. Louis was an unknown place and fear of the unknown plagued me. That was until the summer of 2008 when I started taking trips to STL rather than KC.

Great memories from St. Louis include the one above, a night of comedy at Fox Theatre with girlfriends. There are so many places to see in St. Louis but these are a few of my favorites.

SLAM, St. Louis Art Museum
the art museum
Left Bank Books
independent bookstore
MoKaBe's and Kaldi's Coffee
great coffee

St. Louis’s reputation is now skewed by the recent events but it won’t stop me from visiting and recommending this great city to other travelers.

Skyline view from across the river.

Throwback, Comedy Night


That time we went exploring…

Probably a decade ago, good lord I’m getting old, I went on a trip to take pictures with another photographer friend. We lived in rural Missouri and it was during the end of Spring (so warmer temps) which meant we didn’t want to be in the car for long. The destination was decided and off we went to Arrow Rock State Park. The jail above is located in the state park. It was used to hold one prisoner. On the way to the state park we stopped in a small town for lunch and roamed.

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A very quaint town with a great vibe. Their main street has a few shops to stop in and while there you can take a look at the windmill that sits atop the town well. There are a few gardens around like the Chouteau Garden with the fountain or another water garden with a koi pond. We spent nearly an hour walking around and exploring. It is one of my favorite memories from the past. A beautiful day spent outside.