Wednesday, August 22, 2007


I saw B. at school today. First time since our talk on the last day. My heart still stops beating momentarily and I have to remind myself to breathe when I see him. This year should be fun.

But on a more positive note, I finally feel like I might be accomplishing something with my new job. And I made a list of things I need to focus on for the immediate future, so I can be a little more organized, too.

Having a meeting with Principal (former AP... who I don't particularly care for... for very good reason) tomorrow to discuss "roles" (his word, not mine). Should be enlightening.


Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Annoyed Beyond Words

While I was in Hawaii, my laptop started having an endearing little problem where the screen would go almost entirely black. The first time this happened, I nearly cried until Heather told me to try closing it and opening it back up again. Sure enough, this worked and I was happy again.

Over the next few days of the trip, the black screen effect happened more and more frequently, and sometimes required the screen to be shut two or three times before it would come back on. This routine continued after my return to Michigan until about two weeks ago when it finally refused to come back on. At all.

Of course, all my pictures from my trip were still on my laptop.

Luckily, my new TV I bought back in December has a PC hookup so it can be used as a computer display. It even came with the cord I needed! So, I hooked it up (so I could see what I was doing) and transferred all the needed files to my flash drive so that I could save them on my desktop. Then I contacted Gateway and made arrangements to send it in and have the display fixed. It is out of warranty, so I knew it would not be cheap, but it would still be less than a new laptop that I couldn't really justify buying anyway.

My laptop came back to me yesterday and I was all excited to have it back. I unpacked the box and fired it up, marveling in the now-bright display. But I discovered mere moments later that there was a problem. I no longer had wireless capabilities. It wasn't just turned off... it just didn't work. I didn't even have the little icon down by the time that allowed me to search for networks, so it wasn't just that my own network wasn't working.

So now it has to go back to Gateway. The only good news is that, since this is obviously something that they did when repairing the display, there will not be a charge for repair. It just bugs me that, after just having to be without my laptop for almost two weeks, I now have to send it away for a couple more again.


Monday, August 06, 2007


In case you hadn't noticed, I'm back dating posts to when they were formulated in my little brain, if not actually typed up. Unfortunately, we didn't have internet access during the entire trip (well, not free internet access anyway), and even when we did I was usually too busy to log on and post. So, scroll down and you'll see my most recent ramblings, even if they do have a date that is a week or more old.


Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Aloha Means Both Hello and Goodbye

Monday morning came early, but not as early as Sunday. Once we were ready, we walked up to IHOP for breakfast, then returned to the hotel to pick up the car. The major plan for the day was to drive to Diamond Head Crater and then hike to the top.

When we arrived at the parking area we were turned away because it was full, but given directions back to a nearby community college where we could park, then walk up to the entrance. Sure, we thought, as long as we are here to hike, what’s a little more distance?

Once we returned to the entrance, we began the steady climb to the top. It wasn’t a difficult route as hikes go (it’s known for its accessibility), but we did have to stop periodically to catch our breaths and get some water. We were rewarded at the top with a spectacular view.

And then we came back down. A much easier hike than going up for certain!

After returning to the hotel, Heather went out to do a little more souvenir shopping, while I headed across the road to the famous Waikiki Beach.

Now, I am not the world’s strongest swimmer, and I seem to have this irrational fear of drowning, but I was not about to travel all the way to Hawaii and not swim in the Pacific Ocean! So I found myself wading out into the gentle surf and riding the swells with the best of them. Of course, I rarely allowed myself to be carried to where I couldn’t touch the bottom if needed!

After my oceanic experience, I stopped by the pool of our sister hotel (our hotel’s pool was undergoing maintenance that day, so we had passes to the much swankier pool across the street). It was a beautiful setting, and there were people wandering around offering me ice cream bars (now you know I’m easily amused).

Soon it was time to return to the hotel to clean up because Heather and I were meeting two ladies from her program at their hotel down the street for a luau. It was nice to see Judy and Jean again and we were very interested in seeing a luau. It was a fun evening, the food was fabulous, and our drinks were pretty (and yummy).

With Tuesday came our final day in Hawaii. In the morning we ventured out to find the Honolulu Hard Rock Café and Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. so that we could add to our collections started in Kona. Then we returned to the hotel to finish packing and check out. Leaving our bags with the porter, we walked up to the Cheesecake Factory where we were meeting a friend of mine from high school for lunch.

After a delicious lunch, complete with cheesecake, and time catching up with Karen (and making faces at her adorable little boy, Nick), we walked back to the hotel to pick up our luggage and our rental car. It was time to head for the airport.

I dropped Heather off at the terminal with our luggage, then attempted to return the rental car. I followed the signs to rental car return, but, unfortunately, our particular rental car company wasn’t listed on the signs. After making a few extra laps around the airport and several wrong turns, I finally found myself back where I had rented the car in the first place and was able to get the shuttle back to the terminal.

As we waited in line to check in, we discovered that the time of our flight had been changed… not by much, only ten minutes, but it was a good thing we were there in plenty of time. We checked our bags (Heather’s had gained too much weight during the trip so she had to pay extra) and looked at our boarding passes to discover that we would be much closer on this flight than on the way to Honolulu. I was directly behind Heather. This proved to be convenient as we could actually communicate during the flight.

And before we knew it, we were boarding our flight and taking off for Minneapolis. No delays this time and a smooth ride the entire way there. Neither Heather nor I could sleep though, which made our arrival at 6:00 a.m. (1:00 a.m. in Hawaii) a little miserable. We checked the departure board and found that, while my flight was leaving from the very next gate, Heather had a bit of a walk, so we hugged and said our goodbyes. Less than an hour later I was headed for Grand Rapids.

After my arrival at 9:15 a.m. (eastern time), I found Mom and went to baggage claim, hopeful that my bags had made the entire journey, and they had. I am, however, still cursing the moron who parked his baggage cart right behind me so that I fell over it and bruised my shin badly when I turned around. If he had only apologized, I would not be cursing him.

And then it was time to see my babies again. Copper chewed me out for about three minutes straight upon her release from her crate, but then she was ready to go sniff out some cats again. She and Coal both stuck to me for a four hour nap this afternoon, though. I don’t think they’ll let me out of their sight again until we are home, which won’t be until tomorrow. I’m not about to undertake a two hour drive at this point.

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