Sunday, September 5, 2010

Oahu, Hawaii!

We started our two week Hawaiian vacation with a trio of malfunctions. (Or rather, I malfunctioned and Nick bore witness.) #1: I realized mid taxi ride that I forgot my ipod. Awesome start to 14 hours worth of travel. #2: We picked up a snack before we boarded the plane, so I carried on a fountain soda (the first soda I've had in so long!) Unfortunately, the lid wasn't fully secured and I managed to spill the entire thing on myself, my tray table, my seat. The timing was impeccable; I spilled when most of the plane was starting to board. So I sat, helpless and ipodless, with soda drip drip dripping my heart into a fireball. #3: When we unpacked, I realized that I had packed zero pairs of underwear for a two week trip. Oops!


With the six hour time difference, we were on senior citizen time zone throughout the trip, meaning we woke up at 6am and hit the hay by 9PM. One night, we even had the early bird special for dinner! Oahu round 1, we stayed close to Waikiki beach, relaxing and hanging out in the ocean.

Here's Waikiki from the top of the Diamond Head crater.

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Scuba diving to see shipwrecks

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We visited the USS Arizona memorial and the Bowfin submarine at Pearl Harbor.

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Nick in front of the Bowfin

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Me touring the Bowfin

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Entrance to Diamond Head, about a 45 minute walk from our hotel

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Climbing Diamond Head crater (about a 1.5 hr hike)

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Nick en route

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After the first few days, we flew to the island of Kauai for five days, then back to Oahu. The second time in Oahu, we stayed in Waikiki, but rented a car and explored other parts of the island. We drove to the east side of the island (Windward Oahu, which is famous for its views.)

View of Oahu from Nuuanu Pali

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Dogs playing on Kailua beach (that little dachshund was quite the digger!)

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We also drove to Oahu's famous North Shore, which is home to the world's best surfing in the winter and calm beaches in the summer. There is a famous jumping rock at Waimea Bay. Nick didn't want to go first, but he's a Marty McFly at heart, and once I called him a chicken, he scrambled up the rock and jumped right off.

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For the record, Nick jumped first, but I jumped twice, so our bravery is about on par with each other.... and the millions of other stupid teenage boys who were jumping.

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We made once last stop in Honolulu at an unassuming Baskin Robbins.... why? Well, because President Obama worked here as a teenager!


Here is Nick eating some Presidential ice cream

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More about Kauai next time!

Monday, August 16, 2010

And for my dad...

This gets funnier the more you watch it.




Epic week

Well, in relation to epic vacation which is coming up next! I went to an Aerosmith concert at Jones Beach, which is a stunningly beautiful venue (even with Steven Tyler showing his drug ravaged mug there!)

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Nick went golfing at Bethpage Black, which hosted the US open, and he has the ridiculous tan lines to prove it.

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And, we finished out the weekend making Brie and Champagne fondue

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Sunday, August 1, 2010

ANNOUNCING EPIC SUMMER

Our summer of moving and hosting visitors and New Yorking is about to take a bump up to EPIC. But for now, a small taste of the ordinary:

Our family photo in Central Park, minus Newman; as you can see from the time stamp, we had a bit of unrequited optimism for the Dutch World Cup team.

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I've developed a slight obsession with Julia Child since reading her book, My Life in France. Julie and Julia didn't convince me to buy Mastering the Art (though it did convince me that Meryl should've won another Oscar!) But Julia's firsthand account of her labor of love convinced me. So, I bought the iconic cookbook, loaded up the Netflix queue with The French Chef, and here we are:

Making Crepes Florentine...

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...and chocolate mousse

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Nick, bowl licker and sous chef

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And next time, photos from epic summer. Bon Appetit!

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Olympus Pen

Such a beautiful video, I imagine it took ages. I could never have enough patience to make a stop motion video, but so glad that somebody else did!





Sunday, July 25, 2010

Visitors!

A tribute to the visitors who have stayed at our small apartment over the past few months!


My mom and grandma flew here on our moving weekend, and helped us out with shuttling everything from our old apartment.

Our old "temporary" apartment, ground floor, icky paint...

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New place, with champagne!

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A few weeks after we moved in, my cousin Chloe and aunt Connie came to look at schools and do touristy things

Us visiting Columbia

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Next came Lynnea and Krista for a few days

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Then Billy visited for July 4.

Yankees game!

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Manhattan Bridge and Brooklyn Bridge

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Times Square

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Pouty face during the cheesy Empire State Building photo

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After one day of repose, the Caligiuri clan took over!

Dinner at Balthazar (blurry, but the only one with all of us!)

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Pre Karaoke shots with Alana

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Karaoke

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Nick and Alana

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And for now, peace and quiet!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Home Sweet Home, at last!

It has been too long since I painted my high school bedroom 4 different colors, and covered the walls with photos, "Got Milk?" ads, and sponge painted clouds. How I loved that room!

After years of futons (college!), Ikea (Minneapolis!), and 90's leather sofas and glass coffee tables with fake gold (Europe!), and nightstand placed 4 inches from tiny kitchen that fits one person at a time (New York!), I am pleased to announce that we finally have a real place! Although it is one of the tiniest places we've lived in to date, it is ours! For the first time, we threw some budgetary caution to the wind and bought what we wanted instead of what would merely function. Nick finally got his beloved flat screen, and proudly selected our living room paint color. I put my years of collecting coffee table design books to good use, and the longing I once felt passing Jonathon Adler, et al. is finally still.

Without further ado,

Hallway before

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Hallway after

1) Apparently the painters weren't supposed to paint the door... but thank Jeebus they did, because a red door is an absolute necessity in my book!
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2) The crowd at the entrance is my personal favorite

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3) Postcards from all over

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Kitchen before

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Kitchen after

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Living room before

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Living room after

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3) Best part of the room, great lamp and a bar stocked with crystal and alcohol!

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Bedroom before

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Bedroom after (both sides of the door are painted gray, another unpopular paint request that makes the room!)

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Batman and Newman, ever adaptable

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View from the bedroom

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Daytime view (photo courtesy of Lynnea)

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As you can imagine, a place like this has attracted some visitors, more about that next time! Happy July 4!