I think I may have finally recovered from the jet lag that hit me so hard this time as well as the lower back pain that I developed on the last day of traveling. I expected to feel jet lagged when I was back in Massachusetts, but never had any problems while I was there, and I usually don’t suffer any jet lag effects when I travel west, but this time it felt like I’d been hit with a two-by-four as I moved westward. The lower back pain, brought on, I believe, by all the sitting I did on planes and in airports last Tuesday and from lifting my heavy carry-on bag up and down from the storage bin above my seats hasn’t help things either.
The house feels very different without WenYu’s presence, but she is settling in and doing well. She got all the classes she wanted, loves her professors already, and is slowly meeting people and making friends – we can’t ask for more. YaYu misses her terribly, but she is keeping as busy as ever with cross country and her many other volunteer activities. Today she’s volunteering with a friend and with Brett at the annual Kaua’i marathon. Maybe she’ll just earn another volunteer t-shirt and a water bottle! She seems to come home from every event she works or volunteers at with some kind of water bottle, from high-end Hydroflasks to simple plastic containers – we have a whole cupboard filled with them!
Hurricane Lester is in the vicinity, but is traveling north of the islands, which of course means trade winds may be blocked for a couple of days and the humidity will soar until they can resume. Our electric bill was higher than usual last month due to our increased fan usage.
Anyway, today I am:
- Reading: I’m thoroughly enjoying reading The Little Friend again – Donna Tartt is such a superb writer. I’ve got another couple of weeks left in my checkout window, and think I can get it done in time (it’s a big book). I haven’t been doing any reading at night lately though – my head hits the pillow and I am asleep!
- Listening to: It’s pretty quiet around here this morning, with both Brett and YaYu gone. There have a been a few noisy roosters running around out back, and the washing machine is going, but otherwise it’s been a quiet and peaceful morning with a blue sky overhead and light breezes to keep things cool.
- Watching: Brett and I started watching Larkrise to Candleford this past week, and are enjoying it so far. We’re still looking for a good new suspense/crime series though. I watched the film Demolition (with Jake Gyllenhaal) on the flight home and thought it was quite good.
- Cooking/baking: Everyone was on their own for breakfast this morning – Brett and YaYu left the house at 4:45 a.m.! I had another one of the delicious blueberry & raspberry oatbran muffins I bought at Trader Joe’s back on the mainland. They’re vegan and taste divine. Tonight we’re having grilled fish tacos with fresh peach salsa, and some Spanish-style yellow rice.
- Happy I accomplished last week: Brett and I did our big Costco shop on Thursday, and came in way under budget, I think because we did not have to buy several things we kept on hand for WenYu (i.e. cheese). It will definitely be costing us much less going forward to feed the three of us based on YaYu’s food preferences. Everything I brought back from my trip has been cleaned and put away, and life has returned to its normal routine.
- Looking forward to next week: I really, really, really want to get to the beach. If I do nothing else next week that’s going to happen! I’m also looking forward to getting back to more regular posting again on the blog. YaYu has her first cross country meet of the season on Saturday morning – she’s been running/training all summer so can’t wait to hear how she does (it’s the one meet I don’t go to as it’s held way down on the west side, and runners have to be there at 6:30 a.m.). We’re all looking forward to a day off from everything tomorrow!
- Thinking of good things that happened: My first-class seat on the flight between Seattle and Lihue was a wonderful splurge. It’s not something we can afford to do often, but it made a difficult stretch of my trip home bearable. Besides WenYu settling in nicely at Wellesley, Meiling also has an interview this week for a new job at her university. She’s been very unhappy at her current job for a while now, but nothing else had opened up and she hasn’t wanted to leave until she found something new. We’ve all got our fingers crossed that the interview goes well – it would be a great position for her. She’s all moved into her new apartment off campus as well. I’m so glad I was able to go to Trader Joe’s while I was in Colorado and stock up on a few favorite items, and that ripe peaches were still available here at Costco. We put $35.23 into the change/$1 bill jar, mostly from what I saved while I was traveling.
- Grateful for: I’m feeling very thankful right now that we chose to live in Hawai’i. It isn’t perfect (nothing is), but after my trip back east, and to Colorado, both of which are beautiful, I am more sure than ever that we came to the right place for us. It may be hot and humid at times, and lack some of the amenities that are easy to find on the mainland, but it’s calm, friendly, peaceful and green, I can see the ocean every day, and that suits me just fine.
- Bonus question: What is your favorite memory from college? I had a wonderful roommate my first year at school. Bobbie was from Hawai’i, I was from Southern California, and we hit it off right away. We used to tape messages to each other on the back of our door, and I remember how sad we both felt when they all had to come down – they were such a reflection of our time together, and held many memories. Outside our room was an apple tree, and although we had been told not to pick the fruit, we’d go out at night and pick it anyway, and I used the apples to make apple pies for the other girls on our floor. Forty six years later I still have and use the cookbook I bought for its apple pie recipe. Bobbie and I both participated in the Overseas Study trip to Japan, but the next year she lived off-campus with a department team doing research, and I got a different roommate who I barely remember at all. The only thing I remember from my second year was gathering with the girls every Friday evening in the TV lounge to watch Rod Serling’s Night Gallery and get scared out of our wits. We all came in our pajamas, made popcorn and other snacks, and there were no men allowed! That was the last time I lived in a dorm – after that I lived at home (either my family’s or my own) while I attended classes.
That’s a wrap for this week from Casa Aloha! How has your week been? What are you looking forward to? What good things happened for you?