Take a Tour: The White Peacock

About a month ago, I started hearing a lot of buzz about this coffee and tea house in Lindsborg, KS called The White Peacock. I couldn’t stand the mystery any longer, so I headed over to check it out and I was immediately smitten. Today I stopped back in and they allowed me to take a few photos to share with you! I’m so glad I got a chance to visit again.

I love the Scandinavian style. Decor like this isn’t something one normally sees in Kansas, but considering that Lindsborg is known as “Little Sweden,” it is totally fitting, and a breath of fresh air. I love the pairing of wood tones with white and cream neutrals, with red and earth-tone accents. The reason the neutrals work without being boring is the overwhelming lightness of the wood and white finishes, with the unexpected pops of red.

Coffee and tea, yes, they had these things as one would expect… but they much more… like baked goods, candy, fudge, and a reading room (where you can borrow the books, if I’m not mistaken)!

And an expertly gardened backyard with room for a lot more people. If only it wasn’t so 100° today…

If you’d like to go, their address is 124 S Main, Lindsborg, KS. Check out their facebook for hours and location. Personally, if I had lived closer this whole time, I would have spent every Saturday morning out in that garden with a book and a yummy coffee –try the vanilla honey latte!

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We’re Moving!

My friends in real life know, both of our bosses know, and if you follow me on twitter I can assume you’ve put two and two together, but let’s just make it official and announce it on the blog.

I mean… nothing’s true until you read it on a blog, right?

Anyway, the hubs and I (and our pooch) are moving to sunny California!!! The timetable looks like it will be right at the beginning of September, however we are both putting out job applications like mad and if one of them decides to pick us up, we could fast-track this whole operation, if necessary. I am very excited about this adventure.

Mostly I operate under the assumption that the people who read my blog know me in real life and know my story; however, I have seen increased traffic over the past 4 months (which I L-O-V-E) so I suppose I’ll explain a little bit in case I have any new friends who haven’t met me. I am from California. I was born there. Of my 24 years of life, I have spent about 16 of them in California. While the state and I have had some rocky times, it truly is a part of me. I finished my bachelor’s degree in San Diego and while living there fell head over heels for “America’s Finest City.” However, I also fell head over heels for this guy who lived in Kansas, hence the two-and-a-half year detour.

I’ve felt a lot of growing pains while living here, and although I do have a great group of friends, I have never felt like I really belonged in this town of 13,000 (versus my adult life spent in a city of 2 million and/or a city of 100,000). There is a social structure I can’t seem to get my mind around, based on who you’re related to and what sports you played in high school. I guess I never thought it would be so hard to break into, and didn’t know I’d be such an outsider. So, we’re heading to the land of outsiders, a place where people come from all over the country (all over the world, really) where we believe there will be more opportunities.

So, since I get asked the same questions every time, I figured I’d do a little FAQ! Of course, you can and are always encouraged to ask any other questions in the comments… I love comments!

FAQ:

Do you have jobs?

No, not yet, but we are sending out lots of resumes and praying hard! We invite you to throw us any leads and contribute your prayers ;)

No job lined up… so, why now?

Why not? With no kids and no house payment, this is the perfect time to move! We don’t want to get bogged down with real adult life with careers, investments, etc, in a place where we can’t maximize our potential. I admit, there is an appeal to living in this idyllic small town, if that’s your thing, but we are both ready for an adventure. When I moved here in 2010, I didn’t really picture myself in Kansas for more than 3-5 years and I have reached the 2.5 year mark. Doug has never lived more than 30 miles from where he was born… some would find that comforting, but he is itching to experience a new culture. And believe me… as much as American culture is homogenous from region to region, there are still lots of big differences.

What’s the plan?

Well, like I said, we’re applying for jobs like crazy. If one of the jobs picks us up, we’ll move to wherever that is. Our #1 preference is to move to San Diego, but our back-up plan, if we don’t get hired somewhere in the next six weeks, is to move to Temecula, where my parents live. Not move in with my parents, just closer to them where rent is a few hundred dollars less per month. Of course, if a job lands us anywhere in-between, like Escondido, Oceanside, Carlsbad, well then our minds are made up for us. :)

Do you have a place to live? 

Nope, not yet! However I’m very lucky: since I grew up Temecula and lived in San Diego, I know what neighborhoods to scout out, reputable apartment complexes, and what kind of rent looks reasonable. Thanks to the internet, these days you can sign up for an apartment from several states away! What we might end up doing is getting a short lease somewhere which will afford us time to fine the perfect place–in between work locations, restaurants and parks nearby… you know, the whole shebang.

So, do you hate Kansas?

Okay, fine, nobody asked this one, but a part of me suspects that people view this “rejection” of Kansas as a rejection of the Midwest, of small-town life, of their way of life. This is not true. Overall, I have enjoyed my years here in Kansas and I have made many friends who I love. That said, I think that moving somewhere with more hustle and bustle is what my little family needs right now.

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Well, enough living in the future, I have lots of living in the present to do. Like a bachelorette party tonight, a birthday party next weekend and an upcoming baby shower for another friend. I do have lots to do and be appreciative of in regards to my current situation. There is a lot to soak up and lots of memories to savor. 

Larryville Weekend

Doug and I snuck away to Lawrence, KS this weekend to hang out with our friends Paul and Sarah. The home of KU, it is one of the more exciting  cities in Kansas. Mass Street is well known for its shops, music venues, and restaurants.

Basically my goal for the weekend was to eat as much delicious food as possible. I do not have a photo of the under-cooked chicken sandwich I received at The Burger Stand, but their food is good, with creative flavors and lots of options. The truffle fries were definitely the stand-out of the visit.  I do not hold my unfortunate sandwich experience against them. Next time I’ll order a regular burger and specify “well done,” though.

Brunch at 715: Smoked Trout Benedict (interesting play on eggs Benedict). The others in my group had sausage and beans, pastrami hash, and biscuits and gravy. It would appear this restauraunt is foodie heaven–unique twists on normal standards and locally-sourced ingredients.

Lunch at Free State Brewery: three cheeses grilled sandwich with creamy tomato soup. I have had a better fancy grilled cheese at Con Pane, but it was good, and this tomato soup was great! 

We did other stuff to celebrate Kansas Day (Jan 29) like purchase items from Kansas artists at Made and Wonder Fair, and go on a long and meandering drive, eventually ending up at the Kansas river to throw rocks in it.

It was nice to escape for two days.