Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Home Sweet Home

View from the hotel room at which we got ready for the wedding

I'm back!  I didn't take many "blog-safe" photos, but I'll post what I can here.  The wedding was very nice but it was extremely exhausting.  I was bright-eyed and bushy-tailed Saturday morning when I got to the hotel at 7:30 am (much to the chagrin of the bleary-eyed bride and the other caffeine-sucking bridesmaids) but the joke was on me when it was 8 pm and I felt like it was midnight.  By the time I got home at 2 am I felt like it was 7 am and was almost too tired to fall asleep. 

The color of the night was pink.  Luckily I like pink.  Some of my friends were not so lucky.

My goal was to swim as much as possible with my annual pass, but I didn't make it out to the pool until Tuesday morning before I caught my plane home.  I had packed a running outfit but never got around to going on a run.  So it was a true vacation in every sense of the word.  I stuffed myself silly with Hawaiian and local foods.

It is now September and I need to turn my attention to the triathlon on the horizon.  I've been hanging onto minimal swimming but am failing miserably at biking and running.  I haven't been on my bike in over 3 weeks (egad!).  I haven't ridden my bike outside (which requires balance, I assume) in 5.5 weeks.  I haven't run in almost 2 weeks.  So basically, I'm only really in shape for the first leg of this race which also has the highest probability of killing me.  I hate swimming when I can't touch the bottom.  Let's not even talk about not being able to see the bottom.  I've never swam in open water unless you count playing around within 15 feet of shore at the beach.  At this point I just don't want to drown.  If I make it to the first transition I'll consider the race won.  But I've got a bit of training to do the next few weeks.

Anyhow, it's nice to be home with Boyfriend and Mario, but it was also very sad to leave Home.  My mom just retired so it was nice to have a breakfast/lunch buddy everyday.  Unlike my last 4 trips I don't know when I'll be back Home again.  Part of the reason I wanted to move to California was to be able to nip back Home more often.  It seemed to be a great idea at first but with the rising airfare prices it's not likely there will be another repeat of the many recent trips.  When I first got to California in September 2007 tickets to Hawaii were about $300 roundtrip.  This year they're hovering around $540 in the off-season.  I'm hoping to go back sometime around Jan/Feb, but we'll see what happens.


Rabbits' Guy said...

What a great Hawaii picture that first one is ... we are all jealous!

*aron* said...

ohhhhh hawaii, my favorite place! glad you made it home safe!

good luck with the tri training coming up!

losangelesdaze said...

Welcome back!

I hope to make it out to Hawaii next year. I've been wanting to go for ages!

furrybutts said...

Wow! Lovely pics.. I like the different colours of the sky & clouds in the last pic :D

ShirleyPerly said...

Welcome back!

That first view in the first photo looks similar to the one I had from my room at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Kind of scary to step out on the balcony, though.

I bet you're in better shape than you think. All you need to do is gain some confidence. Try doing a test tri on your own. You can also swim blind in the pool (close your eyes while swimming except to sight) to get a feeling of what it will sort of be line in open water. Good luck!