Saturday, March 17, 2007

Halfway to Oregon

When my mom asked me if I would meet her in Hawaii on my way back to the states, I thought about it for 5 minutes, and then I said yes. I'm now on the Big Island, staying in Kona. My mom will be joining me here in a few days, but for now I’m on my own.

At the ripe age of 27, the guilt associated with tanning and endless sun basking has grown pretty strong. To avoid the all day lounge, I’ve been doing a lot of hiking along the rocky coastline. I’ll admit that until the hikes began, I wasn’t too keen on Kona. Chain restaurants & groups of half naked men yelling at me out the backs of their trucks isn’t my idea of vacation. Fortunately, since the hikes began, the nature and wildlife are turning me into more of a Kona fan.

This island is different from the others because it’s the newest. It’s still pouring molten lava into the ocean. This makes for a very rocky (lava rock) coastline. The lava creates these partially enclosed pools just at the point where the ocean meets the sand or rock. After my long hike today, I tested one of the pools out and gave it an A+!

Things I saw today:

Lots of surfers
4 Hawaiian green turtles sunbathing
A dirty old swimming pool that needs some love and restoration
Lots of lava rock & really cool driftwood
A little bird in a tree
A great sunset – deep orange/red sun, grey/green waves framed with the black & white rocky coast (all I could think about was getting my hands on some paint)

Monday, March 5, 2007

Crafting & Octopus Pancake Balls

I've come to the conclusion that, as hard as I decorate, our apartment is not getting any larger. It's definitely time to slow down, stop decorating, and start crafting. I decided to take Krystin’s advice and start making some stuff. Here we have a camera case and a white summer skirt. Thanks for the push, K-spell:)

I wish I could say that I made the street food! The octopus balls were purchased near Omote-sando, in Harajuku. I know they look terrible, but they were actually super tasty - lots of steam and sauce.