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Scooter, TV, Furniture, Mom, Thanksgiving

So the three day weekend was nice.

We've been visiting Scooter quite often and he's almost done with his stay - he'll be "free" tomorrow. He's going to be so excited! Dog toys and bones are so expensive here that I'm going to put in a huge order to the mainland to ship here. Along with flea meds (again, cheaper.) It's a ton of toys. But I figure we'll save the "holiday" ones for christmas. The rest of them will be put away and taken out as needed (ie as he de-stuffs them). My dog is more spoiled than amy and I were as children combined!

We've also got other big things coming up. For example, the TV will arrive today (and yes, it's big). And the loveseat, ottoman and recliner arrive on Thursday. Hurrah, we will have furniture!

Our stuff from the mainland still hasn't arrived yet. Well, the boat arrived last Tuesday. But our stuff has yet to be delivered to our apartment - they haven't called us yet; our cr@p is probably in the back of the boat.

I'm also excited to go to Kmart so we can get a dining set and other necessities (like trash cans for the bathrooms). I made pancakes the other day and realized that I had no measuring utensils! So, again...another necessity. OOhhH! Maybe we'll wake up early enough and maybe I'll REMEMBER to take amy to the farmer's market on Saturday. Hawaii has the best ones, I swear. Not only do all the people come out to sell veggies, but other local food places show up and there's usually someone singing and playing the guitar or ukulele. it's practically a fair! One of the booths sold all kinds of spring rolls from thai to salmon & cream cheese. They also made this amazing cheesy polenta AND little cheesy cakes that were made with hmmm. Not orzo. Not couscous. But something that makes me think of those....and it was delicious.

Wow. I'm hungry. LOL!

Mom's in the hospital. Again. But let's hope this is the last time - surgery. The surgeon called my dad yesterday and said everything went great. Hopefully this will be the end of the troubles and my mom can have a somewhat normal life again. I hope she's out in time for Thanksgiving. I'm thinking of doing a full-on Thanksgiving this year since it's Amy AND my parents. I saw a Barefoot Contessa where she made the meal with cornish game hens. Hmmm. I wonder if I can find those around here. If not, it's BUTTERBALL!!!

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Amy's Arrival!

Shopping, Sickness, Roaches, Quarantine and a Database!!!

Amy arrived almost two weeks ago and it's such a shame that I haven't written any since but let me do a quick rewind.

Amy flew in on a Thursday evening. My dad drove me to the Honolulu International Airport and he dropped me off to go and park the car. I was all ready with leis for us go give her a Hawai'i welcome, but she was already there!!! Her flight got in a little early and she had just found her way to baggage claim as I got there.

I called dad to swing by and pick us up so we could head over to the airport quarantine holding station. We had to wait at least an hour an a half for Scooter's arrival. His plane arrived about half an hour after Amy's and I was happy to see that he survived the flight and was happy to see me. The kind man at the station let me go into Scooter's little "cell" to say hello even though he doesn't usually allow that. Maybe that wasn't such a good idea. Before we got there he was sitting quietly in his crate. When we left, he was barking like crazy! Poor baby! He spent the night there and was transported to the real Animal Quarantine Station the following day.

Instead of taking Amy back to the apartment, I surprised her with a night at the Ala Moana Hotel. Here is what I like about the hotel: 1) It's 4 stars so it's pretty good, 2) It's RIGHT next to Ala Moana Shopping center and, most importantly, 3) IT IS NOT IN WAIKIKI!!!! We were lucky enough to have a king sized bed and a balcony and I got a reduced "kama'aina rate" (for locals). Amy liked it so much that she thought it was a good investment to stay there another couple of nights! (Again, the rate was really good...it would have cost us more to stay in the Providence Mariott!)

After opening Amy's account at the credit union, we wandered Ala Moana Shopping Center, Ward Center & Ward Warehouse. I think amy was thoroughly pleased by the shopping opportunites! To be quite honest, we spent most of our time shopping around. We also had a great dinner at an AMAZING thai restaurant with almost all of my high school buds and a few friends our group has picked up along the way to total 11 of us! Amy loved the food and the company!

Speaking of food, Amy has been quite adventurous with local cuisine! My high school friends are now teasing me and saying that she's more local than me! (Which food-wise, she kind of is since I don't eat meat...) Amy hasn't had a bad food experience yet!

Unfortunately, both of us came down sick after that weekend. Amy things she caught it from her mom and passed it to me. Ugh. It was horrible because it was just a head cold but boy did it hang over you. I took 4 days off from work! Amy ended up with an ear infection and we had to take her to some random clinic in Waikiki to see a doctor. (She has no insurance yet! Eeep!)

Well, I have to come clean - the main reason that we stayed in a hotel was because I had a roach freak out. Our apartment is beautiful. We're on the 11th floor. There is no reason for us to have roaches in our apartment...but, this IS Hawaii.....

Before amy's arrival, my friend stan volunteered to drive me to pick up a few necessities. We went shopping and arrived at my new apartment around 11pm to unload my purchases. Lo and behold, I saw 3 little friends. Well, 2 little friends, and one monster. I freaked out and immediately vowed to make my place roach free. The next day, I went to the drugstore and bought 6 roach bombs, a can of Raid, sticky roach traps, combat roach traps, boric acid powder, and boric acid caulking paste. Muahahahaha! My dad helped me set 3 bombs (the other 3 are for back-up). I came in the next day to clean up the dead bodies and was happy to see that there weren't too many and they were pretty much centralized in the kitchen (likely, because the sink, dishwasher, and laundry machine are all there...water sources). After cleaning that up, I sprayed raid around, laid roach traps all over, laced the floor next to and around all kitchen appliances with the boric acid and caulked holey spaces with the paste. Now - as my friend Stan says - our apartment is not only roach free, but child killing!

In the meantime, I've been keeping the kitchen spic and span. Amy and I are living quite the bohemian life. Most of our meals recently have been coming out of packages, boxes, and cans (though that's mostly the chicken noodle soup because we're sick). We have no couch we instead have a really cheapy flip & fold futon mattress that will have to be the couch for now. We're borrowing one of my parent's tv's (it's small) and it is currently sitting on a folding chair in the living room. We're sleeping on the murphy bed in our guest bedroom and using my laptop as a computer. Regardless, we have electricity, running water, a fan to keep us cool and - I do have my priorities straight - digital cable tv with a DVR and high speed internet!!! This weekend we're shopping for couches, a tv stand and a new flat screen tv!

Life was difficult without the car while we were so sickly. I had to take painful trips to the drugstore to get meds for us. Not fun. But the car came in and my dad drove us to pick it up. Amy's in the process of getting the registration and everything else that she needs to make the car legal. Yay!

We are also trying to visit Scooter in quarantine as much as possible. The station is kind of far away and traffic here is terrible. He's so skinny. I can tell he's not eating. Amy and I didn't have time to buy him food yesterday so we just grabbed cold cuts from our fridge (turkey & beef). Boy did he inhale that! He will be joining us in a week!!! Yay!

FINALLY, I will soon be the alumna admissions representative for Hawai'i. The amazing woman who was our rep before (who has been "retired" for awhile) wants to pass it on as it's a ton of work. It was as if she was waiting for me to move back! Anyhow, I've been stalking students - phone calls, emails, etc. and the college fair is this Thursday. I've made a few online purchases to enhance this new position of mine: Note cards made from photos of the campus that I took, return address labels, and business cards. I am also planning to have post cards made with photos of Mount Holyoke and Mary Lyon quotes on them. I am also excited to create a student database. I can't seem to find a good way to keep the kids straight using paper. I LOVE DATABASES! I actually think this is one case where I'd use File Maker Pro if I had it. That sorry application hasn't been much use to me...ever. But I think I'd actually use that for this purpose. Excel definitely won't be enough. I'll probably have to make one in Access. I am giddy with excitement!!!

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Leaving RI

The Shopping

It's an odd feeling to have - finding that you may be missing a place that you aren't sure whether you liked very much in the first place. That is what I remember feeling during my last weeks in Rhode Island.

True, I would mostly be missing people (all of whom can somehow be tied to my jobs in RI) and places (mostly having something to do with food or shopping) but still, I felt an odd pang that I was actually going to be LEAVING a place that I had lived for 3 years...my first "real life" experience.

I've decided to list some of my favorite places to shop in RI and what I liked so much about them:

SHOPPING

-Providence Place Mall - Okay. So this really shouldn't be high on the list. They charge for parking. They have many "overpriced" type stores. The food court isn't that great. However, it was right next to where we lived and we spent much of our time there. Probably mostly because we were depressed or it was cold and we didn't want to be in the apartment. Still, I have fun memories there. Seeing the 3-D Dinosaur IMAX with Amy was fun. Not to mention the wonderful stores that they have there and NOT in Hawaii, including Victoria's Secret, Bath and Body Works, and (sadly) Crate and Barrel.

-Wrentham Outlets - Obviously. It's great when it's warm out for a stroll since it's outdoors. Unlike the PPM, they do not charge for parking though you sometimes had to run people over for a free stall (kidding). My favorite things here, in no particular order, are: the discount make-up store, Van Heusen, Bass, Eddie Bauer, and Rocky Mountain Chocolate where Amy and I would pick up a caramel & peanut covered apple at the end of our shopping excursions.

-Warwick Mall - Okay. This place isn't the most wonderful place either, however, the whole strip in Warwick can be fun. How can you go wrong with a place that has a Petco, a Michaels, a Joanne's, a Best Buy, and 2 malls on the same strip??? We enjoyed a couple dinners at the new "On the Boarder" though to be quite honest, the main purpose of going to the Warwick mall tended to be solely for going to "Panda Express" where Amy had fallen for the orange chicken. (And to run Hallmark errands for my mom.) I didn't really get to bid this place a "farewell" as I saw no need for eating at Panda Express. The Panda's that are in Hawaii are huge (not express) and have a more delicious variety to choose from (including my favorite tofu & eggplant in garlic sauce that I was sorely missing in RI.)

-The Crossing at Smithfield - Nothing really special here. Just a place we went every so often.

-Garden City - Fondest memory is definitely free cone day at the Ben and Jerry's! ALSO, the Victoria's Secret at this mall actualy carries up through the larger sizes of bras that most normal Vicki's don't carry. I didn't find that out until much later, though.

-Thayer Street - Okay. So maybe I didn't "SHOP" on Thayer exactly, but I definitely shopped at Details, this adorable little shop that sold things like hats, hair accessories, socks, wallets and handbags. After the students left, wallets would go on sale for $5 and purses for $10! Oh...and let's not forget the EARRINGS, oh the earrings!!!!

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She Blogs! Finally!

First Post

-17 °C

Okay, so I've recently traded my life near the Atlantic Ocean for one in the Pacific Ocean. Good bye, Rhode Island. Hello, Hawai'i!

I'm finding this to be pleasant change despite a few kinks here and there. I definitely appreciate things here much more than I did when I was growing up. I have also yet to get myself to a beach. Oh well. There will be plenty of time for that!

I will begin posting with some of my Providence memories before I jump into Hawai'i.

Malama pono,
~hulagirl

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