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Women’s Network Event

Posted on December 16, 2018 by under Date Ideas, Projects, Things to Do.    

I had the opportunity to attend the women’s network holiday event last weekend. Alex organized an outing for us at the Busted Pallet. Coincidentally, it was on the exact same day last year that the same group was at Paint the Towne painting Wichita flags. I haven’t been able to make all of the luncheons this year and so I was very grateful that the holiday outing turned out to be on a week when I’m in town so I can at least participate.

Here are some pictures from that evening…

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When we arrived, they had all of our project materials ready. This is Alex’ blanket ladder.

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This is Bonnie’s Wichita State Shockers porch decor.

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This is Tasha’s “Have a Nice Poop” sign. I saw this option and didn’t think anyone would actually pick it. LOL. Don’t worry. It’s going in her bathroom.

When you book your workshop, you fill out an online form and you’re asked to select a project. They ask this ahead of time so they can have all of your materials (wood, stencils, etc.) ready for you on the day of the workshop.

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Yuvina made a “Love Grows Here” sign.

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Nykole picked “Believe There is Good in the World” which, when you see the finished product, actually contains two messages.

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Shanda painted “The Luckiest.”

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There were no two projects alike. Everyone picked something unique. Some even personalized their projects with their last name. It was really cool.

Not knowing who RSVP’d for the event, it was kind of fun trying to guess which project belonged to whom. As people arrived and found their workstations, it was interesting to learn what each person had picked. There was a story behind each one and you got to learn more about your coworkers. Kudos to Alex! This activity was truly a great pick for a networking event.

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There were a couple of Busted Pallet people there to supervise but we pretty much followed the instructions on this board. One everyone arrived and found their stations, we got to work.

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I was stationed next to Carly, who I hadn’t seen in forever. We used to work together in the contact center many years ago. I saw her every now and then when she moved to our billing group but now she works out of our new operations center so I rarely get to see her anymore. I try to keep up with her on Facebook. She recently returned from celebrating her 40th birthday in Mexico with a bunch of girl friends. It looked like such a fun trip.

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This is Bonnie. She’s recently got promoted to supervisor in the contact center and is graduating from Wichita State (thus, the Shockers sign that she’s painting). She’s having quite a year, too! Congrats, Bonnie!

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Here are some photos of people in deep concentration while working on their projects. Alex, and her big ladder project, had the biggest work space of all.

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Here’s Kati and Kim busy with their projects. Interesting bit of trivia, Kati and I worked together many years ago when she was in the contact center. She was on my team. The contact center is kind of a springboard for people. It’s where most people start their careers before moving on to bigger and better things.

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Here’s Kati reading Carly’s sign. Carly has been hanging on to this saying for a long time. She can finally put it on her wall.

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Here’s Shanda and her friend.

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A picture of Tisha carefully peeling of her stencil.

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Tasha and Ennidh…

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Alex and Yuvina… Yuvina looks so sassy in this pic.

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Here’s Misty. I’m glad she was able to join us.

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I took a selfie of the two of us. Full disclosure, I picked the easiest project of everyone because I wanted to make sure I had time to walk around and take pics. Also, I really wasn’t sure what I would be able to manage in the amount of time we had so I kind of underestimated my capacity. I think I was the first one finished with every step, which gave me plenty of time to go around and take photos.

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Here’s a picture of Misty’s nearly finished project.

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Here’s Alicia and Alex.

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A photo everyone putting the finishing touches on their project.

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It was a pretty good turn out.

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This is Tisha’s nearly finished “HOME” sign. You can see her helping Ennidh in this photo. I think Tisha helped several people with their projects but mos specially Ennidh since they were at the same table.

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This is yet another reason why the Busted Pallet makes for a great team building activity. You get to work on projects together and learn about one another.

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Ennidh’s sign turned out perfect thanks in part to all the work Tisha put in. LOL. I love this sign. It’s funny and sweet.

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Here’s Tasha’s finished “Have a Nice Poop” sign.

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Kati posing with her finished project.

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Kim made a personalized one.

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Alicia made this one for her half-bath that people use when they come in to use the restroom during pool parties.

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Here are the three porch signs that people made, side by side. Their projects were left at the store to be weatherproofed.

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Before you ask to see pictures of my project, I have to say, I had the smallest and least ambitious project of all. I kind of wished I had picked a more challenging and bigger one after the fact but it turned out okay because someone had to take pictures at our event.

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Here are some progress pics…

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And the finished product…

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By the way, I tagged this as a potential date activity because I do think this would make for a fun date. I’m thinking of bringing Brian over for a date night sometime.

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Checking Out a New Cocktail Lounge

Posted on November 5, 2018 by under Things to Do.    

Went to check out a new cocktail lounge downtown with my Leadership Wichita classmates a couple of weeks ago — Vorshay’s Cocktail Lounge.

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The place has a really cool, sophisticated vibe. It’s the kind of place I could see Brian and I hanging out for after dinner cocktails.

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I love the high ceilings and exposed brick walls. It gives the place a lot of character.

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I’m so glad Jessica picked this place when she organized a get together for us.

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Here’s a better picture of our good looking group. From left: Jason Mock, Teresa Veazey, Jessica Dunbar, Michelle Stroot, and Justin Graham.

I can’t believe it has been over four years since our Leadership Wichita class. Most of us continue to keep in touch and we still get together thanks to our amazing “cruise director” Jessica. She’s really the glue that’s kept our class together.

I don’t always make the get togethers because sometimes I’m out of town when they occur but I always try to make as many as I can. I really enjoy catching up with everyone. I love these guys!

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Chance Encounter with the Dills at the Movies

Posted on November 4, 2018 by under Things to Do.    

Since Brian went to see A Star is Born with us, I agreed to go see Venom with him the following weekend. The only caveat is that I didn’t want to give up Zumba that night so we ended up going straight from the gym to watch our movie.

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I looked a little funny going to the movies in my Zumba sweats but but you gotta do what you gotta do. I should have known we were going to run into people. When I look the list presentable is when it always happens. It never fails.

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Regardless, it was great to run into the Dills and their family. Mama Dill and Becca’s parents were with them. They went to see Night School around the same time we were there for Venom.

Brian mentioned that he ran into Mama Dill at concessions but we didn’t think anything of it. We just figured she was out with some friends or on a date or something. We didn’t realize Jay and Becca were there until our movie ended. The boys ran into each other in the men’s restroom. Brian was walking in as Jay was leaving. Our movies just happened to end around the same time.

It was serendipity! It’s always great to see the Dills. We used to spend a lot of time hanging out with them, going to various poker tournaments and stuff back in the day. These days we are all so busy we rarely get to see one another.

These Travel Junkies who are in Mexico right now were recently honored in the Wichita Eagle’s 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards as the best travel agency in Wichita. It’s been a pretty big year for these two. All of their hard work from years of growing their business is finally paying off. We are truly honored to have them as friends. Congrats, Jay and Becca!

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A Star is Born Movie Night

Posted on October 22, 2018 by under Movies, Things to Do.    

We’ve had a few fun movie outings with our Zumba family this year. Most recently we went to see Crazy Rich Asians and before that was Mamma Mia! 2 and I Feel Pretty. Brian doesn’t always get super excited about these types of movies so it’s nice to go with a bunch of people just as excited as I am.

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Not as many came out for A Star is Born because some people had already seen it. However, our friend Alex was in town from Manhattan so she went to the movies with us. That was a special treat in and of itself.

After the movie, the plan was to go to Buffalo Wild Wings but they didn’t have enough room for us. When I told them there would 20 of us, they told me the wait would be 45 minutes to an hour. Yikes!

I called Carlos O’Kelly’s and it was the same situation. Danielle suggested we check the Mexican place. I was like, “I did. They told me an hour.” I thought she meant Carlos, which is where we normally go. She actually meant El Agave which is on the other end of the same strip as BWW. I didn’t think of it because we’d never eaten there before. As luck would have it, they had enough room for our group and we didn’t have to wait at all. The food wasn’t bad either.

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Here’s a pic of our group. A couple of people who went to the movies opted out of dinner and then Rose, who couldn’t make the early movie, was able to join us for dinner. It worked out pretty well overall.

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Here are some pictures of food.

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I had the chicken mole. I actually liked it and would probably have it again if we find ourselves over that way.

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Brian had a combo plate.

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This is Jeff and Amanda’s dinner. I forgot that Jeff skipped the movie also but met us for dinner. I think Brian would have much rather skipped the movie too. I thought it was excellent but quite depressing.

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I had El Agave’s version of a pina colada. I forget what it’s called but it was yummy.

We originally planned to go to karaoke after but it seemed like people were too tired to go and Brian hates karaoke so I didn’t press it. Specially, since only a couple of people were really interested. We ended the outing after dinner but I thought it was a great night overall. I think everyone had a good time.

Since Brian was a good sport about it, I agreed to go see Venom with him this past weekend. I wouldn’t normally go to these types of movies but I always find myself entertained when I do.

BTW, this is a perfect example of give-and-take in a marriage. We see my movies sometimes and then we see Brian’s movies sometimes. That way no one feels jilted or jipped. Though, I must admit, Brian is the more generous one when it comes to giving in our relationship. I’m constantly dragging him to do things with me — things he wouldn’t normally do. He seems to have fun, though. And it’s always his call. I never force him to do anything he doesn’t want to do.

That’s the update for today. Until next time! GNG.

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The Dead South at Nortons

Posted on October 21, 2018 by under Events, Things to Do.    

Brian had been looking forward to seeing the Dead South for some time, specially since he missed them on their last visit to Wichita. We almost missed them again this time because the tickets sold out really quickly. But then the organizers opened up a hundred more tickets, which I just happened to see so I snagged a couple of tickets for me and Brian. Although, we almost ended up with four tickets because he just happened to be looking at the tickets online at the same time I was and had the exact same thought — better snag the tickets now before they sell out again. Thankfully, rather than keeping it a secret and surprising him with the tickets later (which was originally part of my plan), I opted to call him and tell him what I’d done. My being horrible at surprises and keeping secrets actually saved him from having to click the button and completing his own ticket purchase. Disaster averted — whew! We are so eerily in synch sometimes.

Fast forward to the day of the event when it was raining nonstop all morning. We were quite worried about it actually because the show is outdoors. We all know what happened at Journey. Leading up to concert day, we were worried there would be way too many people because of all the tickets they sold. So, on the one hand, the weather looked like it was going to be crappy but, on the other hand, that might make the event less crowded because some might get turned off by the weather and stay home or do something else instead.

We were so concerned about the weather that Brian called Nortons that morning to ask about their rain plan. He was told the show would continue — outside — rain or shine. So then we were scrambling to figure out our own plan. We actually talked about wearing the $5 ponchos we got from Dick’s for the Journey concert — amazingly, we still have them. He left it up to me to make the call since I was coming from the house. Our plan was for me to take a car over and just meet Brian at Nortons. He was going straight there from work.

The rain had stopped but it was still quite gloomy. The ponchos weren’t warranted though, so I left them at home. The weather turned out perfect and the sun even came out briefly before sunset.

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Here are a few pictures from the Dead South show last weekend…

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We got there early to have dinner before the show. I skipped lunch that day so I was starving. Brian had some beer and was in an excellent mood.

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Here’s a selfie of the two of us from early in the evening.

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The sun came out for a bit.

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Here’s a picture of my handsome husband enjoying the beautiful night and opening acts — Del Suelo and Whiskey Shivers.

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Thought I would share this picture because you can see my office building in the background. The venue is just steps away from the office.

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Speaking of office, I ran into an old coworker at the show.

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It turns out that Cody is good friends with one of the guys we met that night.

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Obligatory drink pics followed by the obligatory event selfie.

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Pics of the band — the Dead South.

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Here’s a short video of the Dead South performing Brian’s favorite song by them.

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