I apologize now for the uninspired title.

Boy, I can’t believe it’s been 3 months since I last posted here. Just a sign of the fact that summer has been going by so fast and there just aren’t enough hours in the day. While quite a bit has happened in the last 3 months, I figure I’d only keep the updates to things more recent and upcoming.

Cindy’s birthday was earlier this week, and we went out with some of her family to dinner at Kona Grill in Lincolnshire. Besides from an uneducated waiter pronouncing the name Hana like it was some pop singer named Montana and not the real way to say it, it was a lovely evening. We followed it up the following day by going out to Six Flags for the first time in about 3 years. With the economy the way it is now, the park was relatively empty for a weekday and we were getting on rides with only about a 5 minute wait. We topped it off with a walk around Gurnee Mills just to make sure our feet weren’t completely tired after a full day of walking.

Our 5 year wedding anniversary is coming up next month, and we’re planning to head out to Door County for an extended weekend. You think the summer has gone by so fast, where did the last 5 years go? We can still remember all the fun that was had by all on our wedding day, and those little flower girls Kaitie and Kasey are already starting their freshman year of high school this week. Jeez.

On the Maui front, we picked a time for our next trip in February. We’re targeting the last two weeks of February to see the whales during the peak season this time. We’re waiting on when the Pacific Whale Foundation will be hosting their annual Whale Day, which is something we definitely want to check out.

Budgets are still a little tight right now, but we’re hoping to be ready to book our trip by mid-November. Any side work I’m able to pick up between now and then is going to be a big help, too.

Also in Maui-related news, I just launched a new photo store, Maui Wall Candy. It features my favorite photos from our visits to Maui over the years and with it I hope to Share the Aloha of Maui with fans of the Valley Isle. I’m not looking to quit my day job and become a professional photographer, but if it does end up bringing in a few extra dollars over the years, all the better. You can read more about it at the official announcement.

Last time, I think I mentioned a little bit about how I was trying to lose weight and setting goals for myself. Well, I’m about 2 weeks ahead of my most recent goal, and down below 200 lbs for the first time in at least six years. It’s starting to take a little bit more work than it was when I was starting out, but I’m sticking to it and still making good progress. Heck, I might even go back to playing hockey this winter, too. :)

That’s about it for now. We’re planning out the details and activities for our Door County trip, and I plan on bringing my cameras with to get some good shots from out there. Cindy will be bringing her journal, too, so at some point I’ll be posting all the details from that sometime in October.


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