Fall Harvest in Hawaii

Well there is one fruit around these parts that is actually harvested in the Fall – persimmons! Let me know if you think of any others. Known as “kaki” in Japanese, this mildly sweet fruit was the main livelihood of my husband’s great-grandparents, who were the children of Japanese immigrants to Hawaii. They had a several-acre kaki farm up in Kula, and their son continues to maintain the farm. This past Sunday my grams-in-law headed up there to help with the harvest and returned with some gorgeous fruit to share. And waddaya know? It’s a beautiful burnt ORANGE; perfect for this week’s Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge. Ah I just love when things fall into place.

i hate running

There. I said it. Now I can deal with it. At the moment I have some kind of mental block against running. I’ve always hated distance running, and I thought by giving myself a goal I would somehow get over it. I LOOOVE sprinting. Love it. Love it. Love it. But I feel like I’m too out of shape to do it, so I don’t. How I long to be that strong woman who can run for miles and miles and miles (like my sister). She’s so invincible.

Ever since I gave myself the goal of running a 5K, I’ve shied away from working on it. I actually feel less like running now that I have this goal than I did before I gave myself this goal. This is counterproductive. Big time.

Thinking back to the last time I really worked out…that was during my last month of pregnancy (*ahem 19 months ago…) when my boss gifted me a month of pre-natal yoga classes. I actually really enjoyed that. I’m trying to pinpoint what exactly I enjoyed about it. I really liked the slowness and calm of it. I liked taking my time, working to get my body into a pose, speaking to my muscles and limbs. I enjoyed meditating. I liked having someone to teach me and correct me. I liked being with other people. I liked that I didn’t have a goal or a plan. I would just show up and our instructor would craft a routine for us, and my goal was to simply enjoy and move through it.

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I started this post a couple days ago and I’m picking it up again. For the last two nights I’ve done P90X. I’m not following the program, I’m just popping in my DVD of choice and going as long as I can…which so far has been about 20 minutes. First I did yoga, then plyometrics. Both nights I felt like I got a great work out in vastly different ways. Interesting. I can definitely keep doing this. It’s challenging and ever changing, which I like. Running is kinda boring for me. I don’t have to leave the house, and I don’t have to do it for long before I REALLY feel my body working. Win. Win. Win. I still would like the experience of running a 5k, but I think that as long as I’m exercising, I’m getting closer to being able to reach that goal.

fall harvest in hawaii

Well there is one fruit around these parts that is actually harvested in the Fall – persimmons! Let me know if you think of any others. Known as “kaki” in Japanese, this mildly sweet fruit was the main livelihood of my husband’s great-grandparents, who were the children of Japanese immigrants to Hawaii. They had a several-acre kaki farm up in Kula, and their son continues to maintain the farm. This past Sunday my grams-in-law headed up there to help with the harvest and returned with some gorgeous fruit to share. And waddaya know? It’s a beautiful burnt ORANGE; perfect for this week’s Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge. Ah I just love when things fall into place.

Mellow Yellow

I kid you not, yellow was a very elusive color this week as I kept my eyes peeled for something to take a picture of for the Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge. Most of the yellow around here has something to do with traffic (parking lines, street lights, lanes on the road…) Indeed, Kahului is basically made up of three colors: green, brown, and blue. Kristi requested bananas, but after our last one went into our morning smoothie earlier this week, I’ve been too lazy to walk my butt down the road to Foodland and get more. Anywhoo, I think this little munchkin in her cheerful yellow shirt is much, much cuter. Hope this brown-eyed Hawaiian gal is satisfies your Aloha State craving Kristi! 🙂
I just love this girl’s face. Her bright eyes, her chipmunk cheeks, the soft dark curls that stick to her face, her expressions of delight and her seriousness when she’s in deep concentration. Sometimes she just sits down and stares off into the distance, and I can’t help but wondering what she’s thinking.
It’s a lot easier to read my thoughts though: I just want to pick her up and squeeze her and kiss her face all over, and then put her down and pinch myself because she’s mine and I can’t believe that she’s in my life.

mellow yellow

I kid you not, yellow was a very elusive color this week as I kept my eyes peeled for something to take a picture of for the Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge. Most of the yellow around here has something to do with traffic (parking lines, street lights, lanes on the road…) Indeed, Kahului is basically made up of three colors: green, brown, and blue. Kristi requested bananas, but after our last one went into our morning smoothie earlier this week, I’ve been too lazy to walk my butt down the road to Foodland and get more. Anywhoo, I think this little munchkin in her cheerful yellow shirt is much, much cuter. Hope this brown-eyed Hawaiian gal is satisfies your Aloha State craving Kristi! 🙂
I just love this girl’s face. Her bright eyes, her chipmunk cheeks, the soft dark curls that stick to her face, her expressions of delight and her seriousness when she’s in deep concentration. Sometimes she just sits down and stares off into the distance, and I can’t help but wondering what she’s thinking.
It’s a lot easier to read my thoughts though: I just want to pick her up and squeeze her and kiss her face all over, and then put her down and pinch myself because she’s mine and I can’t believe that she’s in my life.