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Andrea’s Superhero-themed Zumba Birthday Party

Posted on November 26, 2018 by under Events, Zumba.    

We had a blast celebrating Andrea’s 32nd birthday on Friday night. Charis turned her normal Friday night class into a 90-minute Zumba party in honor of Andrea’s special day. We invited several instructors to teach and it turned it in full-fledged Zumbathon for the ages!

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Here’s the official instructor line up (from left): Johnna, Andrea (the birthday celebrant herself), me, Jessie, Rose, Francie, Charis, and Amanda.

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I wasn’t the only Wonder Woman. We had a few people dressed as Wonder Woman that night, including Danielle above. Jessie also wore her Wonder Woman head and arm bands. I love it when we have theme parties.

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We had a wonderful turnout and a few even stayed for the group photo after class.

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This one of me and Charis is one of my faves. She’s an excellent selfie-taker.

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After Zumba we kept the party going at Los Cocos.

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Here’s a video from dinner. It was such a fun night. I just love Zumba birthday parties and can’t wait until the next one!

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I Like to Be Busy But —

Posted on November 19, 2018 by under Zumba.    

It’s not unusual for me to have bazillion things happening any given day. On the weekends, it’s actually quite special when I can somehow squeeze a nap into the schedule. I enjoy being busy and having something going on at all times but this is getting ridiculous. I’ve always pushed myself to do as much as I can and I’m constantly testing my limits. I never thought the day would come when I’d cry “Uncle” but I think I may have reached it. LOL.

A typical Saturday for me kind of looks like this…

  • 8:45 to 9:45 AM — Aqua Zumba at VASA Fitness
  • 10:30 to 11:30 AM — Zumba at Andover YMCA
  • Party or movie in the evening

…with laundry, lunch, and a nap in between (not necessarily in that order). Oh, and a shower (two actually). Just in case you were wondering… I shower when I get up in the morning and I shower again after my Zumba class. However, I only wash my hair during the second shower.

I don’t sleep in and I’m always on a schedule of some sort. That’s normal. A couple of weeks ago I got this crazy idea in my head to take a Y-Box workshop and then we got tickets to a Tallgrass Film Festival screening and gala party, which I didn’t want to miss. That day looked like this…

  • 8:45 to 9:45 AM — Aqua Zumba at VASA Fitness
  • 10:30 to 11:30 AM — Zumba at Andover YMCA
  • 12:30 to 3:30 PM — Y-Box Workshop at Downtown YMCA
  • 7:00 PM — Tallgrass Film Festival

Lunch that day consisted of a bunch of snacks that Brian packed for me to eat on my way from my Zumba class to the workshop. It was a day when the ShowerPill really came in handy as I only had time to change shirts.

Laundry still had to happen among other things. I thought about giving up my afternoon nap but I was so exhausted. Brian and I napped for a bit and then didn’t want to get up. We were meeting Jenni and some friends at TFF and, while we are normally early to everything, this was an exception. Jenni and April both beat us there. And, to think, I didn’t even bother fixing my hair and I didn’t have time to plan an outfit — which I would have had time for had I skipped the afternoon nap. Rushing makes me moody but I think I probably would have been far moodier without a nap. LOL.

Then last Saturday, I found myself in the same situation again. This time, the schedule was even more hectic…

  • 8:45 to 9:45 AM — Aqua Zumba at VASA Fitness
  • 10:30 to 11:30 AM — Zumba at Andover YMCA
  • 1:00 to 4:00 PM — ZIN Jam Session at Eventum
  • 6:00 PM — Light Your Heart event at the Marriott

There was no nap this time. Although, I did have time to grab something at Sonic on the way to the jam session. At least I wasn’t hangry.

The jam session lasted until four o’clock but there’s always group pictures at the end so I stayed for that. I think it was 15 or almost 30 after by the time I got out of there. Oh, there was also a master class later that same day, which I had to miss because we were already committed to the other party.

It was almost five by the time I got home so that gave me an hour –tops– to shower, get dressed, and fix my hair and face. On the plus side, the Marriott is about 10 minutes from our house so it wouldn’t take long to drive there.

We got to the party a little after six. I walked in just in time to catch Mike (from Splurge! mag) leaving. Brian was still parking.

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Here’s a picture from that night. I have to say, for someone who took less than an hour to get ready, I didn’t look too bad. LOL.

I remember those days when it would take me hours to get ready for a fancy party but now I’ve gotten it down to an art. I can usually get ready in less than an hour. I think the Zumba cruise has had a lot do with this. I would always try to squeeze as many Zumba classes as I could in my schedule to the point where I would have 10-15 minutes to get ready for dinner. It was insane! But, as they say, practice makes perfect and I’ve had a lot of practice getting ready super quick the last few years. At this point, an hour is more than enough time for me.

By the way, here’s that group pic from the jam session that I didn’t want to miss.

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A few of us also took some additional photos because we were matchy matchy.

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Rose (middle) was the one who orchestrated making us triplets with Jessie (left).

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These girls are so fun. I just love them!

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Anyway, I think I was at a breaking point this weekend. This past Saturday, Brian asked if I wanted to watch a movie and I told him I just wanted to read my book and chill. I think part of it was that I was still put out by watching “The Spy Who Dumped Me” (perhaps the dumbest movie I have seen in a long time). That’s two hours of my life I will never get back. I was like, “Stupid movie or finish my book?”

I was reading Kevin Kwan’s Rich People Problems, the third book in the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy.

The answer was evident. I did some reading and also got a nap in. LOL. That also meant, Brian had some free time to play video games, which I though probably wasn’t an unwelcome turn of events for him. He really did want to watch a movie though, which we managed to squeeze into the schedule last night. He gave me the option to pick the movie this time and we watched “Mile 22” — which I really enjoyed. It made up for watching that last movie.

Anyway, that’s all for now. Until next time. GNG.

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Another Year Older

Posted on November 9, 2018 by under Life, Zumba.    

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Made it through another revolution around the sun. We didn’t do anything exciting this year because it wasn’t a big birthday like last year. We did, however, celebrate all month long and we’re still celebrating. Yeah. I milk the heck out of birthdays.

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One of my Zumba besties, Cristy, made some delicious Zumba-themed cookies.

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Then a couple of my VASA girls got me presents. Eylaf made a cat shirt for our Mala Mujer song with the cat moves. Luwam gave me some workout pants and bunny costume accessories. These Zumba girls are so thoughtful!

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It’s weird being the giftee because I’m usually the one giving gifts to people. For example, I had buttons and wristbands and cellphone holder thingamabobs for my Sunday class on my birthday weekend. At VASA I gave Zumba shirts to everyone who attended either all four Saturdays for Aqua Zumba or all five Mondays for Zumba. It was their reward for hanging with me during my birthday month. I couldn’t do that for my Y classes which are typically bigger than my classes at VASA so I had to settle for just little trinkets for the Y.

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I got Brian a box of delicious chocolates from Sweet Granada since Darcy and I were in Emporia for a meeting a couple of weeks ago. We hit the chocolate shop before heading back to Wichita.

Brian earned it for baking the most delicious brownie cake for me to take to my VASA Fitness staff meeting on my birthday weekend, among other things. He started making it on Saturday afternoon and we ended up missing the Halloween party in Mulvane because the cake took longer to make than we originally thought. But it turned out so delicious and was such a huge hit. It was totally worth it!

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Speaking of, Brian is making this brownie cake again for our annual Harvest Feast at work next week (Friday before Thanksgiving). He’s also baking me some brownies to take to my VASA Fitness staff meeting on Sunday.

Anyway, that’s pretty much it for the birthday recap. We will probably do something special next year for my second 21st birthday. This year was pretty much just another day, though. Until next time. GNG.

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New Custom Shirts

Posted on October 10, 2018 by under Projects, Zumba.    

I got some shirts from my new gym recently. Check out how I customized them.

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This first one was a size Small so I had to expand it a bit to make it less fitted.

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This next one is an Extra Large so I had to shrink it.

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The best way to take shirts in is to braid parts of it. I usually braid it on the sides but this time I opted for braiding the back of the shirt. I achieved the braid pattern on this shirt by cutting several slits on the back of the shirt then weaving the slits down and back up.

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Here’s what the finished product looks like.

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I love how I managed to customize a shirt that was originally all the way to my knees and extra wide and turn it into a super cute workout shirt. The only downside is that this shirt actually got even smaller (and shorter) after I washed it. Now it’s almost like a cropped shirt. I’ll have to remember that next time and not to get overzealous when I’m cutting the hem.

Anyway, I promised a couple of my VASA Fitness Zumba girls that I would show them how to customize their shirts next week after class. So, if you’re free next Monday, come join us for 6:30 PM Zumba and stay after for the shirt cutting.

If you’re not a member, not to worry. We are running a #ClassPassMadness promo right now at VASA. I have several FREE CLASS PASS cards or you can request a class pass online here: https://vasafitness.com/class-pass-madness.

You can catch me at VASA Fitness on Saturday mornings at 8:45 AM for Aqua Zumba and Monday nights at 6:30 PM for Zumba. Hope to see you soon!

#ClassPassMadness ends on October 21 so don’t delay! Check out our beautiful gym ASAP!

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Fall Kick Off Party at Andover YMCA

Posted on September 30, 2018 by under Events, Zumba.    

Here are a few pictures from the Fall Kick Off Party we hosted at Andover YMCA a couple of weeks ago.

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This is a group photo of the active Zumba instructors home-based at Andover YMCA: (from left) Crystal, Darlene, Tiffany, me and Charis. The only one missing is Mandy who is still on maternity leave. She returns to the rotation next month. In the meantime Charis has been covering her Tuesday night class.

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Don’t mind my wild outfit. The theme was neon so I wanted to be as colorful as possible. I just love theme days!

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We had time for a few extra songs at the end so these next few photos are of Alex leading a song. She killed it!

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We took a few group photos at the end. Some people had left already but, as you can see, it was a great turnout.

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I can’t wait until we have another one of super fun Zumba parties.

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