Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Hawaii so Far

It's super hard to write on vacation just sayin.

I have found out some very interesting things while in Hawaii:
A: The ocean is really salty, like unbelievably so
B. If I use a fake accent on an elevator just for fun I will be asked if the weather in Australia is nice this time of year and I will be unable to answer correctly.
C. Kava is freaking disgusting and has no effect on me
D. You will get sand in your nether regions if you sit in the sand
E. Always pack more than you think you should
G. Turning 30 in Hawaii is much better then turning 30 in Utah
H. Turns out I am even less photogenic than I thought
I.  Tropical vacations are the best vacations!

Also my husband is a hero and saved a group of Japanese ladies who spoke no English from certain death! They were drifting off to sea and Bryon towed them back in.  He kept giving them a thumbs up to keep them calm.

So tomorrow we are gonna hit up the swap meet, swing by some sweet beaches and then go to a Luau for my birthday.  I know it will be an amazing day!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

You and Me in Waikiki

We started the great 2012 Hawaiian adventure on Friday @ 2:30 pm when Bryon picked me up from MCG. It was hard to say goodbye since I will be off for 1 whole week!

We headed straight to Jazzie's to look at her suitcases for a carry on if we needed it.  We were very worried that our suitcases would be too heavy and we would be hit with huge extra charges.  We got to see our 2 favorite boys Ayden & Myles and their perfect Mom Jasmine.  Those Sorensen's make cute babies.  Jazzy also lent me a super pretty beach wrap.  I wanted to take all 3 of them with us!

We were on the road to St. George by 3:17 pm and we were very pumped.  We love long drives together. (most of the time :))  I was feeling like I needed a smallish nap so I drifted off to sleep while we listened to This America Life.

We made it to St. George in record time because Bryon is a pro driver.  St. George is one of our favorite places to go because we get to stay at G&G Colby's cute house.  We made it in without seeing off the alarm which is a big deal as I am pretty sure I have set if off twice.  (sorry Grandma!!)

We got settled and ordered a pizza and watched 30 Rock.  We found a scaled and weighed our suitcases and they were both underweight, thank you universe!  Bryon went to bed around 9:40 but I had so much anxiety + a little steroids in the system (I am old and have a bad hip) so I read for a bit and got to bed before midnight.

We were up at 3:15am and realized I had forgotten to pack my deodorant!!  Craps!  We cleaned up, locked up and headed out the door.  We had a nice drive to Vegas and played a little would you rather..  barfing toddler next to you or screaming baby? Seated between Lohan and Paris or Mitt and Michael Fassbender.  Of course I chose the second option.  I love Mitt's hair and I love Fassbenders everything else.

We failed to get a spot at the cheap park and ride and we both had to pee so we hauled butt to long term parking.  We got a little confused at the airport and couldn't find the ticket counter but after asking a Starbucks lady we got pointed in the right direction.  Security was a breeze.

The wait for the flight was relaxing and we boarded the plane in peace.  I also had a semi large dose of Xanax helping me along.  Upon finding our seats we realized the Glath was WAY too tall for the puny seats.  Poor guy!  He was able to get moved to an exit row at the frontish part of the plane.  My short legs got stuck in the back with strangers.  I missed Bryon so much.  I took another Xanax, put in my ipod and relaxed, even drifted to sleep for a bit. When I woke I decided it was time for a us to be in Hawaii but the pilot came on announced 3 more hours!!!

When we finally touched down and found each other it was very sweet and magically (lol) We bee lined it to baggage claim and then to the shuttle.

The last time I was in Hawaii we stayed at my Grandparents condo and it was so cool to see it again!  The Koi pond full of huge fish were still here!  The room is beautiful and the view is breathtaking!  We unpacked and headed to Waikiki beach to take a look and get some dinner.  We went to ABC and got some beverages and nuts.  ABC stores are EVERYWHERE!!

We found great burger/bar place called Cheeseburger in Paradise and got dinner to go.  I had the most amazing, unique meal called Loco Moco which is rice, hamburger patty, tons of brown gravy and onions with 2 eggs on top!  I loved it I want to eat it for every meal!

I basically passed out on the couch at 9 and Bryon soon followed.  So glad to be here with my amazing husband, he is so good to me especially when I get anxious or frustrated he knows how to talk me down.

Please enjoy these pics from our 1st Full day in Hawaii.  I will get on post the excitement of Day 2 which includes salty salt lick ocean, 14 visits to the ABC store, sunburns and the time change. xoxoHVG

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Take a Walk--Passion Pit
Lights--Ellie Goulding
Ruin--Cat Power
Zebra--Beach House
Carried Away--Passion Pit
The Greatest--Cat Power

Inquire within

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

My Grandpa Gus was born 100 years ago....

today.  I miss him everyday.  This is one of his favorite poems and mine as well.
The West Wind by John Masefield
It's a warm wind, the west wind, full of birds' cries;
I never hear the west wind but tears are in my eyes.
For it comes from the west lands, the old brown hills.
And April's in the west wind, and daffodils.

It's a fine land, the west land, for hearts as tired as mine,
Apple orchards blossom there, and the air's like wine.
There is cool green grass there, where men may lie at rest,
And the thrushes are in song there, fluting from the nest.

"Will ye not come home brother? ye have been long away,
It's April, and blossom time, and white is the may;
And bright is the sun brother, and warm is the rain,--
Will ye not come home, brother, home to us again?

"The young corn is green, brother, where the rabbits run.
It's blue sky, and white clouds, and warm rain and sun.
It's song to a man's soul, brother, fire to a man's brain,
To hear the wild bees and see the merry spring again.

"Larks are singing in the west, brother, above the green wheat,
So will ye not come home, brother, and rest your tired feet?
I've a balm for bruised hearts, brother, sleep for aching eyes,"
Says the warm wind, the west wind, full of birds' cries.

It's the white road westwards is the road I must tread
To the green grass, the cool grass, and rest for heart and head,
To the violets, and the warm hearts, and the thrushes' song,
In the fine land, the west land, the land where I belong.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Benefits That Exercise Has to Offer For Cancer Patients and Survivors

Hey Everyone! The Gods know I need to take this article and seriously apply it to my daily life. It's a great read! Thanks David.

The Benefits That Exercise Has to Offer For Cancer Patients and Survivors

Everyone knows that exercise is good for the mind and body, but studies now show that it may also improve the wellbeing and recovery efforts of those with cancer or those who have survived it. While exercise may not be a sole cure for cancer or its reoccurrence, it is shown to improve overall results.

There is no denying that exercise and fitness can make a positive impact on the quality of life for those with cancer or have survived cancer. Recent studies have shown that being overweight after cancer treatment is linked with a shorter survival time and poses a higher risk for the cancer to return. Obviously, the benefits of exercise are numerous and will help cancer patients to maintain their weight and combat fatigue. Exercise will also help a patient to regain muscle mass that had been replaced with fat, improving overall health and self-image issues. In addition, exercise may improve flexibility, balance, and overall weakness that may have been the result of a surgery or other limitation. The emotional toll of cancer is high, so it is important that patients are able to return to their previous ways of life as soon as they are physically capable.

No matter what type of cancer a patient has encountered, from common cancers like breast cancer to a rare disease like mesothelioma, exercise is important to implement into a daily routine to help speed recovery. The American Cancer Society recommends that the general public participate in 30 to 60 minutes of physical activity at least five days a week, but cancer patients and survivors should design their routine according to their individual needs. A doctor or other medical professional may assist with these plans. Generally, various aerobic and weight training exercises should be implemented and it is recommended to start slowly so that the body can build energy and adjust over time.

The stress and depression that coincide with a cancer diagnosis will naturally slow down most cancer patients. However, it is important not to fall into this trap and find a way to maintain physical fitness and healthy weight levels so that the illness can be fought more effectively and kept from reoccurring once it is gone. Exercise is not an ultimate cancer treatment, but it will combat the factors that are associated with a cancer reoccurrence. As always, consult a doctor before implementing a new exercise routine, as cancer patients may possess a higher risk of developing heart and other health problems.

By: David Haas

Saturday, June 25, 2011

coming soon....

I'm working on a new post but its a work in progress... I am a work in progress.