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We Have Boxes!

Posted on November 24, 2016 by under Confessions, Life.    

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So I got some boxes from work to help with grandma’s move to the new place. Brian got some boxes from the basement. OUR basement.

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This is filed under #confessions because yes, we buy wine by the case (at least once, sometimes twice a month). That’s not even the saddest part. The saddest part is that our alcohol budget sometimes surpasses our food budget.

But hey, it works great when someone has to move. We have boxes!

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Pictures from Our Tour of Victoria Falls

Posted on November 24, 2016 by under Family, Life.    

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It was bright and sunny that day so Brian loaned grandma his sunglasses. Doesn’t she look absolutely stylish in them?

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One of the things I liked about the place is that they had chairs everywhere so any time you got tired of walking you could just have a seat as needed.

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This is grandma going through her long list of questions with Tom, facility director.

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This is Brian pretending to pay attention. Just kidding. He really was paying attention. I promise.

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One of grandma’s favorite nurses moved here from the place where she currently lives. We ran into her and we had a nice visit.

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All of the residents we encountered seemed super happy to be living there. Everyone appeared satisfied and happy with the service. There was this one guy in a scooter who was really funny. He was like, “You guys must be pretty special to get Tom here on a Sunday.”

I love the aviary that they have in the middle of the room.

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Here’s a better picture of it.

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You don’t need fake nature sounds when you can hear real birds chirping away.

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This would probably be my favorite spot if I lived there.

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I find bird sounds so calming and relaxing.

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I also like the nice private courtyard in the middle of the facility.

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We walked through there to get to the dining hall.

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It will be the perfect spot for nice days.

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Brian loved the train trolley in the middle of the dining room.

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It’s a nice touch.

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There are also booths in there so you can eat inside the trolley if you like.

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There’s also a beauty salon onsite.

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And a bistro for the dessert socials.

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This is where they play bingo and movies.

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There are also various game tables like billiards and shuffleboard, which is perfect for the more active residents of the facility.

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And all of the hallways are nice and wide. Perfect for zooming around in a motorized chair or scooter.

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There are lots of activities for the residents, which gives everyone ample opportunities to socialize.

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Here’s the November calendar up close.

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The best part is that all residents are issued a safety pendant that they can push in case of emergency. This would have been perfect that time that grandma fell in her apartment. It might have saved her from further injuries from having to crawl over to the phone. With this, she can just push the button and help would be on its way.

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I liked the facility overall but this is by far our favorite feature. We are looking forward to moving grandma here in a few weeks. I think she will really love it here.

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Laundry Day

Posted on November 22, 2016 by under Confessions, Life.    

This is what laundry day looks like at our house.

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And yes, for someone who doesn’t even take Zumba classes, Brian has a lot of Zumba sweats. He absolutely loves wearing them!

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We practically live in our Zumba sweats all weekend long. He just happens to not be wearing them in this photo because this picture was taken after our busy Saturday morning of volunteering. And, I think most of them were in the laundry. Yeah, this isn’t all of them. I think he had a couple still stashed in the dresser.

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Anyway, I thought I would share this with you all. I’m so thankful to have Brian and the girls in my life. I just love my babies. All three of them!

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My Favorite Time of the Year

Posted on October 30, 2016 by under Events, Life.    

I love this time of year. Not just because of the perfect Fall weather and not just for Halloween and not just for my birthday. As you all know, I love being busy and doing stuff. Once October rolls around, every weekend brings with it some cool event or activity and we’re in constant go-go-go mode.

I don’t love it as much when we get double, triple, and quadruple booked (yes, it has happened) but I do love it when we are able to squeeze it all in to the schedule and I’m able to do everything.

We kicked October off with a bang this year by attending the Wichita State Alumni Association‘s Rockin’ the Roundhouse event. That was the day before I left for EMACS in Orlando and barely got out of there before Hurricane Matthew struck.

My flight was canceled so I rerouted through Tampa. Instead of getting home at noon as planned, I didn’t get home until midnight. Hence, I missed the blacklight Zumba fundraising event at Wheels Studio that I said I would help with. I also had to get a sub for my regular Saturday morning Zumba class because I needed the day to recover from my exciting trip and also I needed to pack for Kansas City that coming week. And then, I also had a sub for my regular Sunday afternoon Zumba class because I committed to my friend Stephanie that I would help her with the zumbathon for the Mulvane flooding victims.

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These were all the Zumba instructors who helped with that effort. From left: Amy, Paula, Andrea, Ching, Pam, Stephanie, and Pat.

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Stephanie organized a fantastic event and we all had a blast helping.

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Here are just a few photos from the event.

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We were super exhausted from 90 minutes of dancing (we did stop a few times to draw for prizes) but it was all worth it in the end. I’m so grateful that Stephanie asked me to participate and it worked out that I could.

The weekend after was Museum of the Undead (which was super fun and I totally plan on doing that again next year) and then game night at our house when we also celebrated Christina’s birthday.

One of the highlights of the evening was reconnecting Brian with a couple of his high school classmates. These are Brian’s high school classmates Donald and Devi in the picture with him below.

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Initially, we were only expecting a handful of people but then we ended up with more people than we can squeeze into a game of Cards Against Humanity so we ended up with two separate groups of Cards Against Humanity games and then a few of us on the side playing Exploding Kittens. I played Exploding Kittens with Missy because she has sworn off Cards Against Humanity completely.

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This is a picture of me and Missy with our ears to the bluetooth stereo because Brian refused to let us turn the volume up. He said it was because then we wouldn’t be able to have conversation but deep down I think it’s because he hates Zumba music.

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The next day we joined the gang at Carlos O’Kelly’s (Missy’s favorite Mexican restaurant) for a late lunch/early supper in celebration of Glynda’s birthday.

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This young lady in the sombrero. We got to know Glynda better over the last few years when she started attending my old Saturday morning Zumba class at East YMCA and then we got to hang out with her in Fort Lauderdale and throughout the first ever Zumba cruise as well.

Glynda is so fun to be around because she’s so positive and vibrant and energetic. She enjoys life to the fullest and is really a model for her age group. I want to be just like her at that age.

Birthdays (not just mine) are one of the many reasons I love this time of year. I know so many people with October birthdays that it’s a nonstop party all month long! Speaking of my birthday, Brian and I had an intimate celebration last weekend by having a nice dinner at P.F. Chang’s followed by Wicked.

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We had amazing seats but more on that later.

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This weekend we celebrated with friends by hiring Spot’s Party Bus to drive us around for an epic evening of drinking and Pok√©mon hunting. Wicked was my birthday present and the party bus was my present for my friends.

As we get busy with various events, the blog gets so far behind. I need to blog about a few more things. Anyway, I just wanted to take this moment to express how grateful I am for a fantastic month and for being another year older.

It’s great to be alive!

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Rockin’ the Roundhouse 2016

Posted on October 15, 2016 by under Life.    

Brian and I were fortunate enough to attend Rockin’ the Roundhouse a couple of weeks ago. RnR is a Wichita State University Alumni Association fundraising event. It’s not that one that my work sponsors so Brian and I actually had to purchase our own tickets for this one.

We purchased our ticket during the early bird ticket sales period, forgetting to take into account that I had a 5 AM flight to Orlando the next day. We are usually very good planners but Brian and I have both been extremely busy of late so we haven’t been having our regular weekly calendar meetings, which is probably how our schedule got completely out of whack.

We already paid for our tickets so we decided to go anyway. We just agreed not to stay out late. Here are some pictures from the event…

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In true “nerd fashion” I donned my school’s colors. I also wore the Wu Shock pin that April (WSU Foundation) gave me.

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Because I’m a PRO at these types of events, I knew better than to wear heels. LOL. It’s a little bit weird to wear Converser sneakers with a dress when you’re almost 40 but I think the yellow socks (which were Brian’s recommendation) completed the look so the whole outfit went together perfectly. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Besides, are you just as old as you feel anyways?

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I ran into my friend Teresa from bowling right when we walked in.

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Here’s one of the participating vendors, Sweet Allie B’s.

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This is the Butler County Community College-Bakery Arts food station.

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This is Molino’s Mexican Cuisine.

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I wish I can remember which vendor this is… This is what I get for waiting to blog about the event two weeks later. Ugh.

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SmallCakes was there serving up their delicious cupcakes.

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Blarney Stone Pub was there.

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As was Deano’s Grill and Tapworks.

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Here’s a picture of Brian checking out the Greystone Steak and Seafood offering. I think this is the Greystone station.

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Blue River Mexican Grill.

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Redrock Canyon Grill.

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This picture makes me wonder if the Dunkin’ Donuts guy had some Dunkin’ coffee before the event. LOL.

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Nothing Bundt Cakes.

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Granite City Food and Brewery.

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The Sodexo food station.

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Rita’s Italian Ice.

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And I think that’s it. I’m pretty sure I got a photo of all of the vendor stations present. Because I just have to take a picture of everything.

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This is where they were promoting the WSU Alumni Association app which, of course, I already had. All self-respecting WSU alums should have it. The app notifies you of important alumni events and also has a list of Alumni Association benefits just in case you’ve forgotten. My favorite is the 15% OFF discount on logo merchandise at university bookstore. They have some really cool WSU swag there.

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Ran into my friend Junetta Everett, loyal WSU fan, fellow alum, and one of my role models. She is super amazing!

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Here’s our obligatory event selfie. Had to do it.

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This is the main program area before everyone starting filing in. The them this year was “Red White and Wu” thus the red, white and blue decorations. And, then here’s an after photo…

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There were lots of great silent auction items. I bid on a few but didn’t win any of them. Much to Brian’s relief, I’m sure.

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It was a great event overall but, besides meeting the wonderful couple at our table who are avid WSU basketball fans, the evening was a little dull. I think because none of our friends were there. We’re going to have to talk a bunch of people into going with us next year or not go at all. These types of events are definitely more fun when you’re attending with a group of people.

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