Thursday, May 13, 2010

Dreaming of Manhattan on Kauai's North Shore

This morning I was supposed to wake up in the city that doesn't sleep nights. Manhattan. We've had tickets since last June but canceled earlier in the week.

Instead we got in the car for an island road trip to the North Shore of Kauai. It's been a relaxing four days near Hanalei at an oceanfront condo. Not too bad considering there's only so far you can drive on an island. We're 90 minutes from home but it feels far away.

My partner's Aunt (who raised him) is living with us now under Hospice care. As long as she's alive we can't go far from home. Even though NYC didn't work out, we needed a break from the last two months of caregiving duties.

I brought a book with me (of course) that looked like an easy beach read. How wrong I was. It's The Brontes Went To Woolworths by Rachel Ferguson. If any of you have finished the book I'd love to know if (and how) you made it through. I'm starting over for the third time.

The problem is that the characters are having conversations with people they never met or inanimate objects like dolls. It would be like me writing about daily chats with Hugh Jackman even though we've never met.

I think I should have packed a fun cozy. Hugh would have been nice too.

(Photo: Hideaways Beach directly below our condo with "Bali Hai" from South Pacific in the distance).


  1. Being the caregiver is very tiring, though so important. I am glad she has the two of you when she is so ill. I am also glad that you are taking time for yourselves!

  2. I hope you are enjoying your time away as much as possible. Having to care for someone so ill is just so draining - physically and emotionally. Relax as much as you can and maybe find another book!

    By the way, I think your Hugh chats would be fun to read! :)

  3. I hope you had a relaxing stay. so important to have a little time away from chores/responsibilities every once in a while

  4. I'm glad you were able to get away, even though it wasn't NY.

    And thanks for the beautiful postcard you sent!

  5. The care giving duties can do a number on you. I've been there Rob. Glad the 2 of you were able to get away and relax a bit; looks awesome.

  6. Hate it when I pack a bad book :( Of course, if we could trade books in for movie stars Hugh would be a great choice!

    Glad you were able to get away for a few days. Manhattan will be waiting for you.


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