Having a sound understanding of who I am and what I need, I've got a bottle of something French in the fridge already. Not that anything really needs formal refrigeration with this weather. Then I worked on my psyche and internal energy. I did some cycles of deep breathing cycles and visualized all the amazing shopping that has come my way in recent weeks.
|Note card of the day meet necklace of the day - Faux Fuchsia Orange by the Red Phoenix Emporium.|
I even got this thank you card from the sales assistant in Hawaii in the post today. Does this count as an actualization of my positive thinking?
As I mentioned in the Hawaii Shop Girl (that's me but in a different city) post, I shopped for the nation. My choice of scarf colours however paid homage to our blog friends and icons in Brisbane, Faux Fuchsia, Willow and Lotus. The love of pink, fuschia and orange crosses state boundaries more harmoniously and with more taste than State of Origin.
|A minor deviation from the pink and orange colour themse.|
On to matters of a more serious nature.
|Image from The Straits Times online|
More life affirming than a note card from Hermes Hawaii (as many things are) is the news about a suspension of all Australian live cattle exports to Indonesia. The people of Australia have well and truly spoken and they been heard. There are two sides to this and I sympathize with both. I hope that this action will initiate better control of the way livestock are treated in foreign countries but I also feel deeply for the farmers in Australia whose businesses are now even more vulnerable.
The longer the ban lasts, the easier it will be for foreign markets to find alternate sources of livestock. The longer the ban lasts, the harder it will be for fellow Australians. What is more important? I don't have an answer. There is also the immediate concern of what happens to the 2000 heads of cattle who were meant to board a ship from Western Australia. Transferring these livestock in a humane and timely manner is not without considerable cost to their owners.
Perhaps with this issue at least partially resolved, we can shift our energy to our role in Afghanistan and also our responsibility to refugees. So many hard decisions where what is 'right' depends on who's talking the loudest and the longest.
I don't have any answers but I do have more Hawaii photos. How's that for a change of pace and mood? It's the sleep deprivation, it has paradoxically made me a little jumpy with my train of thought. Or perhaps it's that large skinny cap from this morning and the 5 cups of tea that followed and are still following.
The sun was setting on yet another perfect day in Honolulu.
As the sun went down, the flame torches got lit.
I thought that the flames went on automatically. But there's actually a person whose job it is to flit between torches to light them by hand.
Mr SSG and I decided a fix of Chinese was in order. So we went to PF Chang's.
|Condiments are key at PF Chang's. Here is their trio of chilli, garlic and spicy sauces that go with everything.|
|Note the replica dessert tray in the middle of the photo. More later.|
Our entree was the Chang's Chicken Lettuce Wraps which are the chain's most famous dish.
The lived up to they hype with just the right amount of spice. The trio of dipping sauces I was talking about earlier went perfectly with these wraps.
|The view across the street. Note an outlet of the ubiquitous ABC Stores. Up above is Cheeseburger Beachwalk where we went for breakfast and a Bloody Mary one morning.|
Our mains arrived pretty quickly after we'd practically licked the plates we were eating the wraps from. Too much information.
The spinach and garlic was cooked with a light hand and wasn't soggy.
The combination lo mein was fresh with a bit of spice.
My favourite though was the kung pao chicken. I've always been curious about kung pao chicken. It seems to be one of those uniquely American Chinese dishes. I've not seen it much in Australia.
|I really got to love brown rice whilst in Hawaii. Must use it more when cooking at home. It actually goes well with Chinese dishes. I never would have thought!|
Remember the replica dessert tray in an earlier photo? Wondering why we were relatively restrained with our meal order?
Here we have Mr SSG's left hand as a size reference for a slice of the Great Wall of Chocolate cake.
|The actual serve of cake was possibly taller than the replica.|
I was up for a challenge. Mr SSG and I shared a slice of this cake, with ice cream. It was very moreish because the cake itself was rather light and not too sweet. The frosting wasn't spread too thickly either.
And with those chocolate frosted memories on my mind, I'm going to hit the couch and have a bit of a pre sleep nap.
Take care and stay warm!