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Wichita Flag Painting Do-Over

Posted on January 21, 2018 by under Things to Do.    

Brian and I went to paint Wichita Flags at Paint the Towne the day after Christmas. I asked him to do it with me for a couple of reasons. First, because it’s super fun and, secondly, I wanted a do-over as I didn’t like how my painting turned out. He is far more artistic than I am so I figured he would be able to create us a masterpiece that we would be able to proudly display at home.

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Here are pictures from our painting activity.

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This guy always looks so serious no matter what he’s doing.

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This is the painting that we did when I went with the Westar Women’s Network ladies. However, they had the “Wichita” stencils this time so we got to paint this other version instead.

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Here’s Brian’s work in progress.

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Brian kept his pretty clean. I always hate how mine turn out.

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Here we are with our finished paintings.

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Both of mine are on display (hidden) in the basement — one in each bedroom down there. Brian’s masterpiece is on display upstairs, in the hallway that leads to our master bedroom. His work looks amazing so I don’t mind having it upstairs where people can see and enjoy it.

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Painting Night at Pinot’s Palette

Posted on June 6, 2016 by under Hobbies, Things to Do.    

We opted to stay put over Memorial weekend because I didn’t want to have to search for subs for my Saturday and Sunday Zumba classes. Plus, knowing that we were staying in town, I volunteered to teach a class on Memorial Day. Yes, this girl does not take any days off. Everyday that you’re alive is a day worth being productive.

Anyway, since we weren’t leaving town but wanted to do something fun, Brian and I decided to check out Pinot’s Palette. We’d done painting parties at Paint the Towne a few times before but we’d never been to Pinot’s Palette.

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We started the evening by having dinner at Sabor, one of our favorite restaurants. We picked it for a couple of reasons: great food and proximity to Pinot’s Palette.

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After our delicious dinner, we headed over to Beyond Napa (next to Pinot’s) to pick up a couple of bottles of wine to enjoy for the evening.

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Jarrica and her friend Sarah joined us. They’re a couple of Pinot’s Palette regulars.

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Obligatory awkward selfie. 😉

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I love how they write your name on your designated spot.

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Me and Jarrica and Sarah…

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Much better selfie…

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Here’s a photo of our awesome instructor.

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Here’s what we started with…

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These are the paint colors we got to play with.

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Jarrica watching the master at work. Brian was fixing my shadows.

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Here’s what we had about an hour in.

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Proof that I painted my own work of art.

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My finished piece…

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Brian’s finished piece…

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Sarah’s and Jarrica’s… they’re pros so they weren’t afraid to deviate from the model.

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All four of us with our respective works.

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Afterward, Brian and I dropped our paintings off in his car and walked over to Oeno where we met up with Jen and her husband Brian and several others.

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Hideki was there in a fancy suit.

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Missy, Paula, Andrea (Ketner), Holly, and Meader were there too. It was too dark and I don’t take very good photos. Anyway, Brian and I had to be up early the next day so we didn’t stay late. We only stayed long enough to dance a few songs.

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Suavemente usually gets played a few times. We were there for the first round. It was hilarious! If you’ve ever seen the hilarious Suavemente video making the rounds on Facebook a few weeks ago, you’ll understand why this is so funny.

What a fun evening! You all should come join us next time.

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Painting and Shooting

Posted on January 18, 2014 by under Date Ideas, Events, Relationship, Things to Do.    

It’s a painting and shooting kind of weekend. I had a lot of fun painting with my coworkers last night. Click the right arrow on the picture above to see more photos from our painting party at Paint the Towne.

Huge thanks to Tammie for organizing the event and to Misty for taking a bunch of photos. Thanks also go out to my awesome husband for making mini tacos for me to bring to the party and for driving Misty and me to and from the event. I really appreciated not having drive after a few glasses of wine, which flowed quite freely because everyone brought one or two bottles and then some. There were plenty of yummy eats too so none of us were drinking on empty stomachs. Safety first!

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Since I got to do what I wanted to do last night, Brian got to do what he wanted to do this afternoon. Cory and April went shooting with us also, which was awesome because they shared their targets and I got to shoot Cory’s new toy — a 22 calibre Ruger rifle.

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Here are a couple more photos from the shooting range.

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If you’re trying to score some points with your partner, taking him to the gun range is a sure fire way to do it (pun intended – LOL). Plus, couples who play together stay together. Just sayin’…

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Women’s Group Paining Night

Posted on January 2, 2018 by under Things to Do.    

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Speaking of Paint the Towne, our women’s group at work had a Wichita flag painting night recently. Kelsey just happened to be in town for the evening and was able to join us.

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Here are a few pictures of our fun group.

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Getting ready to paint…

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In progress works of art…

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Another fun selfie…

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Group photo…

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Happy New Year, everyone!

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ICT Millennial Summit

Posted on January 2, 2018 by under Events.    

As part of the Wichita Business Journal‘s Emerging Leaders program, I had the opportunity to participate in a couple of really helpful training/conferences last month. The first one was Your Leadership Edge (formerly known as You. Lead. Now.) training through the Kansas Leadership Center.

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I was also invited to attend the first ever ICT Millennial Summit. Now, we all know that I’m not a millennial — I just act like one sometimes. I think it’s because I’m friends with so many young people.

When the term was first coined decades ago, the years weren’t as clearly defined and I was kind of in that gray area where Gen X ends and Gen Y starts. Today, almost everyone agrees that the starting year for Gen Y is 1981.

The interesting thing about me is that I can relate more to boomers and millennials than I can to my own generational group because of my work ethic and behaviors. However, I’m kind of stuck in no man’s land because the boomers often think I’m a millennial and the millennials think I’m ancient. LOL.

Anyway, being the joiner that I am with serious FOMO issues, I thought I better check out this summit. I mean, they invited me to attend and everything. If there was going to be valuable information disseminated and knowledge to be had, I wasn’t about to miss out on any of it.

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The package that the conference credentials arrived in set the tone.

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The box itself was a keepsake. I have never received materials quite like this before.

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The only other thing better that I’ve received is the Home for Doc gala invitation.

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The event was held at Distillery 244, a really neat event space in the heart of Old Town. I’d never been there before so that in itself was enticing.

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Here’s the agenda for the event. Nothing too exciting but I didn’t know what topics would be covered until long after I’d already signed up.

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Being a completely debt-free home owner with no car payments who sets an annual budget that gets revisited halfway through the year, I felt like I had a pretty good handle on the breakout session topics for the first day. I still managed to pick up a few things though, particularly in the area of investing. I’m a pretty aggressive saver in terms of my 401K so by October my take home pay actually increases substantially since I’ve maxed out the amount that I can contribute to my 401K by that point. I’ve just been taking it for granted and we usually just either spend the extra money on holiday stuff or BS and, if we’re lucky, there’s a bit left to move to savings after all is said and done. We’ve never been as purposeful about it because it’s never been part of our plan.

The first year it came as a surprise but it’s something that has happened consistently since so this year I’m thinking we should plan for it accordingly. I’m thinking that instead of spending it or just allowing that extra income to vanish into thin air we should set a specific amount aside each paycheck and then invest it at the end of the year. Who knows how much better off we’d be today had we been more strategic about investing from the get go?

Brian and I are doing pretty well financially for our age. I think we make really good choices and have developed responsible spending habits but you always want to learn more and get better. I think the better than we do for ourselves, the more that we can give back to the community and make others’ lives better.

In looking at the agenda, I was definitely more interested in the breakout topics of the second day. Still having been in the workforce for over two decades, none of the information was completely earth shattering. The one thing that I came away with is the thought that the young people of today are so lucky to have events and conferences like this summit. I was thinking that I have all this knowledge now but I had to learn it as I went. Brian and I had to learn by making mistakes and digging ourselves out of the mess. It would have been really nice if there was something like this summit for me to attend when I was in my 20s. Maybe we would have been able to avoid some of the suffering that we had to go through.

I found the summit helpful but I think it would have been even more helpful to me if I were someone in my 20s just starting my career. The summit lived up to its name. It’s definitely targeted toward millennials. I think all young people should go through it and so I’ve recommended it to our young professionals group at work.

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Anyway, here are a few pictures from the summit.

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We had the privilege of hearing Mayor Jeff Longwell speak.

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Jeff Fluhr talked about the Greater Wichita Partnership and all of the great things that have happened and will be coming up for our city.

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These are exciting times for our wonderful city.

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Listened to an awesome keynote from Warren Martin.

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One of his key points is that problems are a good thing. Problems help us learn and grow. Problems help us build character. I tend to agree. Brian and I wouldn’t be the people we are today if it weren’t for the challenges that we’ve had to overcome early in our marriage. Our experiences shaped the people we’ve become.

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Here’s a short clip I found on YouTube of him talking about problems.

Mr. Martin was one of the mentors for the second day and talked to us about communication during one of the breakouts.

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He also shared with us his formula/model for writing any kind of speech, talk, or presentation. It’s so brilliant, I wish I would’ve thought of it.

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One of my favorite parts of attending the summit is that it gave me an opportunity to reconnect with friends I hadn’t seen in a while.

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Raquel Reyes (above) and Jennifer Cole (below).

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I ran into Joe Parten (Carrabba’s) who was the lunch sponsor for the first day.

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I also connected with Jessie Sterling, owner of Paint the Towne.

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She facilitated the flag painting “make and take” activity that we did at the end of the first day which was super fun.

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Here’s a group photo that we took at the end of that first day.

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On the second day, our table groups were tasked with creating a front page layout for WBJ in 2025. We had some really creative and brilliant minds on our team so guess what – we won.

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Here’s our official group photo (above). From left: me, Jennifer Rost, Whitney Feltrop, Erica Brock, Sam Belsan, Christina Santiago, Erica Thomas, Raquel Reyes, and Josh Beckman.

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This one is just a fun selfie we took with our winning poster.

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At the end of the summit, I stuck around for a bit to visit with these amazing women. It was a really fun couple of days. The experience was truly worthwhile. I’m glad I got to participate in it.

You can read more about the ICT Millennial Summit in this WBJ article here and watch the highlight video below:

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