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Rural Style

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Sunday we got up, ate cholesterol sandwiches, and drove out to Kualoa Ranch to sing the Jurassic Park theme song. Okay, that’s not really why we went out there, but I do get the urge to hum that tune every time we drive by. We were actually there because Geoff got us free tickets to the Hawaii Farm Fair. He knew there were going to be animals, and he wanted to get his hands on some of them.


While we were out there, he got to pet a horse, some sheep, a goat, and a couple of pigs. The cows weren’t interested, and the baby chicks were too far away to reach. You know how some women want to get pregnant every time they see a baby? I think that’s how Geoff is with chicks. I’m sure he was desperate to get more chickens all day. It’s just not possible, though.

The fair was a bit minuscule, and after wandering around for about an hour, we’d already seen everything there was to see. I felt bad because we’d driven all that way and there wasn’t really much to do. It was too hot to eat, so we didn’t even get to have lunch at one of the food trucks. I made up for it by taking everyone to Teddy’s for dinner. Geoff was ill later, though. I guess we won’t be going there again, which is a shame because I actually really like their food.

The heat is trying to slow us down. Are we an unstoppable force? Probably not. But we adventure on none the less.


Kailua Bound

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Monday is Geoff’s second day off, so we tried to sleep in as best we could. Geoff made heavenly cholesterol sandwiches, and we all piled in our dubious car and headed over the Pali to Kailua.

Our first stop was to visit a housebound friend who recently had knee replacement surgery. Then it was off to the beach for a bit of snorkeling and underwater photography. We managed to spot a few fishes. The tiny black and yellow striped guys were particularly cute. It’s always disappointing going into Kailua without making a stop at Cinnamon’s, but it just wasn’t in the budget at the moment.

Oh, and after we had been in the ocean for about 20 minutes, Geoff suddenly looked up at me and announced that his phone was still in his pocket. We’re pretty sure it’s dead, so there’s another cumbersome thing to spend our money on. I’m basically just laughing now. What else is there to be done? We’re just going to have to start being careful and do our best to rebuild our savings. After the immigration, there’s nothing big that we KNOW we have to pay for, so if we can ever stop having ridiculous emergencies and such, we might be okay. Particularly once I start working full time again.

We really have managed to have quite a lovely time without spending too much. Luckily, my daughter is easy to please. Deep breaths. If we can make it from one to the next, we’ll eventually get to something better.

Hiking with Teens

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Okay, it’s really only one teen, and really she’s not officially a teenager for another month. Stop making me older than I really am. Seriously, it’s not fair. It’s bad enough that all my former students are now entering their mid 20’s.


We took Emily for a hike to see Manoa Falls. It’s a simple enough walk as long as it’s not too wet. She didn’t complain and took about a million photos, but when we got to the falls and I asked her if she wanted to go on to the next trail or go back down, her answer to return to the car came very quickly. I think she liked it.


After that, we went to lunch at Kiss My Grits, and I drank my weight in sweet tea. My child loves biscuits and gravy, so she was a happy camper. I had the Piggly Wiggly, a giant biscuit with sausage made at the restaurant, smoked gouda, scrambled egg, and apple butter. It was a brilliant combination of sweet, savoury, and spicy. The apple butter was a wonderful surprise. I think this place might be my new favorite. There’s still more stuff I want to try on their menu.

Lunch was followed by a biscuit coma, and an evening of pizza. We’re trying our best to have fun without spending too much money. There are still so many things we have to pay for that are not remotely fun. Maybe, just maybe we can get out of this hole before the end of the year.

I’ve been keeping half an eye on the stats for Awesome on 20 the past week. It’s making me sad. Go read about the food I cook and the things I do while being poor. And click on an ad. Because you love me.

Pretend Tourists

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Pretend Tourists

On Saturday, I finally managed to talk Emily into going to the beach. We only had seven dollars, so we made taking in the sights our main focus.


As we were walking into Waikiki, we stumbled upon a parade billed as Family Day. The first float we saw featured a scene reenacting Jesus on the crossed being whipped by a Roman soldier. Um… Hooray for family? The whole thing made me uncomfortable to say the least.

The first thing we had to do was swim in the ocean, but there’s only so much salt my face can handle. Soon enough, it was time for five dollar lunch and some photography and exploration.


You can get an almost 13 year old to walk pretty far if you put a camera in her hand. She had a great time looking for the perfect shot. I think she took about half a million photos of everything from mirrors to trees. Some of them came out pretty great. She’s a talented and intelligent child.


I’m glad I finally found someone who likes to wander the streets just looking at stuff and sometimes taking random photos. There’s plenty of magic to be found if you bother to open your eyes and look for it.

We also watched Lilo & Stitch, which Emily claims is her favorite. Now Geoff knows what I’m talking about when I say, “We need desserts!”


I like being a family.

Monotony and Surprises

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My job can be pretty boring sometimes. Like, claw your eyes out boring. I suppose it’s better than “ruining” children’s lives, but mindless, droning work isn’t exactly rewarding. I try to keep my mind busy with podcasts, and I probably check my phone way more than is actually necessary. I’m the kind of person who usually feels the need to do about eight things at once, so being bored is rather frightening. That combined with having to sit still for the entire day can be brutal. It’s getting to the point where my coworkers actually feel sorry for me when giving me new boring tasks to accomplish.

My evening ended up being rather hectic, though, as a coworker put in a last minute Treatsies order. I found myself having to stop into Costco on my way home from work, and then make a double batch of white chocolate raspberry blondies. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to photograph them, so they won’t even be appearing on the blog. I’ve had people tell me it’s one of their favorite desserts, so I hope I can share them with you.

I also had to prepare a post for Awesome on 20 about working out without paying for it. I seriously don’t get why people buy gym memberships. There are plenty of stairs you can walk up and down for free. Why go to a yoga class and have people sweating all over you when you can do it in your own living room? And for goodness sake, what the hell is up with running on a treadmill. Running isn’t boring enough? You have to do it without actually going anywhere or seeing anything? Baffling.

Someday I will get caught up. Someday my skin will stop burning and my head will stop pounding and my stomach will stop turning. Someday. But not this day.

The Sun Is Not My Friend

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Sunday we had a lovely adventure that ended in terrible sunburns for both of us. We forgot our sunblock. Geoff got it out and left it by the bag. Not in the bag. Next to the bag. Oops.

We got up way too early on a Sunday to meet one of Geoff’s work friends out at Makapu’u. We followed the path halfway to the lighthouse, then left the trail to hike down the side of the lava rock cliff to the tide pools at the bottom. It was hard work but lovely. The water in the tide pools was clear and cool. We saw all kinds of fish. The waves were a bit unruly, so we stayed back in the furthest pools. My favorite part was hearing the water rush under the rocks and burst from the blow holes. The sound is unreal.


After that we had to hike back up the cliff, which was ridiculous. My quads are killing me. My hands were shaking, and I was breathing hard by the time we reached the top. The combination of heat, hunger, and sheer unfitness nearly did me in. I was so happy we had ham sandwiches in our backpack. We’re like hobbits. We have to stop and eat every couple of hours.

We later proceeded to the beach in Kahala to further drive in the sun damage. We were using other people’s sunscreen, but I felt bad hogging it. That stuff’s expensive.

Once we got home, I went straight into the shower and then took a nap. I learned what happens to my cute little pixie cut if I don’t blow dry it. It’s not the end of the world, but it’s not exactly pretty either.

I will probably be in pain for a couple more days. I was stupid stupid stupid for staying out in the sun for so long. Let’s face it, I’m an indoor girl. I like my laptop and my books, and I can live without the vitamin D. Can I have one of those wax baths with James McAvoy? That would probably heal me.

Sunday Skip

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Sunday was a mixed bag. I nearly forgot to record it’s existence.

We started off with a win by actually managing to sleep in for once. When we finally woke up, it was after 9 am. It’s like I don’t even know us anymore.

Geoff suffered a defeat in the battle against the grill of doom and was consequently rather forlorn for most of the day. I had to drag him out of the house to keep him from continually enumerating all of the things we have to be stressed out about. He certainly has a right to feel stressed out. It can be bleak around here. But there’s no sense in wasting our only day off together moping. I happen to know from experience that getting through a moment of depression isn’t easy, but you can be distracted from it long enough to smile every now and then.

We walked into Waikiki where I finally bought myself a second swimsuit, then we enjoyed happy hour at the Hula Grill. We shared pork belly bao and fish and chips, both of which were excellent, especially since I was so hungry.

We also escaped the heat by jumping in the ocean in front of the Kahala Mandarin. We saw three weddings.

The season 3 finale of Game of Thrones was thoroughly underwhelming. There was a certain death I was hoping to see, so I guess I just expected too much. They seem to like putting all the action in the second to last episode. I can’t believe it’s so long until the next season. I hope the 4th season is better than the 4th book.

I have a surprise day off tomorrow, so I guess I can tell you how miserable my Monday was in the morning. Or maybe I’ll think of something better by then.