My friend TinaMarie, who you met in this post has started a cooking blog. Please go say hey. You’ll absolutely love the post up now. Check out the look on her new daughter-in-law’s face when she realizes what kind of a family she’s married into! 😉
Thom says I am boring and I need to liven things up here a bit. I figured it was just “good ol’ Thom” trying to cheer me up, then I found this comment in my spam folder: This was such a great blog post I couldn’t wait to finish it. It sort of sounds like a compliment, but it isn’t really, is it? Expect some changes here in the near future.
If you’ve not heard from me at your blog, I have been quite busy, so recently I have only been visiting those who visit me.
Of course when the plane landed in Kona the very first thing I did was retrieve Ella from baggage. She was quite refreshed after her nap and didn’t complain too much about the Macadamia Nut Pancakes she could smell all the way from first class.
From the airport we went immediately to collect our rental car.
Ella loved the orange color (trust me, it was orange, orange, much brighter than this picture shows). She thought it would be easy to spot in parking lots. However, since 3 different rental agencies bought fleets of the darn things, no matter where we went there was always at least one other identical car. In fact at one point, I deliberately parked between two of them. I do so wish it had occurred to me to snap that pic.
Once in our room, Ella went straight to the balcony. She had to see the view, then she had to have her picture taken for Melli.
If you are at all concerned about the fact that I allowed Ella to sit unassisted on a 7th floor balcony, please rest assured that even though you can’t see it, there is a very big flower box behind her. She was in no danger of visiting the lobby head first.
After unpacking and checking out the amenities — no sleep number bed, Ella was sad — we headed for the lobby. We thought we’d explore a bit and see if we couldn’t find some eats.
Ella spotted a sign that got her all excited. She climbed atop it and was chattering a mile a minute. I thought for sure she wanted alcohol and told her no way. She got quite miffed and said she didn’t want the drink. She wanted a little pink umbrella to match her outfit.
The bartender gave her a little pink umbrella and Ella was very gracious, but I could tell she was disappointed. I asked her what was the matter. She said she thought the umbrella would be bigger so she could use it for beach shade. Even though it wasn’t what she wanted, I am glad she got the umbrella though. It helped us make our Punny Monday.
Since out Macadamia Nut Pancakes had long since worn off, Amoeba and I were quite hungry. We asked Ella what she had in mind for lunch and of course, since she is an elephant, she yelled, “Salad!” Then she hopped down from the sign, scrambled across the lanai, and climbed up on an occasional table in the lobby. It is astounding how fast that little elephant can move.
I had a heck of a time convincing her that this wasn’t a gourmet tropical salad, but was instead a center piece for looking at only. She thought that was a horrific waste of perfectly good food.
Finally we convinced her to walk down the block with us to an ocean-side cafe. We sat beneath a big umbrella in beach chairs on the sand and ordered our lunch from a swimsuit-clad waitress. Amoeba and I had Kalua pork. Ella had a tropical fruit salad and a goodly portion of my french fries.
We’re not headed back to Oahu though. This time we’re going to Hawaii Island itself — better known as the Big Island. This time we are also only going to stay for a week rather than three years. (How many of you really thought we were moving?)
However, that wasn’t the important part of my announcement. After researching airline tickets and then researching hotels and comparing prices, I finally decided to through the vacation packages and I booked us one that included airfare, hotel, and a car — even though Amoeba will be working while we’re there. That means one of us will have to do the vacationing. (Notice the emphasis on have so you will feel sorry for me.)
Since I am going to Hawaii to vacation, you will likely seeing less of me on your blogs. I am taking my camera. I hope to still post. I will try to get around to visit you every other day or so — but I am expecting my hands will be full. Ella is finally out of detox and we’ll be taking her with us. Even when she’s not smoking and drinking she is a hyper active little Pachyderm. I’ll likely be quite busy.
Jientje and Ellie are here! Thom and I picked them up at the airport, then we headed to California Pizza Kitchen at Kahala Mall for a bite to eat.
This is the CPK Moroccan Salad. Thom & I shared it. We both liked it better last time we ordered it. Thom says they changed the recipe.
Thom & I also shared this lovely Greek pizza. We offered some to Jientje, but she was content with her own order.
Ella Phlint with Jimi
Ellie got into Jientje’s Cape Cod, donned Thom’s glasses, and flirted outrageously with Jimi, our waiter.
Jientje had Thai Shrimp wraps. They must have been yummy because she ate every bite and declined to share our salads & pizza with us.
Jientje is sleeping peacefully and I am soon headed for bed. If you are wondering why Amoeba isn’t in this little party, it’s because he is in Houston at a thrilling and exciting business meeting. He flew out about 24 hours before Jientje flew in. He’ll be back late Monday.
Now, I might be a little scarce for awhile. Be patient. I’ll be back with TONS of photos!