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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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Kansas State Capitol Tour

Posted on October 14, 2018 by under Things to Do.    

I had the opportunity to tour the Kansas State Capitol building in Topeka with my coworkers a couple of weeks ago. Here are some of my favorite pictures.

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We started with the dome tour. This is us looking at all the steps ahead of us.

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We climbed the 296 steps to the top of the dome!

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We made it to the top!

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We ran into State Senator Oletha Faust-Goudeau while we were waiting for the second part of our tour to begin.

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Here we are admiring all of the art on the walls.

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It was interesting hearing the stories of how the paintings came about. The murals depict scenes in history and yet there’s also so much history in their making.

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Here, Chuck and Mark marvel at a mural.

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Here’s the Kansas Supreme Court.

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They did an amazing job of remodeling the State Capitol and restoring the building to its old glory. All the details are simply impeccable.

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This mural by the courtroom entrance commemorates the Brown v. Board of Education case. It’s one of several massive works of art throughout the Capitol.

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This next chamber is the Representative Hall.

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All the desks are set up for electronic voting.

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This next one is the Senate Chamber.

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Then we got to tour the beautiful library.

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We also got to see the governor’s ceremonial office with a stuffed buffalo head above the fireplace. This is the office where the governor holds public signings like proclamations. The real/working office isn’t part of the tour.

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View of the rotunda from the hallway.

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View of the dome from inside.

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Here’s another view of the dome.

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Picture of the amazing details you’ll see throughout the building.

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The Kansas Historical Society’s Darren Wade gave us a fabulous tour.

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After our tour our team went to HHB for more team building. Selena organized a fantastic afternoon for our team. As team building events go, she really knocked this one out of the park.

I couldn’t wait to tell Brian all about it. He was so jealous that now he wants to go to Topeka and take the tour also. LOL. Anyway, that’s all for now. GNG.

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Fun Times with My Rotary Club

Posted on October 11, 2018 by under Community, Events, Things to Do.    

We spent the last couple of weekends hanging out with the Andover Rotary Club.

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Last weekend was Greater Andover Days, an event that our club supports. We’re usually out there for the tailgate party on Friday night and to sell beer on Saturday night. The setup was a little different this year because we got to use the lodge patio. It’s beautiful and spacious, with great views of the amphitheater. It would have been perfect if we had a better turnout. Apparently, there were several things going on that same night. There was the 150th celebration in Augusta, Lynyrd Skynyrd at Intrust Bank Arena, Wichita Taste downtown, and a bunch of other events scattered around town and nearby. It was a beautiful night and the weather was perfect but we didn’t have quite the turnout we expected.

Do not believe it when someone tells you there is nothing to do in Wichita. There are always multiple options on any given night. Sometimes choosing which event to attend can even be overwhelming.

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The weather wasn’t the best this past Saturday for our annual Haus of Brews event but that didn’t seem to negatively impact the turnout. Brian and I got there early to help set up. This year we had additional help from the lovely people at Meritrust, long time sponsors of the event.

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Here’s a picture of Alison and her husband Chris setting up the German food buffet.

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We relocated the check in desk this year and I kind of like it. I think it confused the regulars who have been coming year after year but I thought it made for better flow.

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The wine station ended up being moved to the old check in spot.

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River City Brewery was one of six local breweries to support our event.

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We also had Areo Plains, Nortons, Third Place Brewing, Walnut River, and Wichita Brewing Company. Everyone brought plenty of great beer and smiles.

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Here’s another picture of the brewery guys getting set up. Treescapes in Andover is a lovely place to have Haus of Brews. We are always grateful to them for letting us use their space for our event.

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Here’s a picture of the food menu along with a bit of information about our club.

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The breweries brought several beer selections along with their most popular brews. We also had a good wine selection for the ladies and non-beer drinkers and, as always, there was a margarita machine inside churning all-you-can-drink frozen margaritas. There’s something for everyone!

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Our friends Jay, Becca, Cory, and April attended for the first time.

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I also had some friends from work come out to support the event. It was fabulous! Overall, I thought it was a great way to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Haus of Brews. I look forward to our next one.

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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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