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Highlights from the Past Few Weeks

Posted on June 27, 2024 by under Family, Life.    

It’s so weird not having grandma send me reminders to write a post. If I haven’t written anything in a while, she usually sends an email asking for an update. May her soul rest in peace.

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Here are some pictures from our employee appreciation event at the ballpark earlier this month.

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I got six tickets so Jenni and Adam came out and brought a couple of friends.

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Shortly after this, Jenni and I met up at Vita Bella for some Filipino desserts.

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Golly! This place is cute!

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They even have a fun photo wall.

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So many options to choose from!

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In the end, we both got halo halo and then Jenni got some other things.

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Jenni’s taho.

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Jenni’s turon.

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I guess that is all for now. Check back next time. Hopefully it won’t be too long before I post another update. Until then, have a great summer!

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Picklemania MMXXII

Posted on June 10, 2024 by under Community, Pickleball.    

I know this recap is very, very late but it always takes me a while to recover from Picklemania. It is such a relief when it’s all over!

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A bunch of us met at the tournament on Friday afternoon to tape the courts, assemble the portable nets, and hang up signage. Since most of the volunteers were coming at 3 PM, and Brian couldn’t get off work until 3 o’clock, we decided to load up his car the night before so then he could come straight from work instead of driving home first and taking another 20 minutes to load the car. He had to go to work on Friday morning with his car like this.

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It didn’t take long to get all the signs hung up.

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Taping the courts went pretty smoothly also. Half of the courts were painted so we really only had to make six pickleball courts. And, the markings we left from the October Minor League Pickleball event were still there so the guys didn’t really have to do any measuring. That saved ton of time!

This is a little highlight video that I made of the entire day. Brian and I left the house around 6 AM to meet Devin at the venue at 6:30 AM so we could unload and assemble the Wichita Wagonmasters tent canopies. That was the only time that worked for him because he had another commitment that morning. The tournament technically didn’t start until 8:30 AM but there were some players who were there by 7 o’clock, before our check-in desk volunteers were even there and before we were completely set up. The one thing I can say about Wichita players, they are very enthusiastic and most of them show up an hour early to events. Early is always better than late but, if you’re not ready for them, it can be overwhelming.

We were worried about the weather leading up to the event and I had several people text me asking about our “weather contingency plan” but, other than being quite windy during parts of the day, the weather turned out perfect. We did run later than I expected but I think things went smoothly overall. The competition was intense in all divisions and our champions (we had 4 divisions of 8 teams each) really earned their medals.

I am so grateful to all the players, sponsors, and volunteers for making our annual pickleball tournament a huge success. Now off to planning next year’s event!

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Weekend with Kumar

Posted on June 10, 2024 by under Food and Drink, Pickleball.    

Our friend Kumar Krishnan from Bartlesville came to stay with us the weekend of the Andover Rotary Club’s Picklemania tournament. I always love when Kumar visits because he brings surprise gifts.

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Kumar made me black pickleball-themed tumbler and he also made a white techie-themed one for Brian.

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Kumar arrived early on Friday and helped us get some signs up. And then he went to meet up with Kimberly Howe and the Friday night pickleball crew for some rec games. Later that evening a bunch of us gathered at Merle’s for dinner.

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We did learn a hard lesson that night. The kitchen closes at 9 pm. There was an issue with a couple of orders that didn’t get rectified before the kitchen closed so some of us got fed and some of us didn’t. Not really great because Brian is not a huge fan of Merle’s to begin with.

However, we made up for the lackluster dining experience by taking Kumar to one of our most favorite local spots (Local Flavor) the next day after the tournament.

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Stuffed Mushrooms

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Sriracha Beef Tips (Brian’s fave)

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Meat Loaf and Red Potatoes

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Pork Belly Mac and Cheese

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Chicken Bacon Wrap and Fries (another Brian’ fave)

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I needed a drink after the tournament so I ordered the first one on the list. I think it’s Local Flavor’s version of Long Island iced tea but I can’t remember what is called. Will share highlights from Picklemania in the next post. Check back soon!

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George’s French Bistro

Posted on June 3, 2024 by under Food and Drink.    

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We found out recently that George’s French Bistro is open for lunch again so Chris Townley and I went and had lunch there a couple of weeks ago.

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Our lunch was really good and I think Brian would like this place. I might take him there on a day some night.

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Brunch at the Belmont

Posted on May 31, 2024 by under Food and Drink.    

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If you are looking for a great place to have lunch, we highly recommend the Belmont. It’s the same strip, Happiness Plaza, as Larcher’s Market and it has been a favorite of ours since it opened. For a while there we were eating the Belmont every week, sometimes even twice a week. We’ve had numerous lunches and dinners there but, until recently, hadn’t really tried brunch there. And, boy, were we missing out!

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The best thing about brunch at the Belmont is I can get my favorite pork belly banh mi which I cannot get a dinner time. The guys both got breakfast and I, of course, got my pork belly banh mi. Chris and I shared a pitcher of mimosa. It was the best brunch ever. Definitely a must if you have time on the weekend!

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