Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Arriving at Oahu
The day before,Easter Sunday, we were in Kauai, and I did get a few photos.
We docked in Nawiliwili harbor, a very tricky harbor to negotiate with a narrow, twisty channel. The pilots for this harbor earn their pay!!
The top skein is from the fifty%off table because, damn it, I can't resist a sale. The next two skeins are from an independent dyer on the island. That pink and yellow just sang my name so dulcetly! And the aqua silk - how could I resist?
And then, there's a skein of lace weight alpaca in a blue that is perfect for Lynn Baker. I'm going to knit her a scarf for Christmas.
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Still in Maui
Today Kyle and I walked to the nearby swap-meet. Gee we had fun. And Baabette went just nuts. She wanted every piece of jewelry and every dress out there. And half of the t-shirts as well. Kyle got 3 new t-shirts. I got a new dress. We got some home-made marinades and sauces, and figured the back pack was heavy enough.
I have 11237 steps so far today. Usually I have salad for lunch, but today I had lamb and pasta and strawberry frozen yogurt. I was soo hungry!
Now it's time for a nap before dinner. Cruising is hard work, but someone needs to do it.
Friday, April 18, 2014
Maui - photo heavy post
This morning at 8AM we docked in Kahului on Maui. Kyle and I were going to take the Rainforest and Waterfalls Hike. We had paid $136 each to do so. We got to the dock and were told that the cruise ship company had oversold the tour and there wasn't room for us. Our money would be refunded, but - sorry - we have nothing available for your to do today.
Undaunted, we decided to make our own fun, so we walked a mile or so to the farmer's market at the Queen Kaahumanu shopping center. Wayy cool!
For those who asked, here is Baabette in her formal wear. You can see the pink earrings. She was so festive!
She has been a bit of a pain lately. She wants a pirate earring. And a date with Johnny Depp.
And, because the fibronistas asked, here is the fabric I have been unable to resist. A jellyroll of navy to pale blue batiks. I got these at Artistic Expressions. I was trying soooo hard to be disciplined.
Then I found a fabric store here in Maui - I fell for a bundle of 4 fat quarters that co-ordinated with the jelly roll. The shop is Sew Special and they are just crammed with gorgeous batiks and Hawaiian prints. AND, they have a web site - firstname.lastname@example.org so we can order fabric on line if we should start to run out. (Part of my brain is saying, "You can scarcely walk through your workroom because you have BOXES of fabric stacked up on the floor!!!")
And omigawd, I found a bolt end - a yard and quarter, that is perfect with everything else!
So we came back to the ship, had lunch, sat in the hot-tub, had cold beverages . . . I am NOT being very WeightWatching accountable. A MaiTai is nothing but empty calories. But I HAVE gotten in 12,003 steps and 53 flights of stairs so far today.
If only I could resist the chocolate melting cake at dinner. Rich dark chocolate - imagine a brownie that is only half-baked so you get a little cake and then spoonfuls of warm brownie batter that is like a chocolate orgasm for your tongue.
And there is no scale available on the ship. No way at all to weigh in. No way to see if I am holding the line or sinking into the slow fat morass. (more ass)
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Docked in Hilo
We pulled in to the pier in Hilo, and got telephone connection, so I was able to pull some photos I had sent from my phone. Baabette with her pink parasol.
And here we see Roxie and Baabette relaxing in one of the deck chairs on the stern. That was a languid, serenely slothful morning.
So, Kyle, Baabette and I got off the ship at the port and walked about two miles in to Hilo center. It was overcast and humid and warm and I loved it. Kyle was chipper as a mynah, and Baabette was complaining as only a sheep can. ALong the way we spotted a couple of kittens playing in the brush alongside the road.
We walked and walked and walked, and when we finally got into town, the first place I wanted to stop was a shave-ice shop. Coconut, passion fruit and mango is my favorite, favorite shave-ice. My mouth and tongue were nearly frozen before I finished, but it was worth it!!
We stopped at Artistic Impressions fabric store. I have to stop there every time we get to Hilo. They have the most awesome asian prints and quilt kits and finished quilts that just inspire the heck out of me. I know I don't need more fabric. I really, really don't. But you know how it goes. At least I didn't buy more than I could carry.
We stopped at the farmer's market and bought 3 papayas for a dollar and an avocado the size of a softball for $2. I love farmer's markets in Hawaii!
Baabette and I posed on the way out of town. I love these big wide-spreading trees!!
Tomorrow, Maui for two days.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
And then ---- oh and then, --- oh bleeeeeat! We got up on stage and danced! Woohoo! We kicked our heels up. We threw our hooves up, we got to SHOUT !
This is Roxie and me with the cruise director who led us all in dancing. He was very nice and thought I was wooooonderful!
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Third day at sea -- Baabette writes
Gene and Linda A are on this cruise as well, and we have been enjoying their company no end. At dinner last night, Gene told us that we were supposed to entertain him. Foolish man. I started telling jokes, and he and Linda were kind enough to laugh. In fact, we all got to laughing so raucously that a fellow at another table began giving us very dour, Presbyterian glares. And for heaven’s sake, we were stone cold sober and G-rated. I’m so glad I don’t have to live in his head! Wait till he sees me with a load on.