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Aloha50 2 years ago


Aloha50I will be closing out 2012 with good health and positive energy

I have started exercising a lot more, but it’s been quite a struggle with my expanded measurements. :) New Years eve I will meet up with friends to enjoy a nice dinner and will be perched up on the beautiful hillside to watch the sunrise (with my love) on New Year’s morning 2013.

19 months ago


Aloha50As the year comes to a close, I feel like I've made the most of 2012 in many ways.

What a beautiful display of lights. Ran by this last night during my Christmas lights run. 19 months ago


Aloha50Color Run!

I will be doing this run tomorrow. It looks like a lot of fun!

21 months ago


Aloha50This photo

makes me want to sing the theme from “The Love Boat.”

About 3 days a week cruise ships pass my office window. 21 months ago


Aloha50Sunday Oct 7th

My love answered the phone a few weeks ago and told me we were invited to see broadway show tunes, at a local community college, with another couple.

I internally screamed…..but then said “yes” because they are such a nice couple.

I envisioned a bunch of geriatrics in attendance (which was largely true), but I expected to fall asleep during the mediocre performance by a bunch of amateurs at a community college.

Was I wrong! Fantastic show. Showed my snob self to be more open. 21 months ago


Aloha50Been battling a cold

It’s now been over a week and I feel like I’m relapsing. :( 23 months ago


Aloha50I was looking through my backpack today

and found the Mother’s Day card my son surprised me with at the airport on my way to Indonesia.
It said “You are quite unique. Rich people must envy you because with all their money, they can’t buy a personality.” I take it as a huge compliment, and feel so grateful to have him. 23 months ago


Aloha50Another unexpected evening

I went running last night and my friend who was the lead took us to tourist spots all over downtown. We went past Iolani palace, the King Kamehameha statue, mission house museum, gov’t buildings, etc, etc.

Then when we got back to the park a very aggressive police offcer (who needed to show us how powerful he was) gave us a lecture for 10 minutes about drinking alcohol in the park. We were clearly not vagrants or out of control, but it turned out to be a gift.

We moved our “party” to the rooftop of my apartment building (just a couple of blocks away) and the view was amazing! I am ashamed to say that I have not been up there in over a year (if not more) and we had wonderful views of the city and Waikiki. I kinda forgot about that. They all scolded me about not having them up there sooner.

They ended up sitting and talking up there until about 9:30pm (which is really late for our group on a weekday). We sang songs, told jokes and a good time was had by all!

So thank you Mr. police officer for being a jerk. 2 years ago


Aloha50Looking forward to the weekend!

Tomorrow night – Invited to a friend’s house for a Greek dinner
Saturday – hiking then invited to an Olympic party barbecue
Sunday – tennis early in the morning and then dinner with friends

Downside is that I worry that my son will be lonely. I have been trying to spend every spare minute with him. 2 years ago


Aloha50Nice surprise yesterday

After our hike my friend “tricked” me into thinking that she wanted to take me out for an impromptu sushi dinner, but she said my BF said he wasn’t feeling good and wouldn’t make it.

Turns out they had planned a surprise belated birthday sushi dinner for me, complete with baloon and cake!

Good friends and my favorite food! 2 years ago


Aloha50Java May 2012

Parambanan Temple 2 years ago


Aloha50Indonesia

Cremation Ceremony Kuta, Bali: 2 years ago


Aloha50Stepped out of my comfort zone

I showed up last night for a run. I was in a panic (seriously feeling like I wanted to jump out of my skin) as it was just me and 4 guys (3 military in their 20’s and one guy who was maybe early 30’s).
Well…they turned out to be the nicest guys. One guy who was leading us stopped at a Mexican restaurant and bought us each a beer.
Thank GOD!...I was able to keep up with them running and we all stayed together. The bartender heard us talking and said he wished he could come out and run with us. Then another guy took over the lead and then ran us for about 20+ minutes to a convenience store and he bought us each a beer and we sat along a canal and talked, laughed and felt so at ease. They were all so nice. It was just so unexpected.

At the end of the run they all said what a great time they had. I was so relieved.

Stepping out of my comfort zone lead to a great experience. I feel like this was a birthday gift (today is my birthday!). 2 years ago


Aloha50Ask and you shall receive

I have been going back and forth about changing jobs. I was asked by another office to work with them. I am currently in a great office with a fun group of people. I however cannot move up where I am. I have been basically making the same salary for 6 years because I like working here so much. The fear of leaving my current job and going to the “unknown” was festering in my mind.

So today I sent an e-mail over to the other office inquiring about the work environment, letting them know how important flexibility and a happy work environment is. Also adding that I hike in the middle of the day on Fridays. If I hadn’t asked I would probably have approached applying for the position with such a heavy heart.

Here is the response:

“I must say, this office is pretty flexible when it comes to taking leave. There really is no pressure here…and “wonk wonk” is a great boss. He is very, very flexible and so easy to talk to.

There shouldn’t be a problem with you taking time off on Fridays (taking as many hours as you want).

I start at 6:00 am – 3:00 pm on most days, earning credit time. We all do it in this office. “Wonk wonk” comes in 7:00 and "wonk wonk" comes in 8:30; “wonk wonk” comes in between 8 & 8:30…(I don’t know what time they leave..), The person in the position we’d like you to fill used to work from 7:00 – 3:30….I’m assuming you can start at whatever time you like…..

This is a very happy work environment…..truly!

Come check it out if you like……” 2 years ago


Aloha50Received a love note

from by BF this morning. So grateful that after 2 yrs, he still sends me a note every morning.

“I wanted to give you a kiss on the neck before I started my busy-ness.”

0      0
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\__/
!     !
! ! < Neck / kiss

2 years ago


Aloha50Feeling good today

I keep thinking about my son and how I am so lucky.

On the day I was leaving for Indonesia he was at my side in the airport and when I was going through security he pulled out a big card that was hidden inside his shirt. I had forgotten that it was Mother’s Day.

Then on Sunday he sent me a Facebook message saying “Almost forgot! Happy Father’s day MomDad! To my mommy!”

He also sent a message to his father saying that whatever he wanted would be on him for Father’s Day, but he suspected that things are free in heaven. 2 years ago


Aloha50Got back from Indonesia a couple of days ago

and have not been feeling like myself. I was born with happy genes, but I’ve been feeling very sad since I got back, and I don’t know why. Maybe it’s hormonal? I feel like I’m going through a self evaluation and feeling like I am not sure that I’m on the right track. I haven’t been very loving to my BF and you get back what you give.
I believe that when things feel rough there is a lesson that’s about to surface and I need to search for it. 2 years ago


Aloha50Heading out to Indonesia tomorrow

looking forward to the adventures ahead! 2 years ago


Aloha50Booked my flight

to go to the Big Island in August for the race. Ready, set, GO!! Hawaiian airlines had $69 airfare, so I jumped on it. 2 years ago


Aloha50Track my activities - Indonesia or bust!

Looking so forward to this! Did a lot of work booking flights/hotels/activities. Booked river rafting and cycling in Bali. The first day we get in first thing will be a nice massage.
Not sure what to expect when I get to Jakarta as it’s all been organized (other than accommodation). After two days in Jakarta a couple hundred of us will take a train down to Yogyakarta and spend 7 days running and hiking.
So grateful…. 2 years ago


Aloha50Emissions and omissions

Went to a party on March 31st. Towards the end of the party I was standing and talking to a woman. All of a sudden, a wave of offensive odor passed us. We kept talking as the stench wafted around us. I was in a panic thinking that she would think it was me! At the time I was also rubbing my belly, so she must think it’s me. She politely excused herself to throw something away in the kitchen.

I ran over to my BF who was across the room and told him that Patty probably thinks that I farted, and how horrible I felt. Then he says “it was me.” He said he had been depositing presents all over the room. The latest one was over Shivaun’s shoulder. The previous one was behind me and Patty and he quickly scooted away. I told him that his insides were surely rotting, and that I would tell Patty that it was him and not me. He said “you wouldn’t do that to me.” Of course I would.

Brought me back to 1999 when I was at a work party in NYC. I was dancing up a storm. A group of my co-workers and I were dancing and suddenly that too familiar stench came upon us. Two of us jumped off the dance floor and the woman I was with said “one moment I was dancing, and the next a sewer opened up!” I agreed with her, but did not admit that it was indeed me. I omitted that I emitted. :) 2 years ago


Aloha50Life is...

What we make it! 2 years ago


Aloha50Tuesday's trail was a blast

We had everyone run around a hilly neighborhood and then into the woods. When they got back to the start we played games that brought out the kids in them. 2 years ago


Aloha50Wasn't able to do the half marathon yesterday :(

I forgot that I had a tennis match. We won, but it was a struggle with the windy weather.

I am going to log onto active.com and see what other races are coming up so that I can start training for. My BF did the half marathon yesterday without me. :( I wasn’t planning on doing the whole thing, but about 9 miles of it. 2 years ago


Aloha50The result of a rainy day in paradise.

Amazing! 2 years ago


Aloha50After my hike today I decided to run the inaugural Honolulu Half Marathon on March 11th.

My friends who are in their 60’s and 70’s asked me today “are you running the half marathon next Sunday?” They said it with more of an expectation, than a question mark.

I said “No, when I melt this lard butt maybe.”

They are all running it…..sigh. I think this is the kind of pressure I need.

So I’ve decided to run (without a number) next Sunday and complete about 10 miles of it. If I am able to do the whole thing, I will, but my goal is to do 10 miles. 2 years ago


Aloha50Had a relaxing evening

watching Downton Abbey (I’m hooked!). Just up to the end of Series one. Then I played a game of Scrabble with Miles. I am also hooked on Upwords.
Kinda bored with Taboo, because I played it too much.
So grateful for my life, and am hoping that this peaceful wave lasts a very long time. 2 years ago


Aloha50Went to a brewing party on Friday night

So much fun! I drank beer that tasted like Guiness. 2 years ago


Aloha50Trying to find my focus, but do I really need to?

When I log onto 43things, I answer the random questions because they are fun, read other people’s goals and post photos of my hikes, and complain about my struggle with overeating/drinking. Then I think that maybe I’m not focusing on my goals. So I keep looking at my list of goals, and I really have no real goals except to be happy, healthy, have fun with friends, have a steady job that is not unbearable, keep my debt to a minimum, and live as much as I can before I die.

I have a mini-vision board (computer printout of pics) of what I want, posted on my computer desktop and on the wall of my cubicle…and it’s “good health, happy love, own a reliable car, attract a better job, and work in harmony.” I’m pretty happy with those goals.

I wish I made a little more money, ate healthier, and got rid of my bad luck with the constant car repairs. I should also aspire to stop wearing slippers to work. :) 2 years ago


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