Okay, peoples, as of this morning, we're officially on vacation! We're off to sunny Hawai'i for the wedding of Tim and Clarisa; Tim being the oldest son of the Loved One and a veteran of the Iraqi war (that's two tours of duty as a USMC reservist, oorah, indeed), and Clarisa being a very nice redheaded person who is a lot of fun to hang out with, even if we're shopping in a decaying urban mall the day after Thanksgiving.
We'll meet up with the Loved One in Maui and stay until Monday, then Dear Daughter and I will hop over to Oahu for a few fun-filled days in Honolulu and Waikiki.
I don't know if I'll have blogger access for the next week, so if I don't post for a while, it's because I can't. I promise to return with loads of new photos and maybe a story or two. Thanks to Sally for driving us to the airport, and Joel for pet-sitting. And a very special shout-out to someone who must remain anonymous, but who made me laugh out loud Wednesday afternoon with an impromptu hula demonstration in honor of my departure. I won't completely out the person, but I can say that this person shares some initials with at least one U.S. president.