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Monday, February 6, 2012

Irresistibly Sweet!

Thank you, Cuffe Sisters!

Did you notice the new award on my blog? And just in time for Valentine's Day!

A great big thank you to Sadie and Sophie Cuffe (Off the Cuffe!) for giving me The Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award! They have a cool blog about all kinds of things related to their books, being authors, their writing journey, and their lives. Click on their names to visit and enjoy!

Part of receiving this award is telling seven things about yourself, so I decided to tell you some things about me related to the time I lived in Hawaii. These may not be new to some of you who have read about my other award from 2011, but it never hurts to remind my readers about my crazy self!

1.   I actually learned to surf! It was fun because my friends gave me a nice long surfboard—perfect for beginners, and took me to an area where the waves were large enough to ride, but small enough for a rank beginner.

2.   I also body surfed, but ended up getting dropped by a big swell onto the shore and then dragged through the sand back into the swell. This scenario repeated itself over and over until my swimsuit was totally filled with sand. I didn’t worry one second about my safety—only about losing my suit!

3.   When snorkeling I was sure I saw an eel. I yelped and told my friend who promptly dove under to rescue me. When he popped up he informed me it was just a pipefish. You can read about this adventure and see a photo by clicking here: Pipefish 

4.   I took hula classes at The University of Hawaii and loved it. In the years since then, I have been able to teach a sit-down hula to kids, performed at my wedding reception, and performed at an event at a local shopping center.

5.   During my time in Hawaii I lived in a YMCA, then the college dorms, and finally a little house with five other girls. You can read a little about my dorm and see a photo of the Atherton YMCA by clicking here: Atherton

6.   While attending The University of Hawaii at Manoa, I was able to take all kinds of classes about the island. In my geology class we ventured into Diamond Head crater and searched for olivine. As well as dancing hula, I also sang in Hawaiian chorus at school.

7.   I participated in our dorm’s luau where we cooked a pig in an imu (a pit in the ground with hot rocks that works like an oven.) I served food and danced a Filipino dance with some friends as part of the entertainment.

What great memories!!!

Here are other blogs I visit and am awarding The Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award! Check them out.

Mahalo for visiting!



  1. Thanks Cheryl!! I will be sure to follow up on it this week!

  2. I love hearing about your adventures in Hawaii! Thanks for the award, too. It looks delectable.

    1. Thanks, Sandra! I'm glad you're enjoying my blog and my adventures. I appreciate your support sooooooo much! And you deserve this award--your blog is great. Aloha! --Cheryl

  3. Thank you so much, Cheryl! I'm honored. Truly.

    Having friends just return from your beloved islands makes me want to go there - all the more! I've put The Mister on notice that one day, there will be just such a trip. So he'd better pack his trunks and his flip-flops. :)

    Can't wait.

    Waving and grinning,


    1. I hope you get to Hawaii someday soon, Rhonda! It's changed quite a bit since I lived there more than 30 years ago, and even since our cruise about five years ago. But it's still a wonderful place with lots of history and culture.

      I enjoy reading about your family adventures--keep up the good work. Aloha!

  4. Thanks for the blog award, Cheryl! I'm honored :-)

    That's cool that you took hula classes. We tend to think of it as one circular motion, but it truly is more complex than that. I have to watch a sit-down hula. Sounds interesting!

    1. Thanks, Brandi, for your support! I'm glad you took a look at my fun experiences in Hawaii. It's crazy that still after all these years I remember them so clearly! Aloha! --Cheryl

  5. Thank you for the pretty award! Okay, so when I see you next, I totally expect you to show me some hula moves. *grin*

    1. I have no problem showing you some hula moves, Jessica. And--if you keep reading my blog, in a couple weeks I'm going to tell you about my recent Tahitian experience! Fun times!!! Aloha! --Cheryl


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