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May Recap

Posted on May 27, 2019 by under Life.    

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Did you know that the first full week of May is National Nurses Week? Actually neither did I until I was hired by Wesley (through the YMCA) to lead Zumba for their nurses that week.

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I only had four lovely nurses join because (a) it’s monsoon season here in Wichita and it was raining nonstop that day and (b) the nurses were working 12-hour days and those who had gotten off work didn’t have any energy to stay — they just wanted to go home and make dinner. My contact Jelinda said there were people who were off that day who said they were interested in coming to do Zumba but the weather probably discouraged them. We originally planned to have the Zumba outside on their courtyard but because of the weather we had to do it in one of the conference rooms.

Despite the low participation rate, the four of us had a great time. Also, it was better than the yoga session they scheduled that morning which I heard had zero participants. It’s a real shame. I think the hospital leadership was doing the right thing by coming up with fun activities for the nurses to show how much they’re appreciated but things just didn’t work out well, schedule and weather-wise.

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I’m being a good Zumba ambassador as I continue to invite people to try my classes. I actually managed to convince another coworker to try it. Last year Amelia started doing Zumba with us. Last month Tom got to try it. A couple of weeks ago, Amir (another coworker of ours) got to try it.

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I had an opportunity to sub Anna’s Aqua Zumba class at West YMCA a few weeks ago (the same Saturday that Amir tried my Zumba class). Matt actually came to Aqua Zumba. I invited him but I didn’t think he would actually show up. Imagine my surprise! He even made a sign. It was very nice.

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Speaking of surprises, Brian and I decided to surprise grandma with a pop-up Mother’s Day card and some cake pops. When Brian went to deliver it, he discovered that his parents sent the exact same card to grandma. Proof that great minds think alike. She got a good laugh out of it.

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Here’s a pic of me teaching one of my last Aqua Zumba classes at VASA Fitness for the season. I each Aqua Zumba at the Andover YMCA at the same time during the summer months (June, July, and August) so Victoria is taking over for me until September. I will miss this awesome group so much!

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In other news, the weather is finally nice enough now for us to play outdoor pickleball. I got to play outside a few times this month and I must say, it’s a whole different world than playing indoors.

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I also made three Rotary luncheons this month which is amazing considering I probably made three total last year.

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My favorite meeting by far is the final mini grant presentation. I missed all the other ones. I’m glad I got to see at least one of them.

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Tina and Justin came back to Zumba. That always makes me really happy because I will sometimes invite people and they’ll show up as a courtesy but then they don’t come back. And that makes me sad even though I know it’s not personal. Zumba just isn’t everyone’s cup of tea.

We had a very successful Y Takeover event at Chicken N Pickle last weekend. I will blog about it separately because Brian got a ton of great pics and videos.

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We also had a very nice time dog sitting Jay and Becca’s dog Gronk over Memorial Weekend. As an added bonus, our friend Alicia got to meet grandma when she dropped off Gronk on Saturday.

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I think that pretty much catches up the blog (besides the Y Takeover post, which is still in the works). Whew! I can’t believe we are finally caught up at long last!

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Pre-Costa Rica Trip

Posted on May 6, 2019 by under Life.    

The blog is about a month behind right now but we are almost caught up! Whee! I’m posting about the day before we left for Costa Rica so you know what that means. The Costa Rica trip recap is coming up very, very soon.

The Saturday before we left for Costa Rica was full of regular Saturday stuff like my two Zumba classes (Aqua Zumba at VASA Fitness at 8:45 AM and Zumba at Andover YMCA at 10:30 AM) but then we also had to squeeze in a few other things like getting our nails done and beach-ready and then also a comedy show at the Wichita Orpheum. Yes, a comedy show!

When we were originally planning our trip, we had considered flying out of Tulsa with Jay and Becca (and Marc and Reniece) to save some money until we realized that we really couldn’t fly out of Tulsa because we had tickets to Jo Koy’s Break the Mold tour the night before. It turned out okay because, by the time we pulled the trigger on the trip, the airfare had gone up so we weren’t going to be saving that much money anyway compared to flying out of the Wichita airport. And, we really should be supporting our local airport so we can get more flights.

But I digress… We knew we had a super busy Saturday (more busy than usual) ahead of us, so we went straight to the nail spa after my Zumba class. As luck would have it, we ran into my friend Teresa who just finished getting her nails done. What a treat! We had to take a selfie (groupie) obviously.

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Here are some pictures from Jo Koy’s Break the Mold Tour on Saturday night.

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Here we are waiting in the lobby with a bunch of other early birds.

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One of the funniest observations I made is that there were several Filipino people who were there in the line waiting to get in super early. The irony of this is that Filipinos are notorious for being late to EVERYTHING. Apparently they will be early for Jo Koy.

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Here’s a pic of me and my friend Angela.

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Here we are with the rest of Angela’s fam. Anyway, we just took a few pics. Pics before the show are okay but they are forbidden during the show. This rule (as well as the heckling rule) was enforced strictly. They actually walked a woman out of the show towards the beginning.

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Brian and I hit the Hill after the comedy show.

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We enjoyed some reverse happy hour snacks and drinks.

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We couldn’t stay too late though because we had an early flight to Costa Rica (via Houston) the next morning. Next post we will start the first installment of our Costa Rica trip. #VacayWithJayJay #CostaRica2019 #PuraVida

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Kansas City Friends’ Visit

Posted on April 30, 2019 by under Life.    

As if life weren’t crazy enough, the weekend immediately following our Austin weekend, my friends’ from Kansas City came down to visit. Lucky for us, the house was somewhat clean so at least we didn’t have to spend all day cleaning before my friends arrived.

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The girls (from left: Mary Ann, Molly, and Joy) came down on Saturday morning and went straight to my 10:30 AM Zumba class. I loved how they wore coordinating outfits. Unfortunately, no one told me what colors to wear. LOL.

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I was over the moon that they included Zumba as part of their itinerary. Naturally, we had to take a group photo because it’s not every Saturday that I have these lovely ladies in class.

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After class, the four of us met Brian and grandma at Carrabba’s for brunch. They already got a table and were waiting at the restaurant.

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I thought it was great that they were able to meet grandma.

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Here are some pictures of our food.

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The limoncello French toast was my absolute favorite.

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If you’ve never had brunch at Carrabba’s, it really is worth checking out. The food is good and there are no lines (unlike other places). I think it’s because most people don’t know they’re serving brunch.

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After brunch, Brian took grandma home. The girls followed me home where we got cleaned up before our next adventure.

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The four of us went down to the Keeper and took some pics.

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Then we went to the Wichita Art Museum to check out the opening of the new Georgia O’Keeffe: Art, Image, Style exhibit.

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I didn’t take pics of the actual exhibit. You’ll just have to go see it before it’s over. LOL.

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After the museum we were going to go to the Nifty Nuthouse until we realized that the store was already closed. We ended up killing some time at Lucinda’s before dinner at Sabor.

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Molly and Mary Ann enjoyed some drinks while we were waiting for a table.

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These food pics may seem out of order because Joy ordered her dessert first.

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She also likes to get hot water and honey (below).

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We had the fried plantain chips, which you always have to get when dining at Sabor. I don’t think I got a pic of it, though.

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The food pics aren’t that exciting because everyone decided to order tacos. LOL.

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Brian and I split the adobo pork, which is my absolute favorite thing (among other things) to get when I’m there.

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I like that they split it for us so we didn’t have to do it ourselves and make a mess.

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Here’s a pic of the tres leches cake, which is another restaurant must have.

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Obligatory group selfie at dinner.

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We had a little pajama party at the end of the evening. Joy struggled to stay awake. But who can blame her? They had an early morning. I’m pretty sure they left Kansas City around seven o’clock in the morning or earlier in order to make it to Andover for my Zumba class.

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We played some card games before calling it a night. We didn’t get too crazy. The girls hung out for a bit the next morning before heading out. Here’s our final group pic (at least, until their next visit).

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It was so nice having the girls in town. I’ve missed hanging out with them since I quit working in Kansas City. I’m super grateful that they finally made it down for a visit. I can’t wait until next time!

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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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The Best of 2018

Posted on January 24, 2019 by under Life.    

For the past ten years, I’ve been doing a “Best of” blog post highlighting the most memorable parts of the year. Here’s the post from last year.

I usually try to post this either toward the end of the year or around the beginning of the year. It’s a bit late this year but at least I’m beating last year’s post which wasn’t published until the 30th.

So, what happened last year? We attended a ton of parties for one.

This isn’t even counting all the Zumba parties that happened. LOL. My philosophy is — never miss a party if you can help it. I never turn down an invite as long as I’m available to attend. That said, I’m not the kind of person that you extend courtesy invites to. If you don’t want me to come, don’t invite me — because I will show up.

Speaking of Zumba parties, these are just a few of the events that I can think of off the top of my head…

I also got a new Zumba job teaching for VASA Fitness. I started at the end of July. I actually taught a class the same day that we arrived from ZINCON.

Speaking of ZINCON, here are some highlights from that trip…

We also got to go on the Zumba Cruise!

Another somewhat significant part of 2018 is, after being a ZIN member for over six years, I finally attended my first ZIN Jam. I know, isn’t that crazy?

I just love hanging out with my Zumba family. We even went to several group movies together.

Other fun things that happened last year include…

  • Kansas City Restaurant Week – It’s like the most wonderful time of the year! You get to have $100 dinners for $33. Most of the restaurants have lunch promotions too. And, almost every restaurant in the city participates. It’s pretty amazing.
  • Boulevard – If I remember correctly, I think we got to do it twice last year.
  • Salsa Lessons – I also got to participate in some salsa lessons at Viva Social dance studio in Shawnee Mission.
  • Coffee Chat – Brian and I started our live video series on FLIP + CHING and actually kept it up the whole year!
  • Stitch Fix – While I technically discovered Stitch Fix in 2017, last year was the year that Brian and I were both on it and getting boxes on the regular.
  • Logan, Madison Graduation – We attended a couple of memorable graduations to make us both feel old.
  • Water Bottle Project – Brian made us some awesome custom insulated water bottles.
  • Ginger’s Retirement – We attended the retirement party of my boss of over thirteen years.
  • Master Certificate in Project Management – I completed my Master Certificate in Project Management from Wichita State University’s Center for Management Development. My plan is to eventually take the PMP exam but just not at the moment.
  • Grace Hill Winery – Brian, Jay, Becca, and I got to tour Grace Hill Winery with the Young Professionals of Wichita group.
  • Corporate Challenge – I participated in the Wichita Corporate Challenge and actually got a bronze medal in one of my events (corn hole).
  • The Dead South – Brian and I watched the Dead South perform at Nortons.
  • Kansas State Capitol – I got to tour the Kansas State Capitol with my project teammates.
  • Open Streets ICT – Brian and I finally got a chance to participate in Open Streets ICT. We rented a couple of Zagster bikes and cruised up and down Douglas. It was a ton of fun!
  • Mural Scavenger Hunt – Brian and I did a mural scavenger hunt. We went on a mission to find all of the murals painted for Avenue Art Days.

Finally, I picked up a new hobby. Brian and I decided to take a break from bowling over the summer. We normally resume our bowling league for the fall but we decided to skip it this year because we started playing pickleball on Sunday nights. It’s around the same time as our Sunday night bowling league. Brian’s not really that into it but I’m completely addicted. I event bought myself a real paddle, which is an upgrade from the pickleball paddle set that Brian and I had been using.

Anyway, that’s pretty much 2018 in a nutshell. Now to see what fun things we will discover and experience in 2019!

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