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Fourth of July Road Trip

Posted on July 14, 2019 by under Events, Food and Drink, Zumba.    

For the 4th of July, Rose invited us to the Zumbathon they were having at Newton YMCA. I’d never been there before because of both the distance and my schedule so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to check it out. We weren’t having any Zumba in Andover that day so the girls and I decided to carpool. We basically had a mini road trip.

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(From left) Amanda, Kathy, Charis, and I all met up at our house and then we took Brian’s SUV to the Newton YMCA.

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This is Rose. I’m so glad that she told me about their Zumbathon. It was the prefect excuse to visit Newton. It never occurred to me to go over there before because it’s a 40-minute drive from my house (one way). If I go for just one class then I spend more time in the car then working out. The day of the two-hour 4th of July Zumbathon was the perfect time to visit because it made the long drive worth it.

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Here’s a pic of the four of us plus Jamie. This is basically the Andover crew.

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Here’s a pic of me and Mandy. Mandy is home-based in Andover but she teaches at both Andover and Newton.

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Everyone was very festively attired that day. Amanda and Kathy, in particular, looked adorably cute.

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Andover crew with Mandy and Rose.

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Here’s our group pic. They were clever and took the pic during the halfway point so we wouldn’t miss people who had left early in our group photo. I thought it was really smart. I made a mental note to do this at my next event.

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I was famished after two hours of dancing, as were the others, so we all decided to grab a bite to eat. Since we were in Newton and we weren’t sure when we would be back, we wanted to eat somewhere local. We initially went to the Bread Basket, known for their amazing pies, but they were closed. It was quite disappointing because everyone had talked up how good the place is and how delicious their pies are, I really had my hear set on eating there and having a slice of pie for dessert.

Apparently, Newton is one of those towns where everything shuts down on Sundays and holidays. Anyway, we had just about given up and were on our way to hit the Cracker Barrel in Park City for lunch on the way home when Rose called and told us that Genova, the local Italian restaurant, was open.

We would much rather eat somewhere local so we quickly caught up with Jamie and her fiancé Alex at the gas station and told them the change of plans.

Here are some of our food pics:

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I’m so glad that Rose recommended Genova because it was so good. Their bread, along with the oil and vinegar dipping sauce, was amazing! I loved it so much I ate three rolls before my lunch showed up.

We had one last roll left, which I was going to bring home to Brian so he could try it. I guess the lady overheard us because she came out with a couple of sacks of fresh-baked bread. Instead of having one roll, Brian got three rolls. Anyway, I can’t wait to go back and take Brian so he can try the delicious food they make there.

It was a super fun day overall. It sort of felt like we were on a road trip, albeit a short one. I think it would be fun to go a master class or a jam session out of town with these girls. Hopefully soon!

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Zumba All Night Long

Posted on July 13, 2019 by under Events, Zumba.    

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Last month several of us participated in Zumba at Relay for Life. It was such a fun night. We started by taking my friend Charis’ Friday night Zumba class at the Andover YMCA and then we all met for dinner and ice cream — basically just killing time so that people would stay awake and not bail — before our 11 PM Zumba session at Relay for Life.

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Several of us are part of the Zumba Wear Outfit of the Day group on Facebook and that week just happened to be metallic week so we all donned our best and shiniest outfits! It gave me a reason to wear my holographic tank I got at ZINCON last year.

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Here’s a pic of us that Brian took at Oak and Pie as we were waiting for the rest of our group to show up.

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I was very excited to drink my drink.

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Obligatory pictures of food, naturally.

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Brian and I shared some meatballs and a chicken bacon ranch pizza.

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Here are the other pizzas that people had.

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I’ve slept since then and I, unfortunately, cannot remember what they’re called.

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The all looked quite delicious! The one Brian and I got sure was!

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Post-dinner group photo.

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Afterwards we still had lots of time to kill so we went to Churn & Burn for dessert. Some people had never been there.

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In the past Relay for Life has been at Bishop Carroll High School. This year they changed the venue to Wichita Collegiate, which actually worked to our advantage because most of us are East-siders. We didn’t have to drive clear across town this year. Since it was at Collegiate, it gave us a reason to check out the newer Churn & Burn location on Central and Greenwich.

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Charis gave it her seal of approval.

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Rose changed her whole outfit. I just changed my shirt. We planned our matching outfits that night.

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It was a nice night for ice cream on the patio.

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Then it was time to head over to Wichita Collegiate for the Relay for Life event.

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Here are just a few of the pics we took that night.

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Here’s a pic of me with Angelisa (left) and Jessica (right). Angelisa is the one who contacts me about volunteering to lead Zumba at the event each year.

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Brian and Kate.

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It was a beautiful night for dancing! There was a nice breeze and it wasn’t too hot. The weather was absolutely perfect.

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At the end of the evening, after everyone had left, as we were walking to our cars, Rose and I were beckoned by the awesome displays. We couldn’t help ourselves. We ended up doing a bunch of after pics.

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I had so much fun. I hope the others did too. I love helping with this event. I’m glad they moved it up a few weeks this year. Last year I was at ZINCON during the event and I couldn’t help. Melissa ended up leading the charge. I hope it works out for us to do this again next year. Until then… XOXO, Ching.

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Passing of the Gavel

Posted on July 12, 2019 by under Events.    

Brian and I attended a very special Rotary club social last month. Brian isn’t a Rotarian but I’ve been a member of the Rotary Club of Andover, Kansas for a few years now. On the final Thursday of each month, our clubs has an evening social open to members and their families in place of our normal Rotary luncheon. Last month was a special one. It was a passing of the gavel from Alison Couey our 2018-2019 Club President to Josh Vargo, 2019-2020 Club President.

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Alison and Josh
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I started teaching Aqua Zumba at West Central Genesis on Thursday nights so it’s harder for me to make these events. However, I usually send Brian to attend on my behalf. This time I gave him the very important job of taking pics.

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The event was held at Areo Plains Brewing, one of the breweries that participate in our signature fundraising event – Haus of Brews, and we had a pretty good turnout.

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We haven’t been the best at taking pictures at our meetings and events but, between Alison and Brian, we got some great pics this time. Josh asked me to be PR Chair for 2019-2020 so I really want to make sure we get lots of good pics each time. Before it was just kind of a thing I did at the events but it’s officially my role now. At least until the next person takes over. LOL.

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Leslie Coffee in Delano

Posted on July 10, 2019 by under Food and Drink, Things to Do.    

Had the opportunity to try a new coffee shop thanks to the Wicked Brew tour. Leslie Coffee has been open for a while. I just haven’t had a reason to venture out there because it’s in Delano and we usually prefer places that are walkable.

Alicia drove so I bought the coffee. Seemed like a fair trade. Here are some pictures from our visit…

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The place is super cute. The kind of coffee that I get was just okay over there though. I still prefer it at Reverie. Anyway, I’m grateful for the Wicked Brew tour or I wouldn’t have had any reason to check it out.

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Photo Shoot Pictures

Posted on July 4, 2019 by under Projects, Zumba.    

Here’s a link to the photos that Hannah took a few weeks ago at Riverside Park. In case you don’t have time to follow the link, I’m sharing some of my favorites here.

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Okay, so since I shared so many of these, you’d think that I liked them all. There are actually quite a few more photos that I didn’t share here. They were all very good. I just didn’t like how I look in them.

I’ve already used a few of them to promote some of my Zumba classes. They’re perfect for that purpose.

Hannah did such a fabulous job on these that Brian and I have scheduled another shoot with her. This time it will be with both of us and the dogs.

Speaking of photo shoots, Brian and I had a photo shoot a couple of weeks ago with another photographer. The photo session was given to us by my coworker Tammie who had won it at the Memory Gala.

We also loved those photos but the price was kind of expensive so we didn’t end up getting the rights to use them. We are getting an 11 X 14 mounted print that we can frame and hang on the wall, though. We won’t get it for a few weeks but will definitely let you know when we have it.

Brian did take a few photos of me and the dogs while we were waiting for the photographer. His photos actually turned out well.

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While these pictures that Brian took aren’t professional photos, they’re actually quite good and they didn’t cost us a penny! LOL.

Until next time. GNG.

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