Maui, day one…

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what a wonderFULL day…

put my toes in the ocean… in Kahului and Kihei… so amazing;-)…

saw flowers everywhere… including red hibiscus hedges and flowering trees… enjoyed so many… just got a few closeups of some outstanding blooms that I came across…

tried, and loved, shave ice… had thought the concept was odd, so when we had one and it was so good, really got why people stand in long lines to get some;-)…

watched the sun set over the beach… some of us were chilly as the wind picked up a bit as the show was getting started…

a great day to be alive and on an adventure

gathering…

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looking forward to gathering with my BS buddies tonight…

apparently the Easter bunny stopped by a bit early as I won’t see them closer to the holiday…

although we will be celebrating Easter, it is snowing like crazy right now…

the ground was clear when I got home from work;-(… all of those gray spots and lines are snowflakes coming down…

appropriate…

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well,

the flights are booked… ✔️

the hotels are confirmed… ✔️

the car is rented… ✔️

the car insurance has been purchased… ✔️

the travel insurance is in hand… ✔️

the house sitter is organized… ✔️

the bags are packed… ✔️

although the temperature is around 28° (compared to around 4° here), it looks like it drops by 10° at night…

hope I’ve chosen appropriate clothing for two weeks in Hawaii…

ready to leave on Tuesday

trifecta…

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been laughing all evening…

in October I upgraded my Costco membership thinking it would result in a bit of a refund…

recently I’ve talked with many people asking about their Costco refunds and been rather ticked that I didn’t get one… each person advised they had received a cheque in the mail…

today I finally got around to calling to see what was going on… they were obviously busy because I was on hold for quite some time…

eventually, I spoke with a lovely woman… she advised that the cheque was on the second page of my renewal letter… which came weeks ago… and which I opened but didn’t look at the second page, lol…

she was very kind and we laughed together over the whole thing… what a sweet woman… not a single person mentioned it came with the renewal letter…

I’ve also been waiting for an invoice from my amazing tax preparer but hadn’t seen one…

this afternoon my refund cheque arrived which reminded me to call to find out how much I owed them, but they were closed… then I searched through my email to see if I could find anything and came across an email with the invoice in it… it came minutes after the original one with my results… too funny…

and then, for the trifecta, I tried to open my new online app and deposit the cheque into my account, using my phone… I used an old password and eventually was blocked from the site… called the bank and I have to wait until tomorrow for it to reset… then I can try again, as I now remember the correct password, lol…

pie…

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had a sweet snack tonight…

pistachios and a few pieces of a Lindt chocolate bar…

just this morning someone commented about how well I am watching my sugar intake…

and then I ate cake at lunch;-(… it was a small piece, but I ate the whole thing…

I don’t care much for cake… my mom always made cherry pie for my birthday, lol… but this cake was amazing…

ice…

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tonight I walked home from Portage…

it was a bit chilly, but a lovely walk… the streets were clear of snow and just a bit wet so my feet made it home unscathed…

really happy now that I know the sidewalks are in good shape so that I can start walking on a regular basis;-)…

although there is very little snow remaining on the ground, it snowed off and on for a good portion of the day… crazy…

the creek is full of water, nearly all the ice has melted… the mix of cold and warm and wind have slowed down the melt so it doesn’t look like it will overflow…

keychain…

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two lovely things to start my day…

first was to turn the page on my Chihuly calendar…

April is a stunning installation which is located at Union Station in Tacoma, Washington… will be nice to look at for the month…

and, when I got to the office I discovered my little inukshuk (or inuksuk) keychain sitting on my desk… it broke quite a while ago and a sweet colleague took it home for repair… there it sat, just waiting to get back together with my work keys, which happened immediately… she did a beautiful repair job…

I love inuksuit… there is one in the side garden built out of Tyndall stone… well, it needs a little work, but that will happen as the weather improves, lol…

excellent start to the day…