My Super Awesome Mug

Did I ever show you guys some pictures of the super awesome mug that I painted at Color Me Mine a few weeks ago?

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I was a little worried about how it would turn out because it didn’t look like much when I was painting it. It didn’t look quite right and I had to erase some mess ups which I didn’t successfully get to disappear. However, they’re not noticeable now.

Also, if you think the rim is weird, it’s because I meant for the outside to be red and the inside to be gray. However, I couldn’t get the rim straight enough. Each time I tried to make my line straighter, it would only get more crooked. I kept trying to fix it and painted red deeper and deeper into the inside of the mug. I finally had to just force myself to stop otherwise I would have painted the inside red as well. LOL.

The painting process strained my anal retentive OCD tendencies but I am thrilled with the finished product. I can’t wait to go back and make a mug for Brian. I’m thinking of making one for grandma also. I’m so hooked that everyone might just get a personal creation from me for Christmas.

Molly, Our Perverse Little Angel

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She looks so sweet but she has a couple of really weird habits. One is that she cannot eat over her bowl. She picks up food from her bowl, walks a little ways before dropping the food on the carpet, and then she eats off the carpet. This makes for interesting textures on the floor when you’re walking around barefoot.

And then there is this other thing that she does:

It’s kind of weird but I’ve been told it’s quite normal. It’s a way for her to show dominance. She’s always done it and would even mount Jesus, one of our cats back when we had cats. She couldn’t do it to Felix or Oscar because they wouldn’t let her get away with it. Jesus was so passive that he wouldn’t even flinch.

Anyway, I’m not sure how this got started but she’s always done it. I suppose we’ve not done a very good job of discouraging it because we’d just laugh it off so now, even at the ripe old age of 48 (technically she’s 48 because she’s 8 years old), she still does it.

I’d been reading up on this behavior and it seems like the main reason she does it is probably boredom. Brian and I are both at work all day. And, though Brian does a good job of coming home for lunch to let Molly out, I’m not sure that we give her as much exercise and attention as she needs.

I’m going to see if walking her and playing with her more will curb the habit but I’m thinking that it’s probably too late to change her behavior at this point. I mean, she’s pretty much an old lady. Oh, well.

BTW, here are some more adorable pictures of Molly:

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Brian and Molly, sleeping.

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She’s always napping, even in broad daylight.

She can sleep even in the most awkward of positions.

See what I mean?

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Bunny ears!

My Favorite Time of Year is Here

Fall is my favorite time of year not just because my birthday falls during this season and I milk every stinking second of it and force everyone to be nice to me, but because the weather is absolutely perfect. It’s neither too hot nor too cold and the foliage begins to change colors. It’s probably prettier in New England but, even in Kansas, Fall is breathtaking. I love Fall!

We had some fantastic weather this weekend so we took advantage of it and drove around in Alex, the newest member of our household fleet.

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Grandma was super excited to ride in Alex yesterday citing that it’s her first time riding in a convertible in all of her 92 years. Brian was like, “Had I known she we be so excited to ride in a convertible I would have gotten one years ago.”

Alex is definitely flashier than Bebot but to me, a car is a car. I actually still prefer driving around in Bebot so I’ve only driven Alex a couple of times. Brian gets to drive Alex a lot more than I do even though Alex is technically my birthday present.

I know, I know. My new Frye boots and my new iPhone were supposed to be my birthday presents but I’m milking this birthday thing, remember?

Anyway, since we haven’t given Brian’s truck to his dad yet (we promised Jenni that we would help her move so we’re hanging on to the truck until then) I’m either driving the truck or Bebot. Mostly because Bebot has great gas mileage.

My little sister Nickira noticed Alex in garage last week when we came home to say hi to Brian after spending the afternoon at the Wichita Art Museum and the Keeper of the Plains. She was curious about the new vehicle because she hadn’t seen it before and wanted to know whose it was. After she found out it was mine, she wanted to ride in it. It’s amazing to me how a ten year old can tell the difference between cars and know that one is better than the other. I suppose Bebot can’t transform into a convertible but the top was up on Alex the first time she saw the car parked in the garage yet it still intrigued her. Maybe it’s mostly that she hadn’t seen it before? Whatever the case may be, I found her reaction to Alex quite interesting.

Here are some more pictures of Alex. Enjoy!

Yes, I Caved and Joined the Other Team

Up until a few weeks ago I was a loyal Samsung Galaxy user. I finally caved and switched when the iPhone 6 was released. The timing was just so perfect. They released the phones right before my birthday month. I couldn’t pass it up.

I opted for the smaller iPhone 6 rather than the iPhone 6 Plus but I saw this hilarious post from the Onion some time ago and I just have to share it. If you still cannot decide between the two phones, here’s all you need to know.

There are significant differences in the way the two phones work, but everything that I could do on my Samsung Galaxy I can do on my iPhone and then some. I had an older Galaxy phone so my the new phone actually has even more features. I’m still trying to get used to my new phone and learn everything that it can do, though.

I’ve had my phone about a month but I still find myself trying to hit a non-existent back button, trying to save screen captures by sliding the side of my hand across the screen, swiping down to turn my wi-fi and bluetooth on instead of swiping up, etc. Old habits are hard to break, I guess.

I do love my new phone, though. My favorite part is how Brian’s beautiful face fills the screen every time he calls me.

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I love this man so much, with or without the awesome birthday presents. ;-)

(Oh and, as you can tell, I figured out how make screen shots.)

My First Time at Roller City

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Kira wanted to go skating so we took her to Roller City on Saturday. I don’t know how to skate so Brian went with us.

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I’m so glad he did because he was able to skate with Kira while I clung to the walls for dear life. Brian used to be a floor guard so he can skate forwards and backwards. I, on the other hand, never learned how and can barely stay on my feet.

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Here are a couple of videos of Kira and Brian skating.

Brian showing off his skating prowess.

Saturday was my first time at Roller City and it was Kira’s first time at Ziggy’s Pizza, my favorite pizza joint.

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We got to experience a couple of firsts together.

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We had the all meat pizza and wings.

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The barbecue chicken wings were yummy!

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Everything was delicious as always.

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The root beer float was the best part. It came in chilled glass goblet bigger than Kira’s head. Brian and I agreed we would go back just for the root beer float.

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We had an awesome outing overall. No broken bones except for the ones that were in the chicken wings. LOL.

Ziggy’s Pizza is the perfect end to any outing. Even if I took some tumbles at the skating rink, the amazing food at Ziggy’s would have made it all better. Their food is not just delicious. It’s magical. If you’ve never been to Ziggy’s, I highly recommend it. Their $13 pizzas are more than enough to feed three people so it’s a great value. It’s a fantastic dinner option that won’t break the bank. I’m just glad we don’t live any closer or we’d be there every night.

What Happened Last Week

View from the Nest at the Oread…

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I love training held at the Oread because we got to enjoy views like these. The only down side is that I have to be away from home. Of course, I get to look forward to coming home to my two babies.

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Except, I don’t think they missed me. This is what I came home to on Wednesday. =P

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Our Customer Experience meeting at the Holiday Inn ended at four o’clock on Thursday so I had time help grandma with her computer, which worked out great since Brian has to work until five now. He also had to stop by the car repair shop to pick up Bebot.

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After grandma’s computer was fixed, she showed me her word search game.

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I didn’t have Kira on Thursday night so we were able to partake of $12 sangria pitchers at Taste & See. Misty joined us for dinner. Here are some pictures of our food…

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I didn’t get a picture of the queso fondue which is our favorite starter at the restaurant. Misty hadn’t tried it before. I think we converted another.

Dinner was delicious and it was nice to be able to catch up with Misty. It’s been a while.

I had my Leadership Wichita session on Friday, which is worthy of its very own blog post. After our session Brian had a meeting at Wichita State for the fitness device study that he’s part of. He’s testing his third fitness device: Basis.

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It’s the one he thought he wanted, but he actually doesn’t like as much now that he’s tried a couple of other fitness devices. I’m glad he’s part of the test group, otherwise we would have bought him something that he would quickly tire of and then eventually not use. After this one, he has three more fitness devices to test.

It’s past my bed time so I’ll hold off posting about the weekend until tomorrow. And, I still need to post a Leadership Wichita update. So stay tuned!

Until next time,
Ching

715 Restaurant

Since I was in Lawrence last week, I had an opportunity to have lunch at my favorite restaurant on Mass Street. I’ve eaten there a few times over the years but it wasn’t until last week that I realized I’ve been saying the name wrong. LOL.

Here are some pictures of our food…

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Granted, this recent dining experience was not as awesome as previous dining experiences here. This was my first time having lunch here. I think dinner is just better than lunch period. I still recommend the restaurant. The food is on the expensive side, but it’s good. If you go, go for dinner. That would be my suggestion.

P.S. I kept calling it Seven-Fifteen, but it’s actually called Seven-One-Five. I’d never heard anyone say the name of the restaurant because I rarely ever meet people who’ve dined there. Now I know how to say it correctly.

Sales Tax Referendum

On Tuesday, November 4, Wichitans have a chance to make a difference for our community by voting in favor of the one-cent sales tax to fund plans for water, transit, jobs and streets.

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The proposed ballot question is as follows: Shall the City of Wichita, Kansas, be authorized, pursuant to K.S.A. 12-187 et seq., to impose a one percent (1.0%) city-wide retailers’ sales tax to be effective April 1, 2015, and which will terminate no later than April 1, 2020, with an amount not to exceed $250 million dollars of such tax applied to pay the costs for the purchase, development, maintenance and operation of a long-term water supply, with an amount not to exceed $80 million dollars of such tax applied for job development and creation, with an amount not to exceed $39.8 million dollars of such tax applied to support Wichita Transit operations, and with an amount not to exceed $27.8 million dollars of such tax applied for street maintenance and repairs?

Joyful Noise Twilight Concert

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Brian and I had the privilege of attending the Joyful Noise Twilight Concert at Camp Wood YMCA last night. There are few things in this world more breathtaking than the Flint Hills. It was the perfect setting for a concert. Here are some pictures.

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Brian waiting for dinner to be served…

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It was a beautiful day for an outdoor concert.

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This one time at band camp…

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The council ring is the perfect setting…

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We scarfed up dinner quickly and went to the concert site to scope out a good spot.

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Our vantage point.

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The weather was perfect and the surrounding view is fantastic.

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Have you ever seen a Flint Hills sunset?

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Now you have.

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Pictures don’t do it justice though.

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Brian got some reading done as we waited for the concert to begin.

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More people started showing up as dinner service concluded.

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There’s nothing like an outdoor concert in one of the most beautiful settings.

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Wow.

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Fiddler Darol Anger, singer/songwrite Emy Phelps, cellist Eugene Friesen, mandolin player Kenny White, and concert master John Harrison were just a few of the amazing musicians who performed during the concert.

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Check out our Facebook page for some of the videos. I highly recommend attending this event next year if you can because it’s simply amazing.

What is AVID?

I had the opportunity to learn about AVID at Adams Elementary this past Thursday. AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. It’s actually a really cool program. Their mission is close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college and other postsecondary opportunities. The idea is to prepare all students for college and not just some students.

AVID trains teachers to use proven practices in order to prepare students for success in high school, college, and a career, especially students traditionally underrepresented in higher education. It was really cool learning about the students’ planners, three-ring binder notebooks, dividers, pencil pouch. There’s a reason why the school requires all of these things.

The pencil pouch is important because it keeps all of your pencils, pens, erasers, and sticky notes all in one place and always with your notebook. I asked Kira why she didn’t have a pencil pouch in her notebook and she told me the zipper of her pencil pouch broke. We stopped by Walmart on the way home so she could get another one.

I think it’s really cool how they’re teaching students to be organized by using subject dividers, two and three column note taking techniques, and other things. I looked back at my own upbringing and marveled at how I managed when no one taught me these things. I guess I just picked up good habits from other people. When I saw classmates doing something that seemed to work, I would adopt those methods.

Some students may not have the initiative or interest to learn these techniques on their own. Specially if they have challenges at home. They may not have the time or energy to think about these things so it makes sense to teach them best practices. I think it’s great that the schools are taking an active part at teaching students good study habits at a young age so they can be successful in high school, college, and later in life.

I’m glad that my little sister’s school is part of the AVID program. I wish every school would be part of AVID. Click here to learn more or watch this video (or do both).

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