• Hiked up Diamond Head crater at the hottest part of the day.
  • Made Rosemarie demonstrate pull ups.
  • Ate shaved ice and got brain freeze.
  • Took a taxi to Kailua because we had too much stuff to take on the city bus.
  • Went swimming at Kailua Beach.
  • Walked around Kailua trying to find something that was open for dinner on Thanksgiving Day.
  • Played board games.


  • Took the bus to Honolulu for Black Friday shopping. We got running shoes, a hat, SD card, and jeans and stuff. It wasn’t actually that crazy in the mall. Seemed like we actually missed most of the sales because we were unwilling to go shopping at midnight.
  • Picked up our rental car.
  • Played more board games.


  • Drove around the island.
  • Watched the surf competition.
  • Ate raw tuna.
  • Ate garlic shrimp.
  • Ate shaved ice.
  • Got pummelled by waves at Waimea Bay.
  • Stopped at the Pali Highway LOOKOUT!


  • It rained all day so we didn’t do much.
  • Played more board games.
  • Drove to Kaneohe for lunch and a movie (Catching Fire).
  • Played even more board games.
  • Watched lots of the food channel.



  • Hiked up Makapu’u Point.
  • Went swimming.
  • Ate fish tacos.
  • Then Scott dropped us and all the bags off at the airport. While he was driving back to Kailua to return the car and busing back to the airport, we made ourselves a games table out of suitcases and played games in the airport.
  • We almost missed dinner because everything was closing.
  • Eventually we flew back to Vancouver.

Super fun trip!! Even though the weather wasn’t awesome I still had a great time. We have to do this again!!

Hawaii was so fun!! I think I’m going to make three posts. 1) Wet N Wild and the surfing competition, 2) rando stuffs, 3) the food.

We waited until the second last day of our trip to go to Wet N Wild to avoid any Thanksgiving crowds…. and it worked… there were like 50 people in the entire park. It was awesome. We walked straight on to every slide.

The best way to carry a raft– hands free!

Scott and Rose in the Tornado. Check out Rosemarie’s face:

HAHAHAHA. If she perma-grins any harder her face is going to rip. Now she is going to kill me.

This is a picture of the girls sitting around while Scott carries TWO rafts up for us. :D :D

The water park is really strict about no outside food so instead of paying exorbitant amusement park prices for lunch we took a break out in the parking lot to stuff our faces with jalapeno Cheetos and mustard pretzels. So tasty, so not nutritious.

Rose continuing to have tons of fun.

Clearly we need a close up of this picture as well….

We wanted to take pictures of us going down both slides at once but they wouldn’t let us. So instead I have to photoshop.


Another day we drove around the island. One of the stops we made was at Sunset Beach where part of the Vans Triple Crown surf events was going on. The competition isn’t part of the pro tour but a lot of the big names were still there. We saw Mick Fanning (who was disappointingly boring), Kelly Slater (awesome), John John, Bede, Adriano, Dane and more. I really enjoyed it.

The waves were not super huge but we still saw a bit of tube action, lots of big turns, and even one 360. How John John didn’t win that heat, I do not understand.

This post is a bit late, since we were in Hawaii last Monday. No recipes for you this week since either Scott cooked, we ate out, or we were making random meals to use up all the food we had in the house before we left.

november 17th, 2013 – cannelloni

november 18th, 2013 – sesame chicken with vegetables and rice

November 19th, 20th and 21st I was working at the data centre and forgot to take a picture of my dinner because my routine was all off. I had leftovers from the previous nights dinner.

november 22nd, 2013 – turkey pot pie

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I do have some fun stuff to talk about too….

Scott and I are meeting Rosemarie in Hawaii in November. Natasha is coming too! We’ve booked a little cottage near Kailua Beach and it’s going to be such a fun trip. I am really looking forward to that. Also it means Rosemarie is on her way home so that’s awesome.

We went out for a nice dinner at Miku last night. We tried their fancy seared pressed sushi and stuff and drank fancy cocktails. It was nice but really expensive for what you get. I’ll post pictures in my next daily dinners post.

Now that I’m done school and unemployed I have lots of time to do stuff like go to the gym and do crafts. I’ve got a whole bunch of little projects in mind to start on soon. I can paint my nails again too!!

Lesley and Vipi came over the other night to celebrate being done the program. We drank and ate cheezies and played two games of Ticket To Ride. :)

Skeleton tryouts are next Saturday. Unfortunately for me they changed the testing protocol to mostly sprints so my performance is probably going to be highly embarrassing, but I think I’m still going to give it a go. Scott reminded me that not anyone can say they’ve even tried out for a provincial team, which was quite convincing.

Julie and I went to Gehringer Brothers when Scott and Steve were golfing (told you this was a nice holiday!!). It’s a good place to go if you like white wine because they aren’t stingy with the samples. We tried every single wine they had! I bought a Riesling and a Chardonnay.

The next day Scott and I went to Silver Sage. It was highly recommended to us by several people and did not disappoint. Their wines are very fruity and delicious. I thought they were quite unique. Usually I have a hard time tasting the fruits that wines are supposed to taste like but these were like WHOA GREEN APPLE or WHOAAAAA SPICY CHILI!! The lady giving out the samples was funny and had tons of recipes of foods and drinks to make with the wine. Plus they had cheese and pretzels to munch on.

We bought a whole bunch of wines from Silver Sage. A couple green apple-y ones, a berry one that we are supposed to freeze and then make slushies with vodka, and a couple other ones. Yum yum. We really enjoyed Silver Sage.

We stopped by Hester Creek and tried a few wines but didn’t stay long. Then we headed to Tinhorn Creek. We tasted a few wines and looked at the educational displays they had about wineries.

Then we went for a luxurious lunch at Miradoro at Tinhorn Creek out on the patio. It was lovely and incredibly delicious. We ordered sangria (one white, one red), a fancy grilled cheese (kootenay alpine nostrala on focaccia with stonefruit mostarda and crispy onions), and a pizza pancetta (Italian bacon, confit garlic, smoked mozzarella).

Everything was REALLY DELICIOUS. The flavours were so good and the view of the Okanagan valley was spectacular. The food we ordered was really rich, and filling. We took some leftovers home. Mmm I am drooling just reminiscing about that lunch.

Miradoro at Tinhorn Creek Winery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

After lunch we played bocce out on the grass by the restaurant. I lost. :(

In case you are wondering about winery logistics…. time and food helped. We didn’t rush from place to place. A lot of the wineries are close together too. Plus Scott didn’t try every wine.

Like I said before, I never knew that the Okanagan had so many wineries!! The Okanagan is just as good as those famous wine areas in Australia and such! I look forward to exploring more of them next time.