Friday, January 28, 2011

Tonight's Sunset

We went out to see the sunset tonight.

Watch the video we made!

Classic Rock and Resumes

Another day of job hunting...

But on the upside I had the good company of Elton John, Kansas, Kenny Loggins, Boston, and the Top Gun soundtrack to keep me sane. But after today's efforts I'm thinkin it Friday not Saturday that's a good night for fightin. :)

UG! BLAH! Complain... cry.. complain some more.

Is this why people go to grad school? To avoid the drudgery of the job search? It's about as exciting as working an assembly line. I know I'm being a baby, but what a pain in the neck.

On a positive and less cranky note, I do have an interview tomorrow. Can you guess what field it is in? 5... 4... 3... 2... 1...


Oh goody :) But the position is for an assistant manager and I actually think I would love it.

So, that's the update.

If you have any classic rock to aid in my sanity saving please send it my way... my brain is headed to the Danger Zone.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Today Hawaiian life consisted of organizing my closet, sweeping and mopping our entire apartment, and partially cleaning our bathroom. Anyone jealous? ha haha. Yes the weather is great, and the beach is a block away, but am I there? Not today...

I feel a bit out of place here. I get up and don't have to be anywhere. I know this moment will pass so quickly, but it feels so strange not to have to go to school (I do have to do my homework for two online classes, but I stay at home to do those). And I am in that lovely limbo state known as "unemployed" as I sift through Honolulu with a tooth brush looking for a job.

So far I found many retail and sales positions. GUCK! I mean retail would not be so bad, but there is no earing potential there. Sales... yeah no. The other night I was searching on the Hawaiian Star (the job site for Honolulu) and I found a job perfectly tailored for a Marketing Major. I said to Brett, "Hey here is one I am totally qualified and trained for.... I think I'd rather gag." It's not that I hate my major. I LOVE my studies, I just hate the "sales" aspect of it. I think my old job put a bad taste in my mouth that I won't soon recover from.

But... as I told Brett, I am looking for something lucrative so we can afford to live a block from the beach. If my search comes up with only retail and sales jobs by the end of this week, I will need to suck it up and swallow hard.

If all else fails, I hear Delta is hiring flight attendants. My wouldn't they love a terrified flight attendant serving tomato juice and peanuts!

Ha ha :)

Back to the hunt.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Morning Exercise

Heidi and I swim every morning for exercise.  We use a mask and snorkel... originally we brought them just so we could breathe easier, but we immediately learned that there is a lot to see, even in the protected area of Waikiki beach (see Google maps, satellite view - there's an area that's walled off to keep the water calm).

Well, today Heidi wasn't feeling too well, so I went by myself.  I met a couple nice old guys who told me to bring them a fish.  I swam for a while and saw an eel!  Then, a little while later, I saw a little crab.  I caught it and took it to the two men... they got a good laugh out of that.  It was fun... but I work out more when Heidi's pushing me!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Our new blog

Aloha friends and family!  This is our new blog for remembering and sharing stuff about our time in Hawaii.  It's called "O WAHOO!" because we're creative and punny and we're happy to be living on Oahu.  :)  I want to blog frequently, so I'm not going to start a precedent of writing a lot.  For this first post, I just want to say that I feel so GRATEFUL.  We are pretty flabbergasted at the expenses here, but we've managed to put together a pretty dang classy little apartment with the help of gift cards from the wedding and Craigslist.

Disclaimer: I'm not going to be shy about how blessed we are here.  I'm not trying to brag or rub anything in anyone's face.  I used to post on Facebook when I had a great bike ride, and people said, "Yeah!  Go Brett!"  But now if I post about going swimming on Waikiki in the morning, people say, "Jerk, don't rub it in."  So... SORRY we live in Hawaii now, but I loved life before and I love life now!  :)

So, a list of material blessings that make our little apartment ROCK:
- KING SIZE BED!!!  WHOA!!!  Thank you Craigslist!!
- Table and chairs.  It's a black card table and 4 chair set.  Just a card table, but it looks pretty dang good.
- Dishes from Bed, Bath, and Beyond... thank you wedding gift givers!
- Computer/printer/high shelves desk made out of a storage shelf set from Target.  We placed the shelves so as to make a desk instead of a storage space.  WAY cheaper than a nice desk, and yet, it looks like a nice desk... sort of contemporary chrome style.  :)
- Futon... fully assembled as of today.  Bought on craigslist, had to go to Home Depot to get some missing nuts and bolts.  It looks GREAT and now we have a place to sit down in the living room!  AND a place to sleep when visitors take our king size bed... wink wink hint hint nudge nudge.
- Snorkel gear... got Heidi a full set for $20.  The fins are a little small, though... but the mask works great for her.
- Body boards.  NICE ONES.  Craigslist.
- New fridge!  The one that was here when we moved in was not working so well.  They got us a brand new one!
- Tile floors... nice and cool, easy to clean, no worries if we spill, have wet feet, whatever.

Our apartment is just SO NICE and I thought we'd have a not-so-nice place because everything is expensive here.  It's a great, great, great place to come home to.  And my wife lives here.  :)

So much for not writing much.  Of course.  :)  Love you all.

~ Brett