I seem to go on sprees where I will blog continuously and do really good documenting our life and then there are times (like most recently) where I’m just so busy!
So here’s the readers digest version of what’s going on (some of these I’ll elaborate on later):
-John is officially 21! For his birthday I got him presents and threw him a surprise party and trust me he is enjoying his newfound liberty.
-Corey is all healed from his neuter surgery and back to his normal energetic lovable self!
-School is draining. Oh good lord it’s draining. There has been a quarter life crisis recently but I’m slowly working through it. I haven’t gotten a tattoo or bought a motorcycle so don’t worry but being 20 and married and not knowing what I want to do in life is a daunting reality I am not ready for.
-We got a Costco membership!
-We have gained some great friends thus far. They are all so wonderful and I’m sure you’ll see me mention them from time to time.
-Gilmore Girls is on Netflix. I repeat. Gilmore Girls is on NETFLIX. (Not necessarily pertaining to our family but sort of because that’s what I spend my free time doing.)
-I hiked Lanikai Pill Box and it was beautiful!
-John’s shoulder is better and he’s going to physical therapy twice a week and he says he likes it a lot. With luck he will be back to normal work within the month. He’s excited. :)
Let me preface this by saying I love my life. I love being married and going to school and caring for my two animals. I enjoy school and I have friends. I have a roof over my head and food on the table and John and I have made a home here but sometimes living on an island sucks. You can only drive so far until you hit the water and once you’re here just surviving is expensive. Gas is more, food is more, just taking up space is more. If I’m going to be frank, and my idea on this blog is to be as frank as possible the good, the bad and the ugly, living in Hawaii can suck.
I know when people read that they are going to say “but you live in paradise”, well no. We live in a state that happens to be by a beach that people vacation to. Hawaii is beautiful don’t get me wrong but it’s also not like living anywhere else, and I don’t mean that by beauty standards.
I could sit here and list all the things that are wrong with Hawaii, and like any where that you will live there are some, I just want to raise awareness to somethings.
Myth 1: We go to the beach everyday/live there.
Actually we don’t. We don’t even really live by the beach. The nearest beach is about 20 minutes away and that is without traffic.
Myth 2: You can go snorkeling all the time and scuba dive and hike!
As much as I wish that were true it’s just not possible. Unfortunately, unlike most people who vacation here, we have jobs, school, grocery shopping, house cleaning etc. to do here. We must maintain our house and school and job all while living in “paradise” and a lot of times I go months without even seeing the beach or a hike. And trust me it’s not for lack of trying.
Myth 3: But really how long can it take to get around, you’re on an island.
Trust me on this one. You have not seen traffic until you have tried driving 20 miles from downtown Honolulu to Schofield in 2 hours. It’s atrocious and although I wish I could say otherwise that’s such an ugly thing about Hawaii but with limited space comes limited transportation avenues.
Myth 4: Gosh you must have the best life. You are so lucky.
This sentence and various statements like it make me cringe the most. It seems like people assume that we spend all day drinking mai tais on the beach and swim and hike and spend our days doing glamorous things that you see in movies. Well, we don’t. As sad of a reality as that is it’s the truth. We spend a lot of times hanging out together or with friends generally at the house and although we do get out and hike and snorkel and go to the beach it’s far FAR less than one would think.
I don’t wan’t to dispel these ideas for any other reason that to make one thing absolutely clear. My life is not perfect, not is the place we live. I don’t believe that anyone truly thinks that but just in case. We have a good life and we love each other, we have a great family back home and amazing friends here and although it’s not paradise in the way you would think it’s my paradise, with my little family, flaws and all
We decided to get a dog because John has been wanting one since the day we got married, but we rescued Corey first so John was always a little sad.
Well now we have Shawn and he’s so adorable but he’s not potty trained yet and I don’t know how to take care of a dog let alone potty train a dog and he poops and pees everywhere and I’m constantly cleaning and sanitizing and febreezing because I don’t want our pretty house to be gross and someone help me before I lose my mind.
SOS. Send help. Stat.
School has been going so well! Most of my classes are simple and fun. But Week 5 is always the week of the first tests! Here it seems that it is even more hard to focus on school work and studying! Last weekend we decided to spend the weekends with our friends watching movies, going hiking and just hanging out. Normally I would freak out and stress out but surprisingly Hawaii is rubbing off on me. My attitudes have changed to that of much more calm and not stressed. Which is doing wonders for my skin. (I kid, I kid haha) But really it’s nice to not be in a state of complete stress all the time. I’ve taken two of four tests and I feel really confident on them all! It’s a really great feeling to feel accomplished when I feel like I have so much on my plate!
John and I are definitely learning to balance my new full schedule. I’m not home all the time like I used to be where I can clean and cook all the time so it’s definitely an adjustment. But we are working on it. John has been so helpful with cooking, because that is not my favorite thing to do when I get home after a long day. He’s great, the food wellllllll it’s edible. :)
Corey had his neuter surgery today! I was so worried about him but the vet said he did well and we can pick him up this afternoon! He’s my baby and the vet said hopefully in 7 days he will be back to normal! I just love him!
So yesterday was my first official day back at school! Yay!
It was so much fun I love getting back into the classroom and learning. I guess I never realized it until I was out of school but learning really is a passion. I’m taking 6 classes this semester. Economics, two Travel Industry Management classes (my major), French, a computer class, and Communications! It’s a great mixture of classes.
The campus here is confusing but I’m not sure if that’s because it’s actually confusing or because I am new here. In time we’ll learn I guess. The campus is beautiful. There is so many trees and plants and most of everything is so green! You can’t really see the ocean from here but that’s okay you have a good view of he city so that’s nice. It rains on campus every day. Where the campus is situated it falls between two very large mountains so the rain is a constant thing. Even if the sun is out.
I’m actually really looking forward to this semester. I’m hoping that it will go by fast but I don’t even think I’d be mad if it didn’t. :)
-playing video games
-going on adventures on a Tuesday afternoon
-playing with the cat
-even cleaning, like how weird is that
But getting to do all these things with my best friend is just so cool. I don’t have any other way to explain it except very very cool. :)