Brett and I have been on our own most of this weekend while YaYu has been at a Key Club retreat up in Koke’e State Park in Waimea Canyon – she’s due home in a little while. It rained all day yesterday over the whole island, so we’re wondering how her weekend went because the group had several outdoor activities planned, things like trail maintenance and such. Brett and I didn’t go anywhere or do anything more than food shopping, but it was still nice not having to work our whole schedule around YaYu’s. Her being away reminded us though of how soon she will be leaving the nest, so while we enjoyed not having to bend to her timing, it was also slightly tinged with bittersweet.
It’s been nearly two weeks since I ordered my recumbent bicycle from Amazon, and it is FINALLY arriving tomorrow. While we always allow things to take a few extra days to get over here to the island, two weeks was a bit much, and when I checked the status of the order last Thursday it said the item hadn’t even been shipped! I called Amazon, explained the situation, and apparently something had accidentally stalled at the shipping step. The representative apologized, and immediately changed the shipment to express status for no additional charge. I’ve gotten confirmation that the bike is on its way, and tracking says it will arrive tomorrow. We’ve never had any problems before with Amazon shipping things over here, and I was impressed by how quickly they admitted an error and rectified the problem when one occurred.
- Reading: I’ve put down Truevine for a while and right now am reading It Can’t Happen Here, written in 1935 by Sinclair Lewis, about the arrival of fascism in America. Although the book is fiction, it’s chilling how it closely parallels in many ways what’s happening in our country now.
- Listening to: We’re enjoying another cool, quiet morning here. Once again there’s one rooster out there screaming his lungs out, but otherwise it’s very peaceful. The noise will pick up soon when YaYu arrives home and the laundry gets started.
- Watching: Brett and I watched the Netflix series The Crown last week and can’t recommend it enough. Wonderful acting, and it was interesting to watch how the male establishment reacted to serving a young female monarch, and how she found her voice. We’re watching The Americans now, about Russian communist spies living in the U.S. in the early 1980s. It’s frightening, and not in a good way.
- Cooking/baking: Brett made us french toast this morning for our breakfast to use up the last of a loaf of sourdough bread. A pork roast is cooking in the slow cooker for barbecue pulled pork sandwiches tonight (I’m having a vegan barbecued “pork” sandwich). I’m going to make a pan of brownies later this afternoon because YaYu has been wanting something chocolate.
- Happy I accomplished this past week: Once again it’s been another week of mostly resting my back. I did some of the cooking this past week, or at least helped out more, and was able to help out more with other chores. Sounds boring, but it means I really am getting better. Brett and I worked on our shopping list together and got most of that done Friday and yesterday. We’re making good progress on getting the freezer cleaned out.
- Looking forward to next week: Besides getting my new exercise bike, I’m also greatly looking forward to enjoying Thanksgiving with Brett and YaYu at the Hukilau, and our annual holiday viewing of The Decendants. And, my highschool friend and her companion arrive for their visit next Sunday.
- Thinking of good things that happened: Amazon’s quick response to fixing the shipping for the exercise bike offer was very impressive. The weather has been cooler this past week, wonderful for sleeping. Brett and I tried out a local supermarket that’s closer to our home and were impressed with both their selection and prices, so it looks like the Kapaa Big Save will be our new market from here on out. Costco finally got the Japanese cakes in – we bought three boxes of dorayaki, and two of the imagawayaki. Brett and I made and ate pancakes for our Friday dinner while YaYu was away. She doesn’t like them, so we haven’t fixed them for a long while (and they were delicious!). We had no food waste, and put $2.90 into the change/$1 bill jar.
- Grateful for: I am so thankful to be living in Hawai’i right now with its spirit of aloha. Diversity and acceptance is infused into every aspect of life here, and kindness rules the day.
- Bonus question: What’s your favorite part of Thanksgiving? Besides being together and sharing food with family and friends, the best part of Thanksgiving for me has always been the leftovers! While I love the holiday meal, I especially love the hot turkey sandwiches, turkey pot pie, turkey divan casserole, turkey soup and other dishes that we enjoy for several days afterwards. This year though I’ll be fixing our turkey dinner when the girls are home for Christmas, so the leftovers will have to wait until then.
What’s your favorite part of Thanksgiving? What do you like to do with Thanksgiving leftovers? Do you have any good recipes you’d like to share?
Hope all of you had a good, or at least better, week!