Saturday, June 20, 2015

How to Send a Package to Elder Dooley

I sent off a big package to Elder Dooley yesterday--a birthday package! Among other things it included some new handmade ties,

and some of  Cora's famous Double Chocolate Coconut Cookies.

I should know better but I taped it all up tight before going to the post office. (For his current address see his blog, "Heath in Halifax" link above). 

I had to cut it open and repackage it there. It was a little annoying but it also saved me some money.
Since he is in Canada his packages go through customs and can be expensive to send. It is always good to plan ahead and be prepared with all the proper information. Here is what you gotta do:
  1. Gather the stuff you want to send
  2. Make a list of each item you are sending. Include the quantity, cost and weight of each. (ex: Heath Candy Bars, qty. 6, $6, 1lb 2oz.)
  3. Write down the full name and address of your missionary on a piece of paper that you can tape onto your package.
  4. If the weight of  your package is under 4 lbs. find your own box and packing materials.  If it is over 4 lbs. Use a USPS flat rate box.
  5. Bring all the above materials plus a sharpie, shipping tape and scissors to the post office.
  6. If over 4lbs grab a flat rate box and put your stuff inside but DON'T SEAL IT YET.
  7. Fill out the customs forms. If you have more items than there are lines then you have to continue it on a second, and third form as necessary. Be sure to check all the boxes and sign and date each form.
  8. Take your forms and unsealed package to the postal cashier and ask them to double check your work and to see what would be the cheapest way to send the package. 
  9. Once they give you the all clear quickly tape up your package and tape the address on too.
Yesterday I spent $45 to send a 6 pound package so be prepared! The cheapest package I have sent was $18 and that was some musubi making supplies (about 2 pounds).

Friday, June 19, 2015

Simple Embroidered Wedding Gift

Today I finally got around to using the embroidery functions on my new machine.  I didn't do anything super fancy but it sure took me a while to figure it all out. Today I embroidered some pillowcases for a wedding gift.

I decided to make a his and hers set with "Mr. (insert last name)" on one case and "Mrs. (insert last name)" on the other. on the back side of each case I embroidered their wedding date.  I also made a simple lace bag to tuck them into and tied it up with a pretty ribbon. In the end it looked something like this.

Part of me worries that this is a cheap gift (and I don't want to look cheap).  On the other hand I really can't afford a lot and I did spend about 4 hours doing it! Actually, I take that back, it took me 3.5 hours to do the first one and 15 minutes to do the second one and 15 minutes to make the bag, wrap it up and sign the card.

Monday, June 08, 2015

Did It Again

As soon as school was done what did this little munchkin want? To dye her hair again, just like last summer. 

 We did it with Kool-aid again. Poured 2 cups of boiling water into a bowl with 1 packet of Kool-aid--no sugar added. Give it a good stir and then dip your hair. We only had to hold hers in for a few minutes because she is so blonde. Then we wrapped the dyed tips on foil so it could sit a little longer, about 10 more minutes. We rinsed her hair well and conditioned it. Do not shampoo yet!  

Do be sure to dry with a blow dryer. And be careful! for the first day or two you may end up with a little bit of pink on your shirts if your hair gets wet. The dye will gradually fade from the hair over the summer but ultimately we will have to cut the red tips off. It's a fun experiment!

Friday, June 05, 2015

List Time!

Now that my task list for the semester is nearly complete I just can't help but make a few more lists.  Yippee!!

Pay rent
Pay bills
Transfer money into Heath's account
catch up on old emails
resolve issues with contract
bake bread
do laundry
make potluck goodies for Dave's office
find a camera I can use tonight since mine is acting up
Cora's dr. appt
pick up Dave's prescription
buy milk
back to work for the second night of the Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
Cast pictures

This week:
deep clean my room
sort through and file paperwork
file semiannual business taxes
complete grad school applications
make father's day gifts
make Heath's birthday present
send packages to cousins, Heath and grandparents
Orthodontist appointment
Eye appointment
dental cleanings for whole family
follow up on teaching contracts
start household deep cleaning
start selling or donating junk from around the house
go on two bike rides
hike to Laie summit
surf daily

This summer:
learn to use Inkscape
Patterns for Anita
Make sulu and basic puletasi patterns
make a dress for me
sewing class for girls
go to Goat Island
Climb Koko head stairs
Hike Diamond Head
Hike Maunawili trail
Bike ride around the island
Read 4 good books
fine tune syllabi for classes
clean the costume shop
Oversee the organization of the costume wardrobes
send in my Bosch for repairs
Get the costume shop machines repaired
order missing part for my coverstitch machine

I'm sure there will be so much more but this is it for now :-)

Monday, June 01, 2015

Happy Birthday Mom!

My mother is an artist. She studied art in college and though she never had the opportunity to finish her degree she used her talents daily.  I remember her taking art classes when I was a little girl. She would set up her easel and canvas and my brother and I would sneak in to play with the squishy metal tubes of oils and inspect her curious tools. She displayed her work in the house alongside Renoir's Girl with a Watering Can and Rembrandt's Girl with a Broom. My young eye couldn't tell and I could never remember which was her's and which was theirs. I would have to check the signature to be certain. The bottom right hand corner cursive "heather"--yes with a lower case h. I loved it. How could I forget, her's were the pretty ones.

She painted beautiful murals on our walls complete with rainbows and apple trees and climbing Sleeping Beauty vines. She was careful to make sure our home was decorated well balancing beauty with child centered comfort. She provided us with tidy fashionable clothes but allowed us creative license to mix and match as we pleased. She kept beautiful art books out for us to peruse. She kept clay and art supplies at our ready disposal.

She was always the first to point out the beauty that surrounded us. "Oh look at the Mountain today!" she would gasp bringing her hands to her heart and gazing longingly at Mt. Rainier as if it had just popped up out of nowhere, every sighting a first sighting. As it was with a view of the water, a drive over the bridge, a walk through our neighborhood forest or a fall sunset. "Oh the colors!", "Isn't that just beautiful?!", "What a wonderful world Heavenly Father has created for us." or just a simple "oh!" said with such feeling, such amazement, wonder and conviction.

She fostered our creativity not only with the steady stream of supplies and home-made salt dough, finger paints and construction paper but also with music lessons and dance lessons and trips to the zoo and museums and parks. And then she would let us loose. Let us out into the wonder of nature to explore, find all the trinkets and ornaments God had created and left for us to discover on his earthly canvas: snakes near the pond, berries in the forest, tall grass in the field.

She has produced 5 children, her eternal mirrors, who reflect her talent in theirs: a fashion entrepreneur, a tattoo artist, a graphic designer, a mechanical designer, and a costume designer. Each of us perpetuating and expanding upon her canvas (as if it could be improved). I am so grateful for my mother's love for all things beautiful and creative. She encouraged us to dream big and to paint our own picture. She is an artist.

Happy 61st birthday mom! I love you and am so thankful for the world you painted for us.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

What a Headache!

It is very late and I have been roused from my near slumber by a sequoia sized headache--unfortunately not too uncommon in this part of the woods. And I was just thinking yesterday how happy I was to have gone 2 weeks without a headache. I spoke thought too soon.

For a while I had headaches everyday for weeks on end.  I think that was nearly 2 months ago now? It was when I hit my face on my surfboard and broke my nose.  Doc said I probably got a concussion and that the headaches would lessen over time.  They did. Until tonight. Frustrating. More frustrating still is that headaches and I have a long long history. About 12 years ago I was diagnosed with Cluster headaches or Migraine headaches. My doctors could never decisively tell me nor fix me.

Over the years I have tried a lot of different remedies. My go to is Excedrin.  That often at least dulls it enough that I can function. I don't like to get stuck on it for long though because it causes terrible withdrawal headaches when quitting it.  It's the caffeine. I wean myself off by taking two aspirin and a Tylenol which is equivalent to the Excedrin minus the caffeine. These two are also drugs however (duh) and also cause withdrawal headaches. Other basic over the counters that I have tried in various combinations include: Ibuprofen, Naproxen Sodium, Claritin, Sudafed.

I have also gone the prescription med route with shots, pills and nasal inhalers. Some were preventatives and others were to be taken at onset. I got really good at recognizing the signs of the onset of a headache: a squeezing feeling across the bridge of my nose, a little buzzing feeling in my ear, a tickle at a certain spot on the back of my throat, a shot of pain in my eye, a burning feeling on the side of my face, sudden extreme fatigue.  All or some or one, never sure which; always on the lookout. The prescriptions never did much more than make me sick or itchy.

Exercise and diet have assisted in a quasi recovery. When I am taking good care of myself I usually have fewer or shorter headaches. Raw Onion is a big no-no; gives me a headache every time. Too much sugar or chocolate or bread can push me over. No amount of any kind of food can get rid of my headache but sometimes, when I'm lucky, a couple big glasses of water can do the trick.

I've tried many kinds of vitamins as both preventative and at onset. No definitive evidence in my trials. I've heard that mega doses of Vitamin C at the onset of a headache can cure it. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't.

I've gotten similar results with hot packs, ice packs, sleep, activity, dark rooms, meditation, hot showers, massage, acupuncture, chiropractic, acupressure, and yoga. The problem I think is that I am getting different types of headaches and they all feel so similar. Tension headaches, migraines, glycemic headchaches, neurological (cluster) headaches, allergy headaches, dehydration headaches, anxiety headaches. There are so many different types with just minor differences between them in symptoms but huge differences between them in treatment.

Tonight I have tried my aspirin and tylenol cocktail, water, vitamin C, a hot pack, a cold pack, stretching and acupressure. Since it hurts too much to sleep I will just distract myself with work until I am so tired I can't help but fall asleep. I think this is an anxiety headache and the only thing that will make it better is finishing the costumes for the play. Just a few more days to go.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Ortho Appt

This is what we saw on the way to Ortho today.

She can't help herself. Braces selfies. They are getting better!

The ride home.  This is the hill going down to Haleiwa from the Dole plantation.

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