Do I feel better after some time off? Yes and no – this injury has been the most stubborn thing I can remember dealing with for a long, long time. The physical therapy is making a difference, as is all the rest I’ve been getting, but I still can’t be up and around for too long. Enough whining though. I’m in much, much better condition than I was a few weeks ago and getting better every week.
I guess I’m now ‘officially’ a Kaua’i resident because I got called for jury duty! I got my summons this past week, and will report in early November to the county courthouse in Lihue. I may be one of those rare persons who doesn’t mind jury duty, and besides voting see it as one of the most important functions a citizen of this country can perform. One nice thing about jury duty here is that if you already have travel plans made, you can show your itinerary and be rescheduled. That didn’t happen back in Portland.
The tickets for our March trip to Japan have been purchased! We found a great fare and great schedule out of Honolulu on Delta, and the plane is a 747, which means that it will be a comfortable flight, even in economy. Yeah! We already have our Tokyo hotel reservations, so now all that’s left to do is book our round-trip transportation between Narita airport and Tokyo, an approximately two-hour trip each way by express train. Meiling’s and WenYu’s travel plans for winter break have also been finalized, including their RT flights from Honolulu to Kaua’i. I’m already so excited about them being home, although they’ll only overlap for a week because their respective school schedules are so different. We had planned to “pay” for their flights with the miles we’ve accumulated with Hawaiian Airlines, but for Meiling’s flight from Portland the miles required for a seat in coach were more than would be needed for a first class seat, and there were no award flights available at all for WenYu. We ended up purchasing flights for them in and out of Honolulu, and then used our mileage awards for the Honolulu-Kaua’i portion of the trip. We’ve discovered that this may be the best way to use our miles – to get back and forth between here and Honolulu at no cost. Using Honolulu as the main point arrival/departure opens up a whole lot more affordable flight options than booking a round trip from Lihue.
Othewise, this Sunday afternoon I am:
- Reading: I confess to getting little to no reading done at all this week. I pick up the Kindle and a few words in and I’m fast asleep. I’ve got another week to go of my download of The Secret Place, so am going to make a real effort this week to get it finished before the library takes it back.
- Listening to: It’s so quiet – I can hear a few neighbors talking outside and the word ‘Halloween’ floated through the air. Otherwise even the chickens are quiet this morning. It’s cool, so I’m a bit surprised no one is out working in their yard.
- Watching: We finished all the available episodes of The Mysteries of Laura, but learned the series wasn’t renewed. Several other series we like, like Midsomer Murders, has new episodes available so we’ll catch up on those (although we cannot figure out how there’s anyone still alive in Midsomer County, especially since there are at least two murders per episode). We’re also going to check out Longmire.
- Cooking/baking: There’s a pork roast in the slow cooker right now, getting itself ready to be turned into barbecued pulled pork for sandwiches tonight. I discovered some vegan barbecued ‘pork’ sandwiches by Gardein at Safeway last month that are actually very tasty, so I’ll be having one of those. I’m making coleslaw to go with our sandwiches. YaYu baked a triple chocolate bundt cake yesterday so we’re good for sweets for a while.
- Happy I accomplished this past week: I really don’t feel like I did much of anything at all, so I guess the fact that I rested as much as I did will have to count as my main “accomplishment.” I did a bit more online Christmas shopping and now have WenYu’s gift done and part of YaYu’s (at no cost, thanks to Swagbucks!). Meiling’s present is proving to be a bit trickier to find than I imagined but I’ve got plenty of time yet.
- Looking forward to next week: I’m getting my hair cut tomorrow – yeah! I can go a few weeks after a cut and everything is fine, and then wake up one morning and think “what the heck happened to my hair?” because overnight it seems to have grown another couple of inches. Brett and I will do about half of our monthly Costco shop on Tuesday, a good thing as we’re running very low on some things, and then do some more next week when a few items go on sale. We’re both hoping the Japanese cakes (imagawayaki and dorayaki) that have been available for Christmas the past two years will have arrived – we love them and are looking forward to stocking up again.
- Thinking of good things that happened: YaYu cleaned the two large sets of blinds in both her bedroom and ours this past week. They were in need of being cleaned back in August, but I’ve been unable to do it so YaYu finally stepped in. She did a fantastic job, so we took her out for lunch on Friday, and will add some $$ to her bank account as well for her efforts (yes, it was that big of a job). FAFSAs for both of our college girls were officially submitted (finally – it took both of them la while to get things back to Brett), and Brett also finished the CSS form for WenYu’s financial aid. It is such a relief to have all of that done! We had no food waste this last week, and put $8.75 in the change/$1 bill jar.
- Thankful for: I’m a very fortunate woman. We have enough income that neither Brett nor I have to work, so have the time to let my back heal. We have excellent, and very affordable, health insurance to cover the expenses I’m incurring because of my injury. And, I have a loving husband and child who care for me every day, and have picked up my chores to make sure I get the rest I need so that I can get well.
- Bonus question: Have you ever served on a jury? I’ve been called for jury duty several times, but was only selected once (so far). I still count serving on that jury as one of the most interesting experiences in my life. The defendant had been arrested for selling drugs, and came to trial with four counts against him; two were for selling within a school boundary zone. After hearing all the evidence, and deliberating for several hours (during which we were given a very nice lunch and snacks), we decided that while the defendant had definitely been selling drugs and was guilty of those two counts, he had been entrapped by the police into selling within the school boundary and we acquitted on both those counts. The police were surprisingly bad witnesses, and their attempts at entrapment fairly transparent. I was also summoned once to potentially serve on a special jury but the trial was cancelled when the defendant pleaded guilty before he came to trial. A co-worker, whose husband was a judge (not for that trial though), told me later that I should consider myself lucky that there was no trial. I knew a bit about the murder as it had been covered in the news, but she said it had been more brutal than most anyone knew and would have been a very difficult trial to sit through.
That’s what’s been going on this week at Casa Aloha. How was your week? What good things happened for you? What did you accomplish? What are you looking forward to?