Friday, July 30, 2010

Random JULY Ramblings

My camera has been missing for the last two weeks. I'm totally bummed but at the same time, this might mean that I can get a "real" camera; a DSLR camera. I've always been interested in photography. It is the one hobby that brings me extreme pleasure. I have a great 'eye' for composition and with proper development, I can really get started on putting my hobby to work.

Right now, I'm stuck using my camera phone but hopefully soon, I'll be able to upgrade what was. A dear friend of mine is suggesting we take this photography workshop and find out what kind of camera to buy. I'm pretty excited! Maybe some of you will want to come to the workshop also. That is, those of you that are in the Honolulu area or have access to the Honolulu area.

Here are a few of my other "goings-on" with me:
1. I quit my job after two days. Long story, short... the professionalism was lacking.

2. My husband quit his GS position and traded it for employment with a MAJOR airlines. I'm super duper excited because that means I can fly anywhere that this airlines flies -- FOR FREE!!! The world is truly gonna GET IT! We've been talking about travelling for so long. I'm glad the time has finally arrived for us to make it to distant places.

3. My hanai sister has been visiting from Tacoma, Washington. (Hanai, in the culture of Hawai'i, is an act of love. It is a form of adoption or fostering of children into a family.) She has plans of moving here. She's been applying for jobs everywhere. She popped up, out of the blue. I woke up one morning to a text from her asking to be picked up from the airport. That girl is as crazy as me. LOL

4. Finally -- I'm sooooo close to being co-owner of a smoothie shop. I pray that my dream of being a business owner comes true!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Crochet Mon Frere

When I was a little girl, my mother wanted to teach me how to crochet. I refused. Now, I have an urge to learn how to crochet and knit and quilt -- all the things my mother had wanted to teach me as a teenager. I remember thinking that it would never be a skill that I'd enjoy and it would never be useful to me.

The funniest thing is that the two most precious blankets I own are the ones that have been crocheted by both of my grandmothers. Each grandmother, lovingly and painstakingly, stitched a blanket for me. They are huge comforter-type blankets that I sometimes put on my bed, just as a display and not for actual use. In giving or receiving gifts, for me, the homemade gifts are the best. I prefer something that was handmade over anything storebought. I can't think of anything storebought that is better than something that was made by hand. Homemade stuff come directly from the heart. When someone gives of their time and talents, they are truly committed!

People usually ask me to bake stuff or cook something. That seems to be my talent. That is my homemade gift to the world - my talent in cooking and baking. I also scrapbook. Friends and family seem to love my talent in that area. My writing skills are called on also and I've been known to plan events. But right now, I just want to learn to crochet.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Just One Of Dem Dayz

I'm in one of those funky moods. Call it the PMS blues, maybe, or just plain irritation. Whatever! It's Saturday night. Homework due tomorrow and I'm just not in the mood to do anything. In my ears, Lady Soul by The Temptations. I'm tired but feeling like writing. Happy but feel like crying for no reason.

I remember going through these kinds of emotions back in high school -- feel like screaming but at who? I feel like taking a drive but where? I feel like eating a huge bowl of ice cream but should I? I feel like curling up and watching a really sad movie, a romantic tragedy. Food is calling me. That's for sure and that can only mean one thing.... a woman's monthly friend is here as fierce as it was last month. Yes. Today is just one of dem dayz.

Ladies: What are some of your remedies for the PMS blues?
Fellas: How do you deal with the crabbiness?

**sigh** Where's the closest GODIVA chocolatier?

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Saturday, July 03, 2010

Back to Work

Did the month of June go by without a post from me? Yikes! I have truly been busy with school and taking in the ocean. Every opportunity that I've had, I have gone directly to the ocean or hiking in the mountains. Friends on facebook have seen some of the shots I've taken with my camera. All the freetime is coming to an end. I'm headed back to the rat race. Work begins on Tuesday. I haven't had a "real" job since last September. It's been a great extended vacation but it's time to get back to work.

My only regret has been that I haven't lived in the moment throughout the last year. I was always looking behind me at what was left behind... job, family, paradise, etc. I didn't concentrate on the single moments that were passing me by. The road trips back and forth across the United States were interesting and probably went by too quickly that I didn't really take it all in. If I could do it all again, I'd surely have lived in the moment. If I knew the end result was going to be that husband and I would be returning back to Hawai'i, I probably would have truly enjoyed the experience more. Something inside me always knew that I'd return, I just didn't think it would be this soon.

I'm excited to get back to work. I've worked for this particular employer before. When I met my husband I was working for this international organization. My husband says that my job title and the "dough" I was making when we met attracted him to me. Gold Digger!!!! lol... (We celebrate our 7th wedding anniversary in November.) No doubt, the money is better than what I was making when I left Hawai'i. The raises are also handed out based on the sales volume of the company and with the amount of development that is happening in Waikiki, the money will only get better. Even in this economy, this organization is still hiring. Love it! When I worked for this employer before, my office overlooked a beautiful lagoon that was adjacent to Waikiki Beach. Now, the offices have moved to the 33rd floor of a building overlooking Honolulu Harbor and Waikiki Beach. How lucky am I? I'm excited.

The past year has been spent moving around. No matter where we were, nothing felt right. Jobs weren't biting like my husband had expected. The environment had much to be desired. We just didn't fit in any of the places we visited. As soon as we get back to Hawai'i, everything starts opening up. Husband gets a gig with the Feds with great medical and dental and all that good stuff. I get my old gig back. Even us deciding to move back to Hawai'i was pretty intense. The minute we decide to get back on the island we sell all our possession AGAIN, get on the road, and within a week of deciding to leave Utah we're back in Hawai'i. Life is really good.

Life is really really good.

I'm grateful.