Sunday Afternoon 7/12/2015

One of YaYu's beautiful compositions.

One of YaYu’s beautiful compositions, taken somewhere along the east shore bike path.

We’re having another afternoon of hot, steamy weather here as tropical storm Ela continues to dissipate and move away from Hawai’i. We’ve had lots of rain for the past few days, although not much wind or breeze, and it’s been almost unbearably humid most of the time. While we complain mightily about the humidity, the rain has been appreciated as it’s been quite dry here this year. I don’t deal particularly well with humidity (although I love the way my skin feels), but Brett and the girls have been able to get out for walks and runs when there’s been a break in the weather (although they come home soaked in sweat). Hopefully saner summer weather will return soon.

This afternoon I am:

  • Reading: Nothing right now. I seem to have hit another dry spot, which happens from time to time when it comes to reading. I’ve learned to just ride it out – something will catch my attention and I’ll have my nose buried in a book soon enough.
  • Listening to: The fans whirring away, and our downstairs neighbor laughing (loudly, I might add). He has a very high-pitched, hooting sort of laugh/giggle that’s OK in small doses, but annoying after it goes on for a while. I’m glad he’s enjoying himself so much, but still. (Interestingly, his wife has a very low, deep, evil-sounding laugh – kind of scary actually.)
  • Watching: Brett and I are continuing with Foyle’s War every evening, and we all are watching The Fall on Netflix, a crime series from Northern Ireland starring Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan. WOW. If you are a fan of crime dramas and/or psychological thrillers this series is not to be missed. Death in Paradise and The Good Wife also have new episodes available, so we’ll be back to those again as well.
  • Cooking/baking: It’s definitely too hot to bake, but tonight I’m going to fry up the last of the homemade potstickers and serve with steamed rice and an Asian-y coleslaw. It’s a simple supper, but one we all love. Dessert will most likely be frozen yogurt and the last of a yummy chocolate cake that YaYu baked the other day. We’re still eating and enjoying lots and lots of peaches and nectarines – it will be so sad when they’re no longer available here at an affordable price.
  • Happy I accomplished this past week: I finished the first lesson in Level 1 in Rosetta Stone Japanese! Most of it was easy for me, but it was good for repetition and reinforcement, and I did actually learn a couple of new grammar points.
  • Looking forward to next week: The “Ex-Pats” are getting together again next Saturday at Lydgate Beach park. Can’t wait to see everyone again, and this time the husbands will be along. And, although I can’t say I’m really looking forward to it, I’m going to get started on my retirement paperwork this week (no paper actually; it’s all done online).
  • Grateful for: I love our house and am so thankful we found it. The space is more than adequate for our family and needs, and we have drop-dead gorgeous views from practically every window. The man downstairs may laugh annoyingly at times, but I know we are fortunate to have such good neighbors all around us. Also knowing that many struggle here on Kaua’i to find affordable and adequate housing makes me even more thankful for what we have. I hope we are allowed to stay here for a good, long time!
  • Bonus question: Do you have any summertime traditions? The only one I can think of is that we let the girls drink soda during the summer. Not a lot – we buy diet soda only and still allow just one can per day. Their favorites are root beer (they love root beer floats), ginger ale, and lemon lime, but occasionally we will buy orange or creme soda. Once they go back to school though it all disappears until the following summer. Under the rules of full disclosure, I drink Diet Coke throughout the year, but only one per day. Otherwise it’s lots of water for all of us, and I drink 3-4 cups of coffee and/or iced tea every day as well.

How was your week? I hope all had a great one and are looking forward to the next!

4 thoughts on “Sunday Afternoon 7/12/2015

  1. Vivian says:

    Iced tea is definitely the way to go. I remember when I was in London and not only did they not have iced tea, it was really hard to get any kind of ice. When I asked, they sent me to the hotel bar where I was granted one ice cube for my coke. Except for hot chocolate, I don’t like any drink that is warm

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    • Laura says:

      I have heard about the difficulty in getting cold drinks in Great Britain, or at least cold like we are used to. Maybe that’s changed though?

      I love a good, hot cup of coffee no matter what the weather is. We drink ours half-caffeinated, so I have to be careful when I have iced tea because the caffeine affects me more than. If I have iced tea later that 3:00 in the afternoon I will be up all night!

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  2. Hawaii Planner says:

    I’m happy that I finally found your new “home”. 🙂 Love the new blog – your pictures are lovely.

    The week was good, but long. I had a nice day today getting a bunch of house chores done – working with the kids to clean their rooms, making homemade spaghetti sauce with all of our garden tomatoes, juicing all of the lemons, etc.

    Our summertime tradition is popsicles after swimming lessons. 🙂 We don’t really give the kids many treats, so it’s a big deal for them.

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    • Laura says:

      I continue to be amazed and inspired by all that you do, besides doing what seems to be a very demanding job outside the home. Loved your snapshots of the Oregon Coast – your beach town is probably our favorite Oregon beach town as well. We spent many happy times there.

      Don’t be surprised if your boys still want popsicles in the summer when they are no longer little or taking swimming lessons. I thought the sodas-in-the-summer tradition would fade, but they still look forward to getting them every summer. The rest of the year they could care less.

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