Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Hump Day in Kihei

busy busy at work this week. i have a new student who is very involved and very awesome. he is keeping us on our toes but bringing lots of joy. jack's gaining a little weight (he lost some when i was in va...) so he is lookin' better. tennis is good. played last night and tonight and will play tomorrow night. keeps me out of trouble. looking forward to a visit with mom and mike next month! i will actually first see them in honolulu when they arrive to stay with some friends of theirs. i just happened to be on that island that weekend for the pro bowl. looking forward to a great bday weekend! an old friend from high school that i haven't seen in over 10 years will be there visiting (cory). will stay at jim's sweet pad with heather and julie for the weekend and then a hotel for a training there sunday and monday night. will meet mom and mike with their friends for dinner probably monday night and then they head to maui the next weekend. :) mom will stay for two weeks.

trying to plan my trip to australia. it looks like it will be me going it solo.. a few people said they'd go and have since flaked for one reason or another. well, at least i can do whatever i want when i'm there.. if only i can decide what exactly that is. apparently it is a very solo friendly place to travel. my landlords will be in sydney when i arrive and have offered to pick me up at the airport. not sure if i'll stay with them a few days or in a hostel or cheap hotel. they will only be there for 3 days after i arrive. i know i'll explore some of sydney and now the big decision is where else to go. melbourne? cairns? byron bay? i don't have much time to travel between so i think i should pick one other place besides sydney. i'm doing my homework now. better go catch up on some much needed rest. have a good one!!

adios for now.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

A new lease...

I am going upstairs later today to meet the house swappers from Australia, and to sign a one year lease! I guess that means I'm staying here at least another year!! The only reason I wouldn't is if I got a job offer from the D.O.D.E.A. that I couldn't refuse. I'll worry about that if it happens. My landlords are great so I'm sure they'd work with me. They actually will be in Australia when I arrive in March and have offered to pick me up at the airport and that I could stay with them the last few days they are there if I want. :)

Off to a training today. I hope it is good b/c I hate leaving my class with my new student. My assistant, Donna, is awesome, but I still feel badly.

Mom and Mike get to Hawaii in a few weeks. Looking forward to it.

Bye for now!!

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Back on Maui

I'm back on Maui after a few weeks in VA. It was great to see everyone, but i'm glad to be back for sure. Orlando Bloom was on the last leg of my flight home (L.A.)! I sat next to and chatted with this Texan boy on the plane- he is the one who noticed him first.. Anyway, Jack is just now starting to talk to me after my leaving him in the slammer for 2 weeks. What a painful event when I got the bill for that one!

We walked down to Kam III (beach park) yesterday to meet some friends for sunset. Then earlier today I took him to White Rock (beach just south of my place) b/c there aren't usually many dogs there. I found a cement block and tied his leash to it. Of course it wasn't heavy enough so you can imagine him trying to chase this dog with a big piece of cement trailing behind. What a mess he is, but I love him.

It was so great to spend time with Gavin and Katie. They are so big! Katie has changed so much since I saw here last July. She calls me "shoes" which is pretty appropriate if you know me at all. What a pistol. I will be emailing out a video or two once I get it together. If you haven't gotten it in a reasonable amount of time... email me!! (remember, I'm on island time). Here are my pics: .

I don't have to go back to work until Thursday so that gives me plenty of time to get organized and relax. I will go in Wed. b/c I have a new student starting school on Thursday and I don't have everything ready for him yet. He brings my class size to 5. We are having a great year and I'm sure he'll do well.

Well, I'll sign off for now. I hope you are having a great start to this new year. Keep in touch when you can. Happy New Year!!