Changes in latitude brings changes in attitude

Trip Start Sep 16, 2011
Trip End Nov 20, 2011

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Where I stayed
Ramada Plaza Waikiki

Flag of United States  , Hawaii
Tuesday, November 15, 2011

We start the day with a swim. Woody is pretty much used to swimming every day these days – so I am hoping we can fit this into our new aussie life. 

I am amazed at what a great swimmer he is .  We put him in his swimming vest, but we have taken out 6 of the 8 floats – so he has a tiny bit of flotation to help him out.  He can swim like that for 1.5 hrs.  He plays go fetch with himself, by throwing his hat and chasing it.  He is getting so brilliant and I feel so, so proud watching him.  We eat muesli bars by the pool and think how terrific life is.

Back at holiday HQ Elwood plays in the bath and I whip up a fabulous lunch of cheese sandwiches.  Happily watered and fed, we wander around Waikiki.  It is a beautiful day to be wandering around outside in the sunshine and browsing in the shops.  We see a few bits we like but for reasons of budget constraints, we do not buy them.  But this does not mean we won't buy them.  You see, every single holiday Noah and I do the same thing.  We are virtuous.  We eat cheese sandwiches and (mostly) resist the urge to splurge.  And then at the last minute, we have some drinks and go out and panic  buy things.  We do not do this deliberately; it is just a co-incidence that it happens every single time.  So regularly in fact, that we are almost looking forward to it!

We look at all the Hawaiian clothes  - we love them so much.  On kids they look super super cute , but I am not sure if on Noah and me and we may end up looking like Kel  Knight and and Cath Day (from Cath and Kim).  I am hoping I have the sensibilities to steer clear of parrot earrings.  We’ll see – sunshine, booze and a credit card can be a pretty exciting combination.  On one pre-Elwood holiday Noah and I supported local industries (quite strongly)by drinking local spirits and then we went shopping and I bought a gun holster and a tie on polka dot boob tube (?!).

In between Hawaiian shops we spy a giant teddy bear outside a shop.  So we nip over as Elwood is keen to say hello.  As a result of watching Scooby –Doo on tv this morning Elwood is continually looking for clues to solve a mystery.  So he grabs a wet bird’s feather from the ground and takes it over to the giant waving bear.  The bear is trying to hug him but Woody is holding up the dirty, damp feather and saying  'Here’s a clue, what do you think it means?’  The teddy bear looks confused, but teddy bears are not known for their mystery solving capabilities.  We wander around the shop and they try and sting us for $30 to go upstairs to the teddy bear ‘museum’ – which looks like teddy bears in scenes from history.  No way crazy people –we could buy 4 margaritas with that!

So we head off in search of jimmy Buffetts Margaritaville.  If we are anywhere near one, we can feel it’s presence and it draws us in.  Just like Woody and The Rainforest Cafe.  We have a quick browse in the store before we go in.  Noah sees a brilliant t-shirt on sale, but he does not buy it, (so we will have to rush back to buy it on our last day!)  So we go upstairs and find ourselves a booth seat in the midst of a fibre glass wave.  There are plenty of nooks and crannies for Woody to play with his figures and there is a tv playing country tunes.  It’s all good.  We order our margaritas, nachos, milk and a grilled cheese sandwich.  And then the most enormous nachos we have ever seen appears in front of us.  We are delighted and hungry but kind of fearful.  It is huge.  We eat as much as we can but the crazy luminous cheese sauce beats us in the end.  Elwood does not touch his grilled cheese and fries, and I feel better by tell him it is coming out of his bank account.  He does not care – he does not know he has a bank account and does not even know what one is. 

We leave Margaritaville with the joy of margaritas under our skin and promptly buy a red ukulele decorated with white hibiscus flowers.  See what happens to Noah and I at the end of our holidays.  Madness.

We head home eyeing up lots of brightly coloured shirts en route, which we will inevitably go back and buy. 

Back at home, much to Noah and my surprise, Woody quickly gets changed into his PJ’s and falls asleep

I look online at houses – I do not know why, as there is no point until we hear about the kindys  - but I cannot help myself.  I watch some terrible, terrible tv – I believe they were called – ‘Basketball wives of LA’ and ‘Girlfriends of Hip Hop’ – I am learning a lot.

Noah does some work, and tries to ignore the crazy women  on TV (they seem to be a very angry bunch and do not mind the odd scrap).

Wishing you all good night with a margarita vibe. 
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