Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Thomas is just a scary guy with a big beard. the usual.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

I Haz Chocolate

My Museum Directors brought me back this lovely treat from the Czech Republic. I have my own brand of chocolate! Yum!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Mission Accomplished

Oh my god, I finished baking them.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Baking, Baking, Baking...

I don't know how many more I have to bake tonight but I think it's close to 500. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Hula 'Oni E 2012

For those of you who don't know (since it's all I've been talking about lately) our hula halau (school) will be going to Hawai'i next September to compete in the Hula 'Oni E festival in Waikiki! I posted a video from last years competition at the end. Are we excited?! YES.

Here's our Tahitian class, a good chunk of us are in the competition team. We practice to live music from our lovely musicians in the front row. My Kumu (teacher) is all the way on the right.

So to get us all to Hawai'i we are fundraising like crazy. Our goal is to fund raise our entire trip for everyone so that no one has to spend any money out of pocket. This weekend is the Puerto Rican/Cuban festival. Our halau has one of only a few food stands at a festival (most of them are for drinks...drunk hungry people? Look out!) with over 20,000 people so we are preparing for absolute chaos. My job? Bake 600 lime-coconut cookies. I'm trying to get ahead and started on Sunday, freezing as many as I can until my nonstop bake-a-thon on Thursday night but I'm running out of freezer space! 480 done, only 120 to go!

This is certainly preparing me for my future bakery/catering business! Here's what making 600 cookies in a kitchen the size of my bathroom looks like. Trust me, the picture makes my kitchen look way bigger than it is.

The current situation in my freezer:

Anyways, hopefully outside of practicing like crazy the entire week that I'm there, I'll have some time to do a little of this:

I'll also be stopping in to Momma and I's favorite quick food stop Coconut Cafe for some...

passionfruit & pineapple Hawaiian shaved ice!

Hopefully I'll get to climb Diamond Head again!

and soak up as much sun as I possibly can! I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!!!

First place. We have a lot of work to do! These girls are amazing!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Glow Car Show

We actually went downtown over the weekend and gawked at the buildings to the point where people probably thought we were just small town folk who had never seen anything higher than 2 stories. It's pretty amazing that we can create skyscrapers.

The prettiest Ferris wheel I have ever seen

There was a festival downtown at Market Square park and we missed the earlier festivities of beer and soda cocktail samples but we were just in the time for the glow in the dark car show and some live music. Here are some pictures.

Coolest car I have ever seen. Who wouldn't want a chicken car!?

MOMMA!!! A margaritaville car all the way in Texas!! Straight outta Key West properly equipped with margarita machines and pink flamingos. I could drive this around alll day!

Zebra car anyone?

For Shane:

Hippie car. Belongs in Asheville.

Dia de los muertos car!

stegosaurus car!? This would've been my dream dinosaur vehicle as a child.

The Jitterbug Vipers. Lots of fun!

and a random enormous statue.

Came home and hung out with the neighbors in the courtyard till nearly 3 am playing apples to apples and drinking too many beers. Life is good.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Belt Phase 2

Here's an unfinished belt. Here's what I have to do by Thursday to get it halfway done: Soak my raffia in the bathtub to straighten out, wait for that to dry, make many more tassels out of it. Hot glue those in between what I already have on there, sew on lots of velcro at the front, and then secure each tassel by sewing them onto the belt with dental floss putting a bead in the middle of the tassel to make the straw poof out.

What a project! Can't wait to see it all done! It'll be great to have my own costume instead of borrowing like I did back in Florida. The borrowed costumes never fit, leaving me a constant victim of wardrobe malfunctions at shows and events :(

Monday, October 3, 2011

Tahitian Costume

Our Tahitian class has begun the process of making our own costumes from scratch. My kumu, blurred and on the left knows how to make everything from costumes to instruments. Our first task was to make our tassels for our belt.

These will go across the backside and we will sew on shells and beads for the front. I used to complain about the high costs of Tahitian costumes. I get it.

I also learned that raffia is coated with a fire retardant that makes your hands waxy for two days after weaving. yuck!

Here is an example of a finished costume. See the belt? A lot of work for the first part of the outfit.

If you've never seen Tahitian dancing. You should watch this.


our very own Robert Cernuda has scored some fame in the Netherlands! Here he is in this super cute McDonalds commercial. Yellow trimmed shirt playing tonsil hockey with the brunette. Go Cernuda!