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21 May 2006 @ 01:34 pm
The Event Formerly Known as Tax Busters. ;)  
It was such a lovely weekend, made even lovelier by the event that we hosted on Saturday night at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. :) Once known as "Tax Busters", the event, now called "Race to Retirement" was a HUGE success thanks to the wonderful planning of my hard-working co-workers. :) All the branch staff seemed to have a great time and to us, that was all that mattered. :) And though I'm not usually one for work functions, I had a wonderful time -- and I really think the best part of it all was getting to spend some time outside of work with my wonderful co-workers. I've included a few pictures of the weekend below. :)

In keeping with our "Casino Night" theme, our slot machine M&M dispenser centerpieces were a HUGE hit with the branch staff.
Everyone wanted to win them, including us!! Aren't they the cutest things?? :)

Most of our set up time was spent de-tangling the 100's of balloons we purchased as decorations for the ballroom.
I'll be very happy if I never see another balloon again, for as long as I live! ;)

Here I am with my wonderful co-workers at the registration table last night. :)

This would have been such a nice picture, too bad my boss was blinking! :(

This morning, Mark & I went to Shirokiya (our favorite store!!) on our way back from the hotel. We were SO excited to find that the Nagoya Faire was this weekend and we both picked up tenmusus (which are delicious rice balls with fried, seasoned shrimp in each one). :) They were SO incredibly delicious!!! :)

They come six in a pack, wrapped in a banana leaf, with seasoned vegetables on the side...

Mark especially enjoyed them and said it reminded him of being in Japan. :)

It was just such a nice weekend in all respects, but we're very glad to be home and back with our fuzzy dog!! Hope you all had a nice weekend!! I'm off to catch up on all of your entries and get some laundry done! :D
Current Mood: happyhappy
the36thchamber on May 21st, 2006 11:47 pm (UTC)
I'm lovin the slots and the food, you are your co workers are all cute of course, Mark always looks cool :)
the36thchamber on May 21st, 2006 11:48 pm (UTC)
Oh and I'm also doing laundry, laundry sucks butt.... I hate it....lol
Sheri: Sydney *SIGH*shutterbug93 on May 22nd, 2006 12:20 am (UTC)
I REALLY hate doing laundry too, but it's a necessary evil. :(
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on May 22nd, 2006 12:20 am (UTC)
The slot machines were so cute!! I wish that we could win them too, but the fact that the branch staff liked them so much was what made us all really happy. :) And the food... it was SO delicious!!! :D
Mrs Beans: Erik--Messy Facehuman_beans on May 21st, 2006 11:52 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry, did you say something? I can't see through all the drool I've left on my monitor.

Shirokiya!! My Mom held a job one time in my lifetime (other than while in Japan) and that was at Shirokiya. She worked there when I was 4 to help save money for a house. I love that store!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on May 22nd, 2006 12:22 am (UTC)
Haha! :) They were SO delicious!!! I know you would just love them!!

And I didn't know that your Mom used to work at Shirokiya!! I love that store! Ever since they closed the one in Pearlridge down a couple of years ago, I've been going through withdrawals. :(
carush_girl on May 21st, 2006 11:55 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a good time and its always nice to get dressed up for a party.

Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on May 22nd, 2006 12:24 am (UTC)
It was a wonderful weekend and I always enjoy spending time with my co-workers - they're such fun! :) And I like dressing up, but this time nothing in my closet fit me... I need to resume my diet. :P
carush_girl on May 26th, 2006 03:15 pm (UTC)
I wanted to mention that I have a closet and half of clothes that do not fit the way they should fit... *sighs* Im never gonna be thin again. Why you ask - cuz it seems the word diet is nowhere in my vocabulary.......
ajayne on May 22nd, 2006 02:16 am (UTC)
I like that picture of Mark. ;) He looks so happy!

Sounds like a wonderful weekend you had.
Sheri: Mark & Sheri 1999shutterbug93 on May 22nd, 2006 06:10 am (UTC)
That's one of my favorite pictures of Mark too! :) He looks So excited about eating his musubi!! :D

We had a great weekend! Mark really enjoyed relaxing in the hotel - and even went out to eat Round Table Pizza while I was at my event. :)
ajayne on May 22nd, 2006 03:16 pm (UTC)
:) I am glad you had such a nice weekend. And Mark did too!
karen: jim daly and me 2wakedistracted on May 22nd, 2006 03:42 am (UTC)
Glad you had such a good time! Wonderful pictures - and I love the centrepieces! :D
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on May 22nd, 2006 06:12 am (UTC)
Thanks, Karen!! The centerpieces were just so cute!! My co-worker found them on the M&M site and we all knew they'd be perfect for the evening! They light up and ring (as well as dispense M&Ms when you "win") :) All the branch people were fighting over who got to take it home! :D
singnycsingnyc on May 22nd, 2006 04:30 am (UTC)
That "Race to Retirement" event looked like fun. Glad you had a good weekend!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on May 22nd, 2006 06:13 am (UTC)
It was so much fun!! And I think the people we threw it for had a nice time, so that made it al worthwhile! :D
bigrivermusicalbigrivermusical on May 22nd, 2006 05:16 am (UTC)
LOVE that onigiri! Yummy :) Glad to hear your event went well and you had a blast.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on May 22nd, 2006 06:16 am (UTC)
It was SO delicious!! And you wouldn't believe the line for those things!! We got there a little after 10:30am and there were already SO many people in line to buy them! It isn't often that Shirokiya sells them, so when people hear about it, they all make the trip to Ala Moana to get some!! :)
Kananigirlkananigirl on May 22nd, 2006 06:44 am (UTC)
I LOVE TENMUSU! I just got them on Tuesday and didn't bother to write an entry on it. You did it though, so I don't have to.

I had to buy some ume, the crunchy ones, since they're probably the cheapest place to get them. Ume+ Rice = musubi means beach!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on May 22nd, 2006 06:49 am (UTC)
Ah, whenever Shirokiya has them, I have to pick some up!! The line thankfully wasn't too long when I went... it's a good thing we got there early! :) And I remembered you taking a photo of yours a while back, and it just looked so delicious I had to take a photo too (and one of Mark happily eating his!) ;)

Ume and rice.... YUMMMY!!!
_tropicalheart on May 22nd, 2006 05:42 pm (UTC)
Those look delicious!! I'm glad you & Mark had a nice time!! :)
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on May 23rd, 2006 07:34 am (UTC)
They were VERY delicious!! :) Thanks so much, Kristen!! Big *HUGS* to you!!
karmastyxkarmastyx on May 22nd, 2006 05:46 pm (UTC)
I'm to read you had such a nice time!

Those slot machines look super cute! :)

Nice pictures... :)
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on May 23rd, 2006 07:36 am (UTC)
Thanks Laura! We had such a nice time! :) And I loved the little slot machines!! Everyone wanted to take them home. :D
Care: smile by mecareleswhisper on May 22nd, 2006 07:07 pm (UTC)
It looks like you had a wonderful weekend! :) Those slot machines are so cute! Thanks for sharing those pictures, very nice! :D
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on May 23rd, 2006 07:38 am (UTC)
Thanks Carrie, it was a lovely weekend! :) It was even nicer because Mark could come along and enjoy relaxing in the room while I was at the event. :) And I think the slot machines were a big hit with everyone - people were fighting to take them home! ;)
Sabine: Micki's placesabine10 on May 22nd, 2006 09:03 pm (UTC)
I'm glad that you and Mark had such a nice time! :) Thanks for sharing those great photos. I really loved to look at them.

Hope you had a nice day, Sheri. Big *hugs* to you. :D
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on May 23rd, 2006 07:39 am (UTC)
Thanks so much, Sabine!! Probably the best thing was just being able to relax in the luxurious hotel room after the event was done. :) Hope you're having a nice week! Big *HUGS*