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08 June 2010 @ 12:46 am
Back from Paradise...  
I spent the weekend getting the house put back together (and doing a lot of laundry) after we got back from Hawaii late Friday night. It was hard to come back, though the kids missed us and there IS that employment issue. Today, I waded through about an hour's worth of email that included bugs assigned to me while I was gone and then rants from managers about "Why haven't you updated or closed this bug?" Sheesh.

Maui was beautiful—a little windy in the afternoons, which I'm told is common this time of year, but generally sunny and not too hot. The hotel provided beach umbrellas and lounge chairs (thank goodness—I burn easily, and I basically avoid the sun). There was a gorgeous pool, but we stayed there only part of one morning as there was very little shade and people tended to stake their claim early and then not release it. We did a lot of reading and relaxing and spent a lot of other quality time together. I hit the gym nearly every day, since HalfshellHusband can't do much walking or hiking these days (arthritic hip plus neuropathy in his feet from the chemo both cause him a lot of pain). We drove to Hana one day (long trip, but gorgeous), and took a boat trip and snorkeled on another. We hoped to snorkel again, and even rented gear from Snorkel Bob's (who could resist his lunatic ads?) But the wind picked up, and our target spots were unworkable, so that didn't pan out. We watched about half of S3 of Burn Notice in the evenings, and I did almost no writing but hadn't really expected to. We stayed at the beautiful Grand Wailea (thanks to excellent package pricing from Costco), and enjoyed the incredible scenery—gardens, fountain pools, pond-like pools with salmon-sized koi (if you stare at them too long, they stare back and wait for you to feed them. Not so good when they're creepy, creepy gray fish with whiskers and big, gaping mouths). The end of the trip got a little stressful; one of Christopher's closest friends went in for emergency surgery on Thursday, which we thought was stomach surgery (he was previously diagnosed a couple of months ago with "stomach migraines") but which turned out instead to be brain surgery for a tumor revealed by an MRI. Talk about scary. Fortunately, the surgery went well (AFAIK, it was a non-malignant tumor) and the boy is in ICU and recovering steadily. Good news in the end. *sigh of relief*

So now I've got f-list updates and stories to catch up on. I went out biking on Saturday (I avoid the bike path on weekends if at all possible, but it had been a week and a half). I rode with a man from Moldova for awhile and we had some interesting conversation. During the last 5 miles, I had the worst bug incident ever—they go straight to the back of your throat, and this one was big. I had to pull over and hack that thing out, and pray that it wasn't a bee and wouldn't sting me. Gave me a sore throat for awhile, not to mention how disgusting that was. Ack! Not exactly the welcome I was hoping for.

So, while I was gone, what have you been up to? Some of you have graduated (yayyyy!), and others are probably plotting your own vacations or returning from them. We left on yet another "winter" day, and came back in summer (finally), so it's hot here. Whee.

How've you all been?

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Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on June 8th, 2010 08:38 am (UTC)
have you never considered riding wearing a mask? Like the Japanese do? It would solve the beatie problem.

SOunds like a good holiday!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Happy Hedgiehalfshellvenus on June 8th, 2010 05:36 pm (UTC)
I hadn't thought about a mask-- mainly because I need a lot of air when I ride, and I'm afraid those would filter too much. Plus, the heat in our summer weather! Never tried the bandit-mask approach with a handkerchief either, but some people use that with great success in the winter and I'm going to have to give it a whirl next winter.

Wonderful trip! It seems like you've got forever when you get there, and then suddenly it's coming to an end. *sigh* But so worth it!
Entendre? Make mine a double.: SN Sam girldrinkdrunkdeirdre_c on June 8th, 2010 09:22 am (UTC)
Glad the vacation went so well, honey. Welcome back! :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Hawaiihalfshellvenus on June 8th, 2010 05:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I see exotic-holiday-drink-Sam (or, twerp in Sam's body) wholly approves!
cindytsuki_no_bara on June 8th, 2010 02:11 pm (UTC)
welcome back! hawaii, man. i'm jealous. i'm glad you had a good trip!

(but eww, bug.)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Hawaiihalfshellvenus on June 8th, 2010 05:55 pm (UTC)
It was great-- not just the Hawaii part, but also our first vacation alone as a couple in 13 years. :0

The bug thing... yick! The gnats and smallish bugs are gross enough, but this was a panic situation. Plus, afterwards you get to wonder WHY your throat hurts so much. :\ Hope that never happens again!
Chat Noir: bros a little joymaster_chatnoir on June 9th, 2010 01:15 am (UTC)
I am so jealous!

About Hawaii, that is. Not the bug candy. Glad you had a great time! :D
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 9th, 2010 01:25 am (UTC)
Hawaii was wonderful! So hard to come home...

The bug incident was dreadful. Although it DID make me think of Beatrix Potter's "Mrs. Tittlemouse," where the frog (Mr. Jackson) removes a bee from the mouse's house and then says, "I do not like bees. They are all over bristles."

Because whatever the heck that was sure scratched up my throat for awhile. :0
happy is as happy does: Hawaii (it is paradise)happywriter06 on June 9th, 2010 04:57 am (UTC)
Glad you had a nice time! Welcome back! I hear Maui is lovely. I hope to get there before we move.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Hawaiihalfshellvenus on June 9th, 2010 05:23 am (UTC)
Maui is gorgeous-- lots of variety around the island, too. I'd recommend the road to Hana, especially the part from Hana heading south along the coast. I have the feeling a lot of people don't cover that extra part, but that was some of the most beautiful scenery on the island!

We last went to Kauai 13 years ago, and it was much wetter and overrun with chickens. But it was easy to find seafood restaurants.

I don't know whether it's the change over time, or just a different island, but Maui has tons of wild mynahs and Hawaiian mongoose, and the restaurants were mostly Japanese, Mexican, Italian, or fast-food chains. Neither of us likes Japanese, and while we love Mexican and Italian we were looking for something with more of a local flavor!
happy is as happy does: Hawaii (it is paradise)happywriter06 on June 16th, 2010 04:51 am (UTC)
Over here it's hard to find authentic local food. I barely know what real Hawaiian food is.