September 18, 2014

An Update on the (Almost) Year-Long Energy Saving Program

Year Over Year Energy Usage

Almost a year ago, I began to notice some weird things with our electric bill.  What followed was me getting obsessed with figuring out where the energy was going, even measuring the daily cost of operating my coffee pot.  Then, a resolution to take $2.4 million in future wealth from the stockholders of KCP&L.  It will take one more statement cycle to get true year-over-year comparisons since the cost savings didn't start to kick in until October, and only August has now been concluded, but I … [Read more...]

Slow-Roasted Vegetables, French Onion Soup, Fresh Bread, Aged White Cheddar, and Plum Cheesecake

Joshua and Aaron Cheese Plate Closeup

We spent the day at home working on a project we need to get done for the one of the businesses.  As usual, we're big believers in concurrent time management so we used the opportunity to test slow cook recipes and soups because they could largely sit without a lot of attention for long stretches at a time.  My task was to come up with two classic slow-roasted root vegetable dishes that can become part of our permanent recipe collection, ready to grab whenever we need them. The first of these … [Read more...]

The Anniversary, Annotating Annual Reports, and Trying to Make Myself Be Productive …

Studying McDonald's annual report

I was hoping to respond back to a few dozen comments to which I have been meaning to reply, as well as post some mail bag questions, but I think I'm going to put that off until this afternoon and, instead, go out to lunch or go see a movie or something.  Today's our 13th anniversary, which hearing out loud makes me feel kinda old.  Of course, we're not - both of us are only 31 - it's just that we were fortunate enough to find each other as teenagers; an occurrence I highly recommend if you are lu … [Read more...]

This Rooftop Prince Omurice Recipe Is Delicious, Cheap, Nutrious, and Easy to Make

Rooftop Prince Omurice Recipe Ingredients List

We made omurice this afternoon because it's Saturday and that means the family comes over to watch Korean dramas.  They are in the final episodes of Rooftop Prince, one of my favorite shows of all time, and those of you who see it know the main characters are obsessed with this particular meal. Omurice is one of those dishes that everyone should have in his or her repertoire, ready to pull out at a moment's notice.  It's cheap, delicious, easy, and nutritious.  Just as important, it's in … [Read more...]

The Missouri Sky

Sunset-in-Missouri-June-2014

Whenever I'm traveling, one of the things I miss most is the Missouri sky.  Even during the trip to California a few weeks ago, where we saw everything from beautiful wine country to world class beaches, the sky wasn't of the same caliber.  Though the same weather patterns can sometimes spawn monster thunderstorms, they give birth to breathtaking works of art.  It's that sky that helps make the ground so verdant. Growing up here, you get a sense of when it's coming.  This afternoon, Aaron look … [Read more...]

Dakgangjeong and Cupcakes for Mom’s 52nd Birthday

Korean Chicken Dakgangjeong 닭강정 with Rice Joshua Kennon

My mom has been enjoying the adventures of Rooftop Prince, so for her 52nd birthday, she wanted to come over, watch a few episodes, try a new Korean recipe, and hang out with us.  My dad was in a golf tournament in the morning but she and my youngest sister pulled into the driveway at 11:23 a.m., ready to go.  Aaron and I were already in the kitchen working on Dakgangjeong (닭강정).  We settled on it since the ingredient list looked amazing, and mom had requested something with poultry for the sake … [Read more...]

Japanese Gyoza with Spicy Sauce

Japanese Gyoza with Spicy-Sauce

Nudiustertian, when done with our responsibilities, Aaron and I went to see Disney's Maleficent in theaters.  Yesterday, in the late afternoon, one of my sisters came by the house and mentioned wanting to see it, so we offered to go back and watch it a second time.  Later that night, she hung out for awhile, watching a Korean drama in the other room while we worked.  Before she left, she mentioned that she's been wanting to learn to cook.  She wanted to know if we'd be interested in making a Japa … [Read more...]

It’s Time To Say Goodbye to Southern California and Fly Back to Kansas City

Between the Rocky Mountains and Space

Goodbye, California.  In the words of your famous Governor, "I'll be back", but for now, it's time to go home to Kansas City.  We returned the rental car after driving 1,000 miles exploring your beaches, mountains, groves, vineyards, and deserts to consider whether it would be a good fit for our business and life.  Now, we are ready to make the 1,362 air mile journey back to the cornfields and apple orchards of the Midwest, which will take only a few short hours thanks to the miracle that is sc … [Read more...]

The Famous California In-N-Out Burger

In-N-Out Cheeseburger, Fries, and Chocolate Shake

We fly out tomorrow morning, so we decided to call it a trip, check into a hotel near the airport, and get up early so we can sit in the gate without having to rush or fight traffic.  I'm going to try and get some work done, maybe read a bit.  I bought 5-6 new books on the journey and already started plowing through two of them. Before that, though, there is business to which we must attend.  You know that old saying that a man is only two skipped meals away from anarchy?  I'm now pas … [Read more...]

The Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena

Lobby The Langham Huntington Pasadena California Hotel

We are staying The Langham Huntington in Pasadena. It's a very cool, old hotel with a unique history sitting on 23 acres.  The gift shop sells a book detailing the timeline, which I bought and hope to get to later.  For now, I'll paraphrase Wikipedia: It was originally constructed in 1907 by civil war veteran General Wentworth. Four years later, railroad tycoon Henry Huntington - we visited his home and gardens earlier today - bought it and, within 36 months, had it reopened under his nam … [Read more...]