Uniquely Hawaiian

This replica of a barreling wave adorns the upper wall at Da Kitchen restaurant in Kahului, and is probably fairly unique to Hawaii. Our first stop after getting our car was to get an authentic Chicken Katsu plate lunch with a scoop of potato-mac salad. My drink was a POG (passionfruit, orange, and guava juice). I really miss living in Hawaii!

Two quick comments that characterize this week: (1) the more hectic the present, the more poignant the memories of the past (oh, Maui, how wonderful you were!) and (2) a hot bath cures many ills, but not a migraine. 😦

Grateful for Souvenirs

One of the characteristics that distinguishes humans from other animals is the ability to call up memories at will. To me “souvenir” is one of the loveliest words in the French and English languages. In English is means “a token of remembrance,” in French, “to recall,” from the Latin “sub-venire” or “to come into mind.”

This one of the bazillion obligatory sunset pictures from our lanai on our little Maui trip. It calls to mind not just that sublime moment, but the entire experience. Having stepped back into what feels like a maelstrom of work and family and annoyances of daily life, I cherish my memories of that peaceful time with DH.

Knitting content: hahahahahaha! Right….

Everybody Needs Weekends

Well, there went my streak — re-blogging for three days in a row! 😉 I missed Saturday night due to an inordinately strong Mai Tai and an increasingly weak constitution plus a very long and lovely walk along the beach from the restaurant back to our hotel. Tired puppy! Then I missed Sunday because it was a travel-back-home day. I have successfully rationalized away my lapse by reminding myself that everybody needs weekends.

Back to Monday with a vengeance…. Got up early (after getting to bed quite late!) to finish preparing for work, grabbing a Tall Soy Green Tea Latte from Starbucks and a breakfast burrito from Del Taco. The latter is a once-a-week indulgence. Busy day of classes, then off to pick up my goggie from his nannies at Coast Canine Country Club. Evidently he had a great vacation, too. Here is is collapsed in his favorite spot as I wish I could be except I have too much work to catch up on:

Knitting content: just a few more rows on the plane on my Harry Potter P of A Scarf since I spent most of the time finishing re-reading The Deathly Hallows in preparation for this weekend.

Eating for a Good Cause

Perhaps it’s a little lazy, but here is yet another picture of one of my meals. Tonight it’s the Surf and Turf entree from the prix fixe menu at Humuhumunukunukuapuaa Restaurant at the Grand Wailea Resort on Maui, which is part of Restaurant Week, a benefit for the Maui Food Bank. My meal lialso included a fabulous appetizer, Pan Seared Scallops on a Coconut Rice Croquette with a Basil and Grape Reduction and topped with a Mandarin Orange slice. plus a dessert, a slice of their variation of Mud Pie, with a chocolate cookie and crushed macadamia nut crust. Awesome! And for a good cause!

Also today, DH and I shared one of those quintessential good time moments: cruising down a sunny road next to the ocean in a Mustang convertible with the top down, Hawaiian music crooning from the sound system, wind in our hair, sun in our faces. Just lovely! I am ignoring the fact we must leave in two days.

Knitting content: part of my good time moment was knitting on my Harry Potter scarf in the car. Not everyone’s fantasy, I realize, but, trust me, it was wonderful!

Happy Veterans’ Day

I join my voice with many to express gratitude to the men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces, including my own dad, who fought as a guerilla in the Philippines during WWII. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Today my DH and I spent the morning in Lahaina, Maui, and the afternoon back at the Grand Wailea Resort. The day began with a Big Breakfast,which in Hawaii includes the option portuguese sausage, eggs and rice. Yum! The condiments/utensil pack even included a skinny little packet of soy sauce. Tomorrow I might have the Spam version.

DH rented a 9’1″ board from Maui Wave Riders at Lahaina Harbor for two hours that stretched into three. The waves were a whopping 2 to 6 … inches (not feet). Well, maybe up to two feet. But he had a great time on the long, slow rollers, when he wasn’t maneuvering through the students having lessons. Then we had a wonderful burger and salad lunch at Cool Cat Cafe right across from the big Banyan Tree in the center of town. The Courthouse was our favorite historic building and we drove by other notable sites with the top down on our rented Mustang convertible.

For those who follow the podcast I co-host called Geeks on Glee, we recorded tonight despite a few technical glitches. Thanks, Skype for Mac beta! *ironic scowl* We had dinner at the Molokini Bistro and shared this awesome creme brulee for dessert. The decoration is supposed to be a volcanic eruption. It was delicious!

Knitting content: While waiting for DH, I worked on a few inches of my Gryffindor scarf from The Prisoner of Azkaban and chatted with the surf shop clerk. This is going to take a while since it’s knit in stockinette in the round. Also it’s Frog Tree cotton, which is not stretchy at all and hard on the fingers. Oh well, at least it won’t be unbearably hot or heavy.

10-11-10

I’m baaaack! The vicissitudes of life have kept me from blogging for several months. I really miss it, too! But this cosmic nature of this date (10-11-10 by European convention) inspired me to resume.

Although work has dominated my time (I have more students this year than ever), many future creative projects have dominated my thoughts. For example, I bought the pattern and fabric for my own homemade Little Black Dress from the Uniform Project and ordered one of the Limited Edition Holiday LBD’s as piloted by Isis. I’m looking forward to making myself the palette for some creative dressing.

This photo is from the studio in the TWIT Cottage in Petaluma where I visited in October with Nicole Lee, a friend from CNET (CBS Interactive) and one of my co-hosts of Geeks on Glee. We had a wonderful lunch and shop before watching Tom Merritt tape an episode of Tech News Today with Sarah Lane and Current Geek Weekly with Scott Johnson.  All in all it was a wonderful day. I was happy to roll this trip in with a visit to my Mom.

Knitting content: I still have to finish the fringe on my Doctor Who Scarf. I’m almost done with one of a pair of fingerless mitts from a Knit Picks kit, and I have resurrected a Prisoner of Azkaban style Gryffindor scarf that had been languishing on the needles in my closet. Pix of those to come …