Sunday, March 26, 2006

Where is the sun?

I know I won't get any sympathy from mainlanders, but the weather has been soooo crappy here for sooo many weeks. My friend, Hagen, is due in later this evening, and I hope the weather takes a turn for the better!! I wanna go to the beach!!

I am off all week (spring break) and looking forward to some R & R. At the very least I'm looking forward to my alarm clock NOT going off for 9 consecutive days. :) Of course, Jack will want to go out early every day, but I'm hoping to convince him to wait a little bit!!

My roommate is working out nicely. We don't see each other much so it works out nicely. She is considerate and clean which is a bonus of course.

This has been a super low key weekend so far. I think the weather is getting me a little lazy. I went to the gym and the grocery store and that's it all weekend! I'll be all over this island this week with Hagen, so I'm enjoying the calm before the storm (I hope I don't mean that literally). There was a tornado on a neighboring island earlier this week (Lana'i). So far we've just had ran and overcast skies here. But I'm over it!!

Talked to Gavin, Lisa, and Katie for a little bit earlier. They had been at Dad's house visiting Dawn and family who were in town for the weekend. If anyone took pictures, send some to me!!

Oh yeah, someone asked me for the link to the local newspaper, so here it is: It is worse than the "Daily Stress" as far as content!!

Bye for now, Susie

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Sharks, boats, visitors

Greetings from paradise! I have had a few complaints about my new island attitude towards my blog. "No worries... " "I'll do it later..." "I'm too lazy to download pics from my camera..." These are a few of my best excuses for my lameness. Now it's overcast and I drank too much yesterday so I don't feel like exherting much more energy then this, so here it goes! The latest happenings on Kihei: 2 shark attacks in two weeks (one a free diver whose torso was found the next day, one teenager in TWO feet of water whose leg was bitten), a Pacific Whale Foundation boat (think PETA for Whales) ran over a mama whale and her calf (they apparently are okay although I've heard conflictual info. on them), and the sun is on haitus. It has been sunny exactly three days in so many weeks. I need some sun!! I know I'm not getting any sympathy from you mainlanders. Although I have heard the weather in the BLUES has been pretty good lately. Cool.

I went on a sunset sailing trip yesterday with Kurt and Steve (Kurt's boss) and two colleagues of theirs. We had a blast although it was a rude awakening when the bill came for our drinks at the end of the cruise (we thought they were included in the cost of the trip)! Thankfully I wasn't buying so the awakening wasn't as rude for me. While we were underway, a huge whale swam under the middle of the boat (between the long thingies that keep the boat afloat..I don't know what they are called- no comments Ethan), sprayed his blowhole water all over these guys sitting in front of me, and came out the other side. It was bizzarely cool!

Visitors have been coming like crazy since early February. Of course I love it! Linda and Bob Burgess will be here (just for a day) on the 21st, and Hagen is coming for my spring break on the 26th for a week. I just found out that my friend Jordan (a pilot for Pacific Wings--a small airline) can get me tickets to Oahu, Hawa'i, Kuai or Lanai for 60 bucks roundtrip! SAWWEET. They are usually like $180. No offense, Jordan, but I hope you don't find a job off island for a little while.
This brings new possibilities for island hopping!

Well, I've rambled long enough. Hope things are going your way in your world. Be in touch when you can. Here are the latest pics I've posted.. they are from my mom's trip here...

Malama pono (take care)-

Susie :)

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Whale Watching

Aloha to you. Went whale watching on a Pacific Whale Foundation boat today. It was sweet! Apparently we were out at the right time because we ended up seeing these four males "competing" for a female whale. We watched them for over an hour and it was amazing. They looked like they were showing off!! I'll attach pics when we get them downloaded.

I also played my first match in this new mixed double's league in Wailea today. It was good but the guy I played with was a goob. Dad and Maggie came to watch and then we went to check out some sights in the area. We went to a black sand beach I'd never seen.. it was pretty cool. Not as cool as I thought it'd be, but pretty good. The sand was more dark brown than black.

Dad and Maggie leave on Monday. I've enjoyed having them here. I also got to hang out with Karen and Bill Hargette a few times last week. They were visiting about 45 minutes north of here. We had a great time!