Archive for May, 2010

May 24th, 2010 - 1:19 am § in children, Family, father, mother, parenting

Alcatraz tour

Our first activity of the trip was a visit to Alcatraz Island, also known as The Rock. (Yeah, I’ve heard islanders call Hawaii the same thing, but trust me, it ain’t the same!) It’s  in the San Francisco Bay, 1.5 miles offshore from San Francisco. Though it’s had many roles [...]

May 21st, 2010 - 1:12 am § in Uncategorized

Makeup mayhem for woman driver

The first full day started out with a bit of drama. We were driving north on Highway 101, going to San Francisco, when we witnessed a single car accident – right in front of us. We were just south of the city when it happened. 101 North In the far left lane,there was a woman in […][...]

May 19th, 2010 - 7:09 am § in children, Family, father, mother, parenting

San Francisco trip

I went to the Bay Area for the Emmy awards dinner. I never attended the dinner before because it’s always on a Saturday in May, which is ratings in television land. We are not allowed to take days off, and to fly from Hawaii to the ceremony in San Francisco was impossible for a weekend anchor[...]

May 17th, 2010 - 7:08 am § in children, Family, father, mother, parenting

Drinks and pupus

Friday night, I called Paul Drewes to say hi. We talk about once a week. “What are you up to?” I asked. I could hear the din of small children in the background. “Drinks and pupus on the lanai,” he said. “Oh! That sounds nice.” “No. It’s not that relax[...]

May 14th, 2010 - 7:41 am § in baking, cake, children, Family, mother, parenting

Cake decorating classes: gum paste flowers

This is another installment in my series on cake decorating classes that I’ve been taking since January at Cake Creations Dessert Haven in Manoa. Classes are one night a week. We learned to mold nine different flowers (and one grass) in this four-part series on gum paste flowers: plumeria step[...]

May 12th, 2010 - 7:46 am § in children, Family, father, mother, parenting

Do I scream “housewife”?

I think I just got profiled in Safeway. I was strolling, alone, near the cash registers with a cart full of food, when I passed three thirtysomething men. Now that I think about it, they looked a little lost. One of them stopped me at the moment I passed by. “Excuse me. I have a […][...]

May 10th, 2010 - 1:24 am § in children, Family, father, mother, parenting

Hello Kitty bandages

We are going through quite a lot of bandages in our house. Claus has been using them for his various wounds from the bike fall. They’re at the elbow so the tender scabs tend to split open, like when he rolls on them in jujitsu. (I asked him to take a break, but that’s a […][...]

May 7th, 2010 - 1:30 am § in children, Family, father, mother, parenting

Happy Mother’s Day

Bedtime is my favorite time. In the whole of the day, when my daughter is a bundle of energy, I am watching her, running with her, following her, playing with her, serving her, teaching her, occupying her, carrying her, and generally tiring after her. And then there is night, when she is sleepy-cudd[...]

May 5th, 2010 - 1:53 am § in children, Family, father, mother, parenting


My husband just put the man in manicure. He has not only administered mine, but he’s also done Olivia’s first manicure! Her new thing is nail polish. Someone put a sample on her nail: glittery pink polish, topped with a butterfly decal and silver glitter. She handled it pretty well. She [...]

May 3rd, 2010 - 1:49 am § in children, Family, father, mother, parenting

Di’s business plan

I think I should be an entrepreneur. I have hit upon a brilliant idea for the food and beverage industry. As a spin off of the wildly popular Ariel’s Grotto at Disney’s California Adventure, I will open my own character restaurant: Man Candy Cafe. Princess Jasmine and Olivia This will fe[...]