Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Taro Ko Chips Giveaway

Last summer I called Dale Nagamine and asked if I could order some Taro Ko chips.  He said that he didn't have any taro so there were no chips for sale.  He said that I should try call back again in September.  I finally called him a few weeks ago and asked if he was still making chips.  He said, "Yes."!!!  If you don't know about these special, only-made-and-sold-in-Hanapepe taro chips, click here to learn more about them.  I ordered 20 bags for me and 20 bags for Landon.   I only got two bags left . . . the two that I had set aside for this prize giveaway.  I meant to go shopping this past weekend to enhance the prize package but didn't get the chance.  So I dug around my house and gathered up stuff to add to the giveaway.  If I don't do it now I'm gonna eat the two bags myself.

Okay, so we got two bags of Taro Ko chips.

One hand-made (by me) Swarovski crystal bird charm.

Used audio CD (me and Leslie already listened to it) of the story Two Kisses for Maddy.  Click here to find out what happened that got me and Les hooked on following Maddy's life.

Baby sock monster made by me.  Click here for instructions on how to make one yourself.

Hand-made cards again by moi.  Instructions for the top card here.

And finally two boxes of Dassant cake mix, one Vanilla Bean and one Chocolate Chocolate Chip.  Sorry no Meyer Lemon cake mix.  I think I'll order more next time.

Either e-mail me at JalnaA@aol.com or leave a comment here, and I'll put your name in the drawing.  Wendell will pull the winning name next Sunday evening, June 5.   Good luck! Hooo hoooo!!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Punchbowl Cemetery

 I had never been to Punchbowl Cemetery on Memorial Day until today.  I waited until the end of the day to avoid the crowd.  It was impressive seeing all of the flags at each gravesite.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Special Olympics Summer Games 2011

The amount of manpower, work, organization and devotion involved in putting on these games of the Special Olympics is tremendous.  I remember being in awe at its magnitude when I first got involved with taking pictures at these events.  But it is so worth it. It is so worth it to witness the joy, pride and feelings of accomplishments felt by these special athletes. It is so worth it knowing that their very best efforts are being rewarded.  It is so worth it to watch the camaraderie formed by all involved.  It is often very touching.  And it never fails.  I cry every time.






















Saturday, May 28, 2011

A Very Special Special Olympics Athlete

His name is Todd and he is a very special athlete with a very special family.









Friday, May 27, 2011

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Red Carpet at Yogur Story

After dropping Kaori off for her graduation ceremony at McKinley High School, we needed to kill a couple of hours before the start of the program. So me, CQ, Jac and Connor meandered around and eventually ended up at Yogur Story.  I kinda hate that name "Yogur".  It makes me feel incomplete.   I wish I knew the "Story" of what happened to the "t".

We weren't really hungry.  We really just needed someplace cool to sit.  But we did order this Red Carpet waffle ($9.95) to share.

It's best described here.  It was ono.  But good thing we were only killing time and weren't hungry 'cause it sure took a long time for the waffle to come.  And they weren't even busy.

Don't know why my fresh lemonade ($3.35) looks so milky in this picture.  It wasn't in real life.  I really liked it. . . so refreshing after the walk in the sun.  I tasted CQ's Calamansi/mint tea ($3.95).  It was good too.

This is Jacob's Strawberry Italian Soda ($3.50).  He was kinda dissappointed.  It tasted like seltzer water with a bit of cream in it.

When Connor woke up from his nap, CQ got him some frozen yogurt.  I haven't had frozen yogurt in years. . . ever since I got major diarrhea from FroYo.  I tasted a bit of Connor's Honeydew and it was oh so ono.  I need to go back again to get some for myself.

It was a great place to relax, and in no time we had to head back to the graduation ceremony.



Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Noteworthy Quotes

Didi sent this to me in an e-mail.   So profound, I just had to share.

 "It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it.."

--Al Gore, Vice President

  "Smoking kills. If you're killed, you've lost a very important part of your life,"

-- Brooke Shields, during an interview to become spokesperson for federal anti-smoking campaign

"That lowdown scoundrel deserves to be kicked to death by a jackass, and I'm just the one to do it,"

--A congressional candidate in Texas .

"I love California . I practically grew up in Phoenix ."

-- Dan Quayle

"Half this game is ninety percent mental."

--Philadelphia Phillies manager, Danny Ozark

Question: If you could live forever, would you and why?
Answer: "I would not live forever, because we should not live forever, because if we were supposed to live forever, then we would live forever, but we cannot live forever, which is why I would not live forever,"
--Heather Whitestone, Miss Alabama in the 1994 Miss USA contest.

  "The word "genius" isn't applicable in football. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein."

--Joe Theisman, NFL football quarterback & sports analyst.

"We've got to pause and ask ourselves: How much clean air do we need?"

--Lee Iacocca

  "Whenever I watch TV and see those poor starving kids all over the world, I can't help but cry. I mean I'd love to be skinny like that, but not with all those flies and death and stuff."
--Mariah Carey

"Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country,"

--Mayor Marion Barry, Washington , DC .

 "If somebody has a bad heart, they can plug this jack in at night as they go to bed and it will monitor their heart throughout the night. And the next morning, when they wake up dead, there'll be a record."

--Mark S. Fowler, FCC Chairman

 "I've never had major knee surgery on any other part of my body,"

--Winston Bennett, University of Kentucky basketball forward.

"Your food stamps will be stopped effective March 1992 because we received notice that you passed away. May God bless you. You may reapply if there is a change in your circumstances."

--Department of Social Services, Greenville , South Carolina