Beating The Heat – Sort of!

We had no less than ten bazillion people staying at our house over the weekend.

It was also no less than ten bazillion degrees outside.

Of course our ice maker chose this week, the week of the heat wave/monsoon from hell, to break.

I bought ice trays for ice making.

I also froze black grapes.

Frozen black grapes are the perfect remedy for a heat wave.

I learned the frozen grape trick from a spa I visited once upon a time.

They make a refreshing hot weather snack.

Besides, black grapes are very healthy.

Also …?

All I seem able to think about is our upcoming trip to Kauai.

Is it weird I’m looking forward to being at a tropical beach to escape the California heat?

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Three days ago, our upcoming vacation/25th wedding anniversary trip seemed too far away to be real.

Suddenly, it’s not only real …

I’m feeling overwhelmed at all the stuff I need to do before we go.

Things to remember:  packing lots of beach towels, and buying lots of sunscreen.

Sure, I could always buy sunscreen there …

But everything is ridiculously expensive in Hawaii.

I’m also trying to figure out what camera gear to bring.

I want to have all my camera stuff with me.

I don’t want to have to worry about it being stolen or damaged.

I’ll have to compromise with myself.

I hate compromising with myself.

We’ve got a day planned when we’ll be rafting into sea caves.

I dug out an old point and shoot to take with me on the raft.  I’ll keep it stored in a waterproof bag except when I’m using it.

At the same time, oh how I would LOVE to have my “real” camera in the sea caves!

(It isn’t worth the risk.  Although it would be highly unlikely I’d drop it in the ocean, the chances of it getting splashed and ruined are too high.)

Underwater housing for my camera costs $3,000 … so THAT’S not happening.

Details I need to take care of, or things I want to remember to pack, keep popping in and out of my brain.

Like recipes.

I need to bring along some easy, quick, recipes that can feed a big group.

I don’t seem able to focus on any ONE thing.

Maybe it’s the heat?

Or maybe I have pre-vacation ADD.

7 Responses to “Beating The Heat – Sort of!”

  1. Jan's Sushi Bar

    I am SO jealous of your trip to Kauai, you have NO idea (Beloved and I were married there). When you’re there, stop by a B&B called Mahina Kai, and tell Joe and Dean their favorite token straight couple says “HI!!” They’ll know who you’re talking about.

    • Suzanne

      LOL! I remember you mentioning them. I haven’t been to Kauai in SO long! Maui, yes. Kauai, no. In fact, I think the last time I was in Kauai was when we “made” my daughter.

  2. Gaelyn

    I always wait until the last minute to pack for anywhere, but then I make lists of things to take days/weeks/months in advance. My tiny waterproof camera would be perfect for cave rafting. Maybe you should take me along. 😉

    • Suzanne

      I should take you and your camera!
      I need a waterproof camera!
      I always pack at the last minute too … but I start stressing out about what I “can’t forget” days before.

  3. DuchessOmnium

    Pre vacation ADD is deliciously exhausting and part of the fun. When you are on the plane it will all melt away. Have fun!

    • Suzanne

      Yes, it will.
      I need a change of pace … it will be wonderful once we get there!

  4. Renee

    You may already have tried this. Sweet tea Vodka and lemonade.
    Awesome! Sweet tea is a staple in the south, but this is amazing!!!


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