Sunday, November 30, 2008

Beach Day...



So... as you can see, it was a great day to be at the beach. The kids in the picture above were having a birthday party and were goofing off... I took an "incognito" picture.
I took Peanut to the beach for the first time & she even went out in my floaty with me. I let her try her hand at swimming, she did pretty good, but was scared & cold, so I didn't keep her out too long. I wrapped her up in a towel afterwards.
I'm not sure I'm ready for work tomorrow... I could use a couple more days off. This morning I took it easy, just relaxing.
Okay... I'm going to sign off... and go take a shower & watch some TV.
Aloha!
- Kris



Saturday, November 29, 2008

Puppy dressing & UH game..


Peanut didn't know what to think about getting dressed up in this sweater, LOL! It was actually meant for a small teddy bear, but it fit Peanut pretty good! *smiles*

UH played WSU today and beat them 24-10. YEA! That guarantees that Hawaii will be in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl game on Christmas eve. Guess what I will be doing on Christmas eve. We have one other game next week, the last regular game of the season. We will be playing Cincinnati. At least we don't have to worry about winning that one in order to go to a Bowl game.
The game tonight was another wet night. Not as bad as a couple games ago, tonight was more of a light misty rain for almost the whole game.
My daughters have had this list on their blog and thought it was a cool idea, so I’m posting my own rendering of the list, it is a listing of things you have done in your life time, it started out at 100 things… since I can't seem to "bold" the ones I've done, I'll put astericks by them:

1. Started your own blog *
2. Slept under the stars *
3. Played in a band *
4. Visited Hawaii * (live in Hawaii!)
5. Watched a meteor shower *
6. Given more than you can afford to charity *
7. Been to Disneyland *
8. Climbed a mountain *
9. Held a praying mantis *
10. Sang a solo *
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris *
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea *
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch (Several)*
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning *
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables *
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France *
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight *
22. Hitchhiked *
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill *
24. Built a snow fort *
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping *
27. Run a Marathon (I’m hoping to)
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse *
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset (Who hasn’t?) *
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise * (I’ve been across the English Channel, does that count? Otherwise, I’ll be on a cruise in April.)
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person *
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors *(yes, to include Wallingford, England)
35. Seen an Amish community *
36. Taught yourself a new language *(I’ve tried)
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied *
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing *(As a kid)
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David *
41. Sung karaoke *
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt *
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant *
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight *(many times)
46. Been transported in an ambulance *
47. Had your portrait painted *(Does a charcoal drawing by an artist along the Seine count?)
48. Gone deep sea fishing *
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris *
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling *
52. Kissed in the rain *
53. Played in the mud *
54. Gone to a drive-in theater *
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout cookies *
62. Gone whale watching *
63. Got flowers for no reason *
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving *
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp *(just saw the outside, didn’t go in)
67. Bounced a check *(unfortunately)
68. Flown in a helicopter *(several times)
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy *
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial *
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt *
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades *
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London *
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle *
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person *
80. Published a book (no, but I was a co-author on a paper that got published)
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car *
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper *
85. Read the entire Bible *(many times)
86. Visited the White House *
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating *(I helped)
88. Had chickenpox *
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury *
91. Met someone famous *
92. Joined a book club *
93. Lost a loved one *
94. Had a baby * (three)
95. Seen the Alamo in person *
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake (no, but I've swam in the Arctic Ocean!)
97. Been involved in a lawsuit *(only class action lawsuits)
98. Owned a cell phone *
99. Been stung by a bee *
100. Read an entire book in one day *(many times)
101: Baked bread from scratch *
102: Picked apples *
103: Made Jam or Jellie from picked fruit *
104: Made a FULL Thanksgiving Dinner *
105: Walked in an unharvested wheat/corn/barley field *
106: Dabbled your toes in the lake from a dock *
107: Had fish for dinner that you caught that same day from a lake or pond not more than 100 miles from your home *
108: Got a tattoo that carries more meaning to your life than simply “it’s cool.” *
109: Danced in an ethnic/folk dance troupe (square dancing?) *
110: Have a ‘conversation’ with a person when you didn’t share a common language *
111: Cry because of a news story on TV *
112: Saw the President in person *
113: Gone to a wine tasting
114. Swam with sharks *
115. Served in the military *(Air Force)
Okay... so that's MY list...
Time to sign off... I haven't quite recovered from yesterday's long day.
Aloha!
- Kris

Late, but fun night!


So, as I write this, it's almost 1:30am. I've been up since 3:30am (now-yesterday

morning). I'm beat... but knew I needed to write a blog... otherwise a certain friend in Minn would wonder what happened to me *smiles*. So... it'll be a short blog. I got up & went and did the Black Friday shopping thing this morning. Only thing I bought was some [pricey] jewelry for me, and will consider my expenditures on jewelry this past week my Christmas present.

After shopping I headed to work, for a rather unproductive day... I'm procrastinating, but it will soon catch up with me, so I'd better get busy!

Tonight I went with a couple co-workers to see the play "The Rabbit Hole." It was a very moving play. The New York Times depicts it as "Mourning a Child in a Silence That's Unbearably Loud ." (click on the link & read the article). I *did* get teary-eyed a couple times, when the mother who had lost her son came home & was describing a scene at the store where she became very angry with a woman who would not let her young son have a fruit roll-up. The character in the play was angry because he son had been killed (chasing a dog into the street), and she would give the world, to be able to have that son back in her life, to give him all the fruit roll-ups he would want. I guess as I watched it, I was thinking what it would be like to lose one of my daughters, and not be able to just pick up the phone and call them.

After the play was over, we stayed for an informal party. I guess on Friday nights, the cast members bring goodies & invite friends who are there to see the play, to stay and enjoy some "fellowship" for a lack of a better words. So, there was wine & cheese & crackers, and other goodies. At the end, we played a game of "Catch Phrase" which was a LOT of fun! It was nice getting to know the cast members (there were only 5).

But... now I'm home... I'm tired & need to head to bed.

Aloha!
- Kris

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

So... I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving! I did. I had several friends that ended up coming over - Michelle, her husband & Kaleo, then Goldie & Roger came over. It was a nice intimate afternoon/evening with close friends. We got out the Wii and played some games (Mario Kart)... the dinner turned out *really* good... although I have to say, this is the first turkey I can remember making and when I put my new [digital] thermometer in to check the temp after about 3 hours of baking, it only said 97 degrees. What? I finally realized when I kept checking it (I thought maybe I wasn't right about where I needed to put the meat thermometer to get the best reading) - anyway... I realized the thermometer was set to Celsius, NOT Fahrenheit. Oops. So... it was actually over 200 degrees inside (but that's good). I did the turkey in a bag & it turned out really good! mmmm! We had Dutch Apple Pie with French Vanilla Ice cream. Yum, Yum!

I did make it to KMart this morning for a little bit, it wasn't half as crowded as I thought it would be. I also watched a couple seasonal movies (one was Miracle on 34th Street) today... so for the most part, it was a relaxing day. I got the turkey ready about noon, and then the rest of dinner only took about 45 minutes of prep.

I did put a down payment on my April cruise and I'm getting excited about that. I was surfing the web to learn about Auckland, trying to figure out where to stay there. I emailed my friend Bob & his new(est) wife today, she's from New Zealand and they recently sailed from New Zealand. They are in Mexico now. I need to email them and see if they have an idea what the weather will be (I think it's just at the tail end of the typhoon season).

Okay... time to sign off... I hope you ALL had a wonderful Thanksgiving & took time to consider all that you have to be thankful for this year.

Aloha!
- Kris

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Aloha!














So... I found this website (via a friend on My Space)... I'll look forward to adding to it!

All is well here in Hawaii. Work was interesting today, we started out the day with a birthday breakfast for our boss (it was early for his birthday, which is in Dec), then we had lunch at a local restaurant to say good-bye to one of our co-workers who is leaving. I *did* make it to the gym after work, so that was good, then did some last minute grocery shopping. Still not sure what I'm doing tomorrow... I'd like to get up and go shopping (KMart is having a Thanksgiving Day sale, with 70% off of fine jewelry). Tonight I've just been kicking back & watching some TV. I *did* talk to my boss today about taking the time off in April, he's okay with it. And I emailed my sisters to see if one of them wanted to come house-sit for me while I'm gone. My younger sister can't because it's Tax season (oh yea... I forgot), but there's a chance that my older sister can come. I'm going to keep my fingers crossed.

Okay... guess that's it for now.

Aloha & HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all my friends & family (and those reading this blog!).
- Kris

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Cruising????


Sooooo... I may be taking a cruise in April. Originally I had intentions of spending a week or two in Australia, but I found an awesome price on a cruise from New Zealand to Honolulu (before tax it is basically $1000). I need to make a commitment within the next couple days and I will still need to pay for a one-way flight to Auckland, but I found a "priceline" ticket for about $700 for the flight portion.
The cruise starts in Auckland, New Zealand, then stops in Tauranga, NZ, then the boat is at sale on the ocean for 2 days before it stops at Rarotonga in the Cook Islands (which I think is where one of the "Survivor" series was filmed). The cruise crosses the international dateline that same day. then after another day at sea, the boat stops in the Tahiti French Polynesian island/port of Papeeta, then onto Moorea in the French Polynesia, then the next port is in Bora, Bora. Once the ship leaves Bora Bora there for 4 days at sea before the ship arrives in port in Hilo for the last day before heading to Honolulu. I'm thinking that when I get to Honolulu, I may just stay there on ship & prepare to disembark the next day (although after 4 days at sea, I might decide I need to get off & get my land-legs back).
Anyway... how cool would that be? It looks like they allow you to make a deposit, then you have to pay for the remainder probably about a month before you depart. I'll still need to get my plane ticket too. At least I already have a passport. *smiles*
Okay... let's see, what else? Work went fine. I had orientation & group this morning which took up all of my morning. There were 10 new clients for orientation, but about half came today and the other half will come next week Thursday (they'll be there for the Thursday group and since this Thursday is Turkey day... no group). Which reminds me... It looks like I will be working on Friday. Because, as it is I will probably be taking a week off in April without pay. I'll probably leave the 9th, so I can get to NZ with an extra day to spare... and you lose a day flying across the dateline. I think I figured that if I don't take any days of leave between now and then, I will have about 55 hours of leave accrued, but will need to use 92 hours. (or something like that). Too bad there isn't a holiday in there.
Anyway... this afternoon I had one client that wasn't able to make it in, but sort of made it up by another guy that came in. He's required to escort another one of my client's to groups (long story), but comes to talk with me on the guise of concern for the client, but soon the topic turns around to what is going on with him & his family & kids. It's funny in a way. But, since he isn't registered with our clinic, I can't really annotate the visit in the system. I let my supervisor know about it today... he's okay with it (unless it becomes a regular thing & then I may have to make arrangements to meet with him as a Social Work case (versus Domestic Violence).
Okay... time to sign off... it's after 9 and about my bedtime and I still have some things to do & want to prepare for tomorrow.

Aloha!
- Kris




Monday, November 24, 2008

Another Monday...

Honolulu, Ala Moana, & Waikiki from off shore at dusk...

So... work was busy today, not quite as productive as I had hoped. I had a couple clients come in this morning and then this afternoon was taken up with a staff meeting & meetings with co-workers. Not much to write about (but Bette would miss it if I didn't post a blog! *smiles*).

After work I went to the gym & did 45 minutes on the Elliptic machine, so I felt like I got a good work out. Haven't been doing much since getting home... just surfing the web (after dinner... and watching "Wheel of Fortune"... I didn't see myself tonight... only 1 night left that I was at the taping for). Anyway... I've been doing some online shopping for Christmas. I've only got a couple small things left to get... and I have some gift wrapping & mailing to do. I *need* to get busy with my annual Christmas letter and I am wanting to go take a picture at the beach to create my Christmas card with... I need to get busy on that. Maybe I'll get it done this weekend?

Okay... time to sign off...

Aloha!
- Kris

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Relaxing Sunday...

I had a wonderfully relaxing Sunday... staying in my pajamas until about 4pm... then I got a shower & got dressed & headed into town for a dinner cruise. When I was standing in line last week for Pro Bowl tickets, I noticed they had a special deal for one of the dinner cruises, it cost me $18 for a 3-hour dinner cruise. The dinner left a little to be desired, but the island dancers (hula dancers) were delightful (and cute!) and entertaining.

Sunset was kind of nice too!

Another Diamond Head shot from off-shore....

Wanna come watch the sunset with me? Pretty soon my friends Guy & Nikki will be here to watch the sunsets and then not long after that, Bette & Walt will be here (they get here the beginning of Feb).
One nice thing about doing "tourist" things is... you get to MEET tourists! There were two families on the boat from Alaska (that I met, anyway), one family was from the Kenai area and the other was from Homer (they live here now, he's in the Coast Guard). Then... there was a family on board from Rapid City, SD (another place I have lived). So... I had fun meeting people (and taking THEIR picture with the sunset... and I must say... I do a pretty good job taking pics!).
Not much else to write about today... say a prayer for my middle daughter... she had to take her car to the shop today and will probably find out tomorrow what the damage will be to fix it. And she's a very poor grad student and can't afford much. The way she talked about the problems... it sounds like it might be a water pump, or a belt. I also talked with my youngest daughter today... she got some good news at her Parent-teacher conference, my youngest granddaughter is doing really good in Kindergarten & is at the top of her class. (YEA!). I guess while I'm talking about my daughters... my oldest one has been struggling with furnace problems (and she lives in Alaska!). I think it was either Thursday or Friday morning, her husband woke up and the temperature in the house was 48 degrees. BRRR! Hopefully they will figure out soon what the problem is so they can make it through the winter without any more problems. I think this morning it was -11 below up there.
Okay... time to sign off... just finished watching some news & now I need to get my stuff ready for work tomorrow.

Aloha!
- Kris

Saturday, November 22, 2008

UH beats Idaho State!


There were a lot of empty seats at tonight's game. It had rained all day and I imagine that a lot of people didn't want to come & sit through another soaker like the last game... THANKFULLY, it only lightly sprinkled for about the first third of the game, then it stopped. When I got there, I parked and the next thing I knew, someone was saying hello to me - they had recognized my car. It was some friends from the Meet In group. So, I sat and chatted with them for awhile (Ming, his girlfriend & Pat), Ming had a pop-up tent and they were tailgating. They asked me to tailgate with them next weekend... so yep! I will!

After every touchdown, the University ROTC does push-ups for each cumulative point scored. So, by the end of the game, they had to do 49 push-ups. There are two young girls who turned 14 today that dance with the UH dancers (Ti & Tam), anyway, Tam does hand-stands for each of the push-ups that the ROTC folks do. It's amazing to watch her do that many hand-stands (push-ups) without falling over.

It's not the best shot, but here are some of the UH dancers, with Ti (the shorter one in front on the left side, with her blond hair down) and Tam (that has the pom-poms in front of face) . They've been dancing with the dance troup for a couple years now... this year they have grown up quite a bit! They turned 14 today... Cute kids!

And the final score was 49-17, UH beat Idaho State. Next week we play Washington State University, they beat UW today (YEA!) in a nail-biter game. Being from Spokane, I should be rooting for WSU (wazzoo) next week... but I'm a UH alum... so I'll be rooting for UH.

This morning I got my new Washer & Dryer! It was nice because they also hauled away my old set. For some reason though... my laundry area doesn't have a 110 plug-in, so I'll probably have to arrange with my landlady to have one put in. In the meantime, I have to plug the washer into the outlet just outside of the laundry closet. I used the Washer & Dryer today and they work really nice, and are larger than what I had before. They are supposed to be more energy saving too! I'm going to enjoy having them!
Okay... time to sign off...
Aloha!
- Kris

Friday, November 21, 2008

Peanut aka "Radar"

I took this picture this morning of Peanut... dang she has big ears! Hopefully she will grow into them. Today I bought her a couple more toys so she's been running around the apartment playing with them tonight. She really likes the one in the shape of a carrot. Pretty soon I'll need a toy chest for her! LOL!

Work went okay today although I wasn't very productive. I'll probably pay for that later next week (when I'm only working 3 days!). I *did* make it to the gym after work, so THAT was good. Then I went grocery shopping. I've still got to put the groceries away & still need to get some soda out of the car... I need to go get that soon because it's due to downpour really soon, for an extended amount of time. [read: Kris will be getting soaked at a football game tomorrow!]. I guess there is a rain system getting ready to stall over the islands for the weekend, I think it is supposed to dump something like 10-14 inches of rain. I guess those guys who are supposed to deliver the washer & dryer tomorrow will be doing so in the rain. (lucky them).

Okay... I'd better sign off & go work on my laundry closet. I need to have it cleaned out and ready to go for them tomorrow morning.

Aloha!
- Kris

Shot from Wheel of Fortune


Here's a halfway decent shot of me from the Nov 6th show of Wheel of Fortune... I am taping all of the Hawaii shows, so I played the tape in slow motion in order to take these pictures while they were on the TV.

This was from 6th of November when they used just an audience shot (I wasn't there for the show that was taped for that night). Here you can see how much of a camera hog I was being! LOL!
Anyway... If you see me in any of the upcoming days of Hawaii shows, this is what I'm wearing... so now you know what to look for! *smiles*
I have to get ready for work...
Aloha!
- Kris

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Yea! Thursday!

This is Ali'i beach park, it's up here that I find the turtles on the beach...

Today went okay... although I spent most of the afternoon trying to schedule a client for an appointment tomorrow, I think there is a system problem... hopefully tomorrow they can figure it out & I can schedule clients for appointments. I had three different co-workers try to help me today, with no luck. I did see two clients today & attended a mandatory 1 hour training.

I *did* make it to the gym after work (yea!)... but I only did a 1/2 hour on the treadmill...

Tonight I watched Wheel of Fortune... I saw myself about 6 minutes in as they panned the audience. My friend Bette said she thought she saw me just before the bonus round... but I didn't see me there. Guess I'll keep watching. One of my co-workers said she saw me on the news this morning, they were interviewing the winner from last night & showed a clip from Wheel of Fortune... she was surprised to see me, but said I looked so happy! LOL!

Okay... time to sign off... I'm watching "Survivor."

Aloha!
- Kris

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Wheel of Fortune...

A little blurry... but a nice rainbow over my apartment complex this afternoon when I got home from work...
Another shot of the rainbow over my apartment building...

So...
I *was* at the taping for tonight's show & should be in the audience for the next 4 as well. For those who may have watched... I saw myself 3-4 times, but man, they were brief shots, as they were panning the audience. It was neat to watch though (and know the answer ahead of time!).

Other than that... work went okay. I felt like it was another productive day. I think I've figured that I have about 30 clients. I'm not sure what the average caseload is, but I think I'm at that level (at least). So... I have a lot of cases to get to know & I need to figure out how to track my cases so that I make frequent contact (at least every other week).
Tonight I had to take "Peanut" to the Vet after work. She now weighs 3 pounds, 5 ounces. So, she's gaining well. She got the first set of her shots tonight and the Vet said that until she gets the next two sets, she's not really safe to go outside. So, I guess she'll be a house-puppy until she's at least a couple months old. Her next set of shots are due December 18th. She's being quiet tonight, not feeling as peppy as her normal self. Maybe that means she'll sleep good tonight (she's sleeping on my lap right now as I write this).

I also had an insurance salesman come tonight (along with someone he was training). The benefts would have been good, but it would have cost $35 a week... and that's a little more than I want to pay. I've gotten most of my bills paid off... and I have fairly good healthcare right now... and I've got some insurance... and I'm hoping to maintain enough in my savings to cover any immediate expenses. Anyway... so I've decided not to spend the extra money for this particular plan.

Okay... I've got news on now... which means it is about my bedtime.

So... Aloha & keep an eye out for me on Wheel of Fortune!

- Kris

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Long day...

Postcard perfect...

Isn't this just a beautiful sight? It's another picture that I took this past weekend, up at Ali'i beach.

Today was a long day. It was a busy day. I started off the day meeting with one of my new clients who was there for group, then I co-facilitated the group... afterwards I met with another client that was transferred to my care by a provider that recently left (she's going to the East Coast). That took care of this morning. This afternoon I had a new intake, and then had about 10 notes to document & calls to be made. We are having a Case review meeting tomorrow and I found out yesterday that I needed to give updates on about a half dozen of my cases (that were transferred to me). YIKES! So, I had to review their charts & then type up a summary report. I didn't leave work until after 7 because I was working to get all that done, then needed to get my files put away & lock up. Like I said... Long day.

And I missed Wheel of Fortune & part of "Biggest Loser." Speaking of "Wheel of Fortune", I think the tapings I was present for, start tomorrow (Wednesday). I wasn't there for "Friend's Week" but I think that ended tonight. SO... if you think about it... watch WOF & see if you can spot me (I'm in about the 3rd row, wearing a lime green & black aloha shirt). I should be sitting about where you could see me behind the family (or whoever) is present to support the winner of the Bonus round. I guess time will tell. I was there for 5 tapings (5 days worth).

Okay... time to sign off & finish watching "Biggest Loser"

Aloha!

- Kris

Monday, November 17, 2008

Monday, Monday...

Double rainbow over the ocean...
Boats in the harbor...
So... a couple more pictures from yesterday...
Work went okay today, but the day went by fast. As usual, I didn't get half as much done as I had hoped. I'm not sure where the day went. I spoke on the phone with a client this morning, her husband had taken the car (so she couldn't make it to the appointment... a control issue on his part), but then later he agreed to pick her up and bring her in, so I ended up meeting with her afterall. Then after lunch we had a staff meeting, and after that I had to meet with one of my co-workers about a group we are going to co-facilitate tomorrow. The next thing I knew, it was after 4pm. Whew... the day went by fast.
And it didn't help that I had one of my tummy aches today... and I was dog-tired. At lunch, after eating with my co-workers, I went back to my office and kicked back & tried to doze for a couple minutes (I had a staff meeting in a 1/2 hour at that point).
Tonight my tummy is so-so... I'm hoping to get a decent night's sleep tonight. Last night Peanut woke me up about 3. I'll be glad when she is sleeping all through the night.
Okay... time to sign off...
Aloha!
- Kris

Sunday, November 16, 2008

More sharks...










So... I went back out in the Shark's Cage this morning, it was better in some ways... mainly because I wasn't freaking out for the majority of the time about my camera leaking. You know... I can remember the people that helped me on the boat when I went Parasailing a couple weeks ago, but I can't remember the name of the crew on the Shark's Cage dive this past Tuesday (Veteran's day). I think the anxiety about the camera over-rode my ability to remember mundane things like the crew's name. Today, for what it is worth, the crew was Nick & David (David is in the picture above).
I was able to take more pictures today (with my new Canon & waterproof container). The only negative thing was that there were bigger waves today, so two people on the boat got sick and ended up "chumming" the sharks (feeding them unintentially).
I was SOOO tired today though... I let "Peanut" sleep with me last night and she kept me awake from about 3:30am on. I had to be up at the North Shore by 6:30am. Ugh! I was hoping that by being there for the 1st one of the day that I might see a tiger shark. But, no luck... Still... I had a good time. I am going to try to talk my co-workers in doing a group trip next summer when the North Shore is calmer. I have at least 2 co-workers that want to go out and do the Shark's Cage.
I came home & laid down, but couldn't fall asleep, so I ended up reading. I got about halfway through a book "The Lucky One" by Nicholas Sparks. Then this afternoon I went up to get my nails done (and hadn't made an appt), and ended up waiting for about an hour & a half and was able to almost finish the book.
Tonight I went in to Sears & stopped at Zippy's to have dinner while I was there (the Zippy's I went to is basically attached to Sears). I got my Washer & Dryer. It ended up costing $1088 total, but I will get something like 65 back in rebate for delivery (and they *will* pick up my older washer & dryer). They won't be delivering until Saturday though when I can be here. I didn't want to try & take off a couple hours during the week.
So... I'm home... watched "Amazing Race" and now I'm watching a show about jails. News will be on soon. Peanut is playing with her toys. She has done REALLY well today with her potty training. I've been pretty consistent with giving her treats when she goes potty on the pad(s).
I'll sign off now... hope you enjoy the pictures.
Aloha!
- Kris

Back at the harbor...

Saturday, November 15, 2008

I'm tired...

This is Hanauma Bay... taken this past August.

Today was mostly cloudy with periods of rain. I got up this morning shortly after 3 and went & got in line for the Pro Bowl tickets. I got 4 more. I'm up to a dozen... wanna come down for the game? *smiles* I'm hoping my little brother will come down again for the Pro Bowl. Anyway... when I got there about 3:40am, I was about the 25th in line. Ugh! Even *that* early. The first people got in line last night about 6:30pm. Wow. I didn't get out of there until just after 11am.

I came home & picked up "Peanut" and went out for a bite to eat and did some errands. I bought a new Crock pot... and plan to start making some meals before I go to work. I didn't get back home until about 5 (I hung out at the Navy Exchange for awhile).

I'm beat now... I think I'll go crawl in bed & watch some tv & doze.

Aloha!
- Kris

Friday, November 14, 2008

Another turtle pic

Here's another shot from last weekend... 2 turtles in the water. I was actually amazed at how clear the water was this past Saturday.

Today at work went okay, but I had a terrible case of procrastination... so I didn't get half as much done as I wanted to.

The news is coming on now (9pm) and I want to watch a few minutes of it before I go to bed. I need to get to sleep so I can get up early & go get in line for Pro Bowl tickets. Yes, I already have some, but I'm hoping if I get in line at like 4am, then I will get some really GOOD pictures. Today was rainy at work, so hopefully that will discourage some people from getting in line so early tomorrow. I have my recliner chair in my car, I'm going to dress warm (it will be cooler up in the middle of the island where I need to go get the tickets) and I think I'll take a little flashlight & a book.

Depending on the weather after I get my tickets (the office doesn't open until 10am)... I may come home, change & go to the beach. I'll see how I feel. I might be wiser to come home and take a shower and a nap!

Okay... I dn't get to watch news... the University basketball game is on. I'm not a basketball fan, it seems like teams are always within a couple points of each other.

Aloha!
- Kris

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Quiet day...

Another beautiful day in Hawaii Nei...

So... it was a quiet, productive day. I made some phone contacts this morning to set up a couple appointments, I did a "Parenting" group with 7 participants (and got all my notes entered) and had 1 other apppointment today (but still need to do my note for that encounter). I enjoy my lunch hours with my co-workers. I am fitting in really well. We also got a new co-worker today... I'm going to reserve judgement on her.
Not much happening tonight, I'm just watching "Survivor." Peanut is doing good, she's always so happy to see me when I get home! *smiles*
Okay... will sign off.
Aloha!
- Kris
P.S. My youngest granddaughter learned how to ride her bike without training wheels today! YEA!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Ali'i Beach Veteran's Day 2008

They are starting a major surfing competition and they have this awesome photo op wall set up in anticipation.
Here's some pictures of a turtle I found up there on the beach...


There were quite a few turtles in knee-deep water, here's one...
This little girl decided to mimic the turtle... *smiles*
So... work went okay today, I got about 3/4's of the things done that I wanted to do. I really like my current co-workers... they're good people. (my former co-workers have all been good people too, I just get to interact more with my current workers).
My face is very sunburned today, much more than I had thought. My nose even had a little blister on it (whassup with that???). Normally when I sunbathe, my face is covered. The sunburn came from sitting at Ali'i beach (where the turtles were) and talking with some tourists. I hadn't anticipated that... and my face suffered. (I'm okay though... this too shall pass).
Okay... I'm going to sign off and do some web-surfing.
Aloha!
- Kris