Posts Tagged ‘Beautiful’

This morning I was up early – at 5am – despite going to bed at midnight Hawaii time (3am SJ time!). Since I was up, I wanted to be sure to enjoy the amazing sunrise from the back porch.







I took these shots while sipping coffee.  Does it really get any better?
Happy Sunday!

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After more than two months of planning, anticipating, and preparing, yesterday was finally the day I left for Hawaii.  All week I had the same feeling I had when I was 6 years old and my family was about to go to Disneyland for the first time. I had a lot of last minute errands, meeting, and grading to do to keep me occupied, but if I’m honest, my mind was really concentrating on the beaches of Oahu, and rightly so, I haven’t been on a true vacation since 2008, and I haven’t been anywhere tropical since my trip to Jamaica in 2001.

Back to Saturday morning. My flight was leaving at 8:55am, so my dad was set to pick me up at 7am to get there with time to spare. I woke up around 5am to make sure I had everything ready and I’m glad that it gave me time for a snuggle session with Sofi. Leaving her behind is the only downside to this trip. But she’s going to have a ton of fun with my sister, my nieces, and their dog, Minnie.


Getting through the airport security was a breeze, even though that imaging machine is so strange. I even met a guy who was flirting relentlessly with me. Granted, he was 7 years old, but still. Lol. He was the cutest thing ever! He noticed that I had on an SF Giants tee and asked me to high five because he had on a 49ers sweatshirt. He said, “I’m going to Hawaii, where are you going?” And when I told him I was going there too, his face lit up. He asked me my name, and said, “bye, Bella” as I headed to get my Starbucks fix. We were seated a row apart on the plane, and every now and then he’s smile and wave. When the flight landed, he was right next to me at baggage claim, asking which bag was mine and then whether or not I was married. The scamp! His parents just smiled at me when I looked over at them. Finally, while I was waiting to be picked up outside the airport, he and his family passed me, and he said, “bye, Bella!!! I hope we see you in Hawaii!” Too cute! Now if only he was about 30 years older.

I had a major NSV as I took my window seat on the plane. Not only was I not spilling over into my neighbor’s seat, but I had lots of room with the seatbelt! On my last flight in 2008, when I was nowhere near my heaviest weight (in fact I’d just lost about 50 pounds because of that medically supervised fasting diet), I needed an extender. And when I went to put the tray table down, I was so scrunched that it wouldn’t sit flat. Not this time!!! This time, I had tons of room, and was like any other normal person. I could even move up & down the aisle of the plane, passing other people, with ease. Only someone who has been obese can understand the silent triumph I felt as each of these realizations hit me.


The flight itself was amazing! I’d never flown Alaskan Airlines before, but definitely will again. The staff was friendly, the service was quick, and we we’re ahead of schedule the entire time. Not to mention the complimentary Mai Tai! I was seated next to a really friendly woman who was just chatty enough, but also respected my desire to read. At baggage claim my bag was among the first ten off the conveyer. And from there, I walked outside and within 15 minutes, my friend was picking me up to take me back to the house.

The house itself is awesome! It’s a little, hidden bungalow with this amazing view backyard view. First, let’s take a look at the inside: the living room, the kitchen, and the wall of windows…

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As nice and comfortable as the house is, the backyard and dock is by far the best feature of this place. Every time I see that dock, I’m reminded of the dock that Gatsby looks at in the distance, towards the green light at Daisy’s house.


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The view of the house from the private dock

The view of the house from the private dock

It rained a bit in the afternoon, but even that was so refreshing.  Hawaii is so humid, and the rain brings relief from that.  Plus, I love hearing the way it sounds against the dock.  I sat on the back porch and read as it rained, and it was so soothing, especially after a long flight.

One other “feature” of this place is ALL the stairs that lead to the street level.  There are three full sets of stairs that are fairly steep.  Yesterday I used them to get a workout in. No matter how much I may indulge on this vacation, I think I’m going to leave with my booty in better shape than it was when I got here.




I went to Safeway to get some food for the week, and I can definitely see what they mean about how expensive things are.  I bought yogurt, salads, Flat Out wraps, salami, deli turkey, Laughing Cow cheese wedges, cottage cheese, strawberries, granola, coffee creamer, and some Boom Chicka Pop popcorn and the bill totaled $101! Needless to say, I’m going to eat as many meals at home/pack my lunch as often as I can.  I do plan to go out for sushi and maybe one other meal.

Once I got back from grocery shopping, I spent the afternoon lazing around – napping, reading, and feeling amazingly lucky that I’m able to spend this week here in what is truly paradise.  I stayed home last night, took a shower that let me wash off the day and made me feel like a new person, and just enjoyed a quiet night.

10154938_10151946586235426_644419868_n If yesterday is any indication, this is going to be an amazing vacation!

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Happy Monday! Today was back to reality after a great week off, but luckily it’s my short day, so I’m able to ease my way into the workweek. I’m heading straight to the gym after work to make sure to get in a solid, challenging workout.

Now it’s time for Friend Makin’ Monday (FMM).

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section at: www.alltheweigh.com so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

I absolutely love this week’s post topic because I think most people are too quick to be critical of themselves and don’t recognize their attributes, especially physical attributes, often enough.

Kenlie said she was inspired by a video that someone posted to her FB page which has a simple message: You are beautiful. In the video people write something beautiful about themselves, which has inspired her to ask this question…What makes you beautiful?

FMM: What makes YOU beautiful?

Leave out all of the negative stuff, and concentrate on the beauty that’s within you – seen and unseen.

There are several things about me that make me beautiful:


  • thick, dark, curly hair.
  • clear, olive skin with no wrinkles (even though I’m 40).
  • unique, almond shaped eyes that I know how to play up with liquid liner (I’ve been doing the cat’s eye since high school).
  • thick, well-shaped eyebrows
  • white, straight teeth (thank you to my parents for the braces).
  • lips that are neither too big nor too small (and that some have said are kissable).
  • just enough vanity to keep me looking my best


  • I have a strong mind with the ability to write well.
  • My quick wit keeps things interesting.
  • I possess a passion for life that is evident to all who know me.
  • My straightforward, blunt personality (I LOVE this about me, but others might not find it so appealing).
  • I have a positive outlook on life.
  • My outgoing nature gives me the ability to talk to anyone and everyone I come into contact with.
  • No one intimidates me.
  • I never give up, especially on myself.

I loved this post because it’s not often that we can toot our own horns without seeming conceited or overly self-centered. I think keeping a positive self image is as important as eating right and working out. If I don’t appreciate these things in myself, how can I expect others to? Why would I want to spend all this time and effort on someone that I don’t really like?

I know that for some people this exercise was probably difficult, but for me it was welcomed. I have to give a lot of credit and thanks to my parents, for instilling in me the knowledge that I am beautiful inside and out.

I love Bare Escentuals "Force of Beauty" campaign.

Now it’s your turn to answer the questions! What makes YOU beautiful? And also be sure to go back to Kenlie’s blog and leave a link to your FMM post in the comments! I really encourage you to comment on as many people’s posts as you can – I’ve met some fantastic people through FMM. You never know who you’ll meet today.

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For the month of December, I’ll be participating in Reverb 10. Each day gives a new prompt, which is a chance to reflect on 2010 and manifest what’s next in 2011.

December 8Beautifully Different.

Think about what makes you different and what you do that lights people up. Reflect on all the things that make you different – you’ll find they’re what make you beautiful. (Author: Karen Walrond)


  • Italian-American
  • Proud
  • Daughter
  • Sister
  • Teacher
  • Friend
  • Smart
  • Beautiful
  • Young-at-heart
  • Youthful
  • “With it”
  • Fun
  • Dynamic
  • Bold
  • Giving
  • Caring
  • Patient (with others)
  • Impatient (with life, myself, others)
  • Planner
  • Goal-oriented
  • Organized
  • Loyal
  • Intense
  • Curly-haired
  • Stylish
  • Wannabe Fashionista
  • Full-figured, curvy, Rubenesque, plus-sized, overweight, fat, obese, morbidly obese
  • Writer
  • Blogger
  • Tweeter
  • YouTuber
  • Reader
  • Bookworm
  • Generous
  • Kind
  • Sarcastic
  • Spunky
  • Fiesty
  • Hot-blooded
  • Passionate
  • Compassionate
  • Quick-witted
  • Smart-mouthed
  • Bossy
  • Control-freak
  • Easy going
  • Paradox
  • Dichotomy
  • Intuitive
  • Creative
  • Friendly
  • Loquacious
  • Verbal
  • Verbose
  • Independent
  • Loud
  • Outspoken
  • Never intimidated
  • Strong
  • Me

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