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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Honeymoon in Hawaii: Part 1 Maui

When I think of regrets I have in life, my honeymoon is definitely one of them. Since Leo is better at planning trips, I let him plan the whole thing. I like to be surprised so very naively, thought he'd know exactly what I wanted. We 6went to Hawaii. We were going for 16 days and hitting 3 islands. It sounded magical and adventurous and I couldn't wait. If you have read previous posts, you know that I couldn't wait to get married. I waited 6 long years to hear the words, "Will you marry me?" I didn't just want to get married. I wanted to BE married. I couldn't wait to start our life together.  It started out stressful because Leo was famous for either waiting until the last minute to book seats or being late checking in so our seats were not together for the 8 hour flight. I was a big baby about the whole thing. He thought it wouldn't be a big deal to ask someone to switch but the whole flight was filled with honeymooners. Luckily the guy sitting next to me was understanding and didn't really want to sit next to a weepy new bride so he switched. He ended up switching several times to accommodate other couples and ended up drinking for free the whole flight (apparently Leo isn't the only one that is late doing things).

We arrived in Maui first. It was as beautiful as expected. We were staying at a condo called Maui Sunset right off the beach. The view was gorgeous. When I vacation, and you'd think after 7 years, Leo would have known this, I like to stay at a place that has a restaurant on site and a bar at the pool with waitresses coming around with drinks. Big, frozen, alcoholic drinks. Our place had free pineapples. We were still on Chicago time so it was easy to wake up and watch the sunrise. I made sure I woke up a few times to video it with our new video camera. Everyone that went to Hawaii before us told us we had to do the "Road to Hana". I think they told us this so that they weren't the only ones that had wasted a day in Hawaii doing it. Somewhere along the lines, I either scratched my cornea with my big, freaking fake nails that I HAD to have (another thing other brides before me insisted know for pictures because every photographer takes one of both your hands with your new rings and you can't have stumpy nails) or caught pink eye from the airplane pillow. My eye hurt, was red and felt like something was in it. So my darling new husband thought it would be a good idea to drive in a convertible for 6 hours on winding roads that can't fit two cars at a time. Not only that but he stopped at every single tourist point for a picture. I'll tell you, when you see a waterfall for the first time, it is gorgeous and magical and capturing it on film is a good idea. After the 15th one, you just want to get to Hana and get back home by the pool. I am not kidding, we have about 15 pictures of waterfalls. The funniest part of the whole road trip was when, for the 15th time, we pulled over when the car in front of us pulled over and we got out and Leo grabbed my hand to follow the guy to the photo opportunity which I was sure was another waterfall. We are following him into this wooded area that didn't look like anything I wanted a picture of but Leo insisted there must have been something that this guy was going to look at. The guy turned around and said, "Dude, what are you doing? I'm going to take a leak." Leo still hasn't lived that one down. We got in out car and only stopped to eat and call my insurance to see if I was covered to go to an urgent care for my eye because the only thing worse than that ride to Hell would be going blind doing it. I kept telling Leo that the theme song for our honeymoon at that point was "Killing Me Softly" by the Fugees. We got to Hana and Leo insisted we drive the extra hour to the 7 pools. We did and guess what was there....more waterfalls. The next day we got medicine for my eye and decided to explore Maui. We went to the other side and there were gorgeous hotels. We went into one and it was a dream come true! My fantasy vacation with restaurants and shops and drinks by the pool! I looked at Leo and said, "Next time we come here, we HAVE to stay here! This is awesome!" He, not even giving it a second thought (which he should have) said, "That's funny because we had reservations here. I got rid of them and got our place." WHAT?! ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME?? First married fight.


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