Get ready for picture overload

I am currently going through all my pictures from 2008 to find the perfect ones to put in my Christmas letter.  I found a bunch of pictures I liked but that aren’t going to make it into the letter, so I decided to post them here.  Please note, this is once again proof of my horrible case of ADD as I need to to a lot of things before I can leave on my trip tomorrow and none of them include uploading my 2008 pics to my blog!

*By the way, at work I write A LOT of memos (funny – I thought I became an accountant because I was better at math than writing…) and our documentation includes words such as “please note” so I am very disturbed to realize that this is now how I write outside of work.

On our cruise from / to Bermuda this past October we saw some of the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets.

But sometimes I’d get bored of taking a picture of just the sunrise / sunset and find something else to take a picture of…

Mod 22B represents at Anne’s Wedding in Woodinville, WA this past September.

Welcome to Germany!

This had to make it on to my blog. The best cheesesteak in the world – no, this is NOT an exaggeration. Pat’s in Philadelphia, I want to go back just to eat there again.

Riding the Sky Bike at the Franklin Institute Science Museum in Philadelphia. It’s a bike at the top of the museum on a tight rope that is balanced so that you can’t fall off… though they have lots of safety nets below in case something goes wrong…

Very confused over a street that’s named “13 1/2” in DC.

Bunnies!

I am the best Christmas shopper ever. There’s going to be quite a few people crashing at my mom’s house this Christmas and she thought it would be nice if we each bought a small $10 gift for everyone else so that those out of towners (including moi!)...

I am the best Christmas shopper ever.  There’s going to be quite a few people crashing at my mom’s house this Christmas and she thought it would be nice if we each bought a small $10 gift for everyone else so that those out of towners (including moi!) would have gifts to open too.  So I took it upon myself to help the hubby shop by buying myself these fabulous bedroom slippers as my present from him.  They were a little over the $10 limit but I’m sure that he will agree that both the slippers and I are worth it. 🙂

Ono Thanksgiving Dinner

My fabulous hubby made me Thanksgiving dinner Asian style.  It was so good!!!  I keep telling him to try out for Hell’s Kitchen but he doesn’t want to be yelled at by Gordan Ramsey.  Here’s what was on the menu…

String Bean and Enoki Mushroom Tempura with Shiitake Mushroom Aioli

String Bean and Enoki Mushroom Tempura with Shiitake Mushroom Aioli

Turkey Shabu Shabu with Onion-infused Dashi Cooking Sauce

Turkey Shabu Shabu with Onion-infused Dashi Cooking Sauce

Braised Winter Squash with Furikake Rice

Braised Winter Squash with Furikake Rice

Almond and Honey coated Goat Cheese with Fig Cake and Satsuma Tangerine Supreme.

Almond and Honey coated Goat Cheese with Fig Cake and Satsuma Tangerine Supreme.

Yam Springrolls with Cranberry Syrup

Yam Springrolls with Cranberry Syrup

Don’t worry… we didn’t leave Spam out of the Thanksgiving festivities. We bought him a cute kitten bowl and wet food for the occasion (he’s usually on a dry food diet only).

Don’t worry… we didn’t leave Spam out of the Thanksgiving festivities.  We bought him a cute kitten bowl and wet food for the occasion (he’s usually on a dry food diet only).

Okay, going to give this a try…

I figure I should start by introducing myself and summarizing (very briefly) the story of my life even though I don’t think anyone outside my family will be reading this.

I was born and raised in Honolulu and moved to the east coast at 17 to go to college in Boston.  After school I headed 3-4 hours south to Stamford, CT for work.  The town I now call home is a town I had only heard about as a kid during my fascination with the Baby-Sitters Club Book (it was the BIG city that the BSCers sometimes visited).  Um… Stamford… fabulous place to live… but not so big.

So anyway, when I moved to the “mainland” as we Hawaii folk call it, I was so excited to experience a new state, new school, new people, and new situations, but in my heart I knew that I’d move back to Hawaii one day to raise a family… and after experiencing my first winter… I went out on a limb and decided to try to stick it out in New England for 5 years.  It’s been 9 years and a couple of months give or take.

Now, the reason for this blog – I still intent to move back to Hawaii (I’ve continued to say “in 5 years”) but now I realize that I’m going to miss New England more than I ever thought I would for a girl that grew up thinking that 70 F is freezing and winter only lasts for the month of December.  I also have a co-worker whom is on an international rotation from Spain and as it gets closer for him to return he’s making sure that he does all the quintessential “American” things before he leaves (e.g. apple picking, visiting some of our Theme parks, etc).  It made me realize that I definitely need to do all the things I feel are important to experience before I move back to Hawaii and trips to see our Nation’s Capital, etc. are a lot harder to accomplish than piling several days worth of clothes in my car and driving for a couple of hours.  I also feel that my activities should be documented… (hence – this website) if for no other reason that to give my family something to read and (hopefully) be amused by.

That being said, I actually think know that I have to postpone this plan of mine for a couple of months.  Why? 2 reasons.  1) there’s this silly certification I need for my job that involves me wasting my precious free time studying (I’m using the term silly as I understand the full extent of my dorkiness and will be telling everyone that stands still for a second about my qualification – once I get it…) 2) literally the day after I sit for my last (hopefully) part of my certification exam I am going to get swamped at work for my busy season.  Fortunately that should be over by mid February and then – residents of basically the entire east coast and nearby vicinity watch out – I am coming to play tourist in your neighborhood.

But don’t count me completely out as it’s finally Christmastime (sorry – I’m totally not PC and feel that “Christmas” encompasses Hanukah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice, etc.) – which is my favorite time of year and I feel I’ll get in a few posts between now and then.  So until then… Aloha