on vacation: aloha!

I’ll be away from the computer this coming week because…

I’m ON VACATION IN HAWAII! My first niece was born August 13, to my brother and his wife who live in Honolulu (my brother is there getting a master’s degree in food science at the University of Hawaii). We haven’t seen my brother and his wife in a year (since they moved there, Skype doesn’t count!) so I’m thrilled to spend time with them in person, and of course meet our darling new girl!

Because this trip is mostly about the baby, we don’t have tons of plans set in stone—just enjoying the location (they live a block or two from Waikiki Beach) and the family being together. I did sign up for a couple of yoga classes, and have my eyes on Diamond Head, maybe hitting a few golf balls at a driving range, hiking a few trails, and hanging out on the beach a lot! We do plan on going to Pearl Harbor towards the end of the week, too.

And of course part of the fun is choosing books to bring along! Here’s what I got:

  • Summer House with Swimming Pool by Herman Koch
  • Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
  • The Enchanted by Rene Denfield

And I also started Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson on my iPad this week. Honestly I should bring along The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan, too—it’s this month’s selection for my book group at the library but I’m nervous about taking a library copy somewhere so far. I would have loved to participate in Bout of Books 11, too. Oh well, anyway, I bet I won’t even get through one whole book! 🙂

See you guys next week!

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