Since I was out of town on Veterans Day, I decided to shadow Kelsey on her birthday and experience a day in the life of a 25 year old. It’s been a lifetime ago for me so I can barely remember what it was like.
Step one was a leisurely breakfast at the hotel before heading to the mall for our MAC Cosmetics makeovers. This is what Kelsey had planned for her birthday/day off. She was nice enough to let me tag along and scheduled one for me as well.
They were so busy that day that we kept getting interrupted. It reminded me of why I don’t get makeup done at the mall. The end result was great, though. Misty did a fabulous job despite having to juggle customers and doing my makeup.
Here’s the finished product. For her birthday makeup Kelsey went completely glam, complete with fake eyelashes. I went pretty neutral but, even so, I felt like I had so much makeup on. I think it’s because I’m not used to wearing makeup.
Our next stop was downtown Kansas City. We had the rare opportunity to check out the PwC office there. The consultants didn’t get Veterans Day off so they camped out in one of the conference rooms and worked that day.
Good thing I was off that day because I don’t think I could have worked with the amazing view. I would have been day dreaming all day.
Not sure if you recall but it was super windy on Veterans Day. Kelsey and I got into a minor fender bender on the way to the hotel, which made us a bit late for our team building event. We weren’t the only ones late, though. The consultants worked late and got to the hotel much later than we did even after we waited for the Kansas City police officers to show up on the scene and release us.
We eventually made it to Top Golf. I’d never been there before. It’s really cool. Even though I sucked compared to everyone else, I still had a blast. I actually can’t wait to go back. I want to bring Brian there on a date.
You basically wave your club at this box thing that spits out a golf ball. You hit the golf ball as hard as you can while trying to make one of the targets. You earn points based on where your ball lands.
Radhika is a pro. She did the best out of all the women. She actually did better than most of the men, too.
This is a photo of Rahima getting ready to swing.
Here’s our two Project Managers: Andy (foreground) and Joey (background).
Since we were so late getting started we decided to cancel our dinner reservations and just eat at Top Golf instead. The food there is actually pretty good.
Here are some photos…
These donut things were delicious, specially with the dipping sauces. Serving the sauces in syringes was a clever touch.
Some people had already left by the time we remembered to take a group photo.
We all had so much fun that we ended up spending the entire evening at Top Golf. The time just flew by, though. It was a great team building experience.
Here are some pictures taken on the eve of Kelsey’s 25th birthday.
Kelsey hit the birthday jackpot. Her birthday is November 11, Veterans Day, one of the holidays we actually observe at work. She gets her day off every year without having to use a personal day or vacation. It’s a great holiday for a birthday because it’s not a major holiday; so unlike when your birthday falls on Valentines or Christmas, you don’t get gypped on presents. You get all of the perks and none of the downsides.
Kelsey and Radhika
I love hanging out with these two millennials. They make me feel not quite as old as I am. Although, they’re constantly giggling about something and I don’t quite understand it.
Me and the birthday girl.
Radhika, Ching, Kelsey, and Rahima
I don’t usually drink with coworkers but we were celebrating Kelsey’s birthday. I wasn’t going to be the lone party pooper.
They have this really yummy shark drink.
I have no idea where the mustaches came from.
Rahima and Me
We had our team building event in Kansas City on Veterans Day so I didn’t get to go home during the week. I pretty much just stayed up there (Lawrence on Monday and Tuesday night; and then Kansas City on Wednesday night) until Thursday. I had thought about going home on Tuesday and then driving back up for the team building activity on Wednesday but that was going to be way too much driving back and forth and didn’t make any sense. Plus, it’s not like Brian had Veterans Day off. He would be at work anyway so it wasn’t like I was going to see him. That made the decision wait until Thursday to come home much easier. And, I had the opportunity to hang out with these fine people and celebrate with Kelsey which wouldn’t have been possible had I gone home on Tuesday. It worked out great.
Brian and I had a blast hanging out with coworkers and friends at the ninth annual Brew Ha-Ha event at Flint Hills National a couple of weeks ago. There were a couple of extra tickets because Lacie didn’t end up going so Darcy’s whole team got to go this year.
Here’s a photo of Brian with Darcy’s team member Josh and his partner Alicia.
Here’s the menu along with the list of beer and wine pairings.
Brian and I paid extra to get the commemorative wine snob tumblers. I’ll have to remember to bring a purse next year because toting around our beer mugs and wine tumblers was a bit tricky.
This was everyone’s favorite food item.
Our obligatory party bus selfie.
There was a car accident at the Flint Hills National entrance so we got stuck on the bus while the driver had to figure out another way back to the lodges. Thankfully, there was plenty of beer on the bus so, while we were missing out on food and the rest of the party, we didn’t get to miss out on beer drinking. Brian and Derek both showed off their pole-dancing skills. I didn’t get a photo of Derek, though. I only have this one of Brian.
Here’s a picture of the great-looking CRC group.
Brian and I left earlier than usual this year. I didn’t bring a jacket and it was a little chilly outside. We normally stay all the way to the end to claim our silent auction winnings but I got outbid on several things and assumed I didn’t win anything. However, I actually did win something.
I got a call from Shelly while I was in Topeka this week. I took a vacation day today to take care of errands so I stopped by the Big Brothers Big Sisters office this morning to pay for and claim my silent auction basket.
Among my silent auction goodies is $70 to Pinot’s Palette so there’s painting event in my future. Anyone else want to go?
Here are some pictures from our most recent dinner at Sabor.
Thanks to all of our goofy friends who joined us for dinner.
We are so busy that we rarely ever get to see these guys anymore.
Here are some pictures of delicious food.
Afterwards some of us walked over to Oeno for some Latin dancing.
Some of us even went all out and donned masquerade masks.
And, I got to break in my Sneaky Cards game by using a couple of cards including the “selfie with a stranger” card. See below. I have no idea who this man is but he was super nice and gracious about doing the selfie. However, I think he and his female dinner companion found me a bit odd.
Here’s to another fun-filled and memorable year!
The Boo and Brew Ball was fantastic. It’s a benefit for Dress for Success Wichita which is in its 14th year. Dress for Success helps impoverished women break the cycle of poverty by providing women with professional attire to wear to job interviews, guidance through the career center, job training, and employment retention support programs.
This was our first year attending Boo and Brew. I hope we get invited again next year because it’s not only a great party but it also supports a great cause.
We ran into several people we knew including Aharon (pictured above) and CJ. Also ran into the glamorous Sheona from Backstage Makeup Studio who I met earlier this year when we had our team builder at her shop.
Chef Jason was there also. He offered his services as a live auction item. I think it fetched more than any of the other live auction items that night. Rune won the bidding on that one. I’m too poor to bid on live auction items but I absolutely love the silent auction.
The silent auction is one of my favorite things about these fundraising events. I won two this time around; which reminds me, I still need to call Patton Pest Control and schedule bug extermination service.
Rune’s costume was a big hit. He won a $100 for the best men’s costume. His Darth Vader costume looked so authentic that several people asked to take photos with him.
The Boo and Brew was so much fun. I can’t wait to go again next year.
This is definitely the most elaborate birthday party I’ve ever attended. It was grander than most weddings!
The guestbook was a guitar and drink tickets were guitar picks.
The Western theme decorations were spot on.
The live band was phenomenal.
Here’s a picture of me and Connie.
We also got to see some of our favorite people who we hadn’t seen in a long time.
Brian and I were a tad overdressed for the party because we had another party to attend that same night which was a masquerade ball (more on that next time). We wanted to be there for Connie’s grand birthday, though.
It’s not everyday that one of our friends turns 50 and hosts the party of the century.
We’d been so busy that I hadn’t seen my mom for a while. Usually I’m really good about organizing some sort family dinner or other get together to celebrate birthdays and such. We have had absolutely no time for anything lately. Despite that, we wanted to make sure that she knew that we didn’t forget about her birthday.
I was scheduled to sub for her bowling team on October 7, the day after her birthday, so we decided to surprise her. For her birthday present this year, I got her bowling jewelry. She got earrings and a matching necklace.
Brian and I ordered ice cream cake from Dairy Queen, which Brian picked up on his way to the bowling alley. She totally didn’t expect it. We shared the cake with the opposing team and still had some left over which we ended up giving to the concession employees at the bowling alley.
Happy belated birthday, mom!
Speaking of birthdays, guess whose birthday is coming up in ten days? 😉
Brian and I had the honor of attending the 184th Intelligence Wing Change of Command Ceremony a few weeks ago at McConnell. One of my Leadership Wichita classmates who was a Kansas Air National Guard captain was promoted to colonel. No kidding. I now know a real life wing commander!
Here are some photos from the Change of Command.
McConnell is a very secure facility. We were actually checked three times going to the event. We felt pretty darn special.
The ceremony was very formal and impressive. Col. David Weishaar is amazing so I know the promotion was earned and well-deserved. Congratulations Col. Weishaar!
That same week Brian and I attended the dedication of the newest YMCA Farha Sport Center in Andover. I’m not sure how we got invited to it but we did. Anyway, it was really cool. It’s my first time attending a YMCA dedication.
This one also happened to be an annual celebration where they recognized several people — volunteers, coaches — with awards.
I often hear how we have the best YMCA facilities in the nation. It’s because the people of the Greater Wichita Area are amazing. Period. I am beyond thrilled for all of the awards recipients who were recognized at the event.
Speaking of events, we are kicking off the YMCA Annual Campaign. I was told that only 7% of members actually donate/support the campaign. Please be sure to stop by the front desk next time you’re at the gym (or click this link) to find out how you can help. It’s donations from people in the community that enable the YMCA to provide services to everyone. You’re the reason our YMCAs are great!
As promised, here are some pictures from Christina and Jake’s fabulous wedding at Exploration Place over the weekend…
I feel like I have to explain this picture because it’s not something that you see normally. Christina and Jake opted for a dramatic and unconventional entrance where they walk down the aisle together.
It was a beautiful ceremony. I’m glad they didn’t start on time because Brian and I were cutting it kind of close. Melissa was even surprised that she and Todd beat us to the wedding when they’re notorious for being late. In my defense, I thought the wedding was at 6 PM whereas Christina put a reminder on Missy’s phone and had the wedding time listed as 5 PM. LOL. It actually worked!
Anyway Brian and I were both grateful that our friends arrived early and saved us a couple of seats. We were also grateful for the late start because we didn’t want to miss Christina and Jake gazing into each other’s eyes as they spoke their vows.
Here’s a picture of the newlyweds as they made their exit.
Our awesome group of friends.
Huge thanks to these guys for saving us seats!
Meader and Hideki clean up really well. I was really disappointed that Brian refused to wear a suit. He said he’d been wearing suits all week and wanted a break. We were running late so I didn’t have time to persuade him otherwise.
Brian and I couldn’t resist taking a wedding reception selfie.
A photo of the bride and groom at the reception.
Here’s a photo of our friends Holly and Meader.
We took a regular photo and a fun one.
Missy and Todd.
Me and Brian again. My arm looks weird because we were trying to fake a selfie.
Jake and Missy.
Todd and Hideki.
Brian, Carla, Holly, and Meader.
Holly and I wanted a photo of us with our matching Stella & Dot necklaces.
This was one of my favorite parts of the reception — the newlywed game played using shoes! I thought it was really clever and a lot of fun.
Christina and Jake also had a special photo booth at the wedding where you could created flip books like this one…
And this one…
Here’s a video of Jake and Hideki doing a little dance off…
And Jake and Missy shaking it off…
What a great wedding and reception! Congratulations to our friends Christina and Jake. Thank you so much for allowing us to witness your union, sharing your special day, and letting us celebrate with you.
Zoobilee was a lot of fun this year. Except for the first part of the event when I had a massive headache. I would have skipped it altogether except we actually paid for tickets. For the first time ever, in our seven year history of attending.
Brian was drinking Stellas all night and had a great time.
We ran into several people, including Jeff (above). We also knew of others who were there but we didn’t ever run into them. It’s no surprise, though. Thousands of people attend every year.
Local restaurateur Steve Bacci of Gianni Bacci and Taste & See
Brenda and BJ
Me with Shanda and Nykole
I managed a smile for this photo, despite my massive headache.
This is my gregarious and extremely outgoing Leadership Wichita friend, Bill Ramsey, also known as The Bill Guy.
There were so many people at the event that we didn’t run into the Phelpi and the Dills until almost nine o’clock. The only reason that we knew Dills were at the zoo was because we saw their names on the Sveta’s chair massage sign up sheet.
Thank heavens for that chair massage. It helped my headache go away.
Brian and Kristen at the private YPW area
Jay and Becca
Our crazy, loud bunch
Me with my friend Andrea
I’m glad I toughed it out because I did actually start to feel better and my headache went away later in the evening. I wish it would have happened sooner, before all the food was gone, though. I hardly drank or ate anything because I didn’t want to overdo it. By the time I was ready to cut loose, most of the vendors were gone.
On the bright side, Brian and I once again got really good deals from the silent auction. We got one year of pest control treatments every 60 days for $190, which I thought was a good deal. I also got a gift card for a haircut and some Aveda products for just $65. I love silent auctions! We have a few more fundraising events coming up later this year. We’re both looking forward to seeing what bargains can be had in the silent auctions.
BTW, if you are bummed about missing Zoobilee, fear not. There’s another fun eating and drinking fundraising event next weekend on September 26 — Haus of Brews. Click on the link to purchase tickets. Proceeds go to a great cause. We’d love to see you there!