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Birthday Happy Hour with Jenni

Posted on December 7, 2021 by under Family, Food and Drink.    

Met up with Jenni for happy hour at O’Malley’s Irish Pub during her birthday weekend. I’d never been there before and, since she lives in Haysville, I thought it would be convenient to meet there. It’s also a favorite post-pickleball hangout spot among my friend Debbie’s pickleball crew.

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I think one of the best things about O’Malley’s is their extended happy hour. Very few places have happy hour past 6 PM. Their’s is 2 to 7 PM! That means five hours of cheap drinks – FTW!

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I had a couple of boozy root beer floats while we were there. Root beer floats are awesome but even better when they’re spiked.

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Besides the cheap drinks, they also have half-priced pizzas during happy hour so that’s what we got. They claim to have “the best” in town, which is a tall order considering that we have some pretty great pizza places. I thought their pizza was just okay (my favorite right now is Piatto’s Neapolitan Pizzaria and I also like Il Vicino and Wichita Brewing Company and Ziggy’s and River City Brewing — okay so there’s lots of other pizzas that I like better — LOL). Their’s is just a basic pizza. Pretty good for the price but not stellar by any means.

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Jenni also got some wings, which looked good, but I didn’t try them. The main draw of the place is the drinks. The drink menu is extensive and the happy hour drink prices can’t be beat.

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It was really nice catching up with Jenni and hearing how her career is taking off. She’s definitely “manifesting that shit” — which is why I thought the candle I got her for her birthday was quite fitting. My little sister is finally all grown up!

Until next time. GNG.

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Thanksgiving 2021

Posted on December 1, 2021 by under Family.    

For many years I’ve been trying to convince Brian to just go to a Thanksgiving buffet for Thanksgiving lunch instead of making food at home and he never would agree. This year, I finally managed to convince him. We looked over several restaurants offering Thanksgiving buffets and finally settled on YaYa’s.

It was the best idea ever. We didn’t have to spend hours preparing or cooking food and cleaning up after. We just went and enjoyed lots of amazing food (and a pitcher of mimosa) and then went home and enjoyed some games with grandma. It was absolutely perfect since it was just the three of us.

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After lunch, we taught grandma how to play Mexican train dominoes and then finished with ten rounds of Uno. Grandma was off to a great start and won three games straight. Brian and I eventually caught up and were in a three-way tie with three wins each. Brian won the final round and was the ultimate winner.

However, the real winner of the day was me because I finally got my way of simply going out to eat for Thanksgiving. We are going to YaYa’s for Thanksgiving every year from now on. LOL. Until next time. GNG.

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Birthday Lunch with Mom and Dad

Posted on November 1, 2021 by under Family, Food and Drink.    

Had a nice birthday lunch with mom and dad on Saturday at P.F. Chang’s. It was just going to be only me and Brian at first because we had to go to the store for a few things before the get together at our house but mom and dad happened to be available. We owed mom a birthday lunch and we owed dad a lot for helping Brian with the electrical work in the basement storage room.

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Mom got me a present and the birthday card had a hair clip.

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The shirt she got me is absolutely perfect but it will probably turn into a tank top.

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Here are some pictures of our food.

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We started with the starter sampler which had perfect portions of everything for the four of us. We got four of each of our favorite appetizers — egg rolls, crab wontons, pan-fried pork dumplings — and a handful of edamame.

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The crab wontons are still my favorite.

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Mom enjoyed her coconut mojito.

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Brian decided to try the orange chicken instead of getting his usual Chang’s spicy chicken. It was okay but both agreed we still like the Chang’s spicy chicken better.

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Mongolian beef and eggplant. It’s our most favorite dish that’s not even on the menu. I mean it is but the Mongolian beef doesn’t usually come with eggplant. I ask them to add substitute it for the green onions.

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We shared a great wall of chocolate and vanilla ice cream for dessert. It was perfect because it’s hard to eat an entire slice of that chocolate cake by yourself. Even with the four of us helping (well, maybe mostly me), we couldn’t finish the cake.

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The four of us had a lovely lunch.

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The best part is always the fortune cookies at the end. Our server gave each of us a fortune cookie instead of just putting all four of them in a pile in the middle so in a sense she picked our fortunes for us.

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Dad got a typical cryptic one. I wonder what truth he will discover.

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Mom’s is actually fitting because I have no doubt that she will master pickleball (her new hobby in the coming years).

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Brian is convinced he got the wrong fortune cookie and this was meant to be for me. He would never describe himself as an optimist and, frankly, neither would I. LOL.

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Lastly, my fortune cookie tells me that others will seek my talents in the coming months. I’m a woman of many talents so I’m not sure which specific talent this is referring to. I hope that, in addition to seeking my talents, the people seeking my talents are willing to pay me for my services as well. It would be nice to be able to do something with my talents like make a little money on the side, if not actually make a living. One can dream. Until next time. GNG.

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Sharon Family Trip to Wichita

Posted on July 27, 2021 by under Family.    

We had a wonderful opportunity to spend time with Richard, Amy and their five kiddos on their most recent visit to Wichita. I’m so glad they agreed to meet at Chicken N Pickle because (a) I wanted to share my absolute favorite place with them and (b) it’s conveniently located down the street from my Aqua Zumba class at VASA Woodlawn so it was easy for me to get there.

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Amy has not changed one bit since the first day we met her. As for Richard, other than the gray hairs, he’s as youthful as ever. Both guys actually have such gray hair in this pic. I hadn’t noticed until now but Brian’s hair, which is normally more of a salt and pepper color, looks super white in this photo.

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Here’s the entire Sharon family with their five kiddos. I joke that every time we see them they’ve multiplied.

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Chicken N Pickle was the perfect place to bring these guys because there are plenty of activities for the kids to do while the four of us caught up. It was wonderful to see them and meet their beautiful kids on this trip.

That’s all for now. Until next time. GNG.

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Logan’s 21st Birthday

Posted on July 14, 2021 by under Events, Family, Food and Drink.    

Brian and I went to mom and dad’s on Sunday for a “family get together” to celebrate our nephew’s 21st birthday. First of all, it’s crazy that he is 21. That means Brian and I have been together for over 21 years. These are the kinds of situations that make one feel super old.

Anyway, Brian and I thought it would be just our immediate family — mom and dad, Jenni (Logan’s birth mom), Jenni’s husband Adam, Matt (Logan’s dad), Jennifer (Logan’s stepmom), Logan’s brothers Quentin and Eli, and maybe a couple of other people. Mom put us in charge of picking up birthday cake and I never thought to ask how many people would be attending because she just said “get together” at her house, which usually means just us. Heck, Brian and I didn’t even bother to dress up. We just came in our workout clothes.

The funny thing is, when Brian went to Costco to order the cake, he debated whether to get the smaller round cake or the bigger sheet cake. He called and asked me and, although I assumed it would be just us, I recommended that he get the bigger sheet cake (the same one that we bought for his and Karen’s birthday celebration at the Belmont) because it’s always better to have extra than to run out.

Once people started arriving at the party, he told me he was glad that we got the bigger sheet cake. He was worried that we got too much cake and, after the fact, we may not have gotten enough.

He was like, “I didn’t realize your mom invited the entire Filipino community.” I replied, “Neither did I.” He goes, “Now I see where you get it from.” Brian has always accused me of inviting too many people to our parties.

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So anyway, here are some pics from the “get together” this Sunday.

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Jenni and Brian patiently waiting for the buffet to open.

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Mom and dad went all out for Logan’s 21st. They even decorated.

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They were also absolutely serious about not allowing any food or drinks at this table… In case anyone had other ideas.

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They seriously went all-out. Look at all this food!

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We had some pancit, which is a staple at Filipino birthday parties because the noodles are meant to signify long life.

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Menudo is always a crowd-pleaser.

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Dinuguan is not really for everyone but I love it.

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I made the mistake of referring to these as “shrimp” — no, no, they are prawns!

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The rice pilaf was great but I think there should have been more lumpia, which are usually the first to run out at parties.

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And then there’s beef — something less exotic for the gringos.

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Besides the chocolate cake that we brought, there was fruit and flan and bico for dessert. Mom and dad truly went above and beyond for this party.

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Brian and I came hungry and were not disappointed.

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Here’s a picture of my plate with a little bit of everything.

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I’m not so fond of feeling old but I was very grateful for the opportunity to enjoy delicious Filipino food which I really only get to enjoy once or twice a year. Thanks to Logan for having milestone birthday to celebrate. Until next time, GNG.

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