Sunday Afternoon 7/24/2016

We're still under a tropical storm warning - Kaua'i is the first 's' above this morning's actual storm location
We’re still under a tropical storm warning – Kaua’i is the first ‘s’ above this morning’s actual storm location

Tropical Storm Darby is making itself known here on the Garden Island, albeit very slowly. Right now all we’re experiencing here is some light rain, which started early this morning. The Big Island took the brunt of things yesterday, although there doesn’t appear to have been too much damage, but Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea did a good job of breaking up the storm a bit as it moved over the island and on its way to Maui. Darby is still moving along though and while we’re getting some light rain now the winds are supposed be picking up this evening.

It's kind of gloomy out there this morning, but winds and rain will be picking up as the day goes along.
It’s sort of gloomy and wet out there this morning, but winds and rain will be picking up as the day goes along.

The past couple of weeks I’ve been waking up with knots in my stomach, but they’ve been gone for the past few mornings. I’ve also been sleeping better, and my insomnia finally appears to be on the wane. Outwardly I’ve felt quite calm for the most part, or at least things didn’t seem bad enough to be causing so much angst, but obviously some thing(s) were bothering me more than I realized.

I had started to think a bit about how we were going to get all of WenYu’s linens (comforter, mattress pad, sheets) back to Massachusetts next month. She has three pieces of luggage, and the plan had been to Spacebag the linens and put them into her large suitcase. Fitting them in the suitcases wasn’t the problem, but I began to worry that if the suitcases were lost or delayed not only would she not have any of her clothes, but she’d also be without any linens for her bed, which would put her in a very bad spot. Last week though I wrote to the friend I will be staying with while I’m in MA, and asked if we could send the linens ahead to her home. She said yes (thank you, Julie!), so Brett found a large box and got everything packaged up and ready to go, and it will be sent off later this week.

I saw the dentist on Tuesday, and had fingers crossed on both hands that he would say all that was needed to do was put a crown on my broken tooth, but had convinced myself it was more likely he would say the tooth needed to be extracted followed by an implant or bridge. We have good dental insurance, but either one of those options would be expensive, and I really didn’t want to have to go through either experience. However, when the hygenist looked at the tooth she said it already had a crown, and that only a tiny piece of it had chipped off (my tongue made it seem much larger). Plus, the crown included a metal surround, so the tooth itself was totally protected. She didn’t think the dentist would recommend doing anything . . . and she was right! He said the crown was fine, unlikely to chip more, and I didn’t need a new one. Otherwise my teeth and gums were in great shape, so all I had to do at the end of my visit was make an appointment to see them again in six month. Such a relief!

Darby hasn’t caused any worry though, mainly because we’re prepared and other than that there’s not a whole lot we can do. We have lots of bottled water on hand, the bathtub can be filled with non-potable water if we need it, and we’re well stocked with food and other supplies. Our gas stove and oven will operate even if we lose power, and we have a couple of butane stoves we can use as well. Still, our fingers are crossed that the storm passes Kaua’i without too much effect.

Big, beautiful dragonfruit - the thick outer peel slips right off once it's cut
Big, sweet dragonfruit – the thick outer peel slips right off once it’s cut

Finally, our produce from two weeks ago cost us $41, way more than we usually spend. The dragon fruit were $3 each ($12 total), and the mango was $6 (it was huge though, enough for a large bowl of mango salsa all on its own). The rest of vegetables/fruit totaled $23, which was reasonable. We’ll still buy dragonfruit while it’s available, but doubt we’ll buy any more mangoes this year.

Here’s what’s happening this afternoon at Chez Aloha:

  • Reading: I finished Seabiscuit early in the week (staying up one night past 3:00 a.m. because I couldn’t put it down!) and have started another Karin Fossum book, The Murder of Harriet Krohn. Fossum has written a lot of books, so I should have no problem finding reading material for a long while.
  • Listening to: Rain is dripping off the eaves, which is going to be a constant today. I thought I’d get up to the sound of the wind howling as well, but apparently that’s coming later. Otherwise it’s quiet, both outside and in the house. Everyone else is reading.
  • Watching: WenYu and I have almost finished Season 4 of Downton Abbey. She, Brett and I also watched a couple of movies this past week on Netflix (including The Babadook, which was good but quite scary), and also caught two episodes of the Great British Baking Show on Friday. Brett and I started watching Pioneer Quest last night, which had been recommended at One Hundred Dollars a Month. We watched it a few years ago when it was on PBS and enjoyed it enough to want to see it again. We didn’t think the girls would find it all that interesting, but YaYu is hooked.
  • Cooking/baking: Brett fixed some yummy banana french toast for our breakfast this morning. We still have a small amount left of the apple pie we bought at Costco, but I may bake a blueberry-zucchini brunch cake this afternoon because it’s actually cool enough to turn on the oven. I plan to skip the frosting though and will add some lemon zest to the batter so that I can enjoy some too! I’m swapping out tomorrow evening’s dinner, California roll salad, with tonight’s hamburgers so Brett doesn’t have to be outside, even if the grill is covered out on the lanai.
  • Happy I accomplished last week: Brett and I did our big Costco shop last Monday. It was a somewhat more expensive one than usual because we had run out of so many things, but still not as bad as we were expecting. I also got a much-needed hair cut on Monday, and made appointments for both of the girls to get their hair trimmed in time to head back to school/college.
  • Looking forward to next week: It’s another crazy week of work and volunteer assignments for the girls, so I’m already looking forward to next weekend. It’s YaYu’s last week of summer vacation, and all these activities will make the week go by quickly. School starts here on August 1.
  • Thinking of good things that happened: Besides getting the linens dilemma resolved, and learning I did not need further dental work, YaYu got her driver’s license on Friday! We are now officially done with that parenting task (props to Brett for doing all of the practice driving with our children, something I am not temperamentally suited to do). My new purse arrived and I love it! It’s a bit bigger than my old one, but a much better size for traveling. I felt very sad though saying good-bye to my old purse, which had served me well for eight years. And, peaches have arrived! Costco here gets them in for around a month every summer, and we try to enjoy them as much as possible while they’re available. We’ve already gone back to Costco for a second box and will probably go a couple more times during the coming month. We put $18.03 into the change/$1 bill jar this week.
  • Thankful for: I’m very grateful for the many storm updates that are available these days so we can keep on top of things. I can only imagine how it was in the past when you knew there was a storm out there, but had no idea how big it was, where it was going or when or if it would arrive.
  • Bonus question: What’s your favorite part of your daily routine? Without hesitation, it’s sitting down with a fresh, hot cup of coffee right after I get up in the morning and going through email, Facebook, the news, etc. No matter who is up, everyone knows this is ‘mom time’ and they leave me alone for a while to enjoy the peace and quiet and my coffee, and to wake myself up. The phrase “I get up in the morning because I know there will be coffee” sums it up pretty well for me.

That’s all from Chez Aloha this afternoon. How did your week go? What good things happened for you? (In the time it took to write this the rain has really picked up – the forecast is between 3″ – 5″ inches today).

6 thoughts on “Sunday Afternoon 7/24/2016

  1. First up, stay safe. I’m sure the weather will be okay, but sending good thoughts your way. My favorite routine is either Saturday or Sunday afternoon with a glass of wine on the patio in the sun with M, about 4:00. I work hard until 4:00, and try to preserve the time to chill, relax, & catch up. On weekdays, definitely my first cup of coffee, where I enjoy & fool around on the computer while my mind wakes up.

    Let’s see, positive things this week – I got in both of my training walks (4.5 & just over 7) for Portland to Coast. I’ve been a slacker on the training & need to ramp things up! I also desperately, desperately need to find a nanny. I’ve thought I’d done so twice now, but the market here is ridiculously competitive, so we are back to the drawing board.


    1. The storm tracked north of us, so nothing much happened here. The other islands really got hit though – apparently there was lots of flash flooding on Oahu.

      Fingers crossed for you that you find a good nanny soon. I wouldn’t even know where to start, although we went through a couple of years where I wished we had one!

      I am such a slug these days, but the humidity really does me in. I spend most of my days trying not to sweat, which of course means I’m not getting enough exercise. I admire your persistance.


  2. Reading- just finished “The Nest” by Cynthia Sweeney. Going to start “All Summer Long” by Dorthea Benton Frank
    Watching- HGTV but I have been watching season three of “Chicago Fire” in the evenings
    Listening to- TV and dishwasher
    Cooking/baking- since I am trying to not grocery shop this week I’ve been fussing in the freezer and pantry. Two loaves of bread, 2 pounds of bacon baked up, breakfast casserole, pork fried rice and spaghetti and meatballs will take care of me this week.
    I am looking forward to a week of no travel and routine, it’s been a very busy work travel months in July and my routines of been completely messed up not to mention sleep, eating, and quiet time. Hopefully I can push it to two weeks.


    1. Oh my, I so know what you mean by the need for downtime from travel and other activities! I am always so thankful for those times when I get to be on my own schedule versus everyone else’s.

      I’m off to Google Cynthia Sweeney and Dorthea Benton Frank!


  3. Hope you are staying safe! Good job on problem solving the issue of WenYu’s linens. Thankfully, I’ve only had my luggage lost once and it was on the way home. But it can be a big issue when you need the items in the luggage. There is enough stress when moving and you don’t need to worry about losing your luggage on top of everything else!


    1. Knock on wood, but I’ve never had my luggage lost. Delayed a couple of times, yes, but never completely lost. We have a 13 hour-layover on our journey back to MA, and I’m concerned that one or more pieces of luggage might not make it one the second flight. WenYu has purchased most of her own clothes for college, and I want them to all make it back with her.


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