Out of Survival Mode

I can't believe my second week is almost over. It feels like I've been here five minutes and my whole life at the same time. Husband and I have been stumbling into a routine. Sort of. We're not quite there, but the natural division of responsibilities is helping. We're very lucky to be a couple that can not only survive such close quarters, but actually enjoy the enormous amount of time we spend together in such circumstances. That's not to say a little more space wouldn't be a good thing for the long haul. We're working on that.

This week brought some unexpected challenges, but nothing too crazy. Still working with HP on the whole computer thing. We had a few bumps with the delivery of our stuff. It's been a bit rainier so we missed a couple walks and the vampire bugs have been more abundant. It usually rains in the mornings and at night. To tell you the truth, I absolutely love it. It's perfect to fall asleep to and I love getting my day started at the laptop with a cup of coffee and the fresh smell of the rain. All in all, I'd say the worst we've dealt with all falls under #firstworldproblems. No complaints on my end.

We couldn't be happier to have our couch back in our possession! Again, sort of. All of our stuff is currently residing in a lovely storage unit in Kihei. Because we have no room for the stuff. Not really. We didn't bring much, but we're already tripping over each other as it is. We're working on that problem, but even the idea of a comfortable place to sit in the future makes our world a better place. It's the little things.

I've discovered a deep love for guava juice. I mean deep. To say I crave it is as understated as saying the earth has water in some places. How did I live without it before?! We've been very conservative on the food front so far, and plan to stay that way. We're very into cabbage salads. Husband is a salad addict. It's his go-to favorite snack or meal. He discovered quickly the produce doesn't last as long here, even when refrigerated. Sometimes, it's just not available. By happenstance, he picked up cabbage and found the cabbage lasted much longer than lettuce, so he converted. It's a simple, but very tasty little belly filler. Shredded cabbage, thinly sliced leeks, a few halved cherry tomatoes, and whatever dressing he concocted that day. His dressings are delightful and always perfect. That isn't to say we haven't indulged a bit.

We tried a food truck called Mediterranean Grill that is always parked in the lot for Haiku Market. It was quite a trip to Yum Town. We split their signature gyro - a delectable treat I will be having again. And again. And again. Today we really checked out of survival mode and went down to the Wailea area, just south of Kihei. Thanks to Yelp, we stumbled upon a den of delights called Monkeypod. Oh heavens. The Mai Tais. The poke. The bulgogi pork tacos. It was like our server was slicing off a bit of heaven to serve us on a plate.

 Monkeypod Mai Tai topped with honey-lilikoi foam

Monkeypod Mai Tai topped with honey-lilikoi foam

 Ahi Poke Tacos

Ahi Poke Tacos

 Bulgogi Pork Tacos became Husband's new obsession today.

Bulgogi Pork Tacos became Husband's new obsession today.

Like I said, it felt really good to come out of survival mode and return to our fancy food obsessed selves for an afternoon. We'll be back to our frugal selves tomorrow, but needed a bit of a splurge today. On our way home, we stopped for some beach time at Kama'ole Beach Park III. I really love this beach. The last in a series of three, it tends to be less crowded. Very family friendly with picnic tables, grills, and, of course, breathtaking scenery. Today there was a welcome bit of cloud cover which made it possible to see a pod of pilot whales make a somewhat rare appearance sans sunglasses. Simply a glorious day spent with Husband on this amazing rock.

So there you have it. The week two update. Nothing earth shattering to report. Just another wonderful week on this wonderful island. I hope your week was just as wonderful in whatever bit of this planet you call home.

I have lot of ideas and several drafts for posts in the coming months. If you have any ideas or things you want to know, feel free to pop them into the comments section. I love inquiring minds. Mahalo for reading!