Early Dec. in Hawaii

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Friday, December 3, 2010

Dec. 1
Today was my first hatha yoga class.  It focused on the basics, and the teacher was full of great info.  I tried my first inversion, which was a headstand with the help of a special supportive chair thingy that’s supposed to encourage new perspectives on life.  The blood rushed to my head, heating up my face and giving me a slight headache.  I gained the new perspective that I wanted to get down.  Oh well, inversions aside, the rest of the yoga class made me feel great.
After my p.m. shift in the kitchen, I went to the art shed to make a couple of birthday cards and paint a little.  Then, I headed to the Point for Kelly’s farewell bonfire.  I’m sad to see her go (to Africa!) because she’s so sweet and down-to-earth.  At one point, I looked up and saw a shooting star!
Dec. 2
Day off!  Mitsu and I took the public bus to Pahoa, which was a funny experience.  The “bus” is a short airport shuttle type thing that’s totally free and follows a winding (lengthy) route.  The passengers knew each other, so they chatted and waved to the people we passed on the street.  The intense AC turned the bus into a rolling refrigerator, and the driver blared reggae the whole way.
I wasn’t quite sure where to get off, so I asked the driver to let me know.  When we got to the stores (an hour into the ride), he yelled, “Hey!  Shopping lady!” and that was my cue.  I picked up some much needed items at CVS and a Christmas gift for my uncle from one of the (overpriced) gift shops.  At the gift shop, we ran into Erica and Nelson, so they gave us a ride back.  It took 20 minutes!
After lunch and a nap, I took advantage of Kalani’s massage clinic.  For only $20, you get a 50-minute massage with a massage student.  Despite their “student” status, most of them are pretty advanced; some are even licensed in other parts of the world.
At night, I went to the huna healing circle, led by Stuart.  He talked about the basic principles of the law of attraction: how our thoughts create our experience, how we admire traits in others that we want to strengthen in ourselves.  After a brief lecture, we had small group discussion and then lay down on the floor for visualization and meditation.
Dec. 3Today was my favorite kitchen shift yet!  About 30 people had gone offsite for a trip, which meant we had way fewer people to cook for and more time to relax.  Vincenzo and I belted out Christmas carols as we worked, and from time to time, Cosimo would throw down his knife and dance me around the kitchen, complete with spins and dips.  We all laughed so hard I'm sure it had to be therapeutic.Besides the fact that we have so much fun, I also love shifts with Cosimo and Vincenzo because the chivalrous Italian Cosimo just can’t watch me do any dirty work.  Whenever we deep clean the floors, he insists on taking the grossest, most difficult parts of the job for himself.  Today, for example, when he saw me struggling with the dirty floor mats, he gasped and said, “Oh no!” and took them away from me.  The other day, I asked to borrow his napkin at lunch, and instead he jumped up, ran across the room and got one for me.  How can you not adore someone like that?After dinner, a bunch of us jumped in the hot tub and spent the night relaxing by the pool. 
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