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Abundance of Aloha

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Humans have been rather disappointing lately. The news has been stressing me out. I cannot tell you how glad I am that I don’t watch TV news. That stuff is nonsense. Even so, all this killing has really gotten me down.

Today, though, I saw something truly beautiful. We woke up at 4:30 this morning and drove out to Pearl City. This was not for fun and games. Today we participated in the 24th Annual Food Drive for the Hawaii Foodbank. I saw people helping and giving in extraordinary ways.

We had about 140 volunteers at our site today. It was hot, let me tell you. Those folks stood out on street corners without  shade trying to collect money from nervous, suspicious car drivers, most of whom were desperately trying to avoid eye contact. But they kept waving those signs and holding out their fishnets and bringing in buckets of money. It was a beautiful thing. People gave food and money to help feed the hungry. This work saves lives.

In those thank you letters I’ve been writing, I keep telling people that at the Hawaii Foodbank, we believe we are all one ohana. Today, all across the island, the ohana came together to make sure nobody goes hungry. I was proud to be a small part of it.

And naturally, after hours on our feet in the hot sun, we deserved to treat ourselves. We went to The Counter, which is a design-your-own premium burger joint. Their burgers are great, but what I really wanted to try was the adult milkshakes.



I had the thin mint, and Geoff had the dulce de leche. They were both amazing. I’ve already thought of a way to improve mine and make it for the blog. I’m such a nerd.

Tomorrow Geoff wants to go to this Geek Meet thing at Magic Island. I also want to make sausage rolls for the blog, since St George’s Day is coming up next week. There’s also the strong possibility of bacon cupcake action. It promises to be quite interesting.

Right now, though, it’s 8:30, and I’m seriously considering going to bed. You would not believe the amount of times I’ve had to use the backspace key on this post. The brain is not functioning at optimum levels. My books and my bed are calling to me.


Monkey Love

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I walked a million miles then came home and nearly forgot to write a blog post.

I do have something rather important I wanted to share with you today. While I’ve been sitting over here sniveling about my stupid wedding and acting like a spoiled child, my dear friend Monica has been out in the world actually helping people and doing something good with her life. I want to be more like her when I grow up.


This is Monica and her new friend Lolo. He’s a capuchin monkey, and he needs your help. Monica discovered him living at a hotel in Nicaragua, which I shouldn’t have to tell you is not a monkey’s natural habitat. Lolo is only little, and it’s suspected that his mother was probably killed by poachers. Monica has been working with Lolo to rehabilitate him and help him be released back into the wild where he belongs.

Monica has taken him to the Nicaragua National Zoo Rescue Center, and Lolo has gotten to spend some time with other monkeys. Hopefully his rehabilitation will be successful and he can go on to have a happy life. However, this facility could really use your help. To learn more about Lolo, you can visit his blog, and to donate to the organization helping to rescue Lolo and other animals like him, check out this link.


Sadly, the exotic animal pet trade is still up and running. I know a lot of you have pets that you love, and you know we’re crazy about animals in this house. However, monkeys and other exotic creatures do not make good pets. As humans, we’ve brought a lot of destruction to this planet, and we’re the only ones who can change it. Please consider donating to Monica’s campaign to help Lolo and the other monkeys at his facility. All creatures need our love.