The weekend in photos

February 22, 2010

I made sure to carry around the camera this weekend, and got some great shots. It’s easy to take good pictures when you live in paradise. I’m constantly reminded of how lucky I am!

Saturday night's sunset drive

More tree and sunset beauty

I was blessed by a bag full of plumerias

So I got crafty and decided to make a lei!

It came out quite nicely, if I may say so myself

On Sunday we went to a beach party, where Filippo donned some goofy shorts and went kayacking

Filippo hacked away at a coconut so we could eat the meat, and it was good

The boys did handstands

while we enjoyed the sunset

and pondered the heavens

The simple life is the good life.


January 15, 2010

The job search is finally gaining some speed! My interview went well yesterday morning, and I got a call today informing me that instead of being a 24-hr/wk part-time job, it is now full-time, which makes it even more perfect! I should hear back about it in a week. The position will include three days at the Hawaii Community Genetics office, and two days at the Palliative Care office at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

I didn’t know what Palliative Care was, so I looked it up:

Palliative care (from Latin palliare, to cloak) is any form of medical care or treatment that concentrates on reducing the severity of diseasesymptoms, rather than striving to halt, delay, or reverse progression of the disease itself or provide a cure. The goal is to prevent and relievesuffering and to improve quality of life for people facing serious, complex illness.

I haven’t had any experience in Genetics or Palliative care, but I love getting exposure to new fields, so I really hope I get this job!

I also found out that the job pays $15-16/hr with full medical and dental, which is more than I’ve ever had before!

Thinking about getting this job has sent my mind spinning onto all kinds of exciting subjects, particularly getting an apartment of our own.

Yesterday our roommate left Filippo a note asking him to clean the bathroom and kitchen after each use, and to put the trash out on Tuesday nights. I find notes of this nature a bit offensive, since we see our roommate and speak with her several times a day, and she has plenty of opportunities to talk to us face to face. I also thought it was odd that the note was only for Filippo. It especially bothered me because we have made an effort to be very good roommates, and it isn’t like she is very clean herself. But these are the things you have to put up with when you share a house, so I need to just let it go.

But one productive thing I can do is start checking out new places to live! We have more or less decided that once we both get jobs, we’ll move into a place of our own. It’s fun imagining the perfect place: on the North Shore, two bedrooms, one and a half bath ( at least), accepts dogs (I miss my toby!), washer/dryer in-unit, utilities included, full kitchen, open floorplan, big windows, ocean breezes…..aaahhhhh.

As for activities, we took a trip down to the Macadamia Farm with some friends yesterday. It was a fun little trip; free macadamia nut samples, free coffee (mmm), we got to crack open our own nuts and enjoy the soft nutty goodness inside, and then they even gave us a box of chocolate covered macadamia nuts for the ride home! What generosity! Filippo knows the owners, so that might have had something to do with it 🙂 The farm is on the east side of the island, so the drive was of course gorgeous. We also stopped at the Kahuku Superette for our favorite Ahi Poke.

Tonight is my good friend and yoga partner’s last night on the island, so we’ll hopefully have a little get together for her. I’m sad to see her go, but I’m sure I’ll be able to recruit someone else to go with me to yoga. Then tomorrow I’m babysitting Alyssa’s kids!

What a great day! I started out in kind of a bad mood because my online job search wasn’t getting me anywhere. But then, at 2:54 PM, I got a call from an unknown number on my cell phone. I expected a telemarketer, but no! It was a woman calling from Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women and Children! She wanted to set up an interview with me for a Patient Service Representative position!

Here’s the job description:

“Under the direct supervision of the department manager or designee, acts as a liaison between patients and the professional staff by facilitating clerical and reception responsibilities and assisting in administrative tasks.  Interviews, registers, admits, updates, and creates patients’ medical records.  Performs accurate, complete, and timely processing of all professional/ technical fees generated by department providers.”

I can TOTALLY do this job. I’m really hoping this is the one I’ve been waiting for. That wonderful job that I’ve imagined myself having since I got here. My fingers are crossed! I think I’m going  to keep having butterflies in my stomach until after the interview on Thursday morning.

In other good news, a friend (who is also job searching) told me about a job fair that we can go to on Wednesday. So if the interview doesn’t go well, I will hopefully have some other leads to follow from this job fair.

This afternoon we took a hike on the Kaunala Trail at the end of Pupukea Road here on the North Shore. It was a gorgeous hike, with some great valley views. The trail took us through a eucalyptus grove that smelled wonderful and reminded me of San Diego’s Balboa Park.  I also picked some tea leaves to make lei’s with one of these days. On our way back down the hill, we stopped again at the Heiau to see the view of Waimea Bay. A big swell came in again last night, so some of the crazy big wave riders were out, and it’s always fun to watch them risk their lives :p

I’m so relieved that my days of stressing out over the job search may be coming to an end. I’ll try not to count my eggs before they’ve hatched, but if I get this job, I am going to be SO excited. So everybody please send your thoughts and prayers my way on Thursday morning!