I’m going to steal Clarke’s favorite excuse about why our own personal webpages aren’t updated…it’s like the barber who is too busy to give himself a haircut. ClarkeDesign has been keeping us quite busy, along with hula and uke, and of course our regular day jobs. I will try to sum up the last several months without too much ramblings. My last website update was the week before the wedding, so there are quite a few months to account for.
Well, we got married and had a grand time in the process. There are some pictures posted here as well as on HarrisPix. Even Madame Pele got in on the excitement…at the exact time our ceremony began (seriously!), this happened off the coast of Kona. Luckily, we didn’t learn of this until we reached our San Diego honeymoon hotel at the Hilton Torrey Pines (where we got upgraded to the Presidential Suite!). The damage was not extensive in Kona where we headed a few days later. Thank goodness we had planned to leave two days after the wedding, the day flights had returned to normal.Our seatmate on the flight from LA to Kona was on his second attempt to reach the Islands since his first plane was just short of halfway to Hawai’i when the earthquake hit and they were turned back to LA. So we joined thousands of people in Kona that week since the Kona Ironman was scheduled smack-dab in the middle of our honeymoon. We swam, surfed, drove, snorkeled, hiked, and generally touristed all over the Big Island. We were very forntunate to meet Tutu Liby, the mother of one of my hula sisters, at her home in Puna (Hilo side). Mark and Momi (more extended hula family) also very generously loaned us their garden home for a weekend and showed us the sights of Hilo. The only effect the earthquake had on our honeymoon was that we couldn’t snorkel in Kealakekua Bay because it was closed for landslides. Honeymoon pictures.
Once we got home and back to reality, the holidaze arrived in full force…Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas all rolled into a post-wedding blur. In early January, my well-loved car Vina bid us farewell. We had been expecting this to happen sooner rather than later so we were prepared and found a great replacement, a 2005 RAV-4. Clarke competed in his first-ever surfing competition in February and won the “No Fear” Award. I’ve been doing quite a lot of hula, both classes and performances (some of them are even paid gigs!). Our old hula teacher, Leilani, moved back to Hawai’i last fall and we were hanai (adopted) by Anne Blankenship and Ka Lei Aloha O Hula last October. I really enjoy my hula classes and new expanded hula ohana. Clarke treated me to a impromptu vacation to Catalina…the weekend before it caught on fire (is anyone else seeing a trend here?).
We went on vacation with my family over 4th of July to El Captian State Campgrounds for a week of campfires, surf, good cooking, and general relaxation. The owl project is over and since May I have been working on miscellaneous tasks at the office. My current project is writing a literature review for a group in Prince William Sound. Once that is complete, I will be working on a Polar Bear hearing project with Sea World. It seems I’m destined to live project to project for a while since no major contracts have come in lately. Clarke is keeping very busy with UpperDeck. We’re both putting in plenty of hours with ClarkeDesign as we’ve gained quite a few new clients this year.
Forgive me if this update jumps around a bit, there’s a lot of time to cover but no one wants full recitations on every detail for the past ten months. I will try to come back soon and fill in more details (and pictures!).