Tuesday, November 30, 2004

After landing on Mauii, we rented a car (red mustang convertible, because you can take the kid out of Lowell...). The drive was cool, save a few traffic encounters. We drove through a sugar cane farm, and you could smell the sugar-smoke molasses-scent from the burning they use at harvest (Ok, I didn't actually see them burning it, but I've seen discovery channel footage of sugar cane harvesting. It was also once featured on Magnum PI. You really could smell it.). There were some dramatic clouds rolling over the very green (verdant even) hillsides. Driving on Mauii is like driving a cart on a golf course. Small windy roads, low speeds, nice scenery. We reached the Four Seasons and checked into our room (1 2), which has a nice king size bed, and simply the largest bathroom legal in the US (take a virtual video tour). The sun was down when we got here, so we put off exploring the grounds until tomorrow. Tonight we are eating at one of the three restaurants on the grounds, under an open sky. Right this minute, T and I are passing out for 45 minutes before getting ready for dinner. All the sitting, reading, and movie watching on the flight out ruined us.

Monday, November 29, 2004

So here we go... T and I are tucked into our seats, and we are about to take off for Chicago. T predicts we miss our connection to Mauii, as we have all of an hour lay-over. We agreed we don't care, as Chicago must have nice hotels. Getting here was a bit of an adventure. I started the morning by taking our trash out to the rear alley. Unfortunately, my luggage and keys were in the foyer of our building. So I had to run around our block to find T. I got there just in time to help with our ginormous rolling bag, which I rolled directly through dog s***. We noticed when I lifted the bag into the trunk, because I put my hand directly in canine feces. Luckily, T caries a small hospital in her hand bag, and autoclaved my hand. A call to Mom reminded me that any mishap with dog-doo is “good luck”. She actually had to clarify. “Well, stepping in it is good luck, I'm not sure about handling it.” -------------------------- Sent from my BlackBerry Wireless Handheld

Sunday, November 28, 2004

Caitie packed up a storm. Our luggage is packed and ready to go to Hawaii (1 2). And so are we...