It’s true, I went to Hawaii. About two weeks ago. Rather spur of the moment. But it was fantastic.
The catalyst for the spontaneous trip was an Oakley golf tournament in which Gregg was participating. He asked if I would like to go with him. My answer: le duh.
So, I boarded a flight and ended up in Turtle Bay, on the Northshore of Hawaii. We had perfect weather and a perfect four days to enjoy it.
We swam in the ocean, walked on the beach, ate amazing food, basked in the sun and everything else you think of when you think of Hawaii.
The surf was pumping and Pipeline was going off. All the pros were in town and I could have watched the surfers all day. SO much talent in one place. I did not venture onto a surfboard. I would have been eaten alive by the ocean, no question. But it was a really cool sight to see.
One of the days, Gregg played in the tournament while I lounged on the beach. It was a lovely day. Afterward, Oakley through a party and we hung out there and around the resort. Highlight… There was an exercise bike with a blender on the handlebar. The Bacardi Rum folk filled it up, and Gregg got on and peddled until my pina colada was frothy. What a guy.
On Saturday we lounged, kicked it on the beach, stopped and ate Pineapple ice cream at the Dole plantation and were then treated to the ultimate Hawaiian experience. Jason, the Oakley rep in Hawaii, has all kinds of hook-ups and he got our entire crew field passes to the University of Hawaii game. Not only that, but we were able to tailgate with a slew of locals that fed us everythign from cornflake chicken to raw oysters to pistachio cake and beyond. It was a perfect evening. Such a good time.
The next day, I got to hang out with Pua! We haven’t seen her in ages and it was GREAT catching up.
There are two things I particularly like to do when it comes to wasting time on my computer. 1) Search the internet for images I like and put them in a folder. 2) Take images from said folder and mess with them in photoshop and create photoshop collages.
So, I made two Awesome Christmas collages. You should try it. It’s fun.
The reason we do 30daysofawesome.com during the summer is because we are far less busy during that time than we are right now. However, that is no excuse, I signed up and I am slacking.
However, sometimes, the days when you’re pressed for an Awesome idea are the days when your ideas become the most Awesome. Day three is a case in point.
I was trolling the app store on my iphone and came across Christmas Tree Maker. It’s a hot little number that lets you create Christmas Tree magic right on your phone.
Since one of my favorite traditions growing up was getting the family all bundled up, trekking out to the local Christmas tree farm and choosing the perfect tree to grace our living room that holiday season. Dad and brother would get a saw and hack down the chosen gem and tie it to the roof of the car as Mom, sister and I picked out wreathes, bows and other such items from the warmth of the barn.
We would then unload the tree back at the house, set it up, Dad would string the lights, Mom would make eggnog and we would argue over who got to hang which ornaments. All the while, Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas would be on full blast through the speaker system.
We no longer live this tradition annually as situations have changed. And I no longer get Christmas trees at all, sad to say. So this little app was a reminder of the fun and works in a pinch as a fill in for actual Christmas tree decorating.
Beaver Creek is a lovely place to begin my Christmas journey. There’s snow, plenty of decorations everywhere, and folks are generally in a good mood as they are in one of the most beautiful places on earth.
Gregg must have been in an exceptionally good mood yesterday as he treated me to dinner at Spago up at the Ritz in Bachelor Gulch. It was amazing. Perhaps the single most enjoyable dinner, food and company I’ve experienced.
As if good food, good wine, and good conversation weren’t enough. Gregg led me out side to a real live bonfire where you could roast marshmellows and make s’mores while surrounded by trees with Christmas lights and Christmas carols playing in the background. Cheesy? Hell yes. Awesome? Double hell yes.
Having grown up on a lake, we inevitably had a fire pit on the beach right outside our house where the entire neighborhood would gather to hang out, make s’mores, play the guitar and mostly just be stoked. This brought me right back. We met some cool people while attending the fire and it was a great Christmas Awesome.
Okay, so you all know about 30 Days of Awesome. I mean, who doesn’t? And don’t you miss it? Well, Jess, Tawnya, Lesley and I did. So we decided to re-up and dive into the 25 Days of Christmas — Awesome Style. So as Jess said, think of us as your personal advent calendar as we do something Awesome and Christmassy for the next 25 days.
Today, I went to Beaver Creek and checked into the Westin in Avon. It’s a tradition that I spend Birds of Prey weekend here and they have a great big Christmas tree in the lobby. So, here’s a dorky photo of me and the tree to kick off your December. Don’t judge me.