Monday, February 25, 2008

Haiku Monday

I have to tell you, I am all out of energy. It is a combination of the February blues (an extension of my January Seasonal Affective Disorder) and all of the family chaos that has been going on this month.

I swear I don't even know where February went! The last thing I remember was it was Super Bowl Sunday and I was looking forward to a nice evening at a friend's party (which she always has catered with awesome and delectable party food) - and it never happened and I just remember an endless swirl of hospitals, nursing homes, and telephone conversations with doctors, nurses, social workers and more.

In the meantime, while my in-laws have had their health problems, we've also been trying to get my aunt's house ready to sell. She moved out in October into a senior citizens' apartment building, and now we have to sell her house. But it had to be painted inside. And the floors had to be done. And now a plumber must be called to fix the downstairs sink. So even though we have had months to get the house ready to sell, of course we are down to the wire now. And the house has to be cleaned before it is offically on the market, which is supposed to happen imminently. Progress is being made but there are still more details to be finalized. All before this Friday.

Because, in the midst of all this, we are heading out for a two-week vacation, this Friday - to Hawaii. Yes, we're going to our favorite place, to de-stress, relax and recover from winter. Last year at this time we were in Australia soaking up hot sunlight in 100 degree weather (but it was a dry heat!). And we swore we would make sure to take a warm-weather vacation every winter if at all possible, because that made winter so much more bearable.

This time, instead of Australia, we're spending a week on Maui, here, and a week on Kauai, here.

So in the next two days, I may not have much time to post or visit, as we'll be finishing up last-minute things and trying to pack.

Luckily all seems to be going well for my in-laws and they will be in good hands while we're gone; for awhile there we were wondering whether we'd have to cancel our trip.

Baxter may not be able to post since I won't be home to help him, but my good friend (fondly known as "Friend #2" in several anecdotes you may have read) is going to be dropping in and visiting him and making sure he has plenty to eat and a clean box.

Diva will also be in good hands at the vet's, where she is treated like a major celebrity by the staff and the veterinarians, all of whom adore her, as of course they should, since she IS the Diva.

I am going to bring my laptop with me, as I'm pretty sure there is wi fi in at least one location, so I won't be out of cyberspace for very long! And we'll be downloading the NY Times and keeping up with the politics because a news junkie like me can't keep away from it too long.

Finishing up with a few pertinent haiku:

New Jersey winters
Are long, cold, gray and slushy
Too long to abide.

Snow and ice abound
But birds have started chirping
Spring will follow soon.

Soon we will leave for
A tropical paradise
And return to Spring.


Anonymous said...

It's almost 70 here in sunny CA and suppose to be like this all week - too bad I am coming home on Wednesday :-(

Satan said...

Enjoy! Last time I went to Hawaii the internet just didn't work at our hotel. At first I was pissed, but after that? It was awesome.

Except for the two truly crappy "bestsellers" I bought at the hotel gift shop and read instead of my email, that is...

-- Satan

Mauigirl said...

So glad you are able to enjoy some sunny weather in the midst of February too, Friend #2. At least you're missing tomorrow's rain and ice storm!

Satan, I know what you mean; sometimes it's great to be completely out of touch! When we go to Cape Cod we are definitely more out of touch as the cottages we stay at do not have wi fi. But we hole up at a local cafe and use theirs from time to time - or the local library! One thing I never do on vacation is check WORK e-mail!

I do intend to do a lot of reading (of books that is) on the beach!

Larry said...

Sometimes leaving is quite enough, internet or not.

Randal Graves said...

one hundred degrees
may be thought of as dry heat
it's still fucking hot

enjoy Hawaii
we're not jealous at all, no
my best lie ever

Sue J said...

Have a wonderful, relaxing time!

Mauigirl said...

Larry, you are so right.

Randal, love your haiku! (And you're right, it is indeed hot at 100 degrees; and air conditioning Down Under isn't quite as ubiquitous as it is here!).

Sue J, thanks, I fully hope to! Let's hope there are no new crises in my life before we get there (or during the trip!).

John J. said...

Good luck with the house.

I haven't been back to Hawaii in too long...

TomCat said...

Maui in Maui, huh? I bet you can't wait.

As for Baxter, tell him that the occasion is such that he should tolerate it, but just barely, provided that you bring him a goodly stash of Hawaiian catnip.

Unknown said...

How great..Mauigirl in Maui!!

Enjoy, relax..and come back refreshed and ready to give em some hell m'dear ;)

Mauigirl said...

John, thanks!

Tomcat, I will promise to bring Baxter some of the "good stuff" from Maui, LOL!

Thanks, Dusty, I will do my best! ;-)

Anonymous said...

I wish you a wonderful trip, Mauigirl!

Sniff the air for me. I love the way the island smells.

Mauigirl said...

Thanks, DCup, I'll take a deep breath of it just for you!

enigma4ever said...

you have had quite a Winter....take care and many hugs...

denverdoc said...

Mauigirl goes home to the mother ship. Have a wonderful vacation! Envying you!

Mauigirl said...

Thanks Femaildoc! We're leaving Friday morning so will be off the internet for a day or two!