Tuesday, June 19, 2012

My Favorite Things: Blogs Edition

Well, my dad left, my mama is still here, and the big kids started camp, so today I had a few minutes to catch my breath.  Actually, about an hour and a half, because the camp is forty five minutes away and ya'll know how much I like to think about things while I'm driving through the gorgeous eastern part of the island.  Well, today, I was thinking about my favorite blogs, and why I wanted to blog, and all that good stuff.

I like personal blogs.  I subscribe to a few big-money blogs, but for the most part, I like the random ones about everyday life.  I can usually only stick with a blog that's well written and I need at least a few pics.  It's hard to feel a connection if you never see anyone.  I subscribe to PW, but I usually skip over all the giveaways and reviews of products and things like that.  I read the ones about her LIFE, because that's what I'm interested in.

I also refuse to read blogs that, when you're looking at them in your reader, you have to click to the actual website.  I think that's lame.  I realize they want the money or the hits or whatever, but come on, don't be lame.  Going to real sites on your phone is time consuming and looks funny and I just won't do it.

Anyway.  Here's some of my faves.

My absolute all time FAVORITE blog is This Life I've Found.  I think LB is one of the most talented writers I've ever read, and I don't understand why she's not a world famous author.  She's THAT good. She's a Godly woman, she seems really down to earth, she's kind and loving and funny and helpful...I guess you can say I have a blog-crush.  She doesn't do giveaways or big publicity things or anything annoying at all, just just keeps a record of her life, for herself and her family.  She has an adorable daughter that I can't get enough of, and a sorta-grumpy son who is about the cutest thing I've ever seen. She doesn't update all the frequently, but when she does, I basically drop everything to read it.  I love her.

I also love Holly.  Most of ya'll know that I 'met' Holly shortly after we moved to Guam, and even though we've never met in person, I talk to her (well, text her) every single day and I consider her one of my absolute best friends on the planet.  She doesn't update very often either (something about having six kids and a cyber bestie who spends hours bothering her with texts like 'hey there's a fly trapped behind my mini blinds and it's driving me crazy' {hey Holly, there really is!! But I can't reach my phone.  And good job with the fruit rollups.} ) but when she does, it's as hilarious as you'd imagine a woman with six kids would be.

Another fave is La Buena Vida.  I can't remember how I stumbled onto this one, but she's a mom expecting her second baby and she's also a brilliant writer.  She just chronicles her life in Oregon, which I think is pretty helpful since I want to end up in Washington and the weather really freaks me out.  She doesn't make it seem like it rains twenty four seven, but I guess we'll have to see.

Elefanitas Alegres is a HILARIOUS site, written by a sorta-crunchy, almost-hippie who just had her first baby.  Read it.  It's worth it.

Life As Lexa is a cute read by my friend Alexa, who just finished her first year of college.  She's cute and funny and sweet and sarcastic and snarky, and it's fun to read her blog and remember life when I was young.  Sigh.

All right.  Here's the scoop.  I am OBSESSED with E Tells Tales.  It's unhealthy.  I stumbled upon her,  and immediately began texting Holly various links, such as her meeting her husband and her letter to her brother.  If you're being a butthole and won't follow the links yourself (because you're one of those people like me who HATE having to follow links...) I'll just tell you: she met her husband when she was eighteen.

And he was fifty seven.

She's obviously got some baggage in there, and I'm obsessed with it.  It helps that she's an amazing writer.  I don't really know how she doesn't have a book deal yet.  Maybe publishers are afraid that her creepy old husband has a twelve year old girl chained up in a sound proof subterranean vault in the backyard? No? Just me? Hmm.

Anyway.  I love her.

Rounding it out are a few of the more 'professional' type blogs I love.  First and foremost, Robin's Chicks.  I am proud to say that I sat in front of Robin for two years in nursing school, and we were two of the only married people in class.  I like to think that I had something to do with her success as a PUBLISHED AUTHOR.  What, I'm not sure, but I know I must have done something.  She should probably start giving me half of whatever she makes...

I also really like Moosh In Indy.  She's a pretty good writer, and photographer, and I like it.  What else can I say?

Skinny Taste is one of my favorite food blogs.  The Daybook is a fun fashion type read, sort of.  In that it has pictures of clothes.  I just like the way she talks.  Too many giveaways though.  The Texas Chicks and The Coffeeshop Blog are my go-to photography blogs.

All right.  I gotta get.  Don't be upset if I didn't mention you, my kids are bugging me for dinner.  You know I love you!!

What blogs do ya'll read?

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Bellows Air Force Base Beach

I'm up half a pound.  BUT, we went to Benihana last night so maybe it's a little water weight from eating nine gallons of soy sauce?  Fingers crossed.

Anyway.  Monday we spent the ENTIRE day at the cottage while Nick worked his tail off.  Have I mentioned how much I hate that boat?

That's not fair, I don't hate that boat.  They're trying to finish the repairs and get it out of the shipyard, so they're working really hard.  My problem is that I want Nick to get his O3 pay and sub and sea pay and nuke bonus...all while being a stay at home dad.
How do we sign up for that job? Where's a recruiter when I need one...

Anyway, the waves at the cottage are pretty intense, and there's not much of a shelf, so after a few hours, we decided to check out Bellows.


It is HELLA nice.  It's sort of a hike from parking to the water (don't forget, I will forever be comparing everything to Gab Gab, where I could have my toes in the water, ass in the sand, and reach back and put my fingers on my van) but it's a big sprawling beach, a HUGE shelf of knee-deep-on-toddlers water, fun waves that didn't kill anyone, and gorgeous trees back behind the sand.


 Warren didn't make it very long.  BUT, once he was down, he slept for two and a half hours, so I can't really complain.
What a weirdo.  Who sleeps like this at a crowded beach?!?!

Scott had a BLAST on those little boogie boards or whatever they're called.  He was the only one who was really willing to give it a go.

Daisy June ate her weight in sand.

Ahh.  It was just really super fun.  I wish my mom would just follow us around every time we moved.

And here's some random pics off my dad's camera that I liked, but can't remember when they're from because his date stamp is wrong.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The First Two Days

You didn't think you'd get away with just those few pics, did you?

They got here middle of the night Thursday, and then early Friday we drove out to Waimanolo to check into the beach cottage that they'd rented for their first four days.  It was awesome, but I'll have to wait for my Dad to get some pics of it.  After we checked in, we took the scenic Pali Highway to Waikiki for lunch.

It was super windy.  Doesn't this look like she's about to blow over?!?

Lunch at Duke's.  Where they put the SEVEN of us at a two seater table.  I do NOT understand that!!!

Saturday, we drove all along the south east shore.  We stopped at the blow hole so my dad and I could hike down and get up close and personal with it :)
The view from below

Then we went to Hanauma Bay to play!! It was AMAZING.  Well worth it.

Me and Ava snorkeling!!!

What a goof!!

Favorite Shot of the Day

Obviously, I don't have an underwater camera for proof, but I swam with a sea turtle!!! Me and Nick went way over where our friend said he likes to hang out, and sure enough, there he was!! I swam right over the top of him without realizing it, then I noticed him and FREAKED out. It was amazing, I literally almost cried.  I fricking love turtles!!

Then we headed back to the cottage to chill.
By this time, the light sucked, so these didn't come out :( Hence the action. Best way to salvage a crap photo? Convert it to black and white or something.

Couldn't pick between color or black and white.

Phew.  And that's just the tip of the iceberg!!!