Month: October 2013

The Spirit of Halloween

Halloween costumes – two words that conjure up a host of memories, fantasies, dreams and more. What’s not to love about Halloween? It’s a chance to dress as what you’ve always wished to be, to be someone or something you really admire, fear, cry or laugh about. Every year Waimea’s most eclectic gift shop, Without Boundaries, switches out its entire inventory and becomes the premiere Halloween costume outlet on the island. People of all ages and sizes flock to this quaint shop to find the year’s trendiest costumes that dazzle, scare or are just plain bizarre. I recently had the privilege to help out the shop owners (and good friends), Diane and Michael Brock, over the past weekend. To say that my brief stint assisting costume hunters was interesting would be a gross understatement. There is something to be said about the process of helping someone create a “look” he/she has envisioned for “All Hallows’ Eve;” it was eye opening, entertaining and very spirited. When an aspiring Katy Perry look-alike stepped out of the dressing room …

My Life’s Mix Tape

I finished today’s post about music at midnight and The Daily Post revealed today’s prompt shortly thereafter. It was too closely related and too fun of a post not to take part, so here it is: Daily Prompt: Mix Tape Masterpiece You make a new friend. Make them a mix tape (or playlist, for the younger folks) that tells them who you are through song. Ode to my Family – The Cranberries Bravado – Lorde So Young – The Corrs Push It – Salt -N- Pepa Under Pressure – Queen Turn Your Lights Down Low – Bob Marley Don’t Speak – No Doubt Ho Hey – The Lumineers #41 – Dave Matthews Silver Springs – Fleetwood Mac By Your Side – Sade It’s Good to Be in Love – Frou Frou Titanium – David Guetta/Sia The Most Beautiful Girl in the World – Prince What songs would appear on your life’s soundtrack? Daily Prompt: Mix Tape Masterpiece |

Music in my Veins

Music has been a gift passed down through the generations and continues to influence my life. I’m not a professional musician, nor have I been classically trained in any one instrument or in voice, but to some degree, music is in my DNA.  My paternal grandmother grew up singing with her brothers and sisters, entertaining families in the sugar plantation camp in which they once lived. The boys taught themselves to play instruments, while the sisters sang. I can only imagine what they might have looked and sounded like back then. Growing up, my grandma and her siblings always got up to sing songs at family parties. I never understood why they felt compelled to get up and sing until I learned of their past as semi-professional musicians. For as long as I can remember, music was always on in the house. My dad’s eclectic taste in music would always be on: Van Halen, Fleetwood Mac, Queen, ELO, Hall and Oates, mainly American rock bands and some local artists. On the other end of the spectrum, my …

Stuff We Love: Slush Floats

When I was in high school after school ended we would walk down Waianuenue Avenue to Dairy Queen to buy a slush float with a small order of fries.   At first I thought the pairing sounded awful, but for some reason the salty fries dipped in vanilla icecream of the slush float was exceptionally great.  Then again, my palette back then was not well-developed. Twenty-some years later, I still love slush floats with a side order of fries.  Blane’s Drive Inn has the best strawberry slush floats.  If you don’t know what a slush float is, it basically is heaps of vanilla ice-cream sitting in a chilly cup of strawberry icy.  Sometimes you can get a great deal, buy one small slush float, and get the other free.  I craved these slush floats after giving birth, which I share in the post: I Stay Hungry!