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Dance ‘Til You’re Dead

Posted on November 15, 2019 by under Community, Events, Zumba.    

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This event is by far one of the best Zumba events I’ve been part of this year. Earlier this year, during the Spring, we had a Y Takeover event at Chicken N Pickle. The event is similar to this one but it was Zumba and Sh’bam combo. That event was a lot of fun too, I found the event last month even more fun because it was all Zumba. If you can’t already tell, I am not a huge fan of Sh’bam so as much as possible have been staying away from those events. I know my mantra is “Never miss a party if you can help it” but if I have to do Sh’bam then I usual somehow magically have other better, more fun things to do. LOL.

I think I was open-minded about Sh’bam before I actually tried it. They say always give something a few tries before coming to a conclusion. Now that I’ve tried it a few times, I can safely say I do not enjoy it as much as I enjoy Zumba.

The event a few weeks ago at Chicken N Pickle was just all Zumba so it was perfect. It was a collaboration between North and South YMCA instructors. There were eight of us altogether.

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From left: Joel, Todd, Jessie, Aisha, Bryden, Missy, Rose and me.

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Here are a few of my favorite pictures from the event.

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I love these events at Chicken N Pickle. The setup over there is just awesome and perfect for outdoor events like this one. I can’t wait until winter is over and we can start having these events again.

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Fight Night at the Star

Posted on November 13, 2019 by under Events.    

We got to have a mini reunion with our #VacayWithJayJay buds a few weeks ago.

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Clockwise from left: Alicia, Kirk, Mark, Brian, Becca, Tina, Justin, me, Jay and Reniece.

This was my first live fight ever. I’ve only ever seen them on TV. I was kind of glad that we were at the Fire Club above the arena so we were far away from the ring. I don’t know how I would have handled all the fluids flying about during the fight.

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Here’s a group photo we took that shows our vantage point. From left: the Shooks (Reniece and Mark), the Hunties (Justin and Tina), Becca, the Shorts (Alicia and Kirk)… I’m not quite sure who that guy is on the very right. We might have gotten introduced that night but I can’t remember. The big head front and center is Jay. Brian and I are in the upper left corner.

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We might have been farther away but we had a great view.

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Not only was it my first live fight, but it was also our first time at the Fire Club. It’s pretty cool up there.

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It’s definitely the way to watch events at the Kansas Star Casino arena. Putting it on my list of things to consider for the next concert that comes through.

It was nice to be able to catch up with our #VacayWithJayJay group who we got to spend a lot of time with in Costa Rica earlier this year. Incidentally, we are traveling with the Hunties and the Dills again this week. Vacationing with friends is the best.

I’ll post our trip recap when we’re back stateside. Until then, GNG.

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Downtown Cocoa Dolce

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

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Have you been to the new Cocoa Dolce downtown yet? If not, put it on your list. The place is amazing! My friend Chris and I walked over there a few weeks ago to check it out. Here are some pics.

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Something I didn’t realize is that Cocoa Dolce not only has amazing truffles, they also have amazing cheesecakes. Their hot cocoa comes in various flavors and is perfect for the cold weather. I highly recommend checking this place out specially if you work or live downtown or near the area.

Here’s the details:
Downtown ICT Cocoa Dolce
235 N St Francis
Wichita, KS 67202

PH: (316) 854-3121
info@cocoadolce.com

Store Hours:
Monday to Thursday: 7 am – 7 pm
Friday and Saturday: 7 am – 9 pm
Sunday: 12 pm – 7 pm

This is the third Cocoa Dolce location in Wichita. The other two locations are at Bradley Fair (East Wichita) and New Market Square (West Wichita).

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Second VASA Location

Posted on November 10, 2019 by under News.    

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The second VASA location in Wichita is finally open! It’s in the old Extreme Gaming location (formerly Hobby Lobby) at Brittany Center. We held a Unity Day there (basically a special staff meeting) the evening before the doors opened at the end of October. The gym was open for about a week before the official grand opening celebration on November 2.

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I thought the first VASA was absolutely perfect. This second one is even better in so many ways! The group fitness studio is laid out better with little cubbies inside at the back of the studio and they have Studio Cycle and Studio Red.

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Speaking of Studio Cycle, I finally got to take the training this weekend. I tried the class for the first time during the grand opening and absolutely loved it. It got me even more pumped to take the training.

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Training today was a blast. I can’t wait until I’m able to teach this format. You’ve never taken a spin class until you take Studio Cycle at VASA. It’s pretty awesome!

If you are wanting to check it out, you can find the full schedule here. Free trial passes are available online as well. Come join us!

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2019 Tallgrass Film Festival

Posted on November 8, 2019 by under Events.    

Jenni hooked Brian and I up with Tallgrass Film Festival tallpasses this year so Brian and I were able to attend some of the galas. All I have to say is, TFF throws the best parties at the most unique venues.

The opening night gala was at Union Station. The Dills and the Hunties happened to be doing a pumpkin carving thing at the PourHouse that same night so we went early and hung out with them for a bit before heading to the TFF gala.

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Here we are at the PourHouse patio with Jay, Becca, Mama Dill, Tina and Justin.

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I wish we would have known sooner that they were out there because then Brian and I could have headed downtown much earlier. We were both ready to go and just killing time at home before we had to go to the party. The parties start late because they usually follow evening movie screenings.

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We didn’t get many pictures that first gala because it was outside and we were cold. We did meet this very nice lady, though.

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The party on the next night was at Shift Auto Society, which was right up Brian’s alley. It’s a brand new place that opened downtown a couple of months ago. It seems like a men’s club of sorts. Anyway, Brian really enjoy looking at and taking pictures of all of the fancy vehicles.

Jenni was in charge of all the volunteers this year. The extra tallpasses were one of the perks of her gig.

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If you ask Brian, he will probably tell you that the party at Shift on Thursday night was his favorite. Tallgrass Film Fest is an event that goes from Wednesday through Sunday with movie screenings throughout the day at various locations downtown and then each night there is a gala party. We had things going on over the weekend so we could only attend the parties on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

It worked out well because Jenni’s fiance Adam wanted to attend the party on Saturday night so we attended our final party on Friday night and gave Jenni back her tallpasses before we left.

The party on Friday night was pretty fun too. It was at an old Greyhound bus station, which they did a great job transforming.

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I drive by this place on my way to work each morning and it does not look like this. LOL. It’s empty and run down.

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We ran into one of my Leadership Wichita besties Teresa Veazey at the party. She is artsy so TFF is right up her alley.

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We had a blast at all three parties we attended but we came to the realization that we are both entirely too old to party in the middle of the week, and we definitely are not hip enough to hang with this crowd.

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While I enjoy some indie films, Brian is not a huge fan so he could pretty much take or leave this event. I like it but I think in order to do it right, you really need to take some days off work so you can watch the movies and not just attend the parties like we did. That way you can make the post of your tallpass.

I was able to catch one of the movies screening in my building after work on Friday, so that was nice. Then Brian and I watched some horror shorts before the gala party on Friday. Though indie films are not his thing, Brian was a good sport about it.

Anyway, I am not sure if Jenni will be involved with TFF again next year but if she does, I will definitely try to take time off work so I can watch more movies next time around. That way I can make the most of the tallpass.

You live and learn. Until next time, GNG.

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