Temple of Equality

January 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

Yesterday Don & visited the Boyodo-In Temple in Kaneohe.

The Temple is a scale replica of a temple at Uji in Japan, and was constructed entirely without the use of nails.

The Byodo-In translates to “Temple of Equality – not to discriminate” such a nice message.

The Buddha is said to be the larges figure carved since ancient times. It was amazing in person.

To switch gears completely, we came home later and walked downtown where there was a Pro Bowl block party with tons of street vendors. I’m not that into football, but I got some Yogurtland, Don got a Gyro so we were both happy campers.

And we got to witness this lovely sunset.

I love living in Hawaii 🙂

Going into Monday I’m pray pray praying that something happens on the job front next week. I need a job & to start feeling productive like yesterday.


Scenery makes all the difference

January 28, 2011 § 1 Comment

I got up this morning knowing I had an 8 mile run scheduled.

I was sort of wishy-washy about if I should save it for this weekend or do it today, but I like to save my weekends for some other fun outdoor activity that Don & I can do together so I pushed myself to do it today. I use MapMyRUN to track my miles and I mapped out a course alongside Diamond Head Beach Park. I wish I’d brought my camera because it was so amazingly beautiful and I’m so glad I started off my day in such a great way.

After 8 miles I came home and made a delicious protein smoothie.

1/2 cup frozen strawberries

1/2 frozen cup blackberries

1/2 banana

1/2 scoop EAS Chocolate 100%  Whey Protein

1 cup almond milk

Easy-peazy and so good.

I’m going to try my best at being productive today and I’m praying for a phone call from a job opportunity that I really really want. I’ve submitted a thoughtful cover letter & resume in person, and left a follow-up voice mail. All I can do now is stay busy so I don’t brute over it all weekend.

Today’s Lesson

January 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

Never ever eat tofu curry for lunch & then go running.


If you are what you eat, then I’m an almond.

January 26, 2011 § Leave a comment

Am I late to this party, or have I just discovered something fantastic!

Non-Lactose almond cheese – and it even tastes good!

I’ve had some stomach issues as of late so I’ve been trying to tune into my body a little bit more by cutting certain foods out of my diet. I’m trying to cut out dairy and see how I feel. The only reason cutting out dairy is difficult for me is because I LOVE fancy cheese. But I don’t think it always likes me back, so I’m giving it the cold shoulder for a while. In the meantime I’ve found almond cheese & so far so good. I mean I already love almond butter, almond milk, cocoa roasted almonds…why not add almond cheese to the mix. I suppose I just might turn into an almond.

In other news, I thought I’d send out a little PSA – If you have sensitive skin DO NOT use these Sally Hansen Wax Strips.

Because for two days now, instead of having a little peach fuzz on my face, I have a nice red mustache and some lovely matching red eyeshadow. This stuff seriously will hurt you. I hate spending $30-40 to get my eyebrows & such waxed, & I’ve done at home wax kits before no prob, but this one is evil. Just thought I’d put that out there for ya.

So my face isn’t looking very beautiful, but the sky sure is!

I often have ‘religious moments’ just taking in the scenery here in Hawaii. It’s insanely beautiful and I am so blessed to live here.

The Pineapple Room

January 24, 2011 § Leave a comment


Don & I went to the Pineapple Room last night.

The Pineapple Room’s Chef Alan Wong also authored the lovely foodie book The Blue Tomato, and owns and operates a Waikiki restaurant that bears his namesake Alan Wong’s Honolulu where President Obama is known to dine when visiting Hawaii. Chef Alan cooks with locally grown foods which makes the dining experience authentic and environmentally friendly.

We went to the Pineapple Room for our first anniversary & were hooked.

This time we had the most amazing Bruschetta with Goat Cheese, Tomato Jam, Olive Tapenade and Fresh Basil.

Don had the Mango Chutney and Macadamia Nut Crusted Apple Curry Glazed Kurobuta “Berkshire” Pork Chop with Kabocha Pumpkin and Mascarpone Cheese Puree – whew that’s a mouthful.

I tried some of the Pumpkin Mascarpone Cheese Puree and it was delicious!

I had the PR Seafood Salad, with Crab, Shrimp, Poke, Nalo Greens and Green Goddess Dressing. I don’t usually order anything with crab because I can’t stand imitation crab but this was the real deal and I ate every bite.

Tonight though I’m going to whip up something healthy after a weekend of eating out.

A Thoughtful Weekend

January 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

Heaven is under our feet, as well as over our heads.  ~Henry David Thoreau

This weekend was full of contemplative moments. On Saturday we went on a long drive around the island in the Jeep. And I must say Jeeps are the vehicle of choice for living on the island. Without windows and doors, having a Jeep makes the experiencing the beauty of the oceans and the mountains that much more tangible. Here are a few pictures from our Saturday drive.

On Sunday, our weekend continued with a thought provoking visit to the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor. The Pearl Harbor Visitors Center provides a free museum that thoughtfully educates visitors on the history of December 7, 1941, a day that led to the United States involvement in WWII through the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. There were 2,403 casualties as a result of the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the Arizona Memorial is a somber reminder of the reality and incredible gravity of war.

Now days, I often have a difficult time articulating my feelings about history, politics and war. I am a liberal some may even say progressive military wife. Despite my feelings on political matters, I would never undermine the sacrifice and dedication of U.S. military members – past and present. Individuals who chose a life of service willingly commit their lives to an ideal that they believe in – that they’d give their lives for – and politics aside, those individuals stand as an example of strength, dedication and spirit.

The Green Stuff

January 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

So I have to start off this post by saying my step-dad should be so proud.

When I was in high school he grew wheat grass, from seeds, then cut the grass and juiced it. He’d try his best to convince my sisters and I that it was waaay better for us than coffee but I admit, we just thought it was weird and smelled like a lawn mower (and we were bitter because he banned soda from the house – another health nugget that I now live by but thought was sheer punishment back then).

Well wouldn’t you have it that years later, wheat grass shots are all the health rage, and if I’d just listened back in the high school days, I could’ve been ahead of the curve & healthier to boot.

So today I finally officially gave in and bought my own personal juicer after hearing all the great benefits of the Green Monster Movement.

All this good stuff…

turned into this

and it was tasty!!!

Can you say bad hair day? It's ok, the juice makes up for it.


Some great books I’ve read that have recipes and outline the detailed benefits of juicing are:

Raw Food Real World by Matthew Kinney and Sarma Melngailis (take one look at her & you’ll want to eat just like her!)

Crazy, Sexy, Diet by Kris Carr (survived cancer through changing her diet – and she’s got a hilarious tone that makes the book so much fun to read)

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