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Posted on October 10, 2016 by Ching under Events, Food and Drink.
We had a blast celebrating April’s birthday at Bonefish a couple of weeks ago. Here are some pictures from that evening.
Here are some pictures of food…
Because you can’t go to Bonefish and not get bang bang shrimp, we ordered several of these, which we promptly annihilated.
The lump crab corn chowder is also one of my faves.
And, because Brian loves the bang bang shrimp so much, he ordered bang bang tacos for dinner. He just can’t get enough. LOL.
I got the imperial tilapia stuffed with crab and a bunch of other deliciousness. And, because I like crab so much, I also got the crab fried rice. It was just okay. Everything else was delicious, though.
We had a fabulous dinner overall. The only downside for me was that I ate so much with bang bang shrimp and lump crab corn chowder that I was too full to enjoy my entrée. Brian and I need to remember to just split a meal next time. It will save us some money too because dinner at Bonefish is not cheap. LOL.
Posted on October 8, 2016 by Ching under Events, Food and Drink.
These are pictures from wine night at Allison’s a few weeks ago. Check out the view from her apartment. I’m just a tad bit envious.
You can see the Sprint Center from her living room.
And KC LIVE! The proximity to the stage is probably not the greatest on concert nights but the view sure looks amazing.
Here’s the view from her bedroom.
This is Rahima, consultant extraordinaire…
And our jolly band of misfits…
Allison was a fabulous host. Even if she did make Andrew bring his own barstool down from his apartment one floor above. LOL. Don’t worry. They have an elevator.
Since Allison fed us that evening, this was our contribution.
It’s zebra cake consisting of layers of white, cream filling, and chocolate cake infused with Kahlúa. Gotta love Cosentino’s!
We got a brief tour of the building afterwards.
Here’s a quick selfie of me and our wonderful host, Allison.
This is the movie room.
The movie room also has a pool table in it.
Just one floor above is a very nice common area.
When you step outside, there’s a very nice rooftop patio.
And an amazing pool that’s lit up at night.
They also have some green space with fake grass.
The space is perfect for yard games like bag toss.
They actually have a branded set.
Here’s what the high-rise apartment complex looks like from the street.
The Onelife gym is conveniently located next door. Check out the video on the One Light web site to get a sense of what it’s like to live here. Brian and I saw this video and were like, “Wow!” Not bad. Not bad at all.
Here are some fun pictures from Zoobilee over the weekend…
Me and Mindy (Brian’s favorite massage therapist) with Michael (my favorite massage therapist) and Sveta in the background. Speaking of Sveta, she actually gave me my very first ever full-body massage almost 20 years ago.
Here’s Ebony with her fun party outfit.
Brian with Ronnie and April.
Donavan, Andrea, and me.
Me and Cari.
Cari’s friend Buck.
Cari, Kati, and me.
Cari, Brian, and me with the Nails and Beyond girls.
Me and my Leadership Wichita pal, Stacy.
Me and Liz.
Me and Stephanie.
Me and Andrea.
Donavan, Andrea and me.
I had such a blast touring with the #WestarInMotion College Campus Tour this week. We were at Wichita State University on Wednesday, KU on Thursday, and K-State on Friday.
One of our senior officers, Greg Greenwood, stopped by while we were at Wichita State and even helped us draw our four gift card winners.
When we were at the KU campus, Derek, Mel, and I got a selfie with the Jayhawk in front of the KU Memorial Union entrance.
KU was the one school where our #WestarInMotion koozies actually matched the school colors. I wish we had yellow and purple ones made too but the blue and red are Westar colors so we will be able to use these koozies for other events.
We had a blast at all three locations. But, even though I’m WSU alumni and I’m partial to the school, I have to say that the K-State kids were the coolest. They even tweeted our event and took selfies with us.
I was a little bit worried because of the forecasted rain. We encountered rain when we were setting up the trailer at all three locations but, as luck would have it, the rain stopped in time for our event. We had a great turnout at all three schools. Although we ran into a few students who didn’t have electric service in their name, we had several people who installed the MyWestar app right on the spot.
We were on our feet the entire time and the soles of my feet hurt really bad at the end of each day but it was totally worth it. The last three days were a nice break from the office. I’m so glad Alicia invited me to help her with this project. I hope I get to help with it again next year.
Posted on August 21, 2016 by Ching under Events, Relationship, Things to Do.
We made some commitments last weekend that caused us to postpone (and as a result prolong) our anniversary celebrations this year. My work participated in the Wichita Corporate Challenge this year and, a few days before the start of the event, Ebony told me that we didn’t have any volunteers and we needed some otherwise we would lose some points. I decided put aside my anniversary weekend and take one for the team.
I couldn’t volunteer the weekend before because that was the weekend I had my Real Results Party (more on that next time) on Saturday afternoon and then I have my regular Sunday afternoon Zumba class. I already had stuff going on the other days so I had to give up my anniversary weekend.
Luckily, my boss granted my request to take a vacation day on August 10 — the Wednesday before — which is our actual anniversary day so Brian and I got to celebrate before the weekend anyway. This actually works out better because now, instead of doing everything on one weekend, we get to spread out the celebration for the rest of the month.
I had signed me and Brian up to help with the volleyball tournament on Saturday afternoon from 1 PM to 5 PM, which was perfect because it allowed us time to make dinner at Marc and Jess’ house in Derby by 7 PM. Anyway, there was a last minute schedule change and volleyball got pushed to Sunday, which we couldn’t do because Brian and I were already signed up for a bowling tournament at the Alley. I specifically subbed out my Sunday afternoon Zumba class for it so I didn’t want to miss it. When I found out that volleyball moved to Sunday, I emailed the WCC organizer to inform him of my predicament. I would still love to volunteer but I am only free from 1 PM to 5 PM on Saturday as I had previously committed. I would love to help with volleyball but we already were already committed to something else on Sunday afternoon. We all know that my schedule is like a jigsaw puzzle. We have all sorts of stuff going on ALL THE TIME.
Anyway, I was told that they didn’t need additional help with the softball tournament on Saturday afternoon but my work would still get credit for my volunteer time. It worked out perfectly because that was the main reason I had volunteered myself and Brian’s help. I just wanted to earn some points for my work.
Brian and I found ourselves in unusual territory. We actually had some free time on our hands. LOL. Naturally, Brian took advantage of it by taking a nap.
This was the sight at home that Saturday afternoon. It’s not very often this happens so Brian relished every single minute of it.
We hung out at home until it was time to head to the Stoddard’s for dinner. They made a delicious chicken dinner paired with a pasta salad. It was yummy!
They also made this dessert thing which was like pancake brownie but I didn’t get a picture of it. Brian and I brought vanilla ice cream to go with it.
After dinner, we briefly went Pokémon hunting but it was dark and the bugs were out in full force. We were all getting eaten up by mosquitos and then Brian’s phone quit working. We finally just had to call it a night. We didn’t want to stay out too late anyway because we had a bowling tournament the next day.
Zach and I qualified for the end of season bowling tournament right away. Brian was going to have to pay $10 to enter the tournament but he won a free entry on our very last week of bowling.
There were several prizes that we really wanted to win but our names didn’t get drawn, which was a bummer. The three of us didn’t bowl as well as we could have so we didn’t win top score prizes either.
At least I finally got a video of me picking up a 5-7 split so it wasn’t a complete loss.
Fast forward to this weekend… We had planned to take my little sister Nickira and the Phelpi to All Star Adventures for some unlimited go karts, rides, and mini golf but Mother Nature wasn’t cooperating. At least we were able to meet up for a belated birthday dinner for Gavin at Red Robin.
We felt bad for not making it to Gavin’s birthday and not getting him a present so we figured dinner would be his birthday present this year instead.
April said that it worked well because he has too many toys anyway and he got in trouble recently so she actually had to take some toys away. It’s a really funny story but it’s April’s story to tell so I won’t share it with you guys. You’ll just have to ask her about it next time you see her.
I think it was Nickira’s first time at Red Robin and she discovered the joys of freckled lemonade. It’s one of my favorite things to drink there. She originally asked for a Sprite but when Gavin asked for freckled lemonade, I had to veto her drink order and get her a freckled lemonade also because I knew she would love it because I know how much she loves strawberries. It’s her favorite fruit.
It was wonderful to see the Phelpi because it had been forever since we’d gotten together. We used to see them quite frequently when they lived down the street but it’s harder to spontaneously swing by these days since they now live on the West side of town. After dinner we all agreed to have an All Star Adventures do-over next month and parted ways.
I originally wanted to ride go karts with Nickira at the Alley but then changed my mind after it started raining. I didn’t want to be out and about in case it started raining even harder. Nickira decided to stay in and play Jenga instead.
Nickira’s mom said they would be home around 8:30 PM so we took Nickira home around that time. Brian drove to ensure that we would be safe in case something happened because the weather was terrible.
The next morning (yesterday) my Aqua Zumba class was canceled because the water was too cold from the rain. I got to sleep in a little bit before my 10:30 AM Zumba class. After that we had to skedaddle because we had tickets to Mamma Mia! at 2 PM. I showered and changed quickly so we could grab a quick bite at Felipe’s Jr. down the street from us before heading to the show.
Since I missed the half-priced season tickets sale in April, I’ve been relying on free tickets from KMUW. However, I didn’t want to take a chance this time so I splurged and bought our tickets ahead of time. Brian loves Music Theatre Wichita as much as I do so I just called it an anniversary present for both of us. I’m so glad we bought tickets because I didn’t see an email about free tickets this time. This has been a really great MTW season for us in that we were able to see all of the shows except for one. It’s the one that Brian wanted to see most, Jesus Christ Superstar, but it couldn’t be helped because it ran while we were in Orlando for ZINCON 2016.
Since I paid for my tickets this time, I made sure to pick good seats. We were tired of sitting behind tall people or people with big hair so I went a little bit overboard and got us front row seats. We were in C3 and C4 for the show, front and center. At first Brian was like, “I thought you got us front row seats?” He was thinking there would be rows A and B ahead of us, but row C is the first row for this show.
I loved being super close to the stage and performers but I’m thinking that I’ll probably get three or four rows back next time I have my choice of seating because the first row is a little too close for me.
Here’s a picture of the main cast. I took a picture because when they start coming out like this, it’s usually the end. I don’t take pictures during the performance out of respect but sometimes I like to take pictures of all of the performers at the end when they do their final bow. I thought it was over but you really have to stick around because after the usual ending part there was another fifteen minutes of singing and dancing. It was awesome. Best show finale ever!
But that wasn’t the finale of our day. We still had Dudegrass Six. We went home to hang out and take care of the dogs before heading to our next event. This was our first time attending Dudegrass and I’m glad we went because it was awesome.
Facebook said the event started at 5:30 PM but didn’t actually start until 6 PM. I should have checked our tickets because I really thought we were running late. Come to find out, we were just in time. We got there at about a quarter till and, although there were already a lot of people there, there were still a few lanes open. As luck would have it, lane 22 was open so we parked ourselves there.
They had me at two-plus hours of unlimited bowling. The Big Lebowski screening, $5 White Russians, and entertainment factor were an added bonus.
Lamphouse Photo Company also had a photo booth there with an awesome rug backdrop and props. Because we are rebels, we did our photos prop-less.
Jenni talked us into getting a large pizza but it was way more pizza than three people could eat. Brian and I picked the flavor since we bought and we went with all-meat (neither of us like veggies in our pizza).
Lucky for us, we ran into Lisa (she teaches a yoga class before me on Saturdays) and her husband so we got to share our large pizza with two others.
We were off to a great start with bowling but I started bowling crappy once the White Russians kicked in.
They were cheap and delicious. Lisa, who has been attending the event for years, told us one year the White Russians were only $2. I bet they had some lessons learned that year. LOL.
Brian doesn’t drink White Russians so he bought a pitcher of Fat Tire and shared it with Jenni. That made them both happy.
Brian was completely amazed at how many Big Lebowski fans turned out for the event. The costumes were phenomenal.
There were some really awesome costumes. The ultimate winner of the costume contest was the Stranger. I think partly because there was only one of him and there were several Dudes, Walters, and Maudes. There was a really good Jesus Quintana, though. She had the purple outfit down.
The White Russians group costume was also a clever idea although I’m not sure how they could have split the prize, which was a rug.
Brian said, if we go next year, he wants to dress up Jackie Treehorn, the porn director, because we didn’t see anyone dressed as him at all.
Although Brian made a comment that we were probably the only two people there who came for the bowling, we had such a great time at Dudegrass. I can’t believe that we’d never been to this event before. It’s going on my list of things to do next year for sure! What a great idea for a fundraising event!