Thursday 4-2-20

How is everyone doing? I haven’t had much to share in the last couple of days. I’ve noticed that when you’re not allowed to leave your house, Except to go to the grocery store, there is way more food consumption than usual. I’ve become a couch potato, laying in my pajamas all day reading and catching up on my reality shows.

I have been setting aside some time to meditate because I’ve been experiencing lots of anxiety and paranoia whenever we leave the house to pick up essentials. I’ll walk into a grocery store and just let my mind go crazy. It starts to physically affect me. I feel my stomach start cramping, my hands get clammy and I break out in a cold sweat. I try to social distance in the store and hold my breath if someone walks past me. I come home in fear that Im bringing something back home to my family. And it doesn’t help that ALL day long I’m getting alerts on my phone that keep reminding me of how serious this virus is. Meditation helps me to center myself help myself be in the moment.

Today I’m vowing to get some exercise. Maybe I’ll do some yoga with my daughters? Or have a little dance party? It doesn’t look like the rain will allow us to go outside today so some indoor activity will have to do.

Here are some photos that I took over the last couple of days. Lots of food being cooked here.

My grandson is just the cutest
We have a little hill in the back of our house that arias been enjoying exploring.
Kahele has to pick up something in town and bought us some manapua from Happy Days
I read this book in a day
I watched the entire first season of this show… in a day!
Burgers on the grill
Kabobs are an easily way to make sure we’re getting our veggies.

Sunday 3-29-20

Hi all! Hope everyone is doing well. It was another cozy day today. I’m sitting outside because it’s a chilly 73 degrees tonight. Yes, here in Hawaii we consider that chilly. I did some baking today. I’ve been spending a lot of time on Pinterest looking for recipes. I’ve been cooking all of our food for the last couple of weeks so I need to keep it interesting for my family.

For breakfast, I made this crescent crusted omelette. I used the canned rolls, added some eggs cheese and bacon and baked it. It was all right. The kids loved it but me, not so much.

I had some cans of coconut milk so I made some haupia rice pudding. This was awesome. I got the recipe from my grandma. Here’s the recipe:

**3/4 cup rice (I used calrose) ** 3 cups (2cans) coconut milk ** 1/2 cup sugar ** 1 tsp vanilla extract.

Combine milk, sugar and vanilla in a medium saucepan.  Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.

Gradually stir in rice, cover pan and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally for 30 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and cool.

My kids and I like to eat it warm but I love to chill some and top it with various toppings. Here are some things I had in tins as garnishes.

Here is a picture of our beautiful sunset. As I’m sitting out here I notice that it even seems quieter than usual. I’m wondering if it’s the lack of cars on the road? It’s so peaceful.

Hey, it’s Saturday!

I woke up to rainy weather again.

I actually woke up early this morning for the first time in what feels like forever. I had a meeting for work via Zoom. It was nice to have something to do work wise. It was also cool to communicate live with coworkers from all over the island and see how everyone is holding up. Some are making sure they keep up on their health and try to exercise during the day, and others are like me, taking a lot of naps and eating a lot of snacks.

I knew that this would happen so when I went to the store to shock up I made sure that I bought a lot fruits and yogurts that I could freeze for smoothies. I also bought a cheese, salami and cracker platter to snack on instead of chips and dips. But I am guilty of consuming a lot more alcohol than normal. Hopefully things get back to normal before I become a day drinker.

I found a can of pillsbury grand biscuits that were still good in my fridge so I made a quick monkey bread. It came out sooo good. On our next trip to the store I’ll be sure to grab more biscuits.

Find the recipe by clicking on the image

We are having leftover soup for dinner and I’ll be having a nice glass of wine to finish off my day. It has been raining all day and I’ve been enjoying the cozy weather in the evenings with a nice glass of wine and a cozy comfort playlist playing. Have a great night and wonderful day tomorrow.

My daughter on her scooter waiting for the rain to stop

We got out for a bit…

Happy Friday! Even though it could be any other day and still feel the same. Isn’t that weird? Kahele even forgot to play “it’s aloha Friday” this evening, which is his weekly ritual it seems. He did play it on Wednesday though, so I think we’re good for the week. My friend sent me this and I thought it was pretty cool and wanted to share it.

We took a little drive along the coast today. I created a scavenger hunt of a list of 20 things to find on our drive and we all had our camera phones ready to find our treasures. Some things I included were: a rainbow, a coconut tree, abandoned car, a horse and a playground. It was pretty fun and it also gave me some photos to add to my photo diary.

Here’s my rainbow shot that I took on Likelike hwy

It was so nice to just take a drive. Kahele and I have been taking turns running to the store for things we need, but our poor kids have been stuck at home. We needed to get them out of the house. So we chose a safe way to do that. I usually keep the windows up and the AC going. But today, even with the rain, I kept my windows down most of the time. The fresh air blowing in my face felt amazing!

Coconut trees
We got out near makapu’u to look at the ocean.
I’m so glad we did this!

On the ride home we decided that for dinner we wanted soup because of the cozy rainy weather. We went with Portuguese Bean Soup.

Now I’m sitting her with a glass of Stella Rosa wondering if I’m going to read a book or watch something. For now I’m listening to Paul McCartney’s Arrow Through Me. I’ve been creating some playlists also. I love when you run into a song that you haven’t heard in years and remember how much you loved it and the memories that come with it. Maybe I’ll upload one of my playlists in a later post.

I hope you all have a nice evening, good night, and a great morning!

My photo journal challenge

Is anyone else out there totally lost in what day it is? I’ve been really having to think about it lately. Everyday has been so routine for over a week. I’m so bored, so I can only imagine how it is for my kids. We’ve been trying to get them outside to run around and play ball but the weathers been pretty rainy here and it’s been hard to get out. Lords knows the last thing I need to do is have my kids getting a cold because I let them play in the rain. Because our days have become so blurred, I’ve decided to take pictures throughout the day so that we actually know what day we ran to the store or put gas in the car. It also gives me a little project to do. Please do not expect too many edited perfect photos, Although a color story app is my obsession. I’ll try my best to keep it interesting. I mean, I am only limited to my house, which is what makes this a challenge. I thought of this only this afternoon so I didn’t get many pics during the day but here they are…

Been enjoying trying out different blends
The sky at sunset was gorgeous tonight.
When I took this photo I noticed the blur. There was a smudge on my phone lenses. The beauty in flaws.
When we ran to the bakery we found water balloons and bought around 300 of them. Great investment in these times.
We’ve been grilling a lot. Gives us a chance to have a cocktail outside.

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Being stuck in the house all day I’ve been finding much opportunity to actually sit down (ok, lay down) and get lost in a book. I saw a preview that this book is being made into a tv series and I’ve had this book in my “must read” for a while now and this was the perfect time to get to it.

I did not want this book to end! I was so invested in each character and wanted the story to go on. The message that I took from this book is like the quote says “Don’t throw stones at your neighbors, if your own windows are glass”. Lots of drama, but I found myself getting choked up when these characters face obstacles with they’re families and loved ones. Awesome book, go check it out!

Bored outta my mind!

Hi everyone! It’s been a while. Life has been so busy…. until now. For so long blogging hadn’t even entered my mind because between work and family there just isn’t enough time in a day to find some peace and quite to take a seat and write a post. I was sitting outside getting some fresh air this morning and told myself to start journaling. Honestly I’ve forgotten what day of the week we’re on a couple of times. And even had to think when the last time I left my house was. I work at a high school so I’ve been out of work for 10 days because of spring break being last week. Then, yesterday we got the news that we’ll be out til April 30th along with the governor issuing a statewide order to stay at home, which I thought took effect yesterday at 4:30 but I just read 12:01 on Wednesday morning. No one can get any information correct. It’s all so confusing and uncertain. I was literally on the computer for hours at a time during my days trying to even create an account to apply for unemployment but only finally was able to yesterday. That was a headache!

On the upside, I’ve been able to be home with my kids, which is what we always wish for. I’m making the most of it even with being stuck at home. Luckily we like in a culdesac and my kids are pretty much the only kids on our street. We’re able to do a lot of bike riding, sidewalk chalk and even painting. We also invested in the PS VR system in February so that’s been something that has been keeping them physically active while it’s raining outside (it’s been raining a lot). What’s not so fun is the mess in my home! It looks like a hurricane went right through my house!

I just spent the last hour reading posts from blogs that I follow and it’s been so comforting for some reason. It’s nice to see the families finding ways to enjoy each others company. There are so many more that I haven’t got to, do a little later I plan to pour me a nice glass of wine (wine has been a real friend after the kids have gone to sleep) and read more posts. I can’t wait!

I hope that you’re all safe and healthy with enough food and toilet paper to last. Personally, my fears for myself are that my students will digress during this period and, if I’m being honest, my financial situation at the end of this. I know a lot of people have the same worries and a lot have it way harder than I do. I’ve been praying for us all every night. I will continue to do so. Have a great day! Until tomorrow…

The 50th State Fair

We celebrated Kuha’o’s birthday by going to the fair.  We haven’t been to the fair in so long but we’re planning a Disneyland trip in November and it’ll be the first time for my youngest, so when Kuha’o said he wanted to do the fair it was the perfect time to introduce Aria to some rides.  She absolutely loved it!  There were a bunch of us that went, which made it even more fun for the kids. 

We got there pretty early so the lines weren’t long at all.  The kids were able to go on all the rides they wanted early on.

It got really crowded when the sun set.  But the kids were completely satisfied by that point and we spent the rest of the time walking around, playing games, watching the monster truck show and EATING!  I love the feeling I get when walking around with the carnival light and music surrounding me while eating some carnival eats.