I forgot to tell you all before that I knocked something else off the ole' bucket list, (or am "knocking" it off). I got my tattoo started, (it's currently a half sleeve but the inside is not done yet). I drew up the concept 4+ years ago and finally having all the abilities to do what "I" want with my life, I sat down in the parlor chair starting in March. 4 visits at 5 hours each time, I am in a hurry to finish it up. It is like a self portrait without actually being me. There is a mermaid to signify my love of and abilities in the water. The mermaid is playing a guitar/ukulele, (because I play and for my love of music). The world at her hip and compass rose top bursting out of the top of her hair are for my experience and love of travel. On the inside of my arm is an incomplete Lono Mono... There will never be a greater dog in my life, I'm sure of it. Around him will continue a rock/ocean scene. I can't wait to have it finished.
|J & J Wine, Sonoma, CA|
Now upon our INSANE 21+ hour trip from airport to train to bus to airport, Lono and I arrived on Oahu, (where Jun met us because there were so many flight complications and it appeared we may have to spend the night there). We luckily got to leave and head straight home to Maui where we celebrated being together again with this lovely bottle of wine from my friend's, (John from San Francisco)'s, own wine that he gave me during my visit with him. Delish!
I need to just give you a brief but shocking summary of the days and months to follow... the pictures below were all but just 2 or 3 taken with my iPhone since my camera was out of commission for a while after the DC Chili Cook Off...
|Having all the boys back in my life in Maui... Happiness|
is the little moments when your heart melts and you
just love them for existing... So I took a picture
when they weren't looking, (well Koa was).
|These are "opihi" that we picked off along the rocky shoreline|
by our campsite. We cooked them up with some butter
and salt and they made EXCELLENT "pupu's" to go
with our beer.
|Back at our place in Kahana on the west side, relaxing to|
cups of coffee and a brilliant rainbow. I love these moments!
|Camping yet again in Kipahulu... way more tropical|
and with excellent hikes and beaches all around... It
was a treasure to find this coco with the young
meat "ball" in the middle. SO SOFT AND SWEET!
|Um... kissing... Why not? ;)|
|His birthday dinner only took me all day... ;)|
|Making cheesecake requires visits to the tool box again...|
|But Jun wasn't the only one with a birthday that week...|
Lono Mono turned 3! (Which is 21 in dog years)! They
share a birthday week and so do Koa and I in October.
|He sure is something special...|
|Reality hits when you go back to work after two months|
off... but honestly, I was pretty darn excited about it.
There's nothing like being welcomed back
with sweet little notes on your desk...
|..And a jar of honey from one of my most awesomest|
friends ever, Ariel. Her parents raise bees in Kula
so this honey is FRESH!
|So going back to work means LOTS of cups of coffee AND...|
|Taking priceless pictures of adorable patients AND...|
|Taking priceless pictures of not so happy bathing kitty cats AND...|
|Training little helpers AND...|
|Getting sweet messages on my coffee. :)|
|Days off mean taking our boys out on adventures...|
|And returning the love notes while cooking dinner. :)|
|Then Jun's sister, husband, and daughter came out for a visit!|
I was happy to get to meet them before we got married.
We had a great time exploring the island.
|We went up to the Ali'i Lavender farm in Kula and did a|
treasure hunt... which you know this big kid was down
for the fun!
|Then it was up to see the Manhattan sized crater and|
FREEZE our tropical buns off...
|And every Maui visitor must experience the glory of|
a REAL shave ice.
|One of our groomsmen. :)|
|At least we got a couple pictures! Such a beautiful, (and windy) day!|
|A butt grab for some comic relief in all the seriousness...|
And if that wasn't enough of a shocker for you... The next blog has one more doosey... Stay tuned!
Love and Aloha,