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projects & loose ends

Status Update:  Officially moved in!  Still engaged.  Just got cable and internet.  Starting to feel like home…

Mood: Exhausted, but excited.  Starting a new life while still trying to reconcile with your old one is not an easy task.

New Project Line- Up: Now that furlough days are hitting the CSU system (furloughs = a funny sounding and looking word = forced unpaid days off), I’ll have some extra time on my hands to devote to other activities.  In no particular order:

1) I want to start doing a better job of documenting the engagement/wedding process; perhaps even submit some queries for freelance articles again.

2) I took a bookbinding class recently at Paper Source with a friend and was surprised at how simple it was to create a book!  Definitely a hobby worth continuing. No need to ever buy my own journals or albums again!

3) Photoshop. Photoshop.  Photoshop.


Because I promised myself I’d finish it, here’s a rough outline of the last bit of our Hawai’i trip.  I’m terrible at post-photo blogging and have decided to bring along a notebook on future travels to record details.

Hawai’i Day 3 & 4 Mash-Up:

North Shore and Waikiki

Hale'iwa Joe's

Hale'iwa Joe's

Matsumoto's Famous Shave Ice

Matsumoto's Famous Shave Ice

Driving through Pineapple Country

Driving through Pineapple County, Hwy 99

Hotel Balcony View

Hotel Balcony View

Diamond Head

Diamond Head

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Flying back home engaged…  happy and also contemplative about the thought of coming back to “reality.”



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Day 2

It’s been hard playing catch-up this past month!  I can’t believe it’s already nearing the end of July!  If June was the month of “Engagement”, then July is the month of “Home Preparation.”  This includes the last few weeks of painting, re-painting (apparently, colors on tiny swatches aren’t what you expect on a full out wall), and furniture arrival!  J and I joke that we’ve been working so hard to “prepare” for the house, we wonder when it will ever really feel like it’s ours?  Maybe when we actually MOVE IN.  Thus, phase two of July: PACKING.  Ugh.

Enjoy Day 2 of Hawai’i, which sadly feels like a distant memory already.


Day 2. June 26, 2009 (Friday)

Southeast & Windward Oahu

Spam & Banana Pancakes

Spam & Banana Pancakes

* Eggs N Things – Woke up and had THIS for brunch.  Now I get what Jack Johnson dedicates a whole song to… He forgot to mention the coconut syrup.  Yummm.

Haunauma Bay Natural Preserve aka Snorkeling Capital

Haunauma Bay Natural Preserve aka Snorkeling Capital

* Haunauma Bay – Just BEAUTIFUL.  It took me awhile to get used to swimming with snorkeling gear.  The sound of me breathing just conjured up images of Darth Vadar – underwater.  But it was tres romantic swimming underwater with J beside me.  We even came up with an impromptu “sign language” for: ” Look!  A fish!” or “Watch out for the coral!” or “Alright, suffocating now.  Must have air.”


*Buzz’s Diner – Grub after snorkeling.


*Lanikai Beach – aka. The Millionaire’s Backyard.  Check this place out before the 3 feet of sand disappear.


* Fireworks at Waikiki – J was a bit grumpy that I made him stay out to watch the fireworks show, especially after a long day of snorkeling and driving.  But we were all smiles once we saw the spectacular display.  Disneyland definitely has some competition.

* E’lua – means “two” in Hawaiian.  Had dinner here since the restaurant prior had closed (argh.  Outdated Lonely Planet guide).  Live jazz with an all Asian & Pacific Islander band!  Only in Hawai’i…

Mai Tai

Mai Tai

* Almost Mai Tai Bar – after a 15 minute search at the Ala Moana Center to find the Mai Tai Bar, we discover a crammed open air bar, loud live band, and a stubborn line.  We opt for Islands and sit out on their patio area to enjoy the Mai Tai’s music from a close distance.

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It’s official!

And yes, it happened in Hawai’i. Details to come.

June 25, 2009

June 25, 2009


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For the record, going to Hawai’i this week does not mean I get to go on hiatus from my marathon training.

J and I packed up our running shoes (crammed, for me) into our carry-on suitcases.  I’m ready for the hikes to Diamond Head and the Manoa Falls Trail.  Week 1, Week 1 (revisited, because I didn’t feel I gave it a worthy attempt), and Week 2 of training have really elevated my running endurance.  I’d hate to have all of that energy come to a crashing halt when I return; most definitely heavier from all of the shaved ice, spam musubi, kalua pork, baked goodies, and poke sloshing around in my stomach.

I know folks think I’m crazy for wanting to run and be active on our “vacation.”  I think I’m a little crazy that I’m looking forward to it!  After all, if you’re going to be running, what better place in the world to do so than on Waikiki Beach during sunrise?  My thoughts exactly.

Aloha!  I will return with fitness, food, and photography stories!

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