mixing business with pleasure…

hey bloggers, hope you’re enjoying your monday… you know what they say about “all work and no play…”, well sometimes mixing business with pleasure is a good thing and this past weekend was for sure.  we took a quick trip to hawaii this past weekend (yes only 3 days including travel days to the island is insane), but we managed to have fun and get some work done too.  the weather this time of year was perfect with highs in the 80’s and lows in the 70’s at night – unlike the low 30’s we came home to yesterday.  we met up with our friend joy who i’ve known for over 12 years from my ben franklin craft days, in fact she still works for the ben franklin/ace hardware stores in hawaii and has her own craft t.v. show there “the joy of crafting“.  it was great to visit some of the ben franklin stores with her too and see what products they had, what is trending in hawaii, etc.  it’s always cool to see the various crafts in different parts of the world…

we spent a couple of days with joy and had a great time sightseeing as well with a visit to the local “honolulu city lights” christmas display one night where there were these huge illuminated figures, lighted tress, and local festivities surrounding city hall, it was so fun to see…

another great surprise that happened… while we were downtown seeing the lights, we passed the theater and saw that wicked was playing there – seriously what are the chances of that?  since joy never saw wicked (and we were catching the redeye home the following night) we surprised her with last minute tickets for the matinee and went to see it before heading to the airport.  that makes mario’s 4th and my 5th time seeing it and can’t wait to see it again…

today we’re back in the studio working on cha deadlines, projects, and filming a video to share with you tomorrow right here on the blog – see you then…t!m

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91 Comments to “mixing business with pleasure…”

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  4. Kathy Andrews says:

    Embarrasing to say, but I just saw this post today… seriously… how’d that happen?!? Glad you got a few days in Hawaii… in my opinion, no matter how much time you have there, it’s a beautiful thing! Happy Holidays!

  5. Barbie says:

    How fun!!!!! I rarely comment on blogs but I couldn’t help myself. I love, love, love Wicked. I have seen it 2 times, maybe 3, but my favorite is Les mis. If you haven’t seen it, I say go, go,go!!!

  6. Mary Pendergrass says:

    Oooh! What fun — Hawaii and Wicked all in a weekend. Glad you and Mario had a good time. I wouldn’t mind a bit of Hawaiian warmth right now since here in the Twin Cities we have about a foot of snow and temps in the single digits and teens.

  7. Cathy Doerr says:

    It’s hard to keep track of you two. Your always running away somewhere. What fun!

  8. Eva R says:

    I’d give anything to have been there – even for a few hours, lol. It’s so cold here!

  9. Barbara Albrecht says:

    What an awesome get-away! Hawaii is on my bucket list. Thanks for the link to Joy’s TV show…have to go check it out. Thanks, also, for taking us along on your adventure!!

  10. Jennifer S. says:

    Wow! What a whirlwind trip! Glad you had such a good time! I love Hawaii!

  11. Maureen Mathis says:

    How fun! But I gotta tell ya, that bare chested Santa with the GINORMOUS feet creeps me OUT!

  12. ava g says:

    looks like lots of fun and no business at all….wink wink
    ava g

  13. Kim S. (nerdgrl) says:

    Can’t imagine Hawai’i in three days! Looks like you packed in a LOT of stuff.

  14. Helen says:

    wicked– my all time favorite!!!

  15. Annie says:

    So glad you all had a busy but fun weekend. Can’t wait til tomorrow for the video you will be sharing,.
    Annie in DE

  16. Cim Allen says:

    What a whirlwind trip ! I love Wicked too, seen it 3 times so far. Can’t wait to see the video.

  17. butterfly says:

    Oh, how I envy you that sunshine… heavy frost and another grey day where I am!! Lovely pics to keep us warm… thank you!
    Alison x

  18. Di says:

    looks like you had lots of fun, di

  19. Trish says:

    How wonderful. Safe trip!

  20. stephV says:

    come back soon and stay longer….maybe teach some classes here??!!

  21. Tamera says:

    Yay!! A video!!! Wooooot!

  22. Alli says:

    What a trip!

  23. Debi says:

    Looks like you had a whirlwind of a good time.
    Get any ideas for some Hawaiian style stamps?

  24. Karenajo says:

    Hawaii – a great place to visit if only for a short time – so very beautiful !

  25. Unreal. Hawaii and back in three days. Glad you got to have fun with the business.

  26. Lisa Byers says:

    what an awesome way to spend 3 days! sounds like you ended it VERY well

  27. kellystar says:

    I hear you…I would never be able to pass up on an opportunity to see Wicked either! In fact, I’m thinking I might need to make a Wicked tag! (gotta wait til after the holidays for that one).

  28. Marilyn R-Sprouse says:

    All I can say bout that trip is “Wicked”!

  29. Julie Heyer says:

    Wow, you all are world travelers. Love Hawaii, and so glad you had a chance to have some fun and work too.

  30. cheryl c says:

    Wicked trip & mileage! So how does Hawaiian crafting differ from mainland? Mele Kalikimaka to you both. Don’t you love the way that phrase rolls off the tongue!! Love the blocks.

  31. marileew says:

    Aloha! Nothing like Christmas time in Hawaii. But only 3 days? Serious jet lag….

  32. Di F says:

    Ahhhhh, to be so lucky!

    Mele Kalikimaka to y’all, too!

    Really wish our local Ben Franklin hadn’t closed shop. Any ideas on how to get them back to “small town”, USA?

  33. Pam Reed says:

    Love Wicked almost as much as I love Hawaii … Spent time at the Ben Franklin in Kailua when I wasn’t scuba diving while visiting my daughter over there for TWO MONTHS … wayyyyy better than two days!!

  34. Jolene says:

    Looks like you had a great time. Thanks for sharing with the rest of us.

  35. Tammy Tavares says:

    How exciting and some awesome pictures. Thank you for sharing. Always enjoy hearing about the adventures.

  36. Tona says:

    Glad to hear that you took some time for you!

  37. Jo Ann D. says:

    Good for you! Couldn’t find two harder working souls…glad you could find some play time.

  38. Ruby C says:

    Glad to see you having fun. Thanks for sharing Joy’s link. I enjoyed watching her make the E-Z treat bag. She does math just like me. Looking forward to seeing the new video!

  39. Jackie H says:

    Wow! To just take off and go to Hawaii ! You two have great jobs! I can’t wait to see some crafting Hawian style………………………..

  40. Linda Bell says:

    You do know how lucky you are right? I’m just jealous…Glad you had so much fun..Can’t wait for your video…

  41. Noreen says:

    Quick trips can be a lot of fun! Hawaii sounds like a neat place to visit.

  42. Kay Singleton-Jarrell says:

    Looks so beautiful and sound like you had a short but sweet time there as well

    Can’t wait to see (your always inspiring) video tomorrow


  43. Lisa says:

    You are so lucky. I saw Wicked earlier this year in London and I loved it.

  44. Anne Rx says:

    So glad that you managed a quick getaway and that you mixed business with pleasure – and what pleasure to see old friends and go and see Wicked too! Look forward to seeing the video tomorrow.

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