A Taste Of Maui

Over the summer my parents came to visit me here on my island of Maui. They stayed in the middle of Kihei across the street from a beach called Charlie Young. I was nervous having visitors to my island, but it turned out to be a great experience and we made some fun memories.

Almost every time I talk with my mom now after the trip she always mentions how much she loved her time on Maui. She even went so far as to google Charlie Young Beach and found a live beach camera that overlooks the ocean and all the people enjoying the beach. Mom loves taking a look every day at what Maui looks like that day, that she had the idea of adding it to my blog. I thought it would be a great idea that my followers can see what I get to enjoy every day.

Kihei Charlie Young Beach Cam

This view looks out onto the West Maui Mountains going around the corner to the West side of Maui, and the islands of Kahoolawe and Lanai. This is the view of the maintain and ocean I get every day! It has been windy and rainy the last few days, and “cold” for us people who think 70° is freezing.

Please enjoy! 


New Additions

I keep taking long breaks from blogging and I’ve been feeling guilty. I keep trying to telling myself I shouldn’t feel guilty because this is my hobby and I’m writing just for me, but the guilt keeps creeping back. I haven’t really had inspiration for any posts recently even though a lot has happened. I recently adopted an 11-year-old senior cat name Sake from the Maui Humane Society.

02281817011305923519.jpgI’ve been thinking about adopting an animal for a while now, but I know I don’t quite have the resources for a dog yet. Last week I made a trip to the Humane Society on the way home from work, and fell in love with one of the senior cats there. I came back the next day and I found out the cat had gotten adopted. The staff there were so happy because not many senior cats get adopted, but I was a little sad. I spent some time visiting with the other cats and immediately got drawn to Miss Sake.


She was pretty shy and with-drawn compared to the other cats and she was curled up in a little corner. I went over to her and sat next to her for a while until I finally started petting her. She wouldn’t stop purring and every time I would take my hand away from petting her she would place her paw on top of my hand and pull it back in. I petted and played with her for about an hour and decided to place a 24 hour hold on her. This would give me some time to think about it overnight and also I would be able to have some time to get supplies ready at the house.

All that night I couldn’t get her off my mind. The next day I came back and picked her up for her final adoption process and brought her home! It was my birthday weekend and was I got Glutenized the following day, which I was upset about as it was my birthday weekend, but it turned out to be the perfect time to spend getting to know her and making her familiar with the house and all her new spots. She’s been an amazing animal already and just knows when I need some snuggles.

Last week I also started seeing a psychologist. It has been something I know would be good for me but have been avoiding for a while. I haven’t been to a therapist in a couple of years now. I’ve been in such a transitional period in my life with all of the moving that I haven’t wanted to spend the time with creating the relationship with a new therapist when I was just going to move again.

I finally called up my doctor and they referred me to a small practice right down the street from my house. I was able to get in the same week and have reoccurring appointments scheduled for every Friday now. Our first meeting went really well and I was so happy to feel a good connection right away. She specializes in trauma, PTSD, and chronic illnesses, which ties in really well with all of my chronic issues. It was hard doing a first time therapy appointment because it’s pretty much just all intake to tell your history. A lot of things I don’t want to think about get brought up, and by the end of my hour session I was mentally drained.

One thing she really stressed was to take some time for self-care the rest of the day. I had every intention of going to the beach and relax with some music and a book, but when I got home I sat down by my new kitty and just started crying. Sake was still getting used to the house as she was only there a day at the time, and she was curled up in a corner in my bedroom. When I came home and started crying she immediately came out and started staring at me with her big beautiful green eyes. She curled up next to me and started purring and stared into my teary eyes. It was like she just knew the pain I was going through.

Through all of my younger hardships I always had our family Golden Retriever named Sam. During my 5 years off and on of therapy in the past, Sam was always there guiding me to safety. I still get teary eyed even thinking about him and how much of an amazing feeling it is to have that trusting animal who would never do you wrong. I’m so happy to be able to welcome Sake into my home now. It might just all be in my head, but I feel a really close connection to her already. I’m so happy to have her to snuggle up to on my down days, and to have another something to take care of and think of besides myself.


Super Bowl Sunday

It’s been a bit since I last posted. Part of that is because I’ve been in a really upset mood the last two weeks and haven’t really wanted to write or think about why. There has been a lot of frustration with work and my health as I continue to have issues and miss work. I also had a migraine most of last weekend, so I was stuck in a dark room and in silence, which gets really boring really fast. I’ve also just been in a really bad mood and not completely sure why.

I started thinking last night about my good days, and I realized I still haven’t posted about Super Bowl LII. My mood started to lift as I thought of the potential positive blog post. I was able to drift off to sleep and wake up in an “okay” mood this morning.

Super Bowl Sunday is one of my favorite days, usually because it involves fun people and lots of food. My favorite appetizer to make is Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers first made by my oldest sister S. The recipe is super easy to prepare ahead of time, but they do need to bake a good 45 minutes before serving. I also made a big pan of Layered Taco Dip to snack on, and Chex Muddy Buddies for desert. Each dish I prepared ahead of time and divided half into a completely separate container for me to keep Gluten-Free, while the other half was for everyone else.

Everything turned out super yummy except for my Chex Muddy Buddies. They were delicious when I first made them the night before the game, but by the next day I tasted them and they were stale. This tends to happen in Hawaii because of the heat and moisture in the air. Chips, crackers, bread, cereal, etc. all get stale within in minutes of opening. I was still happy with my chocolate fix though, and ate my whole bag over the next week.


As far as the football game, it was the New England Patriots vs. Philadelphia Eagles. Considering the Patriots have won so many Super Bowls, most of us were cheering for the Eagles. There was a little contention with the Vikings fans in the room though, since the Eagles knocked out the Vikings for the second Super Bowl spot. The Minnesota Vikings were so close to going to the Super Bowl hosted in their own home state! It was still pretty cool to see all of the Super Bowl LII festivities back in my home town leading up to the game, via long distance social media of course.


My roommate’s parents hosted our friends in their large house perfect for a get together. There was about 12 of us gathered together to enjoy the game, food, drinks, and each others company. There was lots of laughs, cheering, and the game was an exciting one. The Eagles brought in the win at 41 – 33, scoring their final touchdown with a minute left in the game.

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