Thursday, November 13, 2008

A Day as a Tourist

On Tuesday Doug had the day off for Veteran's Day. Instead of doing nothing with the day, we decided that it was time for a trip to the Honolulu Zoo. To make our trip even more fun (at least for us) we decided to act as tourists. Here's what we saw:
First up: Elephants!

Doug wants to go play

So he can read...

I think he is beginning to get agitated over not seeing the lions yet

Look what I can do

Look at all the children - I didn't know there was a display for them!

Just like a good tourist, I stood on the railing to get this shot. Good thing Doug held my belt or I might have fallen in.

I'm supposed to be making an, "Aww, how cute face." He made me do it.

"I don't wanna grow up, I'm a Toys "R" Us kid...."

This is Doug's joke: What is black and white all over?


Maybe I was wrong about Doug being able to read...

Where do the animals go when they aren't home in the zoo?

A little teeny tiny antelope. They only weigh about 20 pounds.

I wonder what all the animals make of the humans looking in on them?

This child was beating down the plants with his stick - an example of poor parenting or a child that got loose from his cage?

Oh Rhino

I was able to make getting up on this statue much harder than it needed to be.

Next: We shall conquer the city!

I made him crawl in there with a bunch of little kids...

Hanging out with the fish

It was payback for the face I had to make

And the end of the day souvenir: A squished penny

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

I'm the Creepy Lady

Well maybe not really. But I did succeed in creeping out an ABC Store (the largest chain of convenience stores on the island) cashier. It was super easy, and I did it all without even trying. Really.

On Sunday Doug and I went to a craft market in Honolulu too look around. Anticipating a lack of parking, we took the bike but also a change of clothes. Upon arriving at the park where the craft market was taking place, I changed into shorts and slippahs. After a couple of hours in the sun, we decided to change locations, and this is where the fun begins.

Instead of going through the trouble of wrapping a towel around myself and changing out of shorts back into jeans in the parking lot, I just pulled my jeans over my shorts. This was to save time, as I thought I would be removing my jeans at the next location to enjoy the comfort of shorts again. In thinking that I would be removing the jeans, I left my wallet and cash in the pockets of my shorts instead of transferring them to the pockets of the jeans. En route to the next location, it was decided that we should visit a local mall instead of the streets of Waikiki, where we would have the added comfort of air conditioning, since it was a rather warm day, even for November.

Once parking at the mall, Doug and I decided that it would be better to just leave our jeans on. After all, while air conditioning is a nice touch to indoor venues, they often have it turned a bit too high, and then I freeze. Of course, at this point I had forgotten that my wallet and cash were still in my shorts. And after being in the sun for a couple of hours, my body was in need of some liquid refreshment. Good thing there was an ABC Store nearby. I walked in to find myself a tasty beverage, and then proceeded to the counter. The nice lady told me how much I owed, I reached into my pockets only to remember that my cash was in the pockets inside my jeans. No worries, I'll just undo my belt and out of the cashier I hear: *gasp* "What are you doing?!"

Duh!! Normal people don't just start undoing their pants to find money, do they?? Haha. I quickly explain that it was okay. I was wearing shorts. I was with my boyfriend on his motorcycle. I put my jeans on over my shorts. It wasn't til I walked out of the store with the drink and receipt in hand that I realized what I had really just done. Lucky for me the friends I was with that day found just as much humor in it as I did.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Two Weeks in Pictures

Finally! I remembered to take along my camera and snap some pics while out over the last couple of weeks. Here are some shots of what I've been up to:

First, a visit out to Laie Point, on a motorcycle.

Even on an overcast day you can still get in a good ride.

Me Standing next to Doug's bike.

Doug and I, out at the point.

A whole in a rock just off the point.

A full view of the rock with a whole in it.

Doug trying to look serious, but Kyla goofing around just to prove its all about a good time.

Next is Halloween. This was a fun night that took some time in the making.

My dress as it was when I brought it home - yep, started with 5 men's button up shirts from Goodwill

The finished dress, plus stitches drawn on me by Doug. I was Sally from
The Nightmare Before Christmas

A close up of my stitches

Doug as Jack Skellington

The Pumpkin King

Jack Skellington and Sally

Mark dressed as an anime character - it was fun when people recognized him and stopped him on the streets of Waikiki for a picture

Doug and Mark, dressed to go out

The next activity has become a regular one: Hawaii Winter Baseball. Never went to games as a kid, but it turns out I enjoy watching - so long as it is in person. Not a big fan of baseball games on TV, and watching the game has become even more fun now that I have learned how to score it. And at $4 a game, it's not gonna break the budget.

Doug looking tough

Doug and I, getting a goofy pic

The game in action

One of the 4 creepy mascots of Hawaii Winter Baseball

And today's excitement: a hike out at Hanauma Bay. Doug and I had gone out looking for this hike before, but we had bad directions to the trail head and never found it. Today our directions were better, and we had some great views.

On our way to the start of the hike, Koko Crater in the background. I told him to look like a tourist. I've never seen this green, it usually looks like it belongs in the desert.

The start of the hike. It looks almost too easy...

Further along the hike. It got pretty steep.

The breeze was great

Hanauma Bay in the background

The end of the world

The sign says it. We didn't know this was here, so it was pretty neat to find

Looking over the ancestral grounds

A closer look at the ancestral grounds. Not sure why the white flags were there

A survey marker found along the way

Looking down into Hanauma Bay

End of the hike pic. It was a great way to spend the morning of Election Day.