I arrived on this island one week ago today and was promptly lei’d. I forgot to take a picture amongst all the excitement of finally being on Kauai for good.

The first thing we did was go to Duke’s Canoe Club for a salad bar dinner. It’s tradition.

On Tuesday morning I woke up to torrential downpour. On Wednesday it was the same. It rains a lot here. I love everything about it. I guess that’s why Kauai is called the Garden Island. Everything is so lush and green. I wish I could bottle up some of this rain and send it back to California.

My first two days in Kauai were spent shopping and exploring. I went to Costco in Lihue and was kind of shocked at how healthy my Costco haul was considering there were a bunch of Hawaiian treats taunting me down every aisle. I put back the chocolate dipped dried mango before getting to the register.

Ray bought me a beautiful orchid and I used it to decorate our place.

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Marley hung out with me and kept me company while Ray was at work.

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I spent the rest of my weekdays last  week exploring old Koloa town and Poipu on my own. I also worked on my tan. It’s getting there but I don’t quite blend in with the locals just yet.

I spent 2 hours on Friday running, jogging, and walking around my neighborhood. I must have done something to my ankle because I’ve been limping around since then. I think it’s an old soccer injury coming back to haunt me.

On Friday night Ray and I went to Art Night in Hanapepe. We really wanted to go and check out the scene and the food trucks. It’s something fun worth checking out if you’re ever visiting Kauai.

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We got up early on Saturday morning to search for sunrise seashells. I think we got there too late because they were all gone. Either that, or the south swell wasn’t strong enough. It was still fun though.

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Then we drove back to Old Koloa Town for breakfast at La Spezia afterwards.

We got invited to one of Ray’s friend’s birthday BBQs in Hanapepe on Saturday night. The food was amazing, and I’m really glad a lot of people here on Kauai try to eat healthy.

We got up Sunday morning and went to Waiohai with Ray’s cousin Frank and his friend Blake. The boys surfed for an hour while I worked on my tan. I also attempted to surf. Not really, though. I paddled out but my ankle was too sore for me to even think about standing up. I’ll try again when my ankle is healed.

We just cruised the rest of Sunday afternoon. We rented the movie Interstellar and stayed inside with a bunch of fans on because it was too hot and humid to do anything else.

Needless to say, it’s been a great week. I kind of feel like I’m on vacation and will need to go back to California soon. But that’s not the case.  So this week brings on job hunting because living in paradise isn’t cheap.

Hope you guys had an amazing week.

You guys! I have no idea why songs from Punk in Drublic keep playing in my head. I probably haven’t listened to this album since maybe my sophomore year in college. That was in 2003. This album came out in 1994. It’s now 2015. It makes no sense at all.

It might have something to do with Rachel Dolezal (“Don’t call me white. Don’t callllllllll me white…”).

Or perhaps it has something to do with my new glasses.

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I have been trying to see all my doctors since I am moving soon (5 days!!!) and resigning from my job. That means I lose my health insurance. So last week I went to the eye doctor thinking that my vision was fine. Wrong! You never know how clear things can be until you put on a pair of corrective lenses that take away the blur. I think my glasses make me look more like a teacher. But I am only a teacher for 2 more days.

Do you wear glasses? 

What songs are stuck in your head right now?

I spent some time this weekend exploring the trails near my parents’ house.

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I had to represent the Dirtbags while I was out there. And also because all my good shirts are either already in Kauai or in the laundry.

Trail running is kind of a new hobby of mine, even though I’m slow and walk most of the way. It’s still nice to get outside and breathe in fresh air on a run instead of running on a dreadmill.

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This view definitely beats watching sports, CNN, or reruns of House Hunters on the TVs at my gym.

I only have 5 more days left of work but still so much to do. So instead of typing out a long blog post, I’ll leave you with a bunch of pictures from the trails. Enjoy!

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How did you spend your weekend?