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Travel and Arrival Day

Posted on May 8, 2019 by under Travel.    

We were so excited when it was finally time to depart for Costa Rica. I think Brian and I hardly slept that night, with all of the pent up energy from the Jo Koy show and everything. We both woke up early the next morning and, despite the sun not being up, we were both eager to head to the airport.

We had originally planned to take an Uber or Lyft ride to the airport to save money on parking. Brian checked around 3:30 AM while I was getting ready and there were plenty of cars around. However, by the time 4:30 AM rolled around and it was time for us to head to the airport, they were nowhere to be found. I think we hit the dead spot where people are transitioning from the late shift to the morning shift. Those who have been up late, driving all night had finally turned in, and the morning shift hadn’t gotten on yet. I think had we waited until 5:00 AM, we could have gotten a car, but Brian, the nerd that he is, has to be at the airport several hours early. We ended up having to drive ourselves.

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I took a picture of our luggage while we were waiting in line to check in our big suitcase. I was amused that our bags made it seem like we were going to ZINCON.

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Here we are at the gate with our new friends Justin and Tina Huntington and Kirk and Alicia Short. We’d known Kirk and Alicia for some time, though we hadn’t really hung out much. We met Justin and Tina for the first time at the pre-Costa-Rica-trip meet-and-greet at Chicken N Pickle the week before.

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There were ten of us who went on the Costa Rica trip. Marc and Reniece (upper left corner in the pic above) traveled to Costa Rica from Tulsa with Jay and Becca. The rest of us (Justin, Tina, Kirk, Alicia, Brian, and I) traveled from Wichita.

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Anyway, that’s the reason there’s only six of us in these enroute-to-Costa-Rica airport selfies. Here we are finally making it to the resort.

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We found refreshments!

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After we all got checked in, we went to grab a quick lunch from the buffet (while they got our rooms ready) and then we got changed and hit the pool and beach.

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Food, drinks, pool, beach — pretty much in that order.

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Here are some pics of the beach.

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Here’s the view from our room.

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Here’s a selfie we took at dinner that first night.

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The first of several group dinner selfies.

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To be continued…

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Pre-Costa Rica Trip

Posted on May 6, 2019 by under Life.    

The blog is about a month behind right now but we are almost caught up! Whee! I’m posting about the day before we left for Costa Rica so you know what that means. The Costa Rica trip recap is coming up very, very soon.

The Saturday before we left for Costa Rica was full of regular Saturday stuff like my two Zumba classes (Aqua Zumba at VASA Fitness at 8:45 AM and Zumba at Andover YMCA at 10:30 AM) but then we also had to squeeze in a few other things like getting our nails done and beach-ready and then also a comedy show at the Wichita Orpheum. Yes, a comedy show!

When we were originally planning our trip, we had considered flying out of Tulsa with Jay and Becca (and Marc and Reniece) to save some money until we realized that we really couldn’t fly out of Tulsa because we had tickets to Jo Koy’s Break the Mold tour the night before. It turned out okay because, by the time we pulled the trigger on the trip, the airfare had gone up so we weren’t going to be saving that much money anyway compared to flying out of the Wichita airport. And, we really should be supporting our local airport so we can get more flights.

But I digress… We knew we had a super busy Saturday (more busy than usual) ahead of us, so we went straight to the nail spa after my Zumba class. As luck would have it, we ran into my friend Teresa who just finished getting her nails done. What a treat! We had to take a selfie (groupie) obviously.

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Here are some pictures from Jo Koy’s Break the Mold Tour on Saturday night.

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Here we are waiting in the lobby with a bunch of other early birds.

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One of the funniest observations I made is that there were several Filipino people who were there in the line waiting to get in super early. The irony of this is that Filipinos are notorious for being late to EVERYTHING. Apparently they will be early for Jo Koy.

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Here’s a pic of me and my friend Angela.

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Here we are with the rest of Angela’s fam. Anyway, we just took a few pics. Pics before the show are okay but they are forbidden during the show. This rule (as well as the heckling rule) was enforced strictly. They actually walked a woman out of the show towards the beginning.

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Brian and I hit the Hill after the comedy show.

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We enjoyed some reverse happy hour snacks and drinks.

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We couldn’t stay too late though because we had an early flight to Costa Rica (via Houston) the next morning. Next post we will start the first installment of our Costa Rica trip. #VacayWithJayJay #CostaRica2019 #PuraVida

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Society of 1895 Luncheon

Posted on May 1, 2019 by under Events.    

I thought now that I’m not longer working in Kansas City, I’d finally be able to make it to one of these. No such luck.

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Brian had to attend by himself again (for the third year in a row).

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On the plus side, he ran into one of my Rotary friends there. Here he is with Tony Durano (above pic). Brian is always really good about taking pics at the event to make me feel like I’m there.

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The food looked good.

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I hope to make it to one of these luncheons one of these days. GNG.

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Kansas City Friends’ Visit

Posted on April 30, 2019 by under Life.    

As if life weren’t crazy enough, the weekend immediately following our Austin weekend, my friends’ from Kansas City came down to visit. Lucky for us, the house was somewhat clean so at least we didn’t have to spend all day cleaning before my friends arrived.

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The girls (from left: Mary Ann, Molly, and Joy) came down on Saturday morning and went straight to my 10:30 AM Zumba class. I loved how they wore coordinating outfits. Unfortunately, no one told me what colors to wear. LOL.

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I was over the moon that they included Zumba as part of their itinerary. Naturally, we had to take a group photo because it’s not every Saturday that I have these lovely ladies in class.

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After class, the four of us met Brian and grandma at Carrabba’s for brunch. They already got a table and were waiting at the restaurant.

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I thought it was great that they were able to meet grandma.

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Here are some pictures of our food.

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The limoncello French toast was my absolute favorite.

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If you’ve never had brunch at Carrabba’s, it really is worth checking out. The food is good and there are no lines (unlike other places). I think it’s because most people don’t know they’re serving brunch.

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After brunch, Brian took grandma home. The girls followed me home where we got cleaned up before our next adventure.

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The four of us went down to the Keeper and took some pics.

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Then we went to the Wichita Art Museum to check out the opening of the new Georgia O’Keeffe: Art, Image, Style exhibit.

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I didn’t take pics of the actual exhibit. You’ll just have to go see it before it’s over. LOL.

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After the museum we were going to go to the Nifty Nuthouse until we realized that the store was already closed. We ended up killing some time at Lucinda’s before dinner at Sabor.

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Molly and Mary Ann enjoyed some drinks while we were waiting for a table.

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These food pics may seem out of order because Joy ordered her dessert first.

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She also likes to get hot water and honey (below).

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We had the fried plantain chips, which you always have to get when dining at Sabor. I don’t think I got a pic of it, though.

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The food pics aren’t that exciting because everyone decided to order tacos. LOL.

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Brian and I split the adobo pork, which is my absolute favorite thing (among other things) to get when I’m there.

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I like that they split it for us so we didn’t have to do it ourselves and make a mess.

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Here’s a pic of the tres leches cake, which is another restaurant must have.

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Obligatory group selfie at dinner.

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We had a little pajama party at the end of the evening. Joy struggled to stay awake. But who can blame her? They had an early morning. I’m pretty sure they left Kansas City around seven o’clock in the morning or earlier in order to make it to Andover for my Zumba class.

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We played some card games before calling it a night. We didn’t get too crazy. The girls hung out for a bit the next morning before heading out. Here’s our final group pic (at least, until their next visit).

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It was so nice having the girls in town. I’ve missed hanging out with them since I quit working in Kansas City. I’m super grateful that they finally made it down for a visit. I can’t wait until next time!

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More Austin Adventures

Posted on April 21, 2019 by under Travel.    

Just a few pics that we took while we were in Austin…

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Cool guitar decor in the middle of the hotel lobby.

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We found some more while strolling around town. I guess guitars are kind of their thing there. It is the live music capital of the world after all.

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After lunch at Easy Tiger, we checked out the Yeti store by our hotel.

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Then we went to tour the State Capitol.

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There are lots more photos on Flickr. Clicking on one of the above photos will take you to the album where you can scroll through the rest of them.

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This is a nice green space downtown that we always walked by to and from our hotel. It was a beautiful day and lots of people were hanging out on the lawn.

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The adjacent building has a nice foodcourt with lots of food options and also good happy hour specials.

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Foodcourt pics follow…

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It wasn’t so busy when we first arrived but, within the next thirty minutes to an hour, it started to get crazy.

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Here’s what we had.

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The next morning, I talked Brian into going to the Hotel Van Zandt near the Rainey District. My original thought was that we would have brunch at Geraldine’s, it a cute restaurant inside the hotel.

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One of the best things about Geraldine’s is they have live music even at brunch.

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We didn’t end up eating at Geraldine’s because, after looking at the menu, Brian decided that the food was too frou-frou and he wasn’t in the mood for it.

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We opted for the more casual Cafe 605 instead.

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After breakfast, we did some exploring downtown. Here’s a picture of us in front of the Driskill hotel downtown.

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This historic boutique hotel is so authentic, it even smelled old!

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This is a picture of a really cool church building that we passed on our way to the Blanton Museum of Art.

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We went to check out the Words Matter exhibit.

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They had a typewriter that you could play with.

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I thought using a typewriter would be like riding a bike so I decided to demonstrate it on video. I used to use a typewriter as a child so I figured I knew how to use it. Well, it turned out to be the most hilarious video ever because I couldn’t figure out how to make a new line. Watch below.

Now I remember why it’s a called a “Return” key — because of the carriage return. I looked for that stinkin’ key forever. LOL.

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In case you are wondering how we got around, we used these electric scooters for rent which were everywhere.

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The Jump ones are only 15 cents a minute on your Uber app.

Here’s video of Brian explaining how they work.

The electric scooters were scary to me at first because you just feel really vulnerable while on one. Plus, it’s so confusing because we saw people use them on the sidewalks and on the streets. There seemed to be no rules at all.

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Anyway, after Brian convinced me to try them and, upon realizing that the scooters are so much faster than walking, the scooters turned out to be our preferred mode of transportation in Austin and we may or may not have gotten carried away (as you can tell from all the scooter chargers on our credit card).

You can hear more about our Austin scooters experience in the above Facebook live video that we shot while we were at Cafe 605 inside the Hotel Van Zandt in Austin.

That’s all for now. GNG!

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