Sunday, October 26, 2008
I couldn't believe how big my girls looked compared to the little ones.
Here's Suka playing with one of the puppies...
The reason for the gridlock was a store in Nuuuli had caught fire and burned to the ground. As you got closer, you could start to see and smell the smoke. The fire started several hours earlier, but it was still burning. In fact, even the next day as we drove back past the store on our way into work, we could see the debris continue to smolder. Turns out, it was arson, and I've been assigned the case to prosecute. We'll see how that goes...
Friday, October 24, 2008
What I discovered was that the best medicine for my stress was a couple of friendly voices from home. There's nothing like reconnecting with good friends to lift your spirits and put whatever stresses this island has to throw at you into perspective. I had a smile on my face for the rest of the night.
Dan & Darin, thanks for the chat...xoxo
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Getting it checked out before we bought it...$65 carton of cigarettes
Parts needed to fix the lemon (6 spark plugs, 2 motor mounts, 12 lifters, a new battery, and other random parts)...$1,200.00
Labor for overhauling engine...$1,500.00
Stress over not having a working car for 5 months...some grey hairs and the beginnings of an ulcer
Finally getting to drive our convertible to work along the ocean...PRICELESS.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Last weekend (Columbus Day Weekend), a group of us decided to go camping at the fales in Vatia. Vatia is located on the north side of the island and to get there you have to drive over a pretty steep pass. The view from the top is amazing.
This is a view of Pago Harbor on the way up the pass:
Below is a view of our beach from the top of the pass:
The puppies at play:
There is a fresh-water shower where you can rinse off after playing in the ocean:
LTM & Ned stuck in the sand:
Emily hanging out in one of the fales:
Folks spent the day hanging out in the fales and snorkeling and swimming at the beach. Some of the boys played football with a few of the local Samoan kids, and another group drove down the road to go diving. When it started to get dark, we BBQ'd up some food and headed down to the beach for a bonfire. The weather was beautiful and it was fun night on the beach.
Dance party 2008...Pirate Chris & April:
Pu, all tucked in for the night:
The next day, everyone was exhausted and spent some time on the beach soaking up the sun before we all piled in our cars and headed home:
Even Suka & Meli had their fill of fun for the weekend and settled in for the drive home: