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This Year’s Valentines Gift

Posted on February 17, 2019 by under Life, Toys.    

We didn’t have time for a Valentine getaway this year and so we decided to buy ourselves a present instead. Brian had been wanting a new TV and, as it has been almost ten years since we bought our last one, I guess it was time. The TV we’d been looking at last year that was $4000 had just gone on sale so it was a sign.

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We had musical TVs in preparation for our newest addition. Brian moved the one above the fireplace to the garage. The one in our bedroom went to replace that one and then the 55″ in the basement went into our bedroom.

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I’m not really a fan of having TVs in the bedroom but what can you do?

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Here are a couple of pics to show you the difference between the old TV and the new TV. It’s so big that it barely fit on our TV stand.

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We should have had the GeekSquad guys mount the TV to the wall when they came to deliver and set up the new TV but we didn’t have the foresight to buy a wall mount at the same time. We thought the TV would fit on the stand. However, after a few days of it barely fitting on the stand and Brian not feeling comfortable that it wouldn’t fall off, we finally caved and went back to Best Buy to get a wall mount for it. (Incidentally, the wall mount is now on sale for $79 and our TV is on sale for $300 less than want we paid. Darn it! We should have waited! I hope we remember to wait until Presidents’ Day ten years from now when it’s time to buy another TV.)

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Dad came over last Sunday to help Brian get the TV mounted. Here are a few pictures I took while they were working.

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Finished product.

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Brian spent the rest of the afternoon cleaning up the wires so it actually looks much better. I need to get a new pic. Anyway, that’s pretty much our Valentines gift for each other this year. (I suppose this is better than the year we got each other his and hers handguns for Valentines.) We are so unromantic! LOL.

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Happy Valentines, Baby!

Posted on February 13, 2019 by under Relationship.    

We’re not the most romantic people so we don’t really do anything fancy for Valentines usually. After being together for 20 years, Valentines Day is just another day really. It’s all the other days that matter. And, I must say, Brian does a great job of making me feel special and loved each and every day. Thank you for being not just the best husband ever but the best friend I could ever hope to have.

I love you, baby!
Here’s to another great Valentines together. May we have many, many more!

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Sweat in the City: Glow Up

Posted on February 13, 2019 by under Zumba.    

These next few pictures are from the first major Zumba event of 2019, Sweat in the City: Glow Up! It’s kind of a reprise of Joel and Sarah’s super successful Sweat in the City event last summer.

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I didn’t take a lot of pictures because I didn’t want to have to keep track of my phone (or risk losing it) so most of these pics are courtesy of other people.

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They did a blacklight/glow in the dark theme this time.

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I think Mara (middle) had the best outfit, hands down.

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Just a silly pic of me with Rose and Amanda.

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Fun group photo with local ZINs. (In case you were wondering, ZINs are Zumba instructors who are members of the Zumba Instructor Network.)

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I didn’t have to buy a special outfit for this event because I found I had stuff in my closet that actually glowed in the dark. It was a good thing too because I didn’t really have time to buy stuff.

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Here’s a pic of me and Brynden. Her shirt was bright!

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It was a sea of bright, glowing, colorful bodies!

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Here’s a pic of Amanda, Charis, and me that we took while we were waiting for our tacos at the restaurant next door after the Zumba party. We worked up an appetite! Two hours of non-stop dancing will do that. LOL.

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Here’s a pic of my tacos. Yum!

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I earned my tacos (and my Churn and Burn — more on this in a bit) that night. Joel and Sarah know how to throw a great party! I was bummed we didn’t get commemorative shirts this year but, other than that, I thought this event was even better than the last one. We actually had a live DJ (DJ Hashtag). Sweat in the City just keeps getting better and better!

Since Amanda and I live pretty close to one another, we decided to carpool to the event. The carne asada tacos were super spicy that night so we thought, even though it was freezing, it would be a good idea to stop for ice cream on the way home. Churn and Burn is on the way home and they’re open late — and Amanda had never been there! The stars just happened to align. Anyway, I figured I burned enough calories that day between my two Zumba classes in the morning, pickleball in the afternoon, and the two hours of dancing at Sweat in the City that I could enjoy some ice cream guilt-free. Actually, what am I talking about. I never need justification to eat junk. I enjoy all my foods guilt-free. LOL.

It was such a blast! I can’t wait until we do this again. Great job, Joel and Sarah!

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Paisano’s Topeka

Posted on February 11, 2019 by under Food and Drink.    

Paisano’s Ristorante is a place I’d been to in forever! We went the night that several of us from Wichita were in town.

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There were several of us so I got a bunch of food pictures. That’s one of my favorite things about dining with a group of people. I can add to my food picture collection!

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According to Flickr, there are over 4,500 pictures in my food album. These are the latest additions.

SIDE NOTE: I’m pretty sure I have more than 5,000 food pictures. I just forget to put them in the food album sometimes. Why do I have a food album and why do I collect pictures of food? I’m sure you’re wondering. I’ve been asked this a few times. I don’t really have a good answer other than I love food and I enjoy going back and looking at pictures of all the food I’ve eaten. LOL. Until next time! GNG.

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Jeremiah Bullfrogs

Posted on February 10, 2019 by under Food and Drink.    

Brian said that he got a mandate from grandma to tell me to blog more. Apparently, I’m playing too much pickleball not blogging enough. LOL.

I will attempt to get y’all caught up over the next couple of weeks but no guarantees — because, you know, life happens. Every time I think I’m caught up, I get behind on the blog again.

Although, I don’t think I did too bad on the blogging front last month. There are five posts for the month of January. Grandma wants to read more stories though, so I guess I need to pump up the volume to more than one blog a week.

In the spirit of getting the blog caught up, I did get to try a new restaurant when I was in Topeka last month. I forgot to tell y’all about it.

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It’s supposed to be the best bar in Topeka. I did check them out on Trip Advisor, my go-to website for restaurant reviews and other travel information, and the restaurant is pretty highly rated on there. It must be true!

FUN FACT: Jeremiah Bullfrogs was established in 1993, the same year I moved from the Philippines to the United States. When people ask me how long I’ve lived in the US, I usually say “over 20 years.” I guess I can now upgrade this statement to say “over 25 years.” How amazing is that?! I’ve lived somewhere for more than a quarter of a century!

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It was a week night so the place wasn’t packed and relatively quiet.

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Here are a few pictures of food, starting with the spinach dip…

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Chicken tenders and sweet potato fries…

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Jerk chicken sandwich and curly fries…

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I can’t remember what Tom got but it was bun-less.

The place wasn’t bad. I’d like to go back with more people. It was just me, Chad and Tom on this visit. I think it will be more fun with a big group. Next time!

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