We have been pretty active on the beach front over the past two months. Here is a list of some of our favorite beaches.
Kailey. Went. Nuts. While we didn’t end up getting to see Kailey on Christmas day, Megan gave her our gift and she absolutely flipped. Five dollars worth of little kid cosmetics and you’d have thought that we had dipped the whole thing in solid gold and covered it with chocolate sprinkles.
We went to Walmart today so I could get a few things, and I found myself wandering into the Health and Beauty section. I noticed a three-pack of Lip Smackers in the Root Beer, Cherry, and Dr. Pepper flavors, and I was overcome. Had to get them, couldn’t leave without them.
Putting on the Root Beer lip balm in the car, I was instantly in a much better mood–the less said about my first ride on the Hawaiian public transit system, the better–and surprisingly, slightly giddy. I thought about Kailey. We should all be that excited over the simple things–watching a good movie with your partner, getting excited every time you see a rainbow (every day around these parts), playing in the sand on the beach. Stop and smell the roses, it’s the little things, insert your favorite cliche here. It’s a good way to live.
But the best way to live life? Getting as excited about every little so-called “nothing” event as a three-year-old girl gets over a tube Lip Smackers.
Ever since I arrived in Honolulu in January, I have been refining a one day tour of the island for any visitors that decide to make it out to visit us. Of course any tour of Oahu requires a stop at one of the many Kahuku shrimp trucks on the North Shore. Now I have to say that I am a big fan of shrimp and an even bigger fan of places that look run down and dilapidated that serve food. I figure that if a place looks so run down that you wouldn’t want to eat there, but it is still open, then there is a reason why. The shrimp trucks fit that mold. Any drive along Kamehameha will bring you past dozens of trucks that are either plastered with graffiti or look as if the trunk hasn’t moved in over two decades.
Marketing director for a small real estate magazine.
The last two Fridays have all been about relaxing. So normally we head up to the North Shore for some later afternoon swimming and unwinding on the beach. Last week, we were looking for a place to eat on the way back home and decided to take a detour through Hale’iwa. It was a good thing, because we came across Banzai Sushi. An initial look makes one a little wary that you are going to be eating sushi at a place like this, but looks are deceiving. Although there is a traditional “sushi bar,” the main part of the restaurant is a deck area, with regular tables and floor tables with cushions, which makes the dining experience unique. The sushi is exceptional, although sometimes cut a little irregular. In all honesty though, the presentation makes up for the fact that sometimes one piece of sushi is a little too short. Most days there is a Happy Hour menu, featuring California Tempura Rolls, Goyoza and beer. We normally settle on an appetizer of poke (pronounced po-kay) and a selection of maki or sashimi. Poke, which consists of onion, scallions, sea salt, sesame oil, red pepper and ahi is fantastic and apparently my wife could subsist on it. I would also recommend their Philadelphia rolls, California tempura rolls, Banzai rolls and poke rolls. Aside from the great food, Banzai Sushi also has another positive, it is about as far away from Honolulu as you can get, which makes the dining atmosphere far more local and less touristy.
Cross fingers and nothing definite, but we juuuuuust might have enough flier points for a single free plane fare to Sydney. If the stars align properly and there’s a conference there that Tom can attend, that’s two free fares. Be still my heart.
Thanks to ATA and Aloha Airlines’ recent closures and our own bad timing, we missed the $500 flights to San Francisco while waiting for our new reward-friendly credit card to come through. There is a certain window where flights are relatively inexpensive in between normal costs and then the last-minute price jumps, Friday was the day, and we thought we had a little more time to wait and use the new credit card. (Note to Dad: for reward point building only! PSA: Do not use credit cards unless you can pay for the item in cash up front, use credit cards only to build reward points and, ya’ know, credit. Considering the state of the economy, we are going to be sitting somewhat prettily throughout this recession with our combined credit card debt of $0.) So we took a considerable bath on the increased fares and paid about $670 for each flight instead of $530.
The first photos of our newly painted apartment (with commentary) are here. Hopefully we’ll get the shelving and the hanging of stuff out of the way this week after work.
Modern science is a very, very cool thing. Good for them.