Doodah Diner


I was at a complete loss thinking of “Wichita” places to eat while my best friend was visiting and then I remembered Doodah. It was packed that day. I guess the secret is out, or has been out. It was a 45 minute wait, but very worth it.




The pictures of the food alone, are making me crave them again, now, as in immediately. And if you ever get the chance to sit closer to the kitchen, listen to the orders being called. Some raspy “ol’ time diner movie character voice” calls them out and I thought it was for show. I asked, he’s one of the owners.


And this mug, put it on my wish list.


Always a fun time. Been to Tanganyika, not sure how many times. I didn’t take as many pictures this time around. My best friend surely did, and they enjoyed feeding the tortoise, petting the kangaroos and the bearded dragon lizard. Me, I just like the giraffes.










Okay, and I snuck a Corona in while sitting in the refreshments area. Can’t sue me.

Cow and Sow Deli


I adore Cow and Sow. When I used to hang out at Barleycorn’s to watch Jeopardy, I would always grab a Rueben from them and eat it at the bar. Aside from my go to sandwich the owners were always so generous with letting you try the new soup, or new side they were working on. I heart samples!



I saw this in the display while ordering our food the past weekend. It was so cute, still unsure if it was supposed to be edible.




Our meals from this past weekend, when Becky (my best friend from Memphis came to visit.) I was so happy I could take them to local eateries like Cow and Sow. We actually sat in their sitting area adjacent from deli.

If you do go, also, take the time to walk around. They have products from local artisans – jewelries, soaps, lip balms and such. It’s like a mini indoor farm and art market.


Find the menu and location here:

Welcome Back to Me

It’s been a long time since I actively posted. My work situation required more of my time and attention. Now that things have settled. A vlog (from way back as well.)

Youthville Chalk Art Festival


Company Overview: Youthville, a program division of EmberHope, specializes in foster care, parent support, residential treatment and counseling. Our highly skilled staff uses evidenced-based programs to serve hundreds of children and families each year who have experienced severe trauma or whose families are at-risk and need help.

On August 1st, we took a trip to the Old Town Square to watch local artists create chalk art and attempted to create our own “drawings”. It was amazing the masterpieces we saw, and the attendance, considering the heat that day. They had face painters, live music and other booths.

The Chalk Art Fest is a free annual event held to raise awareness and support for EmberHope, and local artists.

Here are some of the awesome sights we saw:

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If you’re interested in learning more about Youthville, participating in events or volunteering. Info below:

Phone: (800) 593-1950



Trainwreck – The Movie


Starring: Amy Schumer, LeBron James, and Bill Hader

A history of my Amy Schumer fandom: I am a big Anthony Jeselnik fan. Anthony Jeselnik used to date Amy Schumer. How did Amy Schumer get bigger than Anthony Jeselnik? Because we are at the stage of Feminism where being crass is considered strength. Etiher way, she’s still (in her own way) funny.

I saw the trailer for this movie and immediately marked my calendar. When the time came, and I finally got to see it, I was mildly disappointed. It was still hilarious. I laughed so much at one point I cried. Although, it was not lost on me that a Caligula reference was made (Caligula being one of the Anthony Jeselnik specials. I own the DVD. Get over him already, Amy.) Also, the some pf the parts from the trailer that I was looking forward to seeing was even cut out of the movie, suck.

I didn’t hate it, though. Like I said, I laughed. There were very funny parts, just muddled into this pathetic romantic comedy. It was crass, but really, it was sad. She portrayed, which is probably her real life persona, a woman too broken to get it together and too desperate to make it on her own. That part made me cry.

I totally would’ve still watched the movie, maybe on DVD. Not the kind I’d watch again, and definitely the kind I regret paying money at the theatre for.

P.S. To the couple who brought their 8-ish year old daughter to the movie. Shame!

Jamberry Nails


A friend of mine was selling Jamberry and asked me to do a trial. She gave me a card with one Jamberry sample that I was supposed to place on one nail. It was a challenge. One Jamberry nail, the rest nail polish and see which lasts longer. Now even though I enjoy getting professionally done mani/pedi’s, I’ve actually been quite good at doing my own nails. (Clear base, two coats and top coat and it always lasted the two weeks it took for me to get sick of the color and want to change again.) So when presented with this product I asked the questions pertinent to me: will it damage my nails? how easy is it to remove? Unfortunately, I did not get the answers I wanted. That consultant “peels” off her Jamberry which of course will damage your nails, and the persistent “just try it” did not work well with me.

Now, it must have been a couple weeks off, I saw an old classmate of mine on Facebook was also a Jamberry consultant. I gave her the same questions and I’m glad I thought to ask again. The Jamberry is easy to apply, and soaks off with olive oil which is so healthy for your cuticles too. I didn’t just get answers, I also got directed to some video tutorials



Rachel set me up an online party. Prior to that though, she sent me samples, not just for myself, but also for my friends to try. We all got to try it out before the party even started. An online Facebook party is so effortless. No one coming to my place, no food and beverage to prepare, I just invited my friends and Rachel did the rest. And the games are super fun. My fave image was from “Guess the Movie” and I just had to steal it for a possible Halloween costume.


Now, just to let you in on the experience. I started with using a hair dryer to heat it, but even then I was an immediate pro with cutting it to size. I don’t think you can really mess it up though. I usually cut the size to half, take the adhesive off one, heat and apply. I don’t really file the excess until all the nails are applied. (Note: you can stop anytime in the middle to do chores i.e. transfer laundry from washer to dryer. No wet nails, no waiting around to do things.)



I got so addicted my friends actually told me I changed my Jamberry’s too much. But they were so pretty and fun. I even did Mom’s nails for her.


The best perk of hosting the party. I got freebies! My friends loved it, ordered through my party, and even booked parties of their own. And what do I get. Well, I chose to get an application kit because a hair dryer can only get you so far.



So, I finally have my own heater. I have the buffers, nail files, nail wipes (to clean before application) scissor for cutting the pieces, cuticle pusher, cuticle oil and free sheets!

Also, I’m considering being a consultant myself now. Just saw Rachel just got herself a free trip to Hawaii. What?

Contact info if you’re interested:

Rachel Bennington

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    And something to watch if you decide you love it so much to sell it yourself (by the way, isn’t she just so pretty?):

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