Friday, September 30, 2011

Finally Friday!

Get caught up here:
Post 1 - Friday night
Post 2 - Saturday
Post 3 - Saturday

Post 4 - Sunday
Post 5 - Sunday  
Post 6 - Sunday 
Post 7 - Monday 
Post 8 - Pineapple Selection
Post 9 - Tuesday (Vow Renewal) 
Post 10 - Tuesday
Post 11 - Wednesday
Post 12 - Thursday

In more ways than one!  This week seemed to take a while, but not as bad as last week... but this Friday post is more so focusing on our Last Friday (last day) in Hawaii which was September 9.  Now as you know, Hawaii is 5 hours behind Missouri time so by the time we actually got home home it was 9am Saturday Morning, Missouri time and boy was my internal clock ever messed up, but more on that in a bit.

This was our view on Friday morning.  And even with the long day from the night before, we were still awake at 6:30am.  So we got up and went out exploring our new part of the city.

I was impressed and shocked by the tree roots.

Then we went back to our hotel room, packed up our luggage, met up with mom & dad & grandma in the lobby, checked out of our room, handed our luggage off to the bellhops and went to an early lunch.

Since the airlines put us up for the night, they also gave us taxi cab fair to and from the hotel and $5/person breakfast meal vouchers (which we didn't use) and $10/person lunch meal vouchers which we did use.

One of the restaurants we could eat at was Bubba Gump Shrimp Company.  We'd never eaten at one so we thought, why not!

One thing I really wanted to accomplish in Hawaii was kissing in the rain.  I guess God knew this and so on Friday while walking to Bubba Gumps, it started showering!  I finally kissed my hubby in the rain!!!  I was so excited and jumping up and down on the sidewalk :)

Bubba Gumps

Now they have this cool sign thing.  If it is blue, your waitress just comes to refill drinks, etc as she sees fit.

But If you NEED one NOW you put up the red license plate and whatever waitress/waiter or bartender sees you first comes a runnin'.

The paddle had drinks, appetizers, desserts, you know, the usual thing on the table.

We started with Bubba's Far Out Dip and it was super yummy.  In fact it was gone before I even got photos of it!

I had the Texas Cajun Chicken Sandwich b/c remember, I don't like fish.

Hubby had Bubba's After The Storm Bucket of Boat Trash which was all kinds of fish.  And yes, I tried a bite of everything.  See what good wife I am :)  They got some funny faces out of me too b/c remember, I DON'T LIKE FISH!

And this, this was dessert, a Chocolate Chip Cookie Sunday.  Oh it was yummy!  I'm fairly certain I ate my way through Hawaii but when will I possibly ever get this chance again?

After lunch we went back to the hotel, got our bags, grabbed a couple cabs and headed for the Honolulu airport again.  Here is Taxi cab fair in case you wondered.

All their bathroom signs cracked me up, the women had long dresses and lei's and hair flowers and the men's had lei's. 

Our original flight home was Honolulu to Dallas/Ft. Worth to home but they re-routed us through Hawaiian Airlines to Los Angeles where we switched to American Airlines then to Dallas/Ft. Worth and then finally home.

This is sitting on the plane headed toward the runway. 

We were told the planes never fly over land, they always fly around the islands so we were circling Oahu.

Hawaiian airlines offer complimentary meals so this was dinner.  I think it was cheese manicotti or you could have some sort of a turkey sandwich.

And this was the dessert that came with it.  I don't know what it was but YUM!

I drank more pop on this trip than I have in the last year.  In fact I gave pop up for over 30 days... now I need to kick the habit again!  But the water over there, some of it tasted weird!

This was up in the air but I couldn't get over how it looked like snow!  It's really just clouds.

And the plane sunset.

This is flying into LA.

For anyone who follows me on facebook, I was keeping myself entertained with facebook status updates when sitting in the different airports along the route home.  By the time we got to LAX we had to go out of the terminal, move down, go back in through security to get to the American Airlines terminal.

First comment:
Why can't I have time in LA before my next flight

followed by:
Woohooo I get to strip down again!!!! I'm getting good at this!!
Ok so I had to leave the terminal, strip down again, and enter a differ terminal, I have been to LA, LOL :)
I wonder if movie stars flying have to strip down and go thru security like the rest of us "common folk"
Then hubby informed me that the US military who are defending our country have to strip down and go through security to get on planes.  How sad is that... they are defending our right to freedom.... who am I to say though.

So then I followed up with:
So if you walk down the street wearing a balloon hat people look at you strange, but if you skip thru the airport at midnight CA time they laugh at you.
The next one was:
Not that it matters but I noticed that my stats are updating via mobile but my photos update via Facebook for iPhone.... weird!!
See I was tired and loopy and keeping myself entertained with facebook.  Finally we boarded our plane and headed to DFW.  To which my first fb message was:
Rise and Shine, it's DFW time.
Yes this was at 6am mind you.  So then husband started quoting lines from the movie Forrest Gump and we were laughing our heads off.  And yes, people were looking at us strangely, but when you've been traveling ALL NIGHT and not had the best of sleep... what can you expect!

But the best quote, DFW must have the new body scanning system (which they also had in Honolulu) and the lady came through and was like, "I didn't have to take my blouse (yes she said blouse) off going through airport security b/c the new scanner sees right through your clothes.

By the time we got home I was ready for a shower and clean clothes and my internal clock was so messed up.  But if I had to do it all over again, would I?  YOU BETCHA!

Woohooooo Happy Friday everyone!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Leaving to Come Home - or did we?

Sorry for the second post today, but I really don't want Hawaii re-caps to carry over to next week.... So therefore, 2 posts in one day it shall be :)

Get caught up here:
Post 1 - Friday night
Post 2 - Saturday
Post 3 - Saturday

Post 4 - Sunday
Post 5 - Sunday  
Post 6 - Sunday 
Post 7 - Monday 
Post 8 - Pineapple Selection
Post 9 - Tuesday (Vow Renewal) 
Post 10 - Tuesday
Post 11 - Wednesday 

So Thursday morning was our last morning in Hawaii.  It was a sad morning and I won't deny, I might have pouted a bit even!  We called down to the hotel desk and got a late check out of 1pm (instead of what the normal 11am?) since our flight didn't leave until 6:30pm and we were leaving for the airport around 4:30.

Then hubby, dad & I headed to the bus stop.  Next destination, Diamond Head.  

Truthfully the trek up to the creator was enough to wind you. ha!

If I remember, this was part way up climbing Diamond Head.

And sometimes as you can tell the ground was uneven and rocky.

There were a few "turn out" points and the views were absolutely stunning!

Then there were narrow passages... and apparently goofy people climbing through them :)

And steep stairs to climb.

Here you can see the elevation.  Ok my hometown is 1,004 ft above sea level.... maybe that shows why the goofiness... ya think?

Now there's a hilarious story about this set of stairs.  Look at the next picture.....

As you saw, we've already climbed a bit... then you get to this spiral staircase.  We stopped for a few minutes (as did a lot of people) but it was funny b/c the first people after us to come to these stairs saw the staircase and said, "Oh Sh*t" and continued up.  We busted up laughing, b/c you know that's what we were thinking when we saw them.  So about a minute later another set of people hit these stairs and their words were, "Oh f*ck" and of course we died laughing again.  I truthfully think that would have been the place to just sit all day and listen to people.  But these stairs were very deceiving.  You only went up 2 flights, maybe 13-20 steps per flight and you were there.  I'm not exactly sure where the on up part lead to b/c it was roped off.

And this is what you see!

Hubby admiring Honolulu!

So then we stayed up there for a few, got the, I climbed Diamond Head souvenir papers and headed back down.  As we got down and started back for the city bus, a cab driver asked if we needed a ride.  Knowing how it went the day before we were skeptical but he said it'd be about $12.  We were like ok that'll work so we hopped in his cab.  This cab driver was cool, he chatted with us and when the meeter hit $12 he turned it off.  How awesome was he!

When we got back it was only like 9:30am.  A little early yet for lunch but still, what can you do, so we wandered around for a bit and then headed back to the beach.

Haha this was a short video I filmed with the camera... seriously watch it, you might just laugh like I did :)

Then we ran back up to our room and grabbed the parents & grandma and headed off to go eat an early lunch.

We ate at Moose McGillycuddy's.  OMG, so worth it!

And to honor our last day in Hawaii.... we had a round of Mai Tai's for the table... even grandma had one... LOL :)

But in the end we wound up calling them Ninja's.  Mom & hubby finished theirs off first and all the sudden both started acting very... um... goofy.  I was laughing at them and poking fun.  Then I finished mine off and POW it hit me like a freight train. It literally snuck up on you like a Ninja.

 Hubs had the Mahi Mahi.  I'm not sure if I've told you this but I don't like fish.  However, I made him a promise that no matter what he got while we were here in Hawaii, I'd at least try one bite.  Here we are getting close to a month after Hawaii, I still don't like fish, but I tried a bite of everything he got over there :).

I had my choice narrowed down to 2 and then let the waitress choose for me :).  I'm not big on decision making anyway.  She said try the Kahlua Pig Plate.  OMG, I want more of this.  It didn't disappoint!  I ate every bit of it!!!

Then we went back to our room, gathered our things and went and checked out.  By this time it was about 1pm and our limo back to the airport didn't come until 4:30 so we had to find something to do to kill time.  Grandma went off and read a book, somewhere, I'm not sure where she wound up.  Mom went shopping and I'm assuming dad must have followed her.  Hubby and I went and sat in the sun for a while trying to stay out of the sand since we'd taken showers before checking out of our hotel room.  Once we finally got hot we stumbled back to the International Market Place and went and got massages.

Then it was time to meet back up, grab our luggage from the bellman and head for the airport.  At the airport we grabbed some Cold Stone Creamery and waited to board our flight.

We got on our flight and I teared up.  I so didn't want to leave!  The real world has so many issues... I liked my vacation life!  So once on the plane, we were first to depart on the runway, and away we went off into the blue sky that was very fastly approaching dark, remember we were flying East where it was already night time.  We got about 200 miles from Honolulu, about 30 minutes, and they still hadn't turned off the fasten seat belt sign.  Hubby said, um... we should be to cruising altitude.  About that time the pilot or co-pilot came on and said that one of the fuel gauges wasn't working and we were turning around and heading back to Honolulu.  They didn't want to not be able to monitor the gas in our left wing.

As we approached the airport they said, we don't want you to be alarmed but there will be fire trucks, ambulances, and police sitting on the runway with lights flashing.  This is standard protocol.  We prepare for these types of landings so it should be smooth sailing, but they are there in case of emergency.  I looked at hubby and said huh?  So I didn't know this, and if you did, well don't judge me :), but the fuel is carried in the wings, at least of the jet we were on.  If it is too heavy, the jolt when touching down could cause the wings to hit the ground if the jolt is enough and boom, big fire :).  Luckily our pilot did awesome and I'm still here to type this :).

So we stayed on the flight for what seemed like forever while maintenance tried to fix the plane, then they came on and said the plane was being de-commissioned and we got another night courtesy of American Airlines for staying in Honolulu :)

A LOT of people were upset.  I was like, um... do you want an all expense paid trip to the middle of the Pacific to see if there really are Man Eating Sharks...  I understand when people have plans, but I'd rather be safe than sorry!  So we deplaned, grabbed our luggage off the carousel and went to our new hotel, The Ala Moana.

I got luggage patrol and as you can see, there were a bunch of people sitting around waiting to check in.  Our plane was full :).  A lot of people were in a good mood (ie me) and there were a lot who weren't.

We were on the 29th floor in this hotel.

Entering our new room for the night.

The bathroom.

The room itself.  Now the AC didn't shut off here when you opened the balcony door.

View off the Balcony at night.  This hotel was down by Pier 9.

It sure was a beautiful night!

Mom & dad decided they were hungry so they ordered delivery pizza, so technically our LAST night in Honolulu we got to eat pizza at 12:37am :)  I always like to try pizza at least once in a new town... I mean why not!  This was good pizza too!

Then we went up to our room and crashed.


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