The air is good for sleeping and it rained most of the night, making a soothing sound. The hotel is near the airports and the afternoon was noisy with jets overhead but they seem to not fly at night.
The bed is comfy but my sleep was interrupted by the pain my foot. If my internet research is correct, I have "turf toe" and ice and compression seem to help the most, so tying my shoe very tight seems to hel pmore than anything.
I was awake for good by 4:30am.
I overindulged on macnuts last night and had to have some extra sudoku time in the wc this morning. The trick with macadamia nuts is to buy them from the baking aisle. You get halves, not whole nuts, but they're priced for locals not tourists and 1.2 lbs is less than $1
The other trick is to not gorge yourself with them.
The morning air here is very good. The rain at night leaves everything feeling clean and the trade winds mean low humidity. The weatherman says a weather front from the Kamchatka penninsula will push the trade winds south and we will get vog (volcanic fog) all over the state by Friday.
Breakfast was toast and eggs, etc. with the addition of coconut cream as an available pancake topping next to the syrup, and pog as a beverage. Pog is Passionfruit/Orange/Guava juice and is very tasty.
Hurricane Sandy has made good timing since the pressure is off for most of my work. I was naive to think I would be able to get much done during these first few days.
My best purchase so far has been the case of Kona Brewing co. beer. Although we found Kona lacking, all the good stuff seems to come from there: beer, coffee, and chocolate - at least all the prepared good stuff. The farmer's market is tomorrow and we're eagerly looking forward to it.
As we look for apartments, we always measure how far they are from the farmers' market and the library.
The place we saw today was less than a mile from the market. It is a condo and mot much to look at from the outside but hits all of our "must-haves" and is within the price range we calculated. It's also on the 5th floo in case we need to brace for another tsunami.
Lunch today was at a chop suey place, the kind of place that is very common around here. The bub is a bit backed up and I figured that greasy noodles would do the trick.
Still working on getting a new sleep schedule, part of which is making sure the bub gets adequate naps at the right times.
He learned a new trick today: he had turned the TV on and I asked him to give me the remote. After asking about three times he walked over to the remote, picked it up, and gave it to me. After that we played fetch for a while, which he thought was hilarious although he got bored after the 5th or 6th throw. I guess he is smarter than a dog.
Mark Twain's book has been an interesting read so far. His Hawaii is very different from the one I'm in now. His was far more distant. He describes the increasing trade between San Francisco and Honolulu and how the sailing ships just cannot compete with the steamers. His steam-powered journey lasted only ten days from one port to the other, with 30 passengers and 11 gallons of whiskey. They ran out of whiskey.
He describes Hawaii almost as a potential colony and describes Montana in the same way, as though most of the 50 states are really just investments made by the previously existing states.