mac-less existence, take two

This weekend, I took my laptop down to the Apple store to see if they could fix a problem I’ve been having with the hook that holds my laptop closed. Sadly, this is a fix that requires them sending my laptop off. So, after backing everything up and removing sensitive information off of it, Sean took it down to be shipped off yesterday. The tech I talked to told me it would be gone for a week. The tech that Sean talked to said it would be 5 – 10 business days. I’m really hoping it’s just a week. I’m already going through withdrawal symptoms of not having my laptop around.

That being said, it will be at least another week before I can get any more pictures posted from Hawaii, since I edit them on my laptop.

I now know how Brad felt when he shipped his off.

more hawaii pics

Okay, so this has been taking me a little bit longer than planned to get more photos up. Sorry, sorry to those of you who have faithfully checked this site for picture updates. To tide you over, I’ve got three more days worth of photos posted now.

Day Five – While we were in Kona, we visited the only chocolate makers in the US that use American grown cacao beans. In fact, Hawaii’s the only state that grows cacao beans for production in the US. While we were out and about, we also went to the coffee roaster that Sean’s grandmother sells her coffee to. Once we got back to the house, Heather and I went hiking out into the yard and had fun taking pictures of coffee plants, flowers and plants.

Day Six – This day was our first day of five wandering around the island, seeing a little bit more than just Kona. On our first day, we travelled down to South Point, which is the southernmost point of the US. We also drove through Volcano National Park and at least saw steam plumes from the latest eruption, if not lava flowing.

Day Seven – On our second day wandering around the island, we took photos of the flowers and plants on the property of our B&B, walked around Lava Tree State Park and then one of the highlights of our trip, the observatories on top of Mauna Kea. I’ll write more about the observatories later, but suffice it to say, this was one of the best days on the trip. It was even cooler because I got to see Brad again and finally meet his wife Alice.



Sean and I’ve been watching a new show on Food Network called Ace of Cakes. It’s about a cake maker in Baltimore who makes the awesomest looking cakes I’ve ever seen. As I’ve been watching it, though, I keep thinking there’s a deep resemblance to one of our good friends in Huntsville. I’ll let you decide.
Exhibit A is Chef Duff from the show.

Duff Goldman

Exhibit B is our friend Jason.

Jason Wyatt
Is this just me?

missing con

I’ve been a faithful volunteer worker at Dragon*Con, a science fiction/fantasty convention in Atlanta, for several years. It’s held over Labor Day weekend in downtown. For the past 5 years, you could always count on me being part of the Technical Operations staff. This year, Sean and I made the decision to take a year off from Con and instead head out to Hawaii to visit friends and family and take an actual vacation (as in, not staying awake for 36 – 48 hours straight like we tend to do at Dragon*Con).

I don’t think either of us realized how much we would miss it when we made that agreement. Labor Day found Sean going through DCTV‘s website, watching all of the bumpers that we wouldn’t get to see before the panels this year. Over Labor Day weekend, my thoughts kept drifting back to the people I wouldn’t get to see this year and the pie I wouldn’t get to consume. I realized that Dragon*Con had moved beyond just a weekend that I could be a geek and no one would look down their nose at me. It had become a time when I could see friends that I don’t normally get to see during the year. It’s a time when I get true “geeking out” time with the friends that I do normally see, but never spend nearly enough time around. This has become even more important now that Sean and I have moved out to Phoenix and don’t even live around any of these people anymore.

Anyway, to all of our friends that went to Con, we missed you guys a whole lot this year. Even in Hawaii, our thoughts were with you last weekend. We’ll be back next year. I promise. I don’t think much could keep us away after a year away from the fun.


After 15 days of vacation, we’re finally back home in Phoenix. Hawaii was beautiful and relaxing and all that I could possibly have asked for in a vacation. More will be posted (including pictures) as we settle back in and can start to collect our thoughts about the trip, so keep an eye out here.