We're back! Actually, I've been back for about 40 hours now, but with laundry, errands, unpacking, jet lag and general life, I haven't had much time to sit down to the computer, and when I did, it was mostly mindlessly surfing the 'net. :-P
In general, it was a really good trip. On the Big Island we: saw Kilauea volcano, visited a black sand beach, had some regular beach trips, enjoyed the hotel pool/hot tub, went snorkling, took a glass-bottom boat trip, visited a seahorse farm and Place of Refuge
, tried shave ice and had fun wandering through shops and farmer's markets/craft markets. On Oah'u we mostly spent our time at Aulani [luau, character breakfast, more snorkling, beach and pool (which included water slides and lazy river), took a couple of art-and-culture tours of the place], which was marvelous, but we did venture one day to Waikiki (which was largely disappointing, although we did get some inexpensive shirts and other souvenirs there, and enjoyed local ice cream). The whole trip went way too quickly and nobody but Two was ready to come home again.
But we did have some squabbling along the way, largely under circumstances where people tend to be tense - navigating unfamiliar roads, dealing with airports, people being hot and/or tired, or stressed over a new experience, plus some ordinary miscommunications. To me, it wasn't a huge deal (I mean, it was in the moment, because WHY ARE PEOPLE COMPLAINING WHEN WE'RE IN HAWAII? but it didn't color my overall view of the trip) but Two remarked to me that one of the things he was taking away from our vacation was that, in his view, Will and I had fought more than usual. I felt kind of bad about that.
I'll try to find time for more detailed write-ups later, but I at least wanted to pop in here again. There is no way I can catch up on my flist from 2 weeks ago, so ... let me know if I've missed something important in your life?
In the meantime I finished re-reading Stormhaven
and also finished reading The Dream Thieves
, both on the flights back home. ( Dream Thieves )
Anyway, overall I loved this book, and now I don't know what to read. I started Upside of Unrequited
before we left for Hawaii, and would love to finish that. I want to read Cassie's Lord of Shadows
, which I've also started (on Ch 3 or something like that). And I really want to dive into Blue Lily, Lily Blue
to stay immersed in the Raven King universe. THERE AREN'T ENOUGH HOURS IN THE DAY!!!