Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Coaching Kayla-A View of What We Do

Working with Kayla and her family has been a central part of our lives and Matt has put together the documentation of the season with the video above. Last weekend was the Championship on Maui, and the end of the season. Kayla however wants to keep going forward and is looking to compete in the Junior Olympic cross country season that starts with the State XC Champs on Oahu, November 11th. She has to be top five so she can participate in the national meet in Reno, NV in December. We will continue to work the fundamentals and training that Coach Matt is putting together for Kayla through Nationals. We have found inspiration from an unlikely source in Norway. More about that on Matt's latest post over on our running blog mauirunner.com here. Aloha and thank you for reading my blog.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

First Win - Youth Cross Country 2018

What a fun morning. The little girl that Matt and I have been coaching since track and field, won the first meet of the Youth Cross Country season today. I captured Kayla's race, and the 6th-8th grade boys after in the video above. Please take a look at the race review over on mauirunner.com here. Congratulations to you Kayla you have been working hard, and we have a lot more to do. Good job to you Coach Matt, and Mike for your super support of this youth athlete.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Hurricane Lane Rocket Stove

Matt and I prepared for the hurricane season over six months ago. Now that we are in the midst of Hurricane Lane our emergency supplies have come out. The storm has been downgraded to a category one, but we thought we'd give the Sterno a test run. Matt took a tin can and cut out holes, and a door (and sanded them) to create air flow for the simple stove. We lit it up and cooked up a can of soup for lunch. If we were out of power this would be our source of heating up simple meals like soup and ramen noodles. It feels good to know we continue to be prepared for this hurricane season that runs June through November. Watch the video above to see our little stove perfect for a no power situation. 

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Varnishing the Collage

I have been working on this collage since June. I used acrylics and oil to paint a frame around the whole piece, and embellished all the pictures with colors. Matt suggested I varnish the piece to give it a finished smooth look. I love how it turned out! Still not finished, but the piece is coming together better than I had imagined. The video above shows a small snippet of the process.
Here's a link to what the collage looked like when I started. I had not glued any of the photos down yet, so now it looks completely different. I love art that can change, and I enjoy the process, it's fun. Click here to see a post I wrote when I started the collage

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Sunday at Haleakala National Park

On Sunday Matt and I will do a long run that's usually around an hour. Today was different; two hours for Matt and Gian starting at Sliding Sands and coming out at Halemau'u, and I did an hour out and back on Halemau'u in the crater at Haleakala National Park. The skies were clear and the wind was brisk. The park is just about an hour from our house in Kula, and is well worth a regular visit. The elevation the guys started at was 9000. Halemau'u is at 8,000. The views are spectacular and the Nene are beautiful. The video above is my journey today. Hope to get back soon.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

New Favorite Appetizer Dip: Frank's Redhot Buffalo Chicken Dip

If you like to snack on dip, and you like it to make you sweat from the spicy flavors, then Frank's Redhot Buffalo Chicken Dip is the one for you. Frank's is your classic vinegar hot sauce and this is the recipe on the back of the bottle. You can find the whole recipe in the description in my video on YouTube. Make this dip! It will fill you up and is a treat with blue cheese crumbles, cream cheese, and cooked shredded meat to make this dip more like a meal. Yum!

Friday, July 20, 2018

Ash Our 2 Month Old Kitty Cat

This kitty is growing fast. Matt made her a new castle, and she is using it completely. Love her!

Monday, July 9, 2018

La Perouse Bay - Beyond Beautiful, Maui, Hawaii

Getting back into making videos. This summer has been filled with coaching, and running, and time to enjoy the beauty of this island we call home. Feeling so grateful to live here and experience the amazing natural parks and reserves. It is so healing to be in nature.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Starting My Giant 47" x 47" Collage

I am starting a new art project; the most giant collage I've ever done. The canvas measures 47" x 47" and is ready to hang. I am starting with the background images from a book called Hawaii by James Siers. There are images from all of the islands. I wanted images of nature to express the main theme of this piece. The natural beauty here is so abundant, and the photography in this book really captures some special scenes. What I like so far about the collage is that it is square, and that the center photos are of the Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. We sent off a letter yesterday in an effort to buy land on the Big Island. We are getting closer to our dream of moving there in the next 3-5 years. I love the state of Hawai'i and I want to express that with this artwork.
I'm not sure what will happen next with the collage, but I am looking forward to working on it. I can see a change already; I know that I want to move the images right to the edge of the canvas. This will take some time. I'm glad that I can experiment with a collage on this scale. My plan is to combine some smaller collages that I've done onto this one. I've got two to add. It will have to grow from there. Summertime art is good stuff. Click here to see August 15th update.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Brother Tortoises: Junior and Tiki

The property in Kuau's newest five year old residents: the brothers Junior and Tiki. It has been fun getting to know them. They are very active, and their appetite is insatiable. They are my biweekly responsibility, and new friends.
This kitten named Ash was in our kitchen under the sink cabinet when we got home from Oahu on Mothers Day, Sunday, May 13, 2018. We think she was about a week or week and a half then. She is getting into sprinting around the house and is almost friends with Billy our cat that we think brought her into the house. Her and Turbo, not so much. I love her to pieces. She is very cute and curious and a great addition to the cats here in Kula. 

Friday, May 18, 2018

2018 HHSAA Hawaii State Track and Field Chapionships

A full trip with the team to Oahu for the Hawaii State Track and Field Championships last weekend. More coverage over on our running website www.mauirunner.com.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Saturday, April 21, 2018


In February of this year I had three psychotic episodes in an eight day span seemingly out of nowhere. It was the beginning of the track and field season for the high school team I help coach, and I was out for a month. Now a couple of months later with the help of my boyfriend, his family, my therapist and psychologist I have uncovered the truth of why this was happening to me, but I still don’t know what is happening to me.  I am back to the property management and landscaping job now, and back to the track but it’s one day at a time. I live on Maui, and I am on Geodon an antipsychotic medication (since Feb. 22nd) that will keep me from going back into a manic episode. It helps living upcountry at 2,500 ft elevation with an amazing view of the island, and the ocean, but while writing this I noticed the time, and had to go take the 40 mg prescribed to me by my doctors. Also, as I write this I am feeling those familiar signs of my anxiety when talking about the abuse that I experienced as a child in my home up on the hill in Santa Fe. My quads start to twitch, my palms start to sweat, and I feel the bile in my stomach exiting through my throat. I was molested by my adopted dad when I was three years old. I was born in 1976, and adopted shortly after. I was born in Albuquerque. My adopted mother always told me she never had a baby shower, so when they picked me up from the hospital they had to run to the market to pick up baby formula. Why would she always tell me that story? A lot of  the stories my entire adopted family on both sides told me were lies, or are at least tainted, because they all knew on some level what was happening to me and did nothing. When I was eight years old away at Girl Scout camp in Colorado, I had the first of several seizures. Now I believe it could have been a coping mechanism of some sort, or a result of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) perhaps. I would get as stiff as a board, and clench my jaw, sometimes biting my cheek or tongue. The seizures continued through my seventeenth birthday (a total of 5-7) with no explanation or care from my adopted parents on the situation. They had a painting commissioned of my brain, that was very distancing. I had an EEG, and MRI done and was told I didn’t have epilepsy (which has come into question again now) and to get a better diet, and better sleep. None of this was done in those rebellious years, and because my parents didn’t trust me they never helped me to get better. As a family it was decided I see a therapist at Santa Fe High. I wasn’t prepared for the work that needed to be done. I was given no tools from my adopted parents. It was a way to get out of class. I started to ask questions about the disfunction in my adopted dads family, projecting my own problems on them and no one would talk to me about anything. I remember asking my adopted dad’s younger brother once, “What happened?”, and he replied, “Nothing happened...”. I know now it was not just once that my adopted dad touched me, and over and over my adopted mom did nothing to help me. Even her family did nothing but lie to me, by not talking to me about the abuse they kept a secret from me, all the time knowing something was wrong. I am still in the discovery phase of my illness, and have to wait to see if my insurance will cover an MRI. My referral is pending to see a neuropsychologist to take what my neurologist referred to as the super SAT. What is so awful about reliving all of this now at 42 years old is the utter confusion about why this happened to me. I know now I am not responsible for the sexual abuse, and I have pardoned those people that abused me by removing them from my life in November of 2017. All the time wasted being a spoiled brat from Santa Fe; an only adopted child, has landed me right back into all those dark nights in the house I was raised in. I know now it is through movements like #metoo that I can empower myself and get my life back. I have also called the www.rainn.org hotline to speak my truth in order to deal with this so I can never forget, but let go and forgive those people that were participants in my sexual abuse. Right now I am in the process of leaving what they did behind. Every day, I have to just let it be in the past. When I can let it go, then I will be able to forgive them, but I am not there yet, and my journey will never end because I too am a victim of sexual abuse. #metoo

Thursday, April 19, 2018

The Hapalua-Hawaii’s Half Marathon

The Hapalua Hawaii’s Half Marathon was an incredible event. I reached several goals: I started, kept running when passing the finish line, and finished strong and smiling. This is the beginning of a collage I am making that when finished will also include Matt’s number and some other important goodies that he got as a member of Team Hawaii and The Chase the race within the race at The Hapalua. More on that over at www.mauirunner.com our running website.
It was empowering to take on this challenge, and I just can not thank my boyfriend Matt enough for encouraging me to take on the 13.1 mile challenge about four weeks after my first manic episode on February 15th. I love you Matt and thank you for all the therapy and support hat you continue to give to me. This collage grew to include Matt's number and some of his special gear as member of #teamhawaii2018, and as part of the media too.