Our extended stay was in a pretty great location in Waikiki, close enough to everything but far enough to get away from the throngs of tourists, who of course annoy us now that we're "locals"! ha! It's hard to describe each day one by one, but I can say that we hit the ground running. Within the first 3 days of being on the island we had already been to the bank to set up accounts, applied to a ton of jobs, viewed 3 different apartments, and ridden the bus who knows how many times! This is paradise, and while we did enjoy the beauty of it, this is our lives, and we weren't willing to just sit back and pretend that it was a vacation. We needed to set ourselves up! But, we did have some good times along the way...
|1st night out|
|St Patrick's Day|
|1st pool day|
And we also had some great food! Including probably the best best brunch I ever had at the cutest little place called the Cream Pot!
|almost too pretty to eat!|
|not like what you get back home|
But enough emotional stuff!! I should mention also, that I exhausted my annual leave from my previous position, and was technically still an employee until the 24th. A few days before that, my boss called me (right on cue since I was getting ready to call him) to make sure that I hadn't changed my mind, and I wasn't on my way back. It was a sobering feeling...knowing that the time for me to officially not be an employee there had come. I can't say enough how much I enjoyed the guys I worked with, and how I'll always look back on my almost 4 years there fondly. But, I am not the type to throw in the towel so quickly, so I knew when I put in for the leave that I wouldn't be back, and so the time would come for me to no longer have access to anything that went with the job...and so it did.
My "holy shit we really did it" moment came when I was in a cab (literally called "The Cab", just like the bus here is literally called "The Bus") the day we moved in on my way to pick up my car. Looking out the window, just me and the cab driver in the van, I couldn't believe that I was actually here. When you go through the planning of such a life changing event it can start to seem like it's never actually going to happen...and then it does. I've probably experienced every emotion you can feel in the last month. And while everything has been coming together nicely, I'm sure the road ahead will be equipped with some speed bumps and pot holes, but that's ok, because I never thought it would be easy, I just knew it would be worth it. Along with my blood family, I also should mention how very thankful I am for my other family, my friends who have supported me and rooted for me always. Oh, and my car is safe and sound...yay! I missed my baby.
And the adventure continues...are you with me???