Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Farewell, dear friend

Ashley and I have been friends for about 5 years and were roommates for a year. We have lots of people in common, and she even worked at APX for a little while, we've been in the same ward for the past year and a half and most recently she's been a partial roommate, spending 1 night a week sleeping in our basement, but most importantly I just really like her. Ash decided to relocate to the east coast and is taking steps to make her educational goals a reality. Before I went to Hawaii we had breakfast with Jeremiah and Micah where we got caught up on each other's lives and said farewell to Ashley.
It's always sad watching someone you love move on to a new adventure that is so far away, but I am so excited to hear about Ashley's new life (and to visit her wherever she ends up!). Ash, keep in touch and get your blog started ASAP!

Monday, December 29, 2008

My peeps

Ever wonder what the APX executive team looks like? Wonder no longer. From L to R: JT, Jeff, Keith, Alex, Todd, Shawn, Nathan, Jim and Josh. I'll let you figure out which one I am. One of these things is not like the others...

Think this is the strangest executive org chart you've ever seen? It is. But it's for our sales rep recruiting materials and the sales guys seem to love it which is all that really matters.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Sometimes I'm a really nice boss

This year's Christmas present for my managers:

Includes:
first name initial letter
2 bowls
soup mix
Salt City candle
candle warmer
Bath & Body Works soap
Lindt truffles
Note pad

See last year's gift here

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Monday, December 22, 2008

Hawaii - Day 10

This morning I woke up bright and early and headed to the spa for a pedicure. I got my toes done just before I came to Maui but endless hours in the pool and ocean have done a number on the paint. The pedicure itself wasn't any better than one I'd get at the mall (spa pedicures never are) but the lady that did it was incredibly nice and fun to talk to. After the pedi I went to the pool. It was the earliest I've started a lay out session since getting here but I have to say, starting my tan at 10 am was quite nice. I spent the day with Housermania and had a great time playing in the pool with Caleb.

Want to know one of my favorite parts of vacation? Seeing my legs all tan and greased up with sunscreen.
After laying out I got ready for the day and went to dinner with Housermania. We tried Pupu Lounge and Grill in Kihei and loved it. We had the pupu platter for an appetizer... ...the soup of the day, and butterfish with a macadamia nut crust. The butterfish was amazing - looked like chicken, tasted like fish, and melted in our mouths like butter. Yum.

Hawaii - Day 9

Yesterday morning I woke up and decided to go shopping in Lahaina, a beach town about 40 minutes from Wailea.
I shopped for souvenirs and found a great glass jewelry shop with ridiculous amounts of beautiful jewelry. I bought 3 pieces that I really like:
For lunch I had a bacon cheeseburger from Cheeseburger in Paradise (delicious) and headed home to lay out by the pool. I hung out with Housermania all afternoon and had a great time going down slides, riding the lazy river and swimming with Caleb.
I decided to have a lazy evening and stayed in rather than going out for dinner. I ordered room service and watched Extreme Home Makeover.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Hawaii - Day 8

Yesterday morning started early with breakfast at the hotel. It was the last morning of free breakfast so I figured a picture of my usual plate was in order. This vacation has gotten me addicted to bacon so it's a good thing it's almost over!After breakfast I was heading back to my room was I had the most small world moment of my entire life. I was on the phone with Tara when I realized that walking toward me was Andrew Caylor, a good friend I've known since I was 6. We chatted for a little while and are going to do dinner in the next couple of days. I promise pictures.

I hung out at the pool yesterday afternoon and enjoyed the last of my many visits with the APX folks and their wives. I was sad to see them leave.

I went to dinner with Housermania, we tried The Waterfront in Maalaea. They have the ghettoest website you've ever seen (Alicia, it's the one you showed me!!) but the food was really good. I had mahimahi again (maybe my new favorite?) and it was really good. Not Mama's Fish House good, but good.

After dinner I came home and went to bed here:

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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Hawaii - Day 7

Yesterday morning Alicia and I went to Longhi's at the Shops at Wailea for breakfast where I had crab cake benedict. Seriously the best breakfast I've ever had - I will eat it again before this vacation is finished!After breakfast we went shopping for souvenirs in Kihei and I got a couple of things. I'm going to do some more serious shopping in Lahaina so if you're in my inner circle get excited for some cute presents.

After shopping we settled into our usual routine - pool, get ready, dinner. It was a pretty cloudy day so we didn't get as much as sun as we have the past couple of days but the weather was still lovely.

Alicia and I played with baby London again for a little while - doesn't she have the cutest chubby cheeks? The fun pool opened yesterday so there was a lot to do and explore. I tried the lazy river and the slides - I really love a good swimming pool! Taking a good picture is near impossible without taking my camera in the pool or going exploring so the one below will have to suffice but trust me, it's amazing and you want to try it.

The APX boys have been dying for the pool to be ready so they spent a good part of the afternoon playing volleyball.

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After laying out we went and got ready for the evening. Alicia went home last night so she packed up to leave. Being the one left behind is never fun but I'm really glad she was able to come for as long as she did.

We went to Mama's Fish House for dinner with JT, Raechel, Jim, Lindsey, Josh, and Linda (have you noticed a trend...guess we figured out our "partners"). Mama's is right on the beach in Paia and is so beautiful.
We had crab cakes and shrimp as appetizers and I had the macadamia nut crusted mahimahi stuffed with crab and lobster. The pineapple reduction was incredible - I wish they sold it by the bottle!
After dinner I took Alicia to the airport. We said a quick goodbye and then she was off. I was sad to see my partner leave so the drive home was a little lonely and I went to bed early. APX folks are here through today so I will have people to hang out with until tonight and then I'm on my own. I plan to explore Maui a little more and still get some serious pool time in...what good is a vacation without countless hours spent laying out?

Friday, December 19, 2008

Hawaii - Day 6

Day 6 was one of the best yet - it was so good I was too tired to blog about it last night! We started off with breakfast at the hotel that we ate with the JT, Raechel, Jim, Lindsey, Josh and Linda.After breakfast we headed to the spa for massages. The spa here is AMAZING. Step 1 is the roman tub. It's nice and warm but the little pool next to it is freezing. You're supposed to go back and forth but Alicia and I were not into that. Step 2 was a loofah scrub (laying on a massage table while a lady loofahed my body...lovely). Step 3 was a visit to the terme tubs. They each provide a different therapy, Alicia chose the mud bath (on the far right) and I was in aromatherapy (in the middle). They are lovely but we didn't spend enough time there because we were called to get massaged.

I had a Lomi Lomi massage (traditional Hawaiian rhythmic massage) and Alicia had a Spa Grande (their signature massage) and they were both heaven. After our massages we went back in the roman tub for a little while and then headed off to the pool. It was a very hot day so the sun was more intense than usual which meant we spent a lot of time in the pool rather than laying out.

After the pool we got ready for a night out and joined about 30 APX folks (Woodleys, Vonks, Dunns, Andersens, Andersens, Sparks, Platts, Woods, etc) for a magic show in Lahaina at Warren and Annabelle's. We had heard Shawn, Josh and Linda rave about the show so we were so excited to go and it did not disappoint.

The dinner was mediocre,

dessert was very good,

but the magic and comedy were AWESOME.
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The video does not do Warren justice - he is an incredibly bright, quick witted, funny, talented magician. We enjoyed every moment of his show and will definitely go back next time we're in Maui. It's a pricey show but worth every penny. If you ever come to Maui this is a must see.
Don't judge my lack of makeup in these pictures. I am now so tan that the unbelievably dark foundation that I bought before coming is too light. Rough life, I know.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Hawaii - Day 5

This morning was a little different than the others. I got ready early and went down to the pool for my yearly review with Alex (yes, it was good, thanks for wondering) and then Alicia and I had breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast we went with Jim, Lindsey, Josh, Casey, Leslie, Alex, Debbie, Hal, Denise, and Michelle to Big Beach to boogie board. We only caught a couple exceptional waves but it was still really fun.
After boogie boarding we went back to the Grand Wailea and hung out at the pool. We spent a lot of time with Graham and Kristel, played with Dave's baby, London, and had another lazy afternoon.

We stayed at the pool longer than the other days but finally came in to get ready for dinner. We went to Joe's, a restaurant near the hotel with JT and Raechel, and had a great time visiting with them.
Now we're settled into the hotel room and are watching gossip television. Another successful day of vacation.

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This is the view from the front door of our hotel room. You can't tell but there are pretty pink flowers growing from the flower boxes. I think they're one of my favorite parts of the hotel.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Hawaii - Day 4

Today started with breakfast at the hotel and getting ready for the day. Then Alicia and I headed to the shops down the street from the hotel. I bought these cute earrings from Tiffany & Co. (I've coveted Esther's for a ridiculously long time) and we perused Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Coach, etc.
After shopping Alicia and I went to the pool where we laid out all afternoon. We took a break to visit the ocean where we tried a little snorkeling which I hated. Turns out I don't want to know who we share the ocean with.

After a long afternoon of being totally lazy and accomplishing nothing we went to dinner at Nick's Fishmarket, inside the Fairmont in Wailea. This was one of only 2 planned events on the trip so it was fun to have everyone together for it.

2 things I hate about this picture: 1) my head is substantially bigger than Alicia's. It always is. I think she plans it that way. 2) Alicia is more tan than me. I have been going tanning for over a month and got to Hawaii a day before her - being pale bites.

We sat with Josh, Linda, Jim, Lindsey, Greg, Carly, Carisa and Scott and ate lots of good food. Appetizers were crab cakes, shrimp and sushi.

Salad was shrimp, feta, tomatoes and lots of other yumminess mixed together. Not sure what it was but I liked it a lot.

Main course was snapper with hash browns and broccolini. The hash browns were to die for.

Dessert was the funnest part of the meal:

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Monday, December 15, 2008

Hawaii - Day 3

This morning Alicia and I got ready and then went to breakfast at the hotel. She then went to an APX meeting and I worked for a little while. Afterwards we came back to our room and I worked some more and she got tan on the balcony.

I tried to work on the porch but got hot and sweaty real quick and couldn't concentrate.
We left the pool early to get ready for a luau at the Marriott Wailea. There were about 30 APX people there which made it a lot more fun than it would have been otherwise (kind of a boring show).


We sat with Jim and Lindsey,
Josh and Linda, and Jared and Holly.


The highlight of the evening was JT and Vern dancing on stage:

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We headed back to the hotel and now we've ordered a bag of popcorn and 2 ice waters from room service and I'm going to take a bath.

Want to know the miracle that occured today? Alicia's luggage miraculously appeared in our room.

Hawaii - Day 2

Today was absolutely beautiful: sunny with a slight breeze and occasional clouds to provide relief from the sun. I started the day with sacrament meeting at a local ward. When I got back I had breakfast in the hotel restaurant with Nathan and Michelle. APX at church, APX at breakfast, APX at the pool - it's a good thing I love the people I work with!

After breakfast I headed to the pool. I spent the afternoon alternating between the pool and the lounge chair where I had this view:
Sarah and I hung out all afternoon which was fun. We haven't seen each other as much since she got married so it was nice to spend a low key afternoon laying out and chatting.
I went to Duo at the Four Seasons for dinner with Alex, Debbie, Jason, Nicole, Scott, Carissa, Natalie, Eric, Dustin and Lisa. Had a steak, it was good, but Joe's has ruined me for life. After dinner Alex, Debbie and I went and picked up Alicia from the airport. It was a happy reunion that was especially sweet because she FINALLY has a diamond on her left hand (details here) although we were more subdued than usual because Delta lost her luggage.

Now we're headed to bed, ready for a day of fun (and luggage finding) tomorrow.