Maui

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“Ladies and gentleman the plane has just been hit by lightning and we are turning around and going back to the airport.” I hear the pilot of the plane say over the loud speaker.

That is how my recent trip to Maui started. I was a little scared yet annoyed. All I wanted to do was get to Maui for my sister’s wedding and now we have to turn around to where we started. Half an hour later we make it back to the airport and everybody on the plane quickly gets off the plane. We didn’t have to wait long to re board onto a different plane. The rest of ride went smoothly. I entertained myself by watching a movie and taking a short nap.

I step off the plane in Maui and I can feel the hot sun from inside the airport even though it was late at night I could still feel the sun and  it felt so good on my skin. I became instantly happy to finally be in place with hot sun. Walking through the airport the smile was permanent.

Having never been to Maui I some how didn’t picture a place with modern buildings and roads. I pictured more of rural area with beaches and palm trees. I was almost disappointment to see such a modern place. I guess I just thought I would step off the plane and see the beach and the ocean but instead was greeted with a shopping center and a highway.  Getting to the condo where my family was staying was just a drive on a long highway, which passed fields and modern buildings. Feeling very tired I was focused on keeping my eyes open and less on my surroundings.

The condo were we stayed was a small one bedroom, two bath space with a pull out couch in the living room. The kitchen was small with white counter tops and white tiles on the floor. The sliding glass door off the living room lead out side to a large grassy area and beyond that was the beach and the ocean. I slept on the pull out couch and where I feel asleep to the sound of the ocean dreaming of the moment when I could walk along the beach and feel the ocean on my feet.

I was awaken by  the cock-a-doodle-doo of the local rooster. It was so nice of him to wake us all up. Rushing out bed and into some clothes I ran out the sliding glass door all the way to the beach. I remember feeling so excited and over joyed when my feet hit the beach. The sand felt so warm beneath my feet and the water was so blue its hard to describe. I have never seen bluer water. I walked along where the water meets the sand just smiling and taking it all in. The sound of the ocean relaxed me and I felt at home and at one with the ocean. I spent about an hour just walking and smiling and feeling relaxed and calm. There is just something about the ocean that calms me. Its so peaceful.

My sister’s wedding was the next day and that’s when the real chaos started. My sister was running around barking orders to any one that would listen and everyone was running setting things up outside in the hot sun. The tables were dawned with white table clothes. A burlap fabric runner ran down the middle and white and gold plates finished off the look. Fresh flowers and candles made up the center piece. My sister looked amazing in her dress and she couldn’t stop smiling as she walked down the isle to the love of her life. The ceremony was very simple and included Hawaiian traditions. I tried to hold back tears but the waterworks just flowed out of my eyes. I was so happy for them. We danced the night away on the dance floor and after it was all over we all pitched in a cleaned up.

The next day was supposed to be the day on island or so we thought.  We spent the day exploring the island and going whale watching.  We headed to the airport later that afternoon and began our journey home. Our flight ended up being cancelled because the navigation system broke and they needed a part to fix it. They had to fly in a part from another island and by the time the part arrived the crew had run of legal working clock hours so they couldn’t work anymore. It was 2:30 in the morning the next day when they finally decided to tell us this. We were so tired and upset. The airline paid for all of the people to stay in hotel for that night. The next day we arranged a flight for 4pm. Everything went smoothing until we got on the plane and we were told that the navigation system still wasn’t working and they had to power down the plane and restart it. They restart the plane and the navigation system still doesn’t work so we had to get off the plane. I remember thinking this can’t be happening again and will I ever make it home.

After a couple of hours we managed to a flight to Portland, OR which is not home but we opted to rent a car and drive the rest of the way.  The flight to Portland was a red eye flight that got us to Portland, OR the next day.  I was filled with joy when the plane actually took off I actually shouted out loud. I managed little sleep while on the plane but not nearly enough. The drive home was long and I had to pull over several times to rest my eyes.

The excitement I had when I finally stepped into my house could have filled three football fields. My son was equally to be home. We crashed on the couch for the rest of the evening and watch TV in silence until it was time for bed.  The airline did provide vouchers towards future flights as a way to make up for all the crazyness.  Now to plan the next vacation.

Little buddy

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The legos haven’t left the floor. 

The action figures haven’t left the table. 

Everything is exactly where he left them. 

It’s only been a day but I miss my little buddy. 

He’s having so much in the sun. 

I can’t wait to see his smiling face soon. 

The pictures of him playing in the sand and swimming in the ocean almost make me cry. 

Tears of joy because I know he is having so much fun. 

A poem

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The days are warm and the nights are cold. 

I am all alone. 

The silence consumes me and fear settles in. 

The cold winds howls and the branches clash. 

Rain beating down. 

The sun rises and the birds chirp.

I am happy. 

There are flowers all around. 

The green grass against my toes, feels so good. 

The hot sun beaming down on me 

giving me life. 

Lazy day Sunday

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Sundays have always been the day where we never did anything growing up and I have continued to do with my son. We hang out and watch movies or play a game. Today we are going to watch Finding Nemo. One of my son’s favorite movies. He tells me he wants popcorn and chips. So popcorn and chips is it! We will snuggle on the couch for hours and watch the movie just as quiet as can be.  I love spending time with little man, he is always so happy and easy going most of the time. During the week we don’t get to spend much time together due to school and work but Sundays we get to spend the whole day together just having fun.

A few small things

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I have a few small things to share. That I’m going to combine into one blog.

First off my son got an award today at school. He was awarded student of the month. But being the shy little guy that he is he didn’t even get up off the floor to receive his award. The teacher had to go up to receive the award for him. Little man looked so confused. But when I got home he was super proud and he couldn’t stop talking about it.

Second,I have been working on a rather large writing project which I hope to have done by May. I can’t wait to share it. It’s coming along nicely.

Third, I have gotten back into making hemp necklaces and bracelets again. I had received a guitar pick and I wanted to do something creative with the pick so I decided to make a necklace for it and it turned out really awesome. I got so hooked that I made a few more necklaces. My friend saw the necklaces and asked if I would make some for her so I have been working on those recently. I finished one last night and I started one tonight. They are looking great!

And that all folks! I hope you enjoyed all the small things.

A little update 

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Hey everybody out there in blogging world. Oh how I have missed you. About a long ago I decided to bring the blog back to life. I forgot how much I loved writing and the community here on WordPress. 

I am working on a few new blogs that will be posted in the future. But for now just little update. 

Work has continued to be crazy. We are still getting used to our new system and the new way of doing things. Our patients aren’t taking it very well which is making our jobs harder. I hope this change is good in the long run. But right now I’m not so sure. Like today we are having to telling patients that we are no longer having same day appointments being seen at our current location because the new walk in clinic opened and the hospital decided that’s what is best for our patients. When in the past they could just call us and we would get their child seen at our clinic on the same day. Has a parent the new way of doing things makes me very upset. Now instead of calling and getting my child seen by his doctor I have to take him to the walk on clinic if I need him seen urgently on the same day. I feel bad for having to tell parents that we can’t see their child. I really hope the hospital finds a better solution but I’m not hopeful. 

The mountain(flash fiction)

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I finally made it to the top of the mountain. Deep blue sky for as far as the eye could see and the warmth of the sun touching down my skin, it felt so good. I even started to smile. But I wasn’t here to smile, I was here to scream. Let’s get this over with. I open mouth and let out the biggest scream, I could hear it echoing off in the distance. Man that felt good. I felt alive and the biggest smile came over my face. I was free.

For years I was the responsible adult who worked too much and did adult things like balancing a check book and grocery shopping with coupons. I could spot the best deals from miles away. Then one day I woke up from a dream and decided I needed a change. I hated my life, it was boring and needed some fun. So I packed a backpack full of everything I might need and got my in car and just drove. I drove until I couldn’t drive any longer and when I stopped to look around, I had driven directly to the mountains.

Quickly getting out the car and trying to focus on the task at hand. My mind was racing with a million thoughts and it was hard to focus. But I had one mission: climb to the top of the tallest mountain and scream.

The climb started out pretty easy with only a few round rocks in the way. As I climbed higher  and higher more and more rocks showed up making it difficult to climb, but I wasn’t going to give up. I was determined to reach the top. I needed to reach the top.

And now that I am standing on the very top and I have let out my scream and I’m feeling alive. I need to do something. I start digging through my backpack to see what I have. I find some chalk. Chalk? What is that doing in there? Oh who cares!  I sit down on the nearest rock and start drawing the mountains and the deep blue skies around me. I haven’t drawn anything in a while an it felt good to be doing something that makes me happy. I finish the drawing and decided to head back down. The climb back down doesn’t take nearly as long as going up did. Once my feet are firmly planted back on the ground, I start to a little sad inside and a few tears roll down my face. I wipe my tears away and start my journey home.