I had no idea I was going to come back from Kauai an engaged women, but here I am here writing about it now. Who knew if it would ever happen I am almost 40 after all! 🙂 I couldn’t be happier and I’m so lucky to have found someone who truly accepts and loves me for me. My craziness and all. At the half mile mark of the Kalalau trail, Monday June 22nd, the second day of our trip; I said yes to a proposal on bended knee from the love of my life, my best friend Blake.
We were in Hawaii for a family trip to celebrate the graduation of Blake’s niece’s from high school. I have been to Maui once before but this was my first time in Kauai. I wasn’t sure what to expect as several people told me it was pretty laid back with not much to do. I think that’s exactly what I needed because I had a great time! Our first day was pretty chill. We met up with friends at Puka Dog my new favorite, then hung out at the beach for a bit.
Okay so let’s get back to Puka Dog. I’m not really into hotdogs much so I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it. Well, I loved it! The way they cook the “dog” along with the garlic and my choice of relish which I chose coconut ; was amazing. We ate it twice it was so good. As I’m writing this I’m bummed that I can’t have one right now. Please bring this to California asap!
We had an awesome condo in Poipou which was our home for the week. I was afraid of spending way too much money in Hawaii so having a fully stocked kitchen was one of the great amenities they offered. Of course we went for some lunches and dinners out, but it was nice to have groceries at least for breakfast and snacks. Most of our evenings were pretty mellow as everything shut down pretty much around nine. We either played dominos with the family or spent time relaxing and watching movies. Honestly you get so tired from spending a lot of your day doing something in the sun, all you want to do at night is relax.
There were some activities we planned ahead of time but mostly we just wanted to do whatever we felt like doing and not plan too much out. We were going to a theatrical luau one night and tubing the next day. I was really looking forward to both. The luau was at a Plantation near Poipou and about 1000 people were there. It was such a nice evening and perfect weather with just a little bit of drizzle, but we were under a huge tent anyway. The food was served buffet style along with the pig and all which I did not look at as they brought it outside for everyone to see. Yuck! They had a few jewelry and handbag vendors outside before dinner was served and I found the cutest couple of bags. Score! Oh and every single person at our table was from southern California. All and all it was a great time.
The tubing adventure through the old sugar canals was a pretty rad time except for the van ride up there. Due to lack of roads, let’s just say it wasn’t a good time for me. I did recover though and ended up having a lot of fun.Many days were spent lying around on the beach, snorkeling, hiking up the Napali coast and taking a few drives and taking in the beautiful scenery. We learned our way around as the island as it’s pretty small anyway, and had our little local market we would visit frequently. I think we got pretty comfortable with our surroundings, rooster and all and it wasn’t easy to leave. I would definitely visit Kauai again I think it has a lot to offer. It will forever hold a special place in my heart for many reasons and I’m so beyond grateful to my new family that I was included in this family trip and was and always am treated like I’m one of them.
Happy 2014 everyone! Yes it’s a little late, I know. Last month was just a bit crazy for me so I just didn’t get a chance to write. Last year had it’s up’s and down’s like I’m sure many of you experienced; but this year looks promising and I’m looking forward for what’s to come. I’m going to be positive and happy and deal with whatever life throws at me. One thing I’m going to change this year is writing more often. I love writing and getting my thoughts out no matter how many or few people are reading this.
I’m going to change it up a bit. Instead of writing about completely random things; I’m going to focus more on skincare, make-up, fashion, beauty and topics for the ladies in general. I hope you guys will post your opinions because I would really love your feedback. I want this to be a place we would are able to share all of our opinions, ideas, where to buy, what products we like, etc.
I’m really happy and appreciative you are reading this and I hope you like and share!
Here’s a look back at 2013. Enjoy.
Que sera sera,
I was pretty bummed when I missed No Doubts seven night stint at Gipson amphitheatre ; so when my friend Katrina invited me to see them on Jimmy Kimmel Live, let’s just say I was ecstatic. This was my 21st No Doubt show and it never gets old. The first time I saw them was in 1992, 21 years ago. Wow how time flies. Anyway, this was the first night in 2013 Jimmy was back after winter break and now beginning at 11:35 to compete with Jay Leno. Jennifer Aniston was the guest and it was her first appearance as well. It was a huge premier and I got to be a part of it thanks to my friend Katrina Kinzler! You’re the best!
I arrived at the show about 4:45 and waited less than ten minutes to get into the green room with no problems. Perfect. There were people who had been waiting outside for about 6-8 hours just to see No Doubt. Luckily I was not one of those people. I’ve done that before and it’s not fun. I waited for hours in 2009 to see Depeche Mode at Jimmy Kimmel Live as well. In heels. Not fun…but, worth it in the end. So back to the green room.. Since I was there alone at this point; hanging around a bunch of people I didn’t know was a little awkward and I felt out-of-place. I basically just stood against the wall and people watched. None the less; it was cool being there. The green room is pretty small and was very crowded. There’s a few couches, TV’s, a bar, pool table and arcade games. They served finger foods as well which was good because I was starving at that point.
Not long after I was there my roommate arrived so I was no longer alone. Yay me! We hung out for a while, mingling, meeting new people and watching Jennifer Aniston on the TV’s until we were told to go outside to set up for No Doubt. Yay it’s time! As we were walking out Katrina had just arrived and was right there waiting. Perfect timing, let’s go to the show! We were able to watch the show from the stairs. We had a perfect view with no one blocking us as we can see over everyone’s heads. Anywhere you stand there did have a great view though since the area was very small. Everyone was pretty close to the stage no matter where you were. Here comes No Doubt!
Firstly they performed two songs to record for the show, which were Push and Shove, the title track to their new record, and Hella Good from 2002’s Rock Steady. Then they played six more songs for the fans! Sweet, a little mini concert. They were amazing as always. Super fun! I didn’t want it to end. After the show we went back to the green room to hang out and chat with friends and make new one’s. I ended up getting a picture with one of my favorite people Adrian Young and of course Mrs. Gwen Stefani herself. I also would like to say that the staff at Jimmy Kimmel Live is great and everyone is very nice. Especially my friend Tad! Great night.