#hikinginhawaii

I feel like the only pictures I post on Instagram now are of cute pets from work and hiking in Hawaii.  For a self-proclaimed “indoor girl,” I’ve really embraced the hiking opportunities here.  This tiny island can seem just that – tiny – so hiking is a cheap way to explore, to kill some time,…

A spaghetti kind of day

One of my best friends Meredith and I can talk for hours on end, but it is difficult to follow the conversation.  We start talking about one thing, which leads into another thing, then another….this continues.  We eventually end up talking about all of it but not in a linear or ordered way.  She calls…

Manoa Falls

Have I ever mentioned that I do not love the outdoors?  I am a eco-friendly, tree-hugging  person, but I do not necessarily love the concept of being outdoors.  Strange, but true.  With all the beautiful sights to see in the world, particularly here in Hawaii, I have been forced to tolerate the outdoors in exchange…

Diamond Head

My mom was visiting us this past week, and her top thing she wanted to do was to hike Diamond Head.  There are so many things to do here, and this one was a simple request.  We woke up early(ish) one morning and set off to complete the trail. What is Diamond Head?  This is…

Waimea Valley – Oahu

  During Christmas Break, the kids and I explored Waimea Valley.  This is a preserved and sacred area along the North Shore of Oahu.  I stumbled across it as I was looking for kid-friendly hikes.  We wanted somewhere to explore yet was not challenging.  Waimea Valley seemed perfect – a short hike to a waterfall,…

You, me, and the sea

“Why do we love the sea? It is because it has some potent power to make us think things we like to think.” – Robert Henri The first time I ever glimpsed the ocean was at the age of 13.  I was born and raised in the Midwest – Iowa, to be exact.  I was…

Here it goes again

Here I am again…. Once again, I took a long sabbatical from this blog.  Life has been busy, with many changes, and blogging was not a priority.  In the past months, I have been reviewing my life and making some changes (all good), and one of the things I wanted to improve upon was writing….

Where the hell are you?

If you happen to follow this blog – yes, all three of you – I have been known to go long spans of time without writing.  Enter the crazy holiday busyness, birthdays, traveling, and laziness, and you end up here.  It’s January 20, 2014, and it has been nearly two months since I have written….