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Last Day: Happily Blue

First off, I believe I have caught up on all my blogging responsibilities. If you were expecting to see me and didn’t, say so. I hustled through all your back posts, and I suppose I could have missed someone. Last night, nearing the end of the craziness this week, I fell asleep 4 or 5 times while trying to post. Finally I succeeded and stumbled off to bed. This morning I woke, went through all my get ready routines and found myself with time to spare. I visited a few blogs, edited my post, gathered my things and left for work. I mentally stayed in blogland thinking of possibilities for this very post, while getting in the car, fastening the seatbelt, checking the mirrors, turning the key, and backing out of the parking space. Then I shifted the car to D.

D! No, not D! D is for delete!

I kid you not. That is the very thought that went through my mind. If I shifted the car to D, I would disappear. The thought only lasted for a second, then I got the giggles. It was just confirmation that it is very good this was my last day. As some of you know, I haven’t much enjoyed this job. Maybe someday I will tell you why.

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Today was the last offical day of the 2007-2008 school year in Hawaii. I went in this morning, helped move some furniture, did a room inventory, turned in my confidential files and my keys, and said good-bye.

After the good-byes I got in my car and drove to Ma’ili Beach. I sat in the shade and dug my toes in the sand. I wasn’t feeling blue, but the day sure was …

I could have sat there as long as the shade allowed, but I was hungry and my hair had a date with a pair of scissors. I dusted the sand from my feet and went on my way.

My next stop was a Korean restaurant in Kapolei where I ordered gyoza and a large soda. I noticed the blue calligraphy on the plate and decided a picture was in order. Then I reached for the soy sauce …

The condiments and spices were in this nice little Hello Kitty basket. The toothpick holder had a blue lid. The back wall is also a very light blue because of the tinting on the front windows. They spoke to me of Project Blue.

When I left the Korean restaurant I went and got my hair cut. (That is a post for another day.) Then I headed for home, but first I needed to pay for the privilege of driving to the mall.

At the Aloha gas station on Farrington Highway and Makaha Valley Road (the cheapest gas in town), I paid $4.05.09 per gallon, which translates to a $51.00 fill-up for my mid-sized vehicle. After that I decided the most sensible thing to do was head home and park the beast.

Once at home I headed for the relaxation of the lanai and an absolutely refreshing view.

Those of you who are very observant found a bit of blue in every photo.

7th entry
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Quilly is the pseudonym of Charlene L. Amsden, who lives on The Big Island in Hawaii. When she is not hanging out with Amoeba, she is likely teaching or sewing. Or she could be cooking, taking photographs, or even writing. But if she's not doing any of that, she's probably on Facebook or tinkering with her blog.


  1. You lucky girl living in such a paradise ! (even when you have to work) Here it’s grey and rainy and I rather don’t look out of the window. Nothing blue to see !

  2. YAY! YAY! Summer vacation!!! Whooooo hoooo! Let’s DANCE!!! Glad you got to sit on the beach, relax and let all the tension from the past year spill out! ENJOY your Summer my friend!!!

  3. Wonderful that your school year is over and you get to run free for a while as well as the kids. Loved the pictures and the last one was truly deserved. Thanks for stopping by today. You know gasoline isn’t that much more expensive on the island than it is on the mainland. I expect it to be $4 any day now. Enjoy your time off!! Yay You!

  4. I forgive you your busyness. As you have probably noted, I’ve not had much time for blogging lately either.

    These are great photos!

  5. How wonderful to have your school year complete. Our kids go until the 19th but in my position (you know, the one from which I was just fired!) goes a week longer than the classroom teachers. Then a short break and summer school begins. I hope you get to spend many hours enjoying such views this summer. Your pictures are wonderful. And that blue is spectacular. I’m on a waiting list for a trade to Hawaii through a timeshare travel service. It’s not looking good. We shall see. Have a happy Saturday and first day of freedom. 🙂

  6. That sounds like quite a day! d for delete! LOL!!!
    The places our mind wanders off to sometimes when we’re stressed huh?
    I wish you a great weekend!

  7. What a wonderful series of photos. I enjoyed going through the day with you. Experienced some envy for everything but the gas tank. Living in the middle of nowhere as I do now, things like Korean food are not available. It’s one thing I miss about NYC – the wonderful variety of foods available. That bottle of beer looked pretty good too.

    Congrats on the end of the school year.

  8. What a way to celebrate your Last Day. Paradise can cure anything. Love your choice of blue in each shot. Enjoy your First Days now.

  9. I love your site. I love wandering in and being blown away by your pictures. If a pictures says a thousand words…….these are off the bloging charts! Have a wonderful time off.

  10. Oh, perfect, perfect, perfect. I can taste your relief at the start of freedom (however finite it may be). Your photographic diary of the day is enchanting. Beautiful.

  11. I love the way you’ve found blue everywhere, and those first two gorgeous shots have me itching to get to the beach tomorrow.

  12. Glad that D didn’t make you disappear as we would miss you.
    I wish I could sit on that beach.
    The blue pictures were interesting and every one had some blue.

  13. There’s either a developing color blindness in my eyes or your last picture is green and yellow. St. Pauli Girl green and yellow.

    Never pictured you as a St. Pauli Girl… more like a Killian red or a Corona with lime.

  14. Anil — which I spent at the church car wash. Not relaxing, but certainly fun.

    SN — I have no intention of teaching pre-K again, and it wasn’t the kids.

    Gattina — usually even when it rains here the sun shines.

    Melli — sleep first. Dance after.

    Amber — free is too expensive. I’ll stick to moderate running.

    Mumma — real life is interfering with my blogging. I was set to resent that when I remembered how much I used to long for a real life ….

    Brig — I’ll AMEN that, big time!

    Robert — the 19th! When do they start back to school in tha fall?

    Jientje — sometimes my mind wanders off when it’s not stressed!

    Raven — I have lived in the back of beyond. Here has more variety, but more hassle, too.

    Photowannabe — paradise extends no further then the scenery. There is much poverty and strife here.

    Kelly Ann — thank you. Do you have a url you want to share with us?

    Shrinky — thank you.

    Robin — the news would have us believe that your beach isn’t s safe place to visit. ?

    Dr. John — I am glad I would be missed. I wasn’t certain my absence would leave a hole in cyberspace.

    Sauerkraut — St. Pauli Girl labels are blue and white. I do like my Corona with lime. I have never had a Killian Red. The beer choices in our little corner of the island market are few and spendy. I bought the sale. St. Pauli Girl is a respectable pale ale.

  15. Quilly my dear, your paradise is where I need to be! I never would have left the beach…content to lie there forever!

    All your photos are amazing!

  16. phew, trying to catch up on my blogging ‘responsibilities’ myself 🙂
    that’s a great set of shots, and be careful with that delete function!

  17. Those blue waters are to die for! I remember the first time I saw them and your photos bring it all back.
    I like all the found blue – but they so pale in comparison!

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