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Uncorked and Unwined

Posted on October 2, 2019 by under Community, Events.    

I attended the best networking event last month hosted by BKD. It was at the New Market Square Cocoa Dolce, which I’d never been to before.

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I’m so glad I was able to squeeze in the schedule because I bumped into my Leadership Wichita classmates Jennifer Wold (she organized the event), Dotty Harpool, and Jessica Dunbar. It was fun catching up.

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I don’t frequently get to spend time with my Leadership Wichita classmates because we are all so busy. However, Dotty has been coming to my Aqua Zumba classes so I actually have seen her more frequently than the others the last few months. Another classmate that I bump into on a somewhat regular basis is Teresa Veazey. She couldn’t make event that night but Brian and I will sometimes run into her at events or at the nail spa.

Last week I ran into Jason Mock at the Walkway Cafe (the cafeteria in our building). I hadn’t seen him in forever. He stayed and we caught up over lunch. It was nice. I always love running into my Leadership Wichita classmates.

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Zoobilee 2019

Posted on September 26, 2019 by under Events.    

Brian and I attended our 11th consecutive Zoobilee event this year. Every year we say it will be our last but, when we end up getting tickets to a super fun event, it’s really hard to turn down. Even during the years that we would volunteer and have to work until late in the night we’ve had fun. In fact, those were some of our best Zoobilee memories. We have never not had any fun at Zoobilee.

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I’m a little disappointed that I didn’t take more photos. Brian and I actually looked pretty good this year. Unlike other years when we either had to volunteer during the event or didn’t expect to go and ended up with last minute tickets, we actually knew we were attending at least two weeks before this time so we could plan accordingly. I even scheduled a haircut that afternoon so I wouldn’t have to do my hair myself. LOL.

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We went in early and saw Sherii and her husband Brian. We got there a bit before 5:30 PM when they let the patrons in (general admission is 6:00 PM) but at least they let you in the area outside the gift shop where they actually are serving drinks so you can start drinking while you’re waiting. Brian and I learned a few years ago that we can use this entrance and skip the long line. We’ve done the long line before and it’s not that fun specially when it’s super hot outside.

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We ran into my friend Michael early in the evening. Michael is one of several new friends I’ve made playing pickleball. Michael and I are actually playing in the Bob Jackson Friendship Tournamnet together on Saturday.

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Here’s pic of us with Caroline, Chet and their daughter. Caroline is also a pickleball player. She isn’t playing right now but she knew about pickleball even before I did.

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We also ran into Andrea and James. Andrea also goes to Zoobilee pretty much every year. We’ve ran into her there every year since we’ve known each other.

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Brian wanted a picture with the tinman because it’s the name of his gaming page. Of course, I obliged. He always takes pics for me. I got to return the favor.

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Ran into my friend Bill from Leadership Wichita. I always love running into my Leadership Wichita classmates. They are the most accomplished bunch of people I know. Bill is an entrepreneur extraordinaire and is involved and many very important business dealings.

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We also ran into Augustine and Bianca, owners of Augustino Brewing.

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Bumped into Ebony later in the evening.

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We multiplied when Mercedes and her friends walked by.

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With Travis, Ennidh, Evette and Jimmy. This is the only pic that shows my dress. I’m so sad. I wish I would have gotten more full body pics. It’s a great dress and my current favorite. It’s super comfortable but also nice and dressy because it’s sparkly. I might wear this dress again to another event and take full body pics next time.

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Brian and I took one last selfie as we were leaving. Some people stay until midnight because the party goes on forever but Brian and I usually leave around nine thirty or ten o’clock but we are old. I’m not much of a drinker so I pretty much lose interest when all good food is gone. LOL. Besides, I have Zumba classes to teach the next day and I actually have a 10:30 AM class on Sundays now.

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That pretty much sums up our 11th Zoobilee. Amazing how time flies. Brian couldn’t believe this was our 11th one. I had to remind him. We have all sorts of pictures online to prove it. In fact, I’ve posted about them every time here.

Until next time. GNG!

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Crawl for Cancer 2019

Posted on September 5, 2019 by under Events, Things to Do.    

This is the story of how we got roped into participating in our first cancer crawl, ever. Brian and I don’t typically participate in these for several reasons: (1) Brian is very picky about his beer, (2) I’m always too busy, and (3) he won’t do something unless I make us. So what happened this year?

Two Words: PEER PRESSURE

We have several people at work who always participate in the cancer crawl every year. For the last few years, they’ve had two teams. I’ve never really felt the desire to do it because I don’t particularly like drinking beer and I usually have my Zumba classes that keep me tied up all weekend.

This year my friend Tom from Topeka wanted to do it, so he started a team. He needed four more people so he asked if Brian and I could join and invite two of our friends. Well, when I started asking around, everyone wanted to do it. Tom didn’t have room on his team for all of us, so we ended up forming a whole other team.

Tom eventually filled his four vacancies so, in the end, we ended up with four teams consisting of 12 crawlers each. We had a total of 48 people signed up to crawl with our mega group.

I originally still had my Zumba classes so I was just going to join the group late after my last Saturday class; however, as luck would have it, my classes in Andover ended up getting canceled that weekend because the floors were being refinished. I didn’t know this at the time we signed up. It was just a lucky coincidence. It was the same weekend I went from four classes to just one class (my Aqua Zumba class at North YMCA) to none — because my Aqua Zumba class ended up being canceled because of bad weather.

It was a gift from the universe, which decided that I really need to slow down. It was welcome break from my usual Zumba-filled weekends.

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On the eve of the cancer crawl, a bunch of us met up at the Pumphouse (across from the shirt pick ups at the Courtyard Marriott). Our team captain Reniece picked up our shirts and distributed them to us when we met up that Friday night. I really wanted my shirt the night before because I wanted to be able to customize it. Nothing too fancy. I just wanted to turn it into a tank.

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In keeping with our #VacayWithJayJay theme, I busted out my Jamaica bag and straw hat. I also got some leis and floral hair clips for everyone. I looked so legit in my white sarong, bag, and hat getup that, as we were leaving the house that morning, our neighbor Tommy asked if we were going on another vacation.

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But the pièce de résistance was my picture frame prop. Brian and I assembled it just a few days prior. We ran out of As though, so #VacayWithJayJay turned into #VacayWitJJ. Regardless, no one really cared. Most people probably didn’t even know the reference.

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Brian couldn’t believe I was willing to lug this thing around with me. It was made of foam board so it was pretty light and we got a bunch of great pics like these so it was totally worth it.

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Here’s a couple of pics of our small cancer crawl team within the mega group.

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Here are a couple of selfies of me and Brian.

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Yuvina and me.

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Becca and me.

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Kishon and Alex.

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Tina and Justin.

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Brian and Jay.

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Darcy and Jeff were part of the big group from work.

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With Chris.

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Reniece behind bars.

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More pics of our group…

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Brian wore his straw baseball cap from Costa Rica and his favorite Hawaiian shirt.

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These three crack me up.

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My lovely props that I carried with me from bar to bar. No joke.

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This was at Fever Night Club — midday party. LOL.

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When we got to Lucky’s, which was a long walk, we got to have the back patio all to ourselves. There was just enough room for all four teams back there.

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Here’s our big group at Lucky’s.

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Not everyone could make it but we had over 40 people between the four teams.

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Jay tried to get everyone in an ultimate selfie.

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We had a ton of fun but it was also a lot of walking for pitchers of Coors Light. I’m looking forward to Haus of Brews on the 21st, which is a much better event overall. We will have good beer (no Coors Light) from seven Kansas breweries (Aero Plains Brewing, Norsemen Brewing, Nortons, River City Brewery, Third Place, Walnut River, and Wichita Brewing), two wineries (Grace Hill Winery and Mabel’s Homestead Vineyard), and delicious food… Oh, and no “crawling” because everyone will be at Treescapes.

Anyway, I’m grateful that we had an opportunity to participate and help raise money for some great causes but our #VacayWithJayJay team actually ended up skipping the whole after party. We’d had enough Coors Light and we were all hungry so we all opted to go to River City Brewery instead. We held our own after party there.

I hope you enjoyed the pics. Until next time. GNG.

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Wichita Corporate Challenge

Posted on September 1, 2019 by under Events, Hobbies.    

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We didn’t do so hot on the Wichita Corporate Challenge this year but I got to play pickleball and had a ton of fun!

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I got to hang out with these fabulous people (from left: Jeremy, Frank, Tara, and Abby; below: my partner, Chris) for an afternoon, met some people from Pickleball Connection in real life, and made some new friends.

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One of the players I met at the event that day invited me to be on her team for a pickleball league at Chicken N Pickle. It just so happened that my Wednesday night Aqua Zumba class was ending and I would have Wednesday nights free. Anyway, the stars aligned because I’d not found a league that worked with my schedule until then. I decided to join at the very moment and now we’re on a team together. I am super excited to play in my first ever pickleball league. I hope it helps me improve my game. If nothing else, at least I’ll have something to do on Wednesday nights.

I just love how Pickleball Connection brings people together.

Speaking of Pickleball Connection, it’s amazing to me how a group we started on January 19 with just a handful of people has grown to almost 500. It’s actually much bigger than the Wichita Zumba group now. How awesome is that?

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Blues & Brews Festival

Posted on August 4, 2019 by under Events.    

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Our friend Tina hooked us up with awesome patio tickets to the Andover Blues & Brews Festival a few weeks ago.

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We got there before the rest of our crew because they had another event that same day. Luckily, we met some other people we knew (Michelle and Scott) who got their early and got an awesome table in the shade. They graciously offered to share their table so we hung out with them until the rest of the gang arrived.

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Here’s an obligatory selfie…

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Some pics with the rest of our group…

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(From Left) Becca, Tina, Justin, Brian, and Aston…

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I’m so grateful to Tina for hooking us up with these awesome tickets. They included dinner and beer tasting. And we got a great view of the show.

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Here’s a pic of me and Brian with Tina’s husband, Justin.

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Jay and Brian…

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And a couple more pics to close out the night. It was a beautiful evening for hanging out. Love these guys!

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