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Master Certificate in Project Management

Posted on September 27, 2018 by under Leadership, Things to Do.    

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Well, it took more than a year but I am finally done. I received my Master Certificate in Project Management earlier this month from Wichita State University‘s Center for Management Development.

But, as a lifelong learner, I’m never truly done. While I’m finished with this program, there is still so much more to learn.

For now, I need to decide whether to apply for a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. I suppose that would be a reasonable next step. I’m not in a hurry to do it because it’s not required for my current role but I’m thinking this might be something I want to complete in 2019 should my schedule allow it.

I’m still undecided. What do you guys think?

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Crazy Rich Asians Movie Night

Posted on September 24, 2018 by under Food and Drink, Things to Do.    

As we are gearing up for another movie watch night with friends to see A Star is Born in a couple of weeks, I was reminded of our last fun movie outing. A bunch of us went to see Crazy Rich Asians.

I had seen movie previews and really wanted to go see it. As my friend Linda and I got to talking about it over Facebook, we came to realize that more people wanted to see it so we got a group together. We decided to make it a full on outing, starting with dinner at Wasabi Sushi Bar East before the movie.

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Brian and I got to the restaurant first because we wanted to make sure we had enough space for everyone. We kept having to add more people to the dinner reservation down to the last few moments before dinner. Brian actually started to worry that they might not have a big enough space for our group. Fortunately, the area that they set aside for us was just perfect.

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It was just me and Brian at first as we waited for everyone to show up. The restaurant was super busy that night. I’m guessing it’s because they’re close to the movie theater and everyone had the same idea as us. Brian and I were smart enough to make reservations, so we didn’t have to wait. They had our table ready for us when we got there.

As we were waiting for our friends, we saw several large groups (smaller than ours but more than just 4 or 5 people) give us the evil eye for holding up all of that space for just the two of us. There were a couple of times we actually saw people point at our table. We could only imagine they were asking the host why they couldn’t sit there. We were glad when our friends finally started trickling in because we were tired of all the shade we were getting from the people who had to stand there and wait for tables to open up while the two of us we were sitting at this long, mostly empty table by ourselves.

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It turned out to be a much larger group than I ever anticipated — even bigger than the groups we had for Mamma Mia! 2 and I Feel Pretty. There were about 20 of us at dinner. A few others skipped dinner due to other commitments and just met us at the theater. We took up 26 seats altogether.

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Here are a couple of pictures of the food that Brian and I had. The food was good but not as good as the the original Wasabi on Douglas. They also had a very limited drink menu. That didn’t stop Mike from getting a few bottles of sake, though.

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I had the bento box because it’s a good deal. You get a little bit of everything — tempura veggies, meat (I got the tonkatsu), a few pieces of California roll, and steamed rice. Brian got the crazy crab, which is his favorite thing to get there.

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In general, even though we each get our own entrees, we will usually share so he can get some of mine and I can get some of his. It works out better that way because then we get to try more things.

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Here are a few pictures of our group at the movie theater.

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It was such a fun night. And, the movie was even better than I expected. It had some good laughs and also a smattering of emotional moments. I cried in several parts. The next one we are going to see, A Star is Born, is more of a drama than a rom-com. Brian is actually bracing for a bawl-fest.

Here’s a preview of the next movie. Tell you all about it after. GNG.

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Grace Hill Winery Tour and Tasting

Posted on September 17, 2018 by under Things to Do.    

Jay, Becca, Brian and I attended a tour and wine tasting at Grace Hill Winery last month through the Young Professionals of Wichita. We may or may not have been the oldest attendees. LOL.

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Everyone met up in the Rotary Club parking lot downtown (which I didn’t even know existed but is pretty cool — I’ll show you pictures of it later) where we boarded a party bus to the winery in Whitewater, which is about 30 minutes away. Here are a few pictures from our outing.

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I’m not sure why these two looked so serious. By the way, check out Jay’s spiffy “Rebecca” name tag. LOL.

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The two people who ran the wine tasting were very informative. They were also super nice and poured quite generously. I wish I would have blogged about this sooner because, now that I’ve slept since then, I can’t remember their names.

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Here are pictures of the wines we got to sample. First up was El Gato Moscato.

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This one is Dodging Tornados, a sweet red.

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This one is Vignoles. I don’t think I liked this one because it wasn’t memorable to me. I don’t think I liked this next one either.

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Chloe’s Cuvee is one of my favorites. We actually bought a bottle of this wine from the gift shop to take home with us.

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Peckerhead Red, also a sweet red.

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Black Out dessert wine.

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This is the Beach Day Rose. It wasn’t part of the wine tasting but it was what the girl was drinking and she let me try some of it.

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Just a few of the bottles of wine that was consumed that afternoon.

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Gratuitous wine glass picture.

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Picture of Grace Hill Winery’s award-winning wines.

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Here’s a picture of the wine gift box that we bought.

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Just a few pictures from the winery tour part of the afternoon.

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I took a picture of the entry as we were getting ready to leave.

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Picture of the bus ride to the winery.

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Vs. the bus ride back to Wichita when everyone was so much more relaxed, as can be expected after a few glasses of wine.

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Some obligatory selfies.

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It was a great time and I would totally do it again. I’m glad we decided to go. I’m also glad that Jay and Becca decided to join us.

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Until next time. GNG.

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2018 Wichita Corporate Challenge

Posted on September 7, 2018 by under Things to Do.    

I usually get super excited about the Wichita Corporate Challenge because it’s the closest that I’m ever going to get to competing in an Olympics type of event. Apparently, I was the only one super excited about it. LOL.

It was like we didn’t even try. And, deservedly, we didn’t place.

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I’m not sure how they decided who would compete this year. It seemed very random to me. For instance, they didn’t have Isaac play in the ping pong event. That would have been a guaranteed gold for us.

Another thing I thought was weird was me being assigned to Cornhole. I normally compete in the bowling event. I have to admit, I was very confused about this at first. I didn’t understand why I got assigned to an even that I’d never ever competed in before, other than I think they really didn’t have any other volunteers for it. Who knows? The weird thing is that even though I was competing in an event that I had absolutely no experience in, we actually managed to take third.

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In the years I’ve been participating in the Wichita Corporate Challenge I had never earned a medal before. Go figure it’s an event that I absolutely have no training in. LOL. I was actually a little bit frustrated in the beginning because I knew I sucked at Cornhole. I thought there were others much better at Cornhole that should have represented our company and perhaps would have increased our chance of winning. See, I’m a team player. As much as I want to participate in events and play, if I know someone is better then I’m not going to take try and take their spot because I want our team to win.

Like last year for instance, I really, really, really wanted to compete in the ping pong event but I knew that we’d have a better shot with Amy so I was fine with not playing. And it was totally worth it because I got to watch her and Isaac win gold. They obliterated the field.

I was thinking I probably could have served the team better in the bowling event as opposed to Cornhole but I guess things happen for a reason. I never would have medaled in bowling. Everyone else in that event is amazing!

At least with Cornhole luck is much more of a factor. And, lucky for us, she was on our side that day.

* P.S. I realize that this post is a month overdue (the Wichita Corporate Challenge happened last month). I’m still trying to get caught up.

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New Zumba Job

Posted on August 31, 2018 by under Things to Do, Zumba.    

I got a new part-time job (jobby?) teaching Zumba for a new gym in town, VASA Fitness. They opened very recently. Their first week was the week that I got back from #ZINCON. I actually taught the Monday that we arrived home.

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It was crazy but I got through it. And look, we are all still smiling.

Brian didn’t want me to get another Zumba job at first because he didn’t think my schedule could handle it. He was like, “Please don’t try to get a job there just so you can get a free membership. We will pay for a membership if you really want to join.” I was not to be restrained, however. I applied, interviewed, and was hired.

I think I may have been the very first instructor to teach in that beautiful studio.

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The new gym is located in the old Albertson’s at Harry and Georgetown (between Oliver and Hillside on Harry). There’s a golf course and a Big Lots over there.

It’s pretty amazing. The gym is beautiful and has everything you could possibly need. The group exercise studio is huge and can comfortably accommodate 70-80 people. It also has a stage and a couple of huge, industrial fans. The lighting in the studio (and throughout the facility) is absolutely perfect.

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Another amenity Brian and I both like is the fitness cinema. It reminds me of the one at Onelife but actually bigger. You can ride a bike, walk/run on the treadmill, or get on an elliptical while watching a movie. They also have a couple of racquetball courts and a lap pool. But the best part is the hydromassage.

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I think, once Brian tried the hydromassage for the first time, he pretty much got offer the fact that he didn’t want me to take on another Zumba job. LOL.

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In addition to everything else, they also have a gym where you can play basketball and pickleball. I haven’t tried to play pickleball there yet but I’m hoping to get a one on one pickleball match against Brian sometime.

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The monthly membership fees are quite reasonable too. I think I would have seriously considered joining even if I didn’t work there.

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Here’s a picture from my second week of teaching there. That day was a mess. I couldn’t get my phone to work so, after messing with it for some time, we ended up using Brian’s phone which didn’t have all of my songs in it. We started late and, even then, barely had enough songs to dance to.

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Class is getting better, though. Last week some of my friends from Andover YMCA came to visit since the floors in our studios in Andover were being refinished. And then Amanda and Charis stayed after to show me a new dance.

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I’m really enjoying teaching Zumba at VASA so far. Their philosophy of “Fun Happy Fitness” is consistent with my own. Our mantra is to help people find happiness through physical and emotional health. Our goal is to UPLIFT everyone through fun and happy fitness. UPLIFT is an acronym that stands for Unity, Passion, Love, Integrity, Fun, and Trust. How can you not like an organization that values these things? I think it’s a great fit and was a no-brainer for me. Plus, Kass Martin also teaches at a VASA in Utah so I knew I was in good company. LOL.

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I’m super excited for this weekend because we’re basically doing an open house. Everyone who wears red, white, and/or blue can take classes for free. I’m only teaching on Monday night, though. I’ll be at the Andover YMCA per usual on Saturday and Sunday. Not sure when another opportunity like this will come up so, if you’re not currently a member and would like to check out VASA, this is your chance. I hope to see you on Monday night!

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