Saturday, March 31, 2012


Hiking today with the Hawaiian Humane Society...came across these large beautiful leaves

Friday, March 30, 2012

Aloha Friday


Driving home today with the top down listening to James was a wonderful way to end the work week.


Monday, March 26, 2012

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Beach time



So this is how it goes when I take my babies to the beach.  Gabby likes to explore & Mackey likes to stay right beside me (& preferably in as little water as possible!).  They are are polar opposites in many ways.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Monday, March 19, 2012


Neighbor's cat.  Looking so intently, at what I was not certain.  You'd think she would be looking in my direction at my two dogs.  Nope, something else was way more interesting.

Sunday, March 18, 2012


This weekend is coming to a close.  I rather like this perspective though.  I may have to climb up this hill again to watch the sunset.

Saturday, March 17, 2012



Looking down into the water where I was standing.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Morning Dolphins


Saw some dolphins while driving to work this morning.  What an awesome way to start the day!!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012


It's amazing how differently one can see things after being in a headstand or downward facing dog for a bit...

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Remembering 3/11/11


One year ago today, I was about to step onto the subway when an alarm sounded.  I followed those around me who were running out of the station.  It felt like I was on a boat; I couldn't walk very easily as the ground was swaying below me.  I had experienced an earthquake before, so I was not very concerned.  I assumed it would end within seconds.  When I got out to the street level and saw the buildings swaying back and forth, I started to get alarmed...Then as the earthquake continued and those around me were crying and clearly scared, I really started to panic.

I realized very quickly how scary it can be to not understand what is being announced over a loudspeaker.  I knew there was an earthquake occurring, but when someone near me said, "Tsunami"...I cannot even explain the fear that I experienced.  One man told me, "Go to high ground", but he just stood there holding his little dog.  I had no idea which way was to high ground and when I tried to ask him, it was clear he didn't have the English to tell me and I didn't understand Japanese.  I tried following the subway line to get to my hotel.  This was very challenging and along the way I stopped with a group of people who were looking at a TV inside a store window.  It was showing the tsunami.  I asked one lady, "Is that here?"  She shook her head yes.  I had a chat with God that afternoon as I was fairly certain I was going to die.

Obviously, I did not die, but was definitely traumatized.  However, I developed a whole new level of respect for the people of Japan.  In the midst of a crisis, they continued to be helpful, polite, and respectful.  I had already found this country to be a wonderful place, but what I encountered that day and the following days was just amazing.  Even though I will always remember the fear of that day...what stands out more to me now is the people and the culture.

Saturday, March 10, 2012


Lone seal on the beach...not much sunbathing for him today...still kinda stormy.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Thursday, March 8, 2012


We pass lots of these weeds on our nightly walks.  I never stopped to really look at them before.  As it turns out they are rather pretty!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Ma'ili Point at Sunset


It's been raining so much lately.  I was very pleased to be able to get out for a bit this evening with just a little drizzle.  It seems to be clearing up though, at least for now.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Manbug


Not nearly as pretty as a ladybug, so I am calling him a manbug.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Friendly Gecko


So glad this little guy popped his head up.  I was trimming the hibiscus bushes and he was very close to being snipped! :(

Sunday, March 4, 2012


Let sleeping seals lie...we suspected this was a mama and pup.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Ka'ena Point, Round Two


Returned to Ka'ena Point today...this is the same baby albatross that I shared a picture of about a month ago.  S/he is growing quickly!

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Thursday, March 1, 2012


Looking forward to the weekend!  I want to be relaxing under that palm tree.