February 26, 2006

A long, long time ago, we went to Hawaii...

and hardly took any pictures.

But, here are some.

We started the week in Oahu, on the North side. A charming little duplex in a residential area. (All of these pics will be thumbnails, so click to make big.) This place had the most comfortable bed I have ever slept on. Serta Perfect Sleeper, with a pillow top thingy. Heavenly. We didn't realize how lucky we were with the beds and bedding until we got to Moloki. But more on that later.

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Cute, huh?

On the street outside, looking left: lookingleft.jpg
And looking right: (The little path by the fence leads to the beach.)
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We walk to the beach and look left; beachtotheleft.jpg

and right; beachtotheright.jpg

I loved this little beach. It had sandy spots, and rocky spots and lots of stuff to look at. And no people! Lovely. We didn't spend too much time here because we spent a lot of time doing touristy things. We went to Schofield Barracks, where Sean's Grandfather was stationed before WWII. There was a small, but very interesting museum there. We also went to Pearl Harbor and visited the Arizona memorial. Very moving.

We took a tour of the Dole Pineapple fields. Here's a picture of a baby pineapple (memorialized with Sean's hand):
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One of the THE things to do in Oahu is watch the sun go down. I tried to get a good shot:
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We spent almost an entire day and evening at the Polynesian Cultural Center. This was something we looked forward to all week, thinking it would be a type of living museum. Instead, it turned out to be just a little cheesy. We had even paid extra to get a tour guide. What a giant rip off. We were rushed from show to show, without any time to really read or look at things. We were shown an open tent area with a bunch of sticks on the ground. The guide said "you can play with the sticks if you want." Um...no? What the hell? Only later did I see another tour group where their guide was actually showing them some type of traditional game that is played with the sticks. I still don't exactly know what they were all about. Overall it was just kind of surreal.

The luau in the evening...well...the food was good. But we had envisioned, shall we say, more of a party atmosphere? Since the Center was 100% Mormon run, we said goodbye to our visions of Mai Tais. Here, Sean shows how he feels about the Polynesian Cultural Center:
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While I tried to add a little levity (let's just say there was more than one ham at the luau):
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We spent a really nice day at the Waimea Valley Audubon Center which was very relaxing. This place used to be more of an adventure park, but after the Audubon Society took it over in 2003, it had become a little run down. After our sad time not learning anything at the Cultural Center, it was a breath of fresh air to listen to a volunteer Kapuna (elder) talk about her life, and about ancient Hawaiian life. It was a happy moment;
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We learned that the city and a group of Hawaiians had reached a settlement to buy the valley and protect it from development. It seemed the previous owner wanted to turn 1500 of the 1800 acres into 8 homes and an eco-lodge for tourists. What a tragedy that would have been. (Some news stories about it here.)

Next post, pretty flowers, and Molokai.
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Posted by LoriO at 6:13 PM

February 18, 2006

Potatoes LaMarr (<--corrected spelling)

14 Small Red Potatoes
1 Medium sized Maui Onion (half of it chopped, and half minced)
4 Tbls. Butter
1 1/2 cup Grated Parmesean and Romano Cheese (can be substituted with any cheese you like)
Dried Basil
Olive Oil
Salt
Pepper
Approx. 1/2 cup Parsley, chopped
Approx. 3 Tbls. sugar
Approx. 1/4 cup Chicken Stock

In a skillet, heat up about 5 Tbls. of olive oil and some dried Basil.

Take the copped Maui onion and add it to the pan. Cook until onions are clear

While that's cooking, par boil the red potatoes. (About 5 minutes)

When the potatoes are done, drain and quarter.

Add the quartered potatoes to the skillet with the clear onions. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add the minced onion. Let cook until the minced onions dissapear. (About 5 - 10 minutes)

When stuff begins to dry out in the pan, start to add the Chicken Stock. Cook for about another 5 minutes. Add chopped parsley. Cook until liquid is gone.

Take off the heat, and put in a 9" x 9" glass pan. Chop up the butter into small chunks and crumble over the top of the potato mixture. Sprinkle sugar over the potatoes and then sprinkle on the cheese.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 1 to 1 1/2 hours, depending on how brown and crunchy you want it.

Posted by LoriO at 6:27 PM

February 13, 2006

Lamar did not want to be rescued.

Read Part I here.

Other news... no knitting. Work. Home. Veg on Olympics.

Sean is cooking again which is just The! Best! Thing! ever.

Stay tuned for Potatoes Lamar recipe!

Posted by LoriO at 7:21 PM

February 4, 2006

Knitting? A little...

I'm going through my pictures from Hawaii (all 50 of them, I'm not so much a good picture taker) and trying to think of ways to explain the trip. Some of you have heard the stories in real life so you know it was a mixed bag of a vacation. But mostly good!

I am now hopelessly behind on all the blogs I used to read. I can't even keep up with my faves any more. Work is just Ka-Razy and I don't have the extra time. I also am not as enthralled with knitting as I used to be. I still like it, and I know it will be a lifelong hobby, it's just not as all-consuming anymore.

But, I did manage to finish a project and start a project in the last month! First the finished:

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These are the Lorna's Laces socks that I've been working on (and off and on and off) for about two years. I don't know why, but all of a sudden I just decided to finished them! They are nice, but I don't think I'm going to make any more socks that need to be handwashed. (Moon Pie's butt is also pictured here.)

The night before we left for vacation I started a desparate search for project, ANY project to take with me on our trip. I finally decided on an easy shawl-type thingy. The pattern can be found here. It's the Lace Poncho by Susan Sternleib, except I'm not going to sew it into a poncho. Instead, I'm going to wear it as a small wrap or shawl.

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Isn't the yarn pretty? It's Atacama 100% Alpaca, hand dyed in Chile, one of my first post-paycheck purchases. It's going to need to be blocked, but I think it's really pretty. (Those are the shells I collected in Hawaii in the picture. I became a little obsessed with finding puka shells. They're just so cute.)

We had a nice relaxing day today, I cleaned the house and did laundry, while Sean cooked. Sean's hand is still not fully back to normal, so he can't do any of the things he normally does on the weekends, but he getting really in to cooking. (Yay! Yay! Yay!). He invented a potato dish that was simply divine. We named it "Potatoes Lamar 209" after the cat who bit him. His name and the area code were all Sean could see before Lamar bit him.

Posted by LoriO at 6:33 PM