Took another staycation this past week and indulged in the intermediate digital photography class at the Hui No’eau with Aubrey Hord. The Hui is such a wonderful venue for creative coursework as the site itself is beautiful, rich in history and full of great photo opportunities like this wonderful bamboo forest just a short stroll from our classroom.
After class, I made my way to Paia to Cafe Mambo (my first time!). I love the open air and eclectic feel of this cafe. They are known for their burgers and I was craving protein so I gave the cheeseburger a try and it was delish. It was the perfect spot for me to cool down with a Pellegrino and do some planning for the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women luncheon. I’m the chair for the silent auction committee this year and I was in Paia to scout boutiques to approach for merchandise donations.
There used to be a time I’d buy fresh flowers from Costco nearly every weekend. I was living in Hawaii Kai at the Mauna Luan (oh man I still miss that condo, pools and jacuzzis everywhere), which is just a short drive (or walk) to the nearest Costco. Going to Costco in Hawaii Kai was no big deal; it wasn’t the crowded craziness we deal with on Maui as Oahu has multiple locations across the island. So, I’d pop in each weekend, buy fresh flowers, some groceries and a book or two. Now, I visit Costco maybe once a month and I plan the time and day very carefully to avoid the crowds. I don’t buy fresh flowers on each visit as I’m trying to be a bit more frugal. The gorgeous pink and fuchsia ginger did gave me pause today but I resisted since it’s Sunday and I’ll be back at work tomorrow so won’t be home to enjoy them.
Another cool vintage find at da folks! My dad told me “don’t buy a light meter, K, cause I have one you can use”. Dad’s exposure meter was bought in the ’60s and comes in an aged leather case and yes, it still works. I was thrilled to see it and found a website that explains how to use it. Dad also had a camera from the 60s but unfortunately he gave that away before I got bit by the photography bug.
I’ve fallen off the bloggy wagon yet again. I have had a bit of trouble drumming up the motivation to write, especially on the weekends. I’m watching way too much tv and am easily distracted. For those of you who blog or write, how do you keep motivated? Do you keep an editorial schedule or set aside a specific time to pound away at the laptop?
I have a girl crush on Salma Hayek. She was featured in Lucky Magazine in May, which I just got around to reading and she looked great. Salma was also the producer of one of my favorite shows, Ugly Betty. Da BF and I saw Savages last night (two thumbs up!) and she was the most elegant drug cartel leader I’ve ever seen on the silver screen. On a side note, having a female as the antagonist in this type of script gave a bit more complexity to her character. As I try to get back into shape, I find it helpful to have body role models. Of course, I’m not trying to look like a celebrity but it is inspiring for me to see a woman in her 40s who is about the same height as me with a curvier body type looking fit.
Do you remember back in May when I vowed to get my blood work done? Well, I didn’t do as promised, but this past Saturday, I got off my derrière and headed to the lab to get my blood cholesterol and sugar tested. Now, I just need to schedule a follow-up appointment with my doctor to go over the results. I can then see how I improve as I make lifestyle changes. A part of me is scared because I know the results will not be good. However, sticking our heads in the sand, especially when it comes to health matters, is never the solution.
Have a fantastic week everyone!