May 2016 in Review… otherwise known as Ohmygawd I’m finally caught up!

May started off with Bingo night. We did horrible at bingo and really good at wine. Emma ate the club out of all the Strawberries they had.

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Then there was mother’s day at school. Which was amazing. The teachers worked hard cooking for us and coming up with a game for us. I had such a wonderful time with all the other mom’s, despite feeling super awkward over having only one week prior said I’d be pulling Emma over their negligence and broken toe (well, not her main teachers… I like them!)

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And Emma misbehaved pretty much the entire time…. great…

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Our game which was match the sillouette’s to the kid. I did pretty awesome but couldn’t guess my own kid (N, if you were wondering), so there’s that.

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I also signed us up for a princess day at Dave and Buster’s. I figured it would just be me and Emma and maybe I could talk a cousin or mother into it, but Ryan surprised me by saying he would come. So I went hunting for a disney costume that would fit her AND included large quantities of her favorite color, purple.

Voila, Sophia the First.

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We made it through the Breakfast fine but right before the real live disney princesses (there was Aurora, Snow White, Elsa and Anna) came out to sing and tell stories, Emma had had enough and wanted to play the games and D&B instead, which, while it wasn’t what envisioned of my morning, was pretty awesome as we had the ENTIRE place to ourselves (EVERY other kid would rather be with the princesses.)

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And lastly, I leave you with a picture of Sushi because remember when this was a Food and Kitteh blog and not a 24/7 Emma blog. Poor cats!

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My Mom’s Birthday Dinner…

Which has now been dubbed the Dinner that Ryan was uninvited to. In actuality Emma was uninvited, or my mom decided to pick a place that Emma would not be welcomed at, so Ryan was therefore uninvited to be on baby duty. It would have been okay since he had planned to go out with his family to a local restaurant, but then Flu 2016 hit our household and instead he was on sick-baby duty. I made up for it by being the parent that then contracted Flu 2016 from Emma, so I don’t feel too bad for leaving him behind. But anyway, I’m going off-track. The last time I had been to the top of the Ala Moana Hotel it was a completely different restaurant, but when we went in mid-May it had turned into the Signature Prime Restaurant, specializing in meats. I had done my yelp research a head of time and settled on:

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Ahi Katsu

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Avocado and Onion Salad

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Rack of Lamb

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and truffled mashed potatos (which comes with all entrees).

We decided to skip dessert in order to try a new(ish) ice cream place next to my mom’s condo but when we got there the ice cream place had just closed.

But since I was the obnoxious one that pounced on the hostess’s question about whether we were celebrating anything by declaring it was my mom’s birthday, we weren’t lacking in the sweets department.

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The results? Food 2/2 Musubis, Service 1/1 Musubi, Ambiance: 1/1 Musubi – I wish I had taken pictures as the restaurant sits on top of a hotel in Ala Moana and we had a gorgeous view of the beach below, Price to Portion: 0/1 Musubi (a little too expensive for what we got, I’d go if someone else wanted to but otherwise, it just wasn’t worth the $$$).

Saturday Farmer’s Markets

Every Saturday at the local community college they have a HUGE farmer’s market. Huge as in, it’s even a tourist bus stop.

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The first time we went we bought all our drinks and food and then tried to balance everything while crouching on the curbside. Since then we have become huge pros bringing our jugs of water and blankets.

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One of the hottest restaurant’s around, The Pig & the Lady has an amazing booth with my go to breakfast choice.

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But my goal is to slowly make my way through every booth…

Ginger soda…

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Fried Sushi…

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Fried green tomatoes…

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Emma’s adult-portioned breakfast.

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Meanwhile, the longest line by far is always for bbq’d abalone. Which was good… but maybe not, stand-in-the-hot-sun-for-an-hour good.

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“The 2016 Iolani Fair” or “All I have to post about in April”

My last picture to date of Operation: Get Emma To Like Rides. But never fear, the summer county and state fairs will be kicking off soon enough. Not that I need any more practice for Emma, as Operation: Get Emma To Like Rides was a COMPLETE SUCCESS! Two days at my rival high school’s carnival (2nd year in a row) and Emma was in full meltdown mode when I told her she couldn’t go on any of the super scary rides. Boo for toddler meltdowns yay for future riding buddy.

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Riding helicopters and spinning dragons takes a lot out of you!

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Snails and sea urchin and oxtails, oh my

To celebrate one of my co-worker’s promotions we decided to sample a new bar in town that had just opened up, called The Tchin Tchin Bar. I normally wouldn’t blog about food I ate during a happy hour but holy crap, this food was different to say the least (I loved it but others weren’t super thrilled with my friend’s ordering skills).

There was pork belly…

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Oxtail rillettes…

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Stinky Cheese Grilled Cheese….

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Mushrooms and escargot…

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And a lot of other things I was too lazy (or drunk) to take pictures of.

The next morning I saw that someone posted an uni panna cotta from Tchin Tchin. I definitely regretted not taking a look at the menu at that point.

March 2016 in Review

The hardest project I ever worked on in my career wrapped up the first Friday in March. I had just pulled an all nighter after many nights of 1-2 hours of sleep so I headed home at noon to sleep my afternoon away before reporting to one of those after work functions that are optional but really not optional. Ryan works up the street from the biggest mall in the state (if not one of the biggest malls in America) and so I asked if he wanted to grab some lunch with me before I collapsed. Neiman Marcus, here I come!

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After our Maui vacation, we stayed close to home but the days seemed packed with things to do. Like Emma’s and my Saturday morning music classes (part of the national Music Together franchise which is so excellent – I highly recommend them).

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There were food truck dinners next to harbors (which means Emma spent the night yelling out, “BOAT!!!!”

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Easter Egg dying at home.

A morning of Easter Egg hunting at day care.

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Someone was super upset when I left…. WITH her bucket of easter eggs.

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An afternoon at Ryan’s hometown’s carnival.

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Check out Operation: Get Emma To Like Rides kicking into overdrive!

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And another Easter Egg hunt (not even including the one my Dad and Step-mom had for Emma Easter morning… spoiled kid) Easter evening.

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I adore my family but was always a little sad that my cousins were always so much older than me. They were within a couple years of each other (all 8 of them) and I was 6 years younger than the youngest, followed by my much younger sister. I figured Emma would be destined to have the same issue in my family since I already had 2.5 children of cousins born before I left for college (half because my future ring-bearer was at the time 2 months away from being born) when I moved out of Hawaii. But lo and behind my cousins actually popped out cousins close in age to Emma (the boy in the picture is 4 years older than Emma and the girl is 9 months younger). Not shown is the 4th amigo to the youngest generation who is 6 months old now. Keep them coming cousins!

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This was also the time when I realized that ALL cabinets need to be child proofed.

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And the time when I realized that Emma is sneaky and manipulative… sniff sniff. We were getting ready for bed, teeth brushed, snuggled in when Emma started freaking out that she didn’t have enough milk even though she had just finished a bottle. Not wanting to deprive her of milk, off we went to the kitchen to get her a refill where she promptly ignored her bottle of milk for the Easter basket from her grandparents. WHAT?! That manipulative kid got out of going to bed and into playing with her presents by feigning a need for milk.

Teenage years are going to SUCK!

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Maui or Bust: First mini-vacation of 2016

Technically, I’m in a blackout period from January first through the end of our Q1 filings in May but after spending weeks of leaving the office at 4 AM and getting back in by 8 AM prior to one of our March filings made me feel like I could ask for three days off in order to fly over to Maui and spend time with one of my NY girls that was travelling with her husband for work. We had been friends for 8 years prior to our simultaneous pregnancy and maternity leave that made us even closer, right before I left for Hawaii. So needless to say, I was missing her something fierce and jumped at the chance to see her. Ryan couldn’t take any days off of work so he joined me for Friday night – Sunday night and my mom joined me from Sunday night – Wednesday afternoon.

The only problem was working 20 hour days meant that I was battling a horrible cold by the time it was over. Still, just like that travelocity commercial from probably 10 years back said, a bad day [on Maui] beats a good day anywhere else.

We didn’t leave the hotel property much except to grab dinner on some nights, but that was fine with me because the hotel had everything, even warm-weather penguins (who knew???).

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Emma got to experience hanging out in the front seat of the car (while we were parked waiting in the cell lot for my mom) and now it’s a struggle to get her in her car seat because she loves the front seat so much.

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There were horrible, horrible people that stayed at our hotel and 1 of them stole my slippers after we got in a tiff over pool chairs (#HawaiiProblems) so I had to hoof it to longs (read: CVS) for some new beach footwear. Emma hasn’t grasped the concept of size yet apparently.

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Emma enjoyed long walks around the property…

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And her favorite local dessert…

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And the beach of course.

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Meanwhile, my friend is the absolute best and treated me to a morning at a spa (while my mom treated me to a morning of free babysitting).

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And Emma to an awesome pool toy she loved so much that this is one of the clearest shot I got of her… running around like crazy over her new “frog”.

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Last night with my girl. Miss you Dede!

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Emma is freakin OCD about cleaning up things that aren’t her mess. Which is pretty awesome. Cleaning up her own mess on the other hand…. pshawwww.

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And we rounded out our Maui trip with a stop at the aquarium before heading for the airport.

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A starving Emma munching on a croissant as we leave HNL.

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