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Belated Happy Birthday

Posted on June 25, 2019 by under Events, Family, Food and Drink.    

In case y’all didn’t know, my handsome husband turned another year older this month. He is now officially middle-aged. LOL. He will probably argue this fact but I looked it up. According to the dictionary, middle age is “the period between early adulthood and old age, usually considered as the years from about 45 to 65.”

Yes, babe, you are, in fact, officially considered a middle-aged man.

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Despite being old, he’s still very handsome and aging quite gracefully.

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Unfortunately, I had to take a CPR/AED renewal class on Brian’s actual birthday. It was my only affordable option and my CPR/AED certificate was set to expire on June 15. To make it up to him, I took him out the Hill Bar & Grill (one of our favorite places to eat) on the eve of his birthday.

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We cannot go there without having chicharonnes.

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This is the crab and chorizo queso which was pretty good and quite filling. It was the first time we’d ever ordered it.

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We were not too full for the mini doughnuts though. They are not to be missed.

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I took a picture of the daily specials so we can better plan our return trip.

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Here’s a picture of me with my dummy at CPR/AED renewal training the next evening. I felt bad that we couldn’t celebrate on Brian’s actual birthday but we did that pre-birthday dinner and we still had the Symphony in the Flint Hills (more on that later) and his mom and dad’s visit at the end of the month to look forward to. There was plenty of celebrating to be had.

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We began his birthday weekend celebration on Friday, June 14. Brian took the day off work to volunteer with me at Symphony in the Flint Hills. For those who don’t know, volunteering is a great way to enjoy the event for free.

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Here are a few pictures from that day.

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I was so excited because the site they picked this year was absolutely amazing. The organizers improved the set up and the layout of the tents was the best I’d ever seen. The site is also the closest its ever been. It was only about an hour away from our house. When we left the site on Friday afternoon, we were both super excited to return and enjoy the festivities the next day.

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As (bad) luck would have it, the storm rolled through and destroyed nearly everything. All of the hard work the volunteers did over the past few days was obliterated. For the first time in its 20-year history, the Symphony in the Flint Hills canceled the event.

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Here are some pics of the devastation.

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I was bummed because I had been looking forward to it all year. It was how we were celebrating Brian’s birthday weekend. Selfishly, Brian was felt like he spent that whole day volunteering for nothing (since the event was canceled). I told him, as disappointing as it is, I was glad that we had an opportunity to volunteer and see the beautiful event site on Friday. Had we not volunteered, we would have missed it altogether. I was grateful that we got to see that beautiful land.

At first it was going to be postponed to Sunday. It would have been really tricky with me teaching Zumba at 3 PM and then both of us having to go to work the next day but Brian and I were really going to still do everything in our power to still go. Eventually, the event organizers decided to cancel. It was a huge bummer but it was all for the best because it was going to be a real challenge to attend on Sunday.

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Since our Symphony in the Flint Hills plans fell through, we ended up going to Stearman Field for their annual fly in. We also wanted to go to it but we couldn’t because of the Symphony event, which happened to be on the same day. There’s always so many fun events going on around town that it’s so hard to choose which ones to attend. You just kind of have to prioritize. Don’t ever believe anyone when they say there’s nothing to do in Wichita. They are lying.

Or, as they say, there are no boring places, only boring people.

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Here are a few of the pictures that we took at the air field.

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These vehicles were on display on someone’s yard. We couldn’t tell whether or not they were part of the show. Brian felt weird taking these pics.

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It turned out to be a beautiful day for a fly in.

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But it was also too hot. We wanted to cool off inside the restaurant but it was a two-hour wait. Instead we decided to drive over the WBC for early supper.

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As luck would have it, it was the official first day of the Wicked Brew Tour so we got our first stamps there.

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Fittingly, Brian happened to be wearing his Wicked Brew shirt from last year, which is one of his favorite shirts to wear.

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The Wicked Brew Tour is something we look forward to every summer.

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There are even more local breweries and coffee shops participating this year!

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We went to Churn & Burn East after dinner. The East location has been open a while but it was our first visit there. We always end up visiting the original location on Oliver out of habit.

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The East location is super cute and close to our house.

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Here’s a picture of our Swiss Cafe Mocha Churn & Burns (our favorite drink there). I got the big one!

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We continued celebrating this past weekend when Brian’s parents came to town. Brian and his grandma always try to celebrate their birthdays together because his birthday is on the 13th and hers is on the 19th.

In Brian’s 45 years, they’ve only missed celebrating three birthdays together and those were the years Brian lived in Memphis.

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Grandma turned 97 this year. As if that wasn’t enough to celebrate, we also celebrated Brian’s parents’ 46th wedding anniversary (June 2, technically) and belated Father’s Day. We’ve been so busy this year that we didn’t do cards or presents. In lieu of gifts, Brian and I just decided to buy everyone dinner.

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I will post pictures of our food and you guys try to guess where we went.

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CLUE: It’s pretty much our go to place for celebrations and dinner in general.

That’s pretty much how we celebrated Brian’s birthday this year. No huge party or big trip (since we did Costa Rica in April and we still have Orlando in July and Cancun in November) this year. We did talk about going to Colorado but we just couldn’t get it together in time.

Perhaps next year we will make it out there but, either way, we will be back in time for our traditional family celebration because grandma and Brian have to celebrate together. It’s kind of their thing. Until next time. GNG.

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Harry Magoos Bar & Grill

Posted on May 27, 2019 by under Food and Drink.    

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Jay introduced me and Brian to a new place not too far from us. It’s not new actually. It’s been around forever. We’ve just never been because it looks like a hole in the wall bar and you all know how Brian is about that. He can be a bit of a snob.

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Anyway, Jay told us they have good, cheap food and you all know I’m always down for that so I agreed to skip pickleball and we went on Taco Tuesday. Brian was very reluctant to go. He really does not like these types of places.

When Jay got detained by a meeting and was running late Brian was like, “If Jay isn’t coming, let’s eat somewhere else.” He was looking for every excuse not to go.

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Here’s a picture of the bar’s interior and their menu.

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Jay eventually showed up and Brian chilled out a bit. He’s not very adventurous in a lot of ways, including trying new restaurants.

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Here are some pics of our tacos.

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We also ordered wings but we inhaled them before I could take a photo. Brian and I agreed we should go back on a Wednesday night some time because we actually liked their wings better than their tacos and Wednesday is cheap wings day.

It doesn’t look like much from the outside but Magoos is actually not bad if you’re looking for somewhere to have some inexpensive food and drinks. The three of us had tacos, wings, and drink and our tab came to about $25 which is a lot less than a single person’s tab at the places that Brian like to go.

Magoos is now officially on the list of places to eat for nights we don’t want to fix anything. It’s definitely worth a visit if you haven’t been.

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Easter Brunch with Grandma

Posted on May 25, 2019 by under Food and Drink.    

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A pic of us headed to Easter brunch at Carrabba’s. I don’t know why we had to go soooo early! Brian thought it would be super busy but it wasn’t.

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You can’t have a proper brunch without mimosas!

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Here are some pics of our delicious food.

Grandma’s plate below.

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Best French toast. EVER. I would go just for this.

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Sooo, the blog is still behind but I’m catching up! GNG.

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Outings With Friends

Posted on May 19, 2019 by under Food and Drink, Things to Do.    

Less than a week after we returned from our Costa Rica trip where we spent a whole week with the Dills celebrating Jay’s birthday, Jay and Brian were hanging out again. I guess they just couldn’t spend enough time with one another.

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They spent the morning at shooting guns Range 54 and then had lunch at the ICT Pop Up Park. Brian was super thoughtful and brought me Uno Mas to work.

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It was funny because I was in the middle of a meeting at the time and couldn’t come out to meet him but he apparently could hear me from the elevator lobby so he just gave me food to one of my coworkers who delivered it to the conference room I was in. I didn’t realize I was so loud. Yikes!

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My friend Tom was visiting from Topeka so later than night we went on an outing with some of my work friends. We went to “Night at the Fountains,” a Friday night food truck rally downtown for food and drinks and then went to throw axes at Blade & Timber in the Delano District.

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Our group consisted of (from bottom left) Tom, Alex, Alex’ friend Kishan, Chris, and his fiance Zacch.

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We were assigned to lane 5.

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Here’s a pic of me learning to throw.

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Here’s a better pic of Chris and Zacch.

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Tom and Alex goofing around with Brian in the background.

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Another group selfie.

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Here’s Brian throwing.

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Here’s Chris with his bullseye throw.

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Here’s Tom with his bullseye.

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Brian with his bullseye.

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And me with me (barely).

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The concept is a lot like darts but with an ax instead. They have several different games you can play. I took pics of the instructions.

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First to 50

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Cricket

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Axes (last player standing wins)

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Blade (you call the shots)

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League Match

We played First to 50 first and that took forever. You can tell from the scores who the better ax throwers are.

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Tom was pretty proud of himself for winning.

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After our first game took forever, we didn’t think we would have time for another full game so we just decided to each take turns throwing until we ran out of time. The person with the highest score wins.

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Guess who won again.

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Another group selfie.

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We actually managed to convince everyone to come over to the house for a night cap after Blade & Timber. It was a great idea until the next morning when I had to get up early to teach my classes.

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I thought Tom would bail on me because we were all up late the night before but he was a trooper. He did both Aqua Zumba and Zumba.

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After my Zumba class at the Andover YMCA, he and I met Brian at Redrock Canyon Grill at Bradley Fair for brunch. It was going to be Doo-Dah Diner, which now has a location close to our house, but Brian said the wait was ridiculous.

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We had a very nice lunch at Redrock, though.

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Here are some food pics.

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After lunch, I had a waxing appointment that I needed to get to so Tom went with Brian back to the house get his stuff and went on to drive back to Topeka.

That was the weekend immediately after we got back from Costa Rica. Life is pretty crazy over here. Something’s always brewing.

Until next time. GNG.

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Easy Tiger

Posted on April 17, 2019 by under Food and Drink, Travel.    

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Easy Tiger Bake Shop & Beer Garden is one of the places that came highly recommended when we were in Austin and therefore we had to check it out.

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We originally planned to eat brunch there but the restaurant didn’t open until 11 o’clock. Brian and I decided to just have coffee and a chocolate croissant while we waited another 30 minutes to eat lunch.

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I took some pics of the upstairs bake shop while Brian enjoyed his coffee.

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Obligatory selfie while we were waiting… LOL.

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I took some pics outside too.

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I guess Austin is a popular destination for bachelor weekend for those looking for something different than the whole Las Vegas getaway because we ran into another group of guys on a bachelor trip. We made friends with two of them.

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I challenged one of the guys (dude in white shirt) to a ping pong game because the ping pong table was just begging to be played with and we were all killing time until the restaurant opened. This next pic isn’t that great because you can’t see my opponent. Leave it to Brian to take an awful pic. LOL.

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Brian was looking unhappy at first. I think he was cranky because he expected to be able to eat brunch and we had to wait when we got there.

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He was much happier after he got his beer.

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Some pics of our food.

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So, Brian and I really liked Easy Tiger. We liked it so much we both got souvenir shirts. We definitely recommend you go find this place on Sixth Street next time you’re in the Austin area. GNG.

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