Wednesday, January 30, 2013

January Book Club

 

Last Thursday night we got together again for book club. Tammy chose this month's book, "Naked in Death" by J. D. Robb.

In a world of danger and deception, she walks the line--between seductive passion and scandalous murder...

Eve Dallas is a New York police lieutenant hunting for a ruthless killer. In over ten years on the force, she's seen it all--and knows her survival depends on her instincts. And she's going against every warning telling her not to get involved with Roarke, an Irish billionaire--and a suspect in Eve's murder investigation. But passion and seduction have rules of their own, and it's up to Eve to take a chance in the arms of a man she knows nothing about--except the addictive hunger of needing his touch.

Tammy fed us a yummy homemade soup with rolls while we discussed the book and caught up with each other, which is the best part of getting together, right? ;)

As a side note...I've decided that this will be my last book club. Two of the original 4 members of our club have left the group in the last months so, while I still love the current members in our club, I've decided it's time for me to take a break. One thing I have to say about my book club experience is I have loved the opportunity it has given me to read books by authors that I never would have chosen for myself. I have read some incredible books!


 

Hawaii Vacation Day 9 & 10 - Traveling

Now I don't usually post about coming home from vacation, but this one ended up being worth posting about. ;) 

Wednesday morning we flew from Honolulu to LA where we had about a 3 hour layover so we had a late lunch and then we walked over to our gate for our flight from LA to SLC. Apparently the day we were flying home was the day before Sundance started in Park City and people in LA were buzzing about it! Having lived in Utah my whole life, I guess I didn't realize what a big deal Sundance was, but because of it, our flight was overbooked so they were asking for volunteers to stay the night and fly home the next day in exchange for a $350.00 travel voucher. Andrew went up and asked about it, but I really just wanted to go home. We had been gone for so long and I was tired and just ready for my own bed. When no one volunteered however, they increased the travel voucher to $500.00! At this point, I still didn't want to do it, but I knew I would be mad at myself later if I didn't so I handed Andrew my boarding pass and he went and turned ours both in. They weren't able to get our luggage off the plane so we didn't have much with us, but they did give us a $24.00 dinner voucher, a room for the night at the Marriott LAX, a $14.00 breakfast voucher, a $500.00 travel voucher for each of us and a flight home to SLC early the next morning. :D 

After checking in for our flight the next morning, we took the airport shuttle to our hotel where we grabbed a few things like toothbrushes and toothpaste in the hotel gift shop and then we had an appetizer and desserts at a restaurant in our hotel (Our hotel had 3 restaurants and they honored our food voucher so we thought that was pretty cool!) before going to bed.




I loved the pool at our hotel! It even had color changing lights. :) Too bad we didn't have our swimming suits...


We flew home early the next morning and now we have a free flight for our next vacation! Can't wait! 


 

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Hawaii Vacation Day 8 - Waikiki Beach

Tuesday was our last day in Hawaii so we decided to go to McDonald's for breakfast so Andrew could have Spam, eggs, Portuguese sausage, rice and a taro pie. I got fresh pineapple with what I ordered. :)  




From there we decided to finish our souvenir shopping and then we changed into our swimming suits for a nice swim in the ocean. The water and weather was perfect!

That night we decided to have dinner at Hard Rock Cafe. As we were walking down the beach toward the restaurant, we passed the Duke Kahanamoku statue and decided to call my sister Leisa and my mom so they could see us on the live beach camera there leaving our fresh flower lei's, which is something everyone does. :)



Leisa told Andrew to do some funny poses so she could see them on the beach cam. ;)



Leaving the lei's.


My mom took pictures of us with her camera when we were live on her computer screen. :)





So gorgeous there...day or night!


We had such a fantastic Hawaiian vacation! Mahalo and Aloha until next time!


 

Hawaii Vacation Day 7 - Polynesian Cultural Center

Monday was the only day it rained while we were in Hawaii. Hawaii rain is kind of a misty rain so it's different then what we have here in Utah, but of course, Monday was the day we were going to the Polynesian Cultural Center so we were going to be outside all afternoon. Oh well!

On our way up to the PCC, we stopped at Chinaman's Hat, which is an island just off the coast of Oahu. It's said to resemble a Chinaman's hat, hence the name. ;)



This was our second visit to the PCC and this time we chose a more expensive package, which included a personal tour guide during our time there. That actually was really, really nice! She was able to help us make the most of our afternoon, which I appreciated since there is more there than you could ever see in a day!



The first thing we did there was a canoe tour...in the rain. ;) Still fun though.






Next, while waiting for a minute to visit the island of Tahiti, we sampled some coconut bread and went "fishing". It was a fun craft for crafty me! 



Our tour guide Wi (like Nintendo Wii) from Thailand.

In Tahiti, Andrew was chosen to go up on stage to dance! He's such the life of the party. ;) 



 


They gave him this really pretty headpiece to say thank you. :)



This tree grew over the river like this all by itself and apparently it's a famous tree. It was in an Elvis movie that was filmed at the PCC!

On the island of Samoa, in the family hut, Andrew tried his hand at fire making. He was the first one and one of only two in our group that could even get it to smoke! Our tour guide was very impressed. :) They told him the trick was to sit like a girl, but make fire like a man. ;) 





Then we got to watch a native do it!




He also invited Andrew up on stage this time to drink coconut water. Andrew said it didn't taste very good! 
 


We were also able to visit the islands of Aotearoa, Hawaii and Tonga during our afternoon at the PCC, but after Samoa, it was time for the luau! We had a fresh flower lei greeting and I ordered a strawberry smoothie in a pineapple! While I was waiting for my smoothie to come, Andrew went over and took pictures of the pig they roasted in the ground for the luau. Then we enjoyed some entertainment while we ate our buffet dinner.



The feather in my chair tells them I ordered a smoothie and what kind.


Yummy!








Next was the fabulous evening show Ha: Breath of Life. We had seats four rows from the stage! No cameras were allowed, but it was an awesome show! What a great day even with the rain. ;)