Friday, May 27, 2011


Crazy weather on a Tuesday afternoon.

Summer reading

The first book on my summer fun reading list!

Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead

We spent a beautiful Sunday afternoon out in the suburbs at the Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead, where little man had a great time feeding the goats, watching the birds, and seeing all varieties of domesticated and wild animals.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Brookside Farmers Market

After a few days of rain, we were happy to see the sun on Saturday as we perused the selection at the Brookside Farmers Market, picking up veggies and plants.

Last Friday

The final Friday of exam week. After proctoring an exam for my students, I returned about 50 books to the library, happy to clear out some space, but I have about 40 more to return.

Rainy day

A rainy Thursday, not a bad day to stay in and try to get some work done.

Thursday, May 19, 2011


Wednesday was the start of what looks to be a long week of grading. This was broken up with a few fun things, like a walk with the dog, a trip to the playground in the late afternoon, and a stop at the new Waldo Wednesday Farmers Market.


And, after all that, the semester is over. One year of PhD studies down, a lot left to go. I celebrated Tuesday afternoon on the front porch of Free State Brewery with Natalie, Eunyoung, and Meredith. So nice to get some sunshine and beer with friends!

The stack grows....

Hominy Chili

It's been unseasonably cool here this week, so we used our slow cooker to make a batch of Hominy White Bean Chili on Sunday, throwing together Blue Corn Biscuits at the last minute as an accompaniment. The biscuits look a bit strange under the florescent under-counter lights, but they were so fluffy and good right out of the oven, and perfect for a chilly evening meal.

Symphonic Quixotic

After a long day of writing and editing, Joe and I, together with our friend Emily, enjoyed a fantastic Saturday evening starting at Westside Local for a relaxing dinner. It was then on to the Lyric Theater for Symphonic Quixotic, a collaborative performance between the Kansas City Symphony and Quixotic Fusion, a KC-based performance group that blends dance and a variety of music styles. Not only was the music wonderful, but Quixotic was amazing, incorporating a variety of acrobatic tricks and visual illusions into their performance, and blending their electronic sound with that of the orchestra.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


A break from writing to get a desperately needed haircut at Skyline.

Thursday pick-up

Sage and Sweet William in the yard.

Last day at KCAI

Wednesday was my last night of teaching Gender in Japanese Art at KCAI, a class that I will truly miss. The students presented on their research projects, brought snacks, and Joe delivered Waldo Pizza for us. I'll also miss the fireplace and built-in bookshelves of the classroom, such a fun old-school environment.

Emperor's Visit to the Grand Shrine at Ise

Tuesday the 10th, last day of Pilgrimage Seminar, thinking about my project on this painting, depicting the Emperor Meiji's visit to the shrines at Ise.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Blue sky day

Warm weather, blue sky, leafy trees.

Mother's Day

Joe and I share a love of the blog Cake Wrecks, and he was so inspired when seeing this bizarre neon-orange cake with a huge clashing plastic topper that he couldn't resist. Thankfully the cake was better than the decorating!

CIty of Fountains

Fun fact: Kansas City has the most fountains of any city in the U.S., and is second only to Rome globally. So when it was super hot on Saturday and we were driving along Ward Parkway to get take-out from Blanc on the Plaza, it was nice to see some of them on for the season.

Sunday, May 08, 2011

May First Friday

With perfect weather and great art, this month's First Friday was fantastic. We started our evening at KCAI for the end of semester exhibition and sale. After seeing some interesting student work, we hopped on the bus up to the crossroads to see the opening of the America: Now and Here exhibition at Leedy-Voulkos. The exhibition was really well done and very well received, with a variety of important contemporary artists represented. The show continues to other cities after a one month run in KC and is a great conversation starter about contemporary America.

Stormy Thursday

Thursday brought lots of rain in Midwestern-style spring thunderstorms, a good night to stay in and do some reading with the cat.

Thursday, May 05, 2011


In teaching Eastern Civ., my favorite unit is that on the Chushingura. The 18th century story samurai loyalty is easily readable (as it was originally a play), and full of excitement and intrigue. Generally it is one of the easier texts to sell to the students, but the best part is our visit to the Spencer Museum of Art Print Room, where we are able to view 18th and 19th century Japanese pints related to the kabuki version of the story. Below is Act 10, where the merchant Gihei (in the middle) proves his loyalty to the samurai (in black) who are disguised as police.

Writing, writing, writing

Drowning in a stack of books

Strawberry Shortcake

On Sunday we continued the Spring feast weekend with Fresh Strawberry Shortcake.

Spring Grill

Breaking being veg for a night we indulged in Cedear Plank Salmon and Asparagus on the grill, served with Wild Rice Pilaf for a lovely Saturday evening cook-out.


Happy 39th Anniversary to my fabulous parents!