Exhaustion is now my constant

I closed my eyes for just a minute this afternoon – my grandma used to call it “resting her eyes.”  We always thought that she was asleep and we could fool her, but she always woke up as we were getting into the cookies or changing the TV channel.  Anyways, I closed my eyes and…

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…

Rachel Q&A

I write about my life – the good, the bad, the ugly, and the just plain hilarious.  It occurred to me that I don’t always talk about myself, and it is not a natural thing for me to do.  I find it difficult to answer questions in interviews where I am essentially bragging about my…

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…

When life is just not working for you

I have not had much to write about lately.  I’ve started drafts about the funny and insightful conversations I have with the kids, but I could not finish it.  I wanted to write about some ideas I have had for writing, but then I felt it was bad luck.  I wished I could talk about…

The Recents: 25 February 2017

I have had some pretty good interactions and experiences with Hawaii lately.  Sometimes, I look around or reminisce about my life and even with the challenges, I cannot help but wonder how I am so lucky.  I mean, I live in Hawaii!  It’s warm, beautiful, different, and honestly wonderful.  And I moved from Europe!  I…

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,…

It’s not always perfect

I woke up today determined to do something fun with the kids.  I’ve been mopey, sulking, and downright blue for long enough, and according to the weather, it was going to be nice on the North Shore.  I made pancakes for breakfast and loaded up 3 out of 4 to spend a few hours on…

Book suggestions: Immigration

I always welcome suggestions for books.  I have found some of my favorite authors through suggestions; in fact, a high school teacher gave me a very worn out copy of “The Martian Chronicles” to read that I not only fell in love with but will keep for my entire life. This writer has given a…

The Recents: 6 February 2017

I’ve been in a funk for a little over a week.  It started with feeling sick but not really having any specific illness – the usual headache, stomachache, lethargy, etc.  The kids and I took the weekend to recover, i.e. I tried to nap and do nothing while they trashed the house and ate cereal…

Back on the homefront

I am again a stay-at-home mom.  I must point out that this is not by choice – I LOVED my last job in Germany and hated leaving.  Alas, military life and moving forced my hand for me.  I have been job searching since about 2 weeks after Andy left, regardless of the fact that I…