Monday, September 29, 2008

Itchy Feet

I'm sooooooo ready to leave the rock!!! Well...kind of ready. In two days I should be on a plane heading towards the great Salt Lake!!! The destination doesn't really matter to me all that much. It's all about the journey. I have been island bound for over a year. My little trip to Maui was probably the first time I've stepped on "foreign" soil. But now, I'm officially making my way to the big, BIG island!!! Woo Hoo!!!

Just a few things to get done before I leave:

1. Make sure I'm caught up with ALL my school work. I never thought I would say this, but I actually CARE about my grades this time. So, amid all the distractions....GREG....I've been able to finish a few papers here and there.

2. Get brown, brown, and MORE brown, just so when I get there everyone can be totally jealous of my sun-kissed skin. So, yes...I am planning on soaking up ALL the sun on my day off of school and work tomorrow!!!

3. Fundraising. Even though I'm still single, and ready to mingle up there, I need to make sure my finances are set. There are a couple sponsors that I need to collect from in order to make my trip that much more FABULOUS!!!!

So, that's pretty much it! Utah....HERE I COME!!!!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Das My Jam!

1. Song that makes you dance, no matter what:
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper

2. Song you'd use to tell someone you love them:
Aint Enough For Me by Anthony David

3. Song that has made you sit down and analyze the lyrics:
Selah by Lauryn Hill....or any Lauryn track.

4. Song you like that a two-year old would like:
Kiss the Girl from the Little Mermaid

5. Song that gives you an energy boost:
Juiciest by Alicia Keyes

6. A song you and your grandparents would like:
Cuando Cuando (sp?) Sorry...the only artist I know that sings that song now is Michael Buble

7. Song you really liked when you were in high school that you still like now:
Never Leave Me Alone by Nate Dogg! It totally reminds me of me and my sister getting up to no good! Lol....good times.

8. A sad song that would be in the soundtrack of the movie about your life:
So Hard to Say Goodbye by Boyz II Men to be played when Jason passed.

9. Peppy song that would start the opening credits in the movie of your life:
Blue Jeans by Yasmine

10. A good song from a genre of music that no one would guess you liked:
Velha Infancia by the Tribalistas. It's this Brazilian group and even though I can't understand a lick of what they're's one of those chill feel good tracks.

11. Song you think should have been playing when you were born:
Joy to the World!!!! Duh! Hahahaha. Nah...I can't really think of any.

12. Favorite duet artists:
Kara and Stevie Henderson

13. A favorite song you completely disagree with:
Get Low by Lil' John...this song just aint right.

14. Song that you like despite the fact that your IQ level drops several points every time you listen to it:
Lean Like a Cholo. I don't know the artist. But yeah...I really don't like this song, so every time I hear this song my brain automatically shuts off!

15. Smoothe song for relaxing:
Banana Pancakes or any other Jack Johnson song. It just takes me back to the beach!

16. A song you would send to someone you can't stand:
Shut Up by Black Eyed Peas..hahahaha. I wouldn't send it though...that's just too mean. lol.

17. Favorite political track:
Redemption Song by Bob Marley. That man said it all.

18. Favorite track from a band considered a "super group":
Take a Chance on Me by ABBA

19. A song that makes you reminisce about good times with a family member:
Guns in the Ghetto by UB40. Reminds me of ward camp back in summer '98. Where everyone in H4 had some good times.

20. Favorite song from a soundtrack:
What You Want by The Roots from The Best Man Soundtrack

21. Your favorite song RIGHT now:
Paper Planes by M.I.A. from Pineapple Express. But it's about that time for that song to give up it's title. I'm just not sure which song will be the lucky one!

**********YOUR TURN!*************

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Sunset on the Beach

This post is totally late, but it took me forever for me to upload the pix to my computer! About two weeks ago there was a huge event at Kakela Beach Park called Sunset on the Beach. I think it was put on by the City and County. But anyhoo...they had food, entertainment, games and rides. So it was like a mini carnival in Laie Malo'o. It was PERFECT for the kids. And being the greatest sister EVER, I offered to watch my nieces and nephews while their parents went out on a date in town. So after taking a dip in the water, we all got ready and headed over to Kakela. Watching them isn't so bad considering three of them are old enough to take care of themselves, so all I had to do was follow the two little ones around while they ran from ride to ride. Oh, by the way, the baby was with my parents.

Everything was going ok for the first hour or so. Then, we met up with my brother, and because his kids are the same age as Caylee and So'i, they wanted to come with us. So I'm walking around with two kids on my right and two kids on my left, and everyone is like fully staring at me. Don't ever have FOUR kids and none of them be yours! They were pulling my arm yelling, "aunty over here! No wait...over here! I wanna go on this ride! No! I wanna go on this ride!" Freakin' A people. And you know how it goes with kids, if you buy something for one, you gotta buy the same dang thing for the rest of them!!! So by the end of the night those kids drained me of me both physically AND financially!!!! It's a good thing you can give them BACK! Lol. I'm just kidding. I love them all!

Here are some pix from that eventful night.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Committees, Beaches, and Sandwiches

So I totally have to blog about my ward activities committee. I must say...we are probably the BEST committee EVER!!! We work so well together, and really know how to have fun at our ward activities, even though we're the only ones there. Now that's what you call truly magnifying your calling! Last week was our Ward conference, and because our chair was out of town for most of the summer, and the rest of us were pretty much too "lazy" to plan it without her, the activities were kind of last minute. BUT...we still had fun. I'm gonna have to blog about that one later, cause i didn't upload those pix yet.

Anyhoo...after that week, we just couldn't get enough of each other cause we seemed to hang out almost EVERY day after that. We take late Sunday night/early Monday morning drives to Zippy's to have our committee "meetings." When in actuality all we do is gossip about our ward. BAD...BAD...BAD...I am aware..but we just can't help ourselves. We'll call in to work, or get off early just so we can make the hour and a half journey to the coves at the Ko Olina to work on our tans. And we even go out on a "hunt" for the best places to eat. I LOVE being on our activities committee.

Here we are just living and loving life!!!

Me and Greg's "before" picture

Me, Ane (Activities Chair), and Roro

Jacob, Greg and Shane

Group shot at our "spot"

And another one just as the sun was going down.

This was such a fun day. You can read more about it on Greg's blog. And he has some fun pix too! The beach has definitely helped me relax from the stresses of life...especially school. I plan on going at least twice a week. I have every Tuesday and Thursday off of school AND work, so those have been proclaimed my official "beach days!" And maybe Saturday if I don't have to work. I never realized how lucky I am to live in such a beautiful place!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Stealing Jewelry and Changing Clothes

Ladies and gentleman, allow me to introduce my niece Caylee Latafale Lina Saaga.
Cute and adorable, yes...I agree. But watch out, this girl is a thief!!!! Lock up all your valuables when this girl comes to visit. She has the stickiest fingers known to man. Not only is she a thief, but she's a sneaky little liar! I know I may sound harsh, but you might change your mind after you hear this story. Now, keep in mind that this girl is only FIVE years old. Well, actually, she turns six on the 28th, but that really doesn't matter because this girl is something else.

About two weeks ago I got a call from my sister, and this is how that conversation went:

Sister: Where did you leave your Hawaiian bracelets?

Me: In my room. You were the last one to use it right?

Sister: Hahaha, yup. I put them back. Apparently your niece decided to take them to school with her and give them away to all of her friends.

Me: WHAT?!?!?!?!?!?!

So after I got off the phone with my sister, I headed over to Caylee's school to pick her up from the after school program. Imagine my surprise when I see her running around the playground in her church dress and church shoes. Who does that?! I thought maybe they had some type of fancy activity in school or something. So I send her brother to call her over to the car. She runs into the cafeteria to pick up her bag, not knowing that I'm waiting for her. She takes forever and a day, so I walk into the cafe and see her hiding behind a little bookshelf. As I walk towards her, she has that look like, "oh crap....i think I'm in trouble." When I reach her I notice that she's completely changed her outfit! I don't think too much of it because my mind was preoccupied with the discovery of my niece's case of cleptomania. She gathers her things and follows me to the car when I tell her, "'re in trouble little girl." Her pace quickly declined, afraid of what was waiting for her at home....her father.

So we get home, and her dad goes through the whole routine of scolding her for stealing my jewelry (did i mention that along with the bracelets, she took like 4 or 5 bracelets as well?). After he was done, I was laughing because I was so flabergasted that a little 5 year old could even think of doing such a thing. Then I ask my brother-in-law, "did she leave the house in those clothes?" He nodded, and I just started laughing uncontrollably. I informed him about the whole "changing clothes" cherade, and my poor niece looked like she was afraid for her life. Instead of the beating that she thought was sure to come, we just laughed and laughed. This girl is only 5 years old, and she's already sneaking clothes to school to change in to. Oh my goodness!!! My brother-in-law just looked at her and said, "oh no! You're gonna be one of THOSE girls aren't you? The one who sneaks another outfit, and makeup in her bag so she can show off! I was totally picturing the whole thing in my mind.

So yes....this is one crazy girl. Not only is she sneaky, but so so soooooooooooooo sassy!!! If her stealing and sneakiness don't get her in trouble, her MOUTH will. So, don't be fooled by her (sometimes) cute appearance. This girl is devising a master plan of what she can get out of you while becoming your friend. But, she's my niece, and I gotta love her. Luckily, Hau'ula is a small community, and we know the parents of all her little friends, so I was able to get all my stuff back. But for now, Caylee is no longer allowed in my room. However, she always manages to sneak her way in there when I'm gone. What can you do?

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Pineapple Express

So I just got done watching the movie "Pineapple Express" with Seth Rogen and James Franco. I know, I know...naughty, naughty going to a rated R movie. But I couldn't help myself. My movie buddy got back last nite, so we resumed our weekly ritual of going to the movies. And, I've been dying to watch that movie ever since i heard that song by M.I.A., Paper Planes.

Anyhoo...I have to admit that I LOVED it. Does that make me totally evil to love a raunchy (at times), potty mouthed movie? All I know is that I was cracking up like none other.

"I'm gonna flex and break out." <-----Direct quote from the movie, and my favorite part. I nearly passed out cause I was laughing so hard. I know most of you who read my blog will probably NEVER see it...but I just had to share.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Back To School!

So's official...I'm back in school....AGAIN! This will explain my absence from the blogging world. I've spent the past two weeks trying to get back in the mental game of school. It's so weird being in school...especially since I just recently changed my major to Political Science. Why, you may ask. Well, it was the fastest track for me to get my "bootsie" out of school. So, if I play my cards right, and try hard not to fail another class, then I'll be looking to graduate in December of 2009!!!! Woo hoo!!! I keep telling myself I gotta finish before my mom retires. Otherwise...bye bye half tuition waiver!

Well, wish me luck as I take a stab at my third attempt to graduate! Blaaaahhhhhh!