Thinking about life. Thinking about how cold it was at the top of that mountain. Thinking we should have brought blankets. Thinking about snowsuits.

Hawaii Part II: Maui!

Date: December 18, 2014 at 2:00 am- by Ali- Comment(s): 11

When we left off, Brian and I had just gotten engaged, which was a pretty awesome surprise. And, thanks to his meticulously planned itinerary that I didn’t ask any questions about because I’m lazy and was just along for the ride, we got a little honeymoon-type situation the day after his proposal! So after five wonderful and very active days in Oahu, we got to jet off to Maui for five days of relaxing and basking in our new little world of happiness and joy.

Here I am, in the world of happiness and joy. This was about an hour after we got engaged and I was like WAIT, WHAT? And also, MMMM GIMME AN OMELET.

Here I am, in the world of happiness and joy. This was about an hour after we got engaged and I was like WAIT, WHAT? And also, MMMM GIMME AN OMELET.

Again, these are the notes from my phone. These are not my post-vacation “I’ve had time to think about everything and really process it all” thoughts. They’re my brain vomit. And I will say that from this point on, the notes are much less “here is a nice, simple explanation of what we did” and much more “OMGGGGG so drunk off champagne all the time and everything is perfect.” You’ve been warned.

Proceed with patience…

Saturday, December 6: Was too excited to sleep at 4 AM. Got up at 6 and ran 5 incredible miles along the beach path in Honolulu toward Diamond Head. Shamelessly stared at my left hand a lot. Showered, packed my loads and loads of shit, returned rental car, got to airport, and boarded flight to Maui! Flight was roughly eight minutes long I think, but I forgot to time it. Landed, immediately got bags and rental car. Drove to Andaz Wailea and OMG. It’s the most amazing resort.

YEAH HI, WE'D LIKE THE ROOM WITH A VIEW, PLEASE.

YEAH HI, WE’D LIKE THE ROOM WITH A VIEW, PLEASE.

I am drunk off champagne but seriously. We were greeted by people who took my heavy suitcase and our big car and we got leis and the girl who checked us in was sooooo nice and she is invited to the wedding for sure.

Lei for me and lei for you. I can have a lei in my big brown shoe.

Lei for me and lei for you. I can have a lei in my big brown shoe.

They got our room ready and we drank lemonade with lavender, and our room was overlooking the ocean with a sexy rain shower. We went to the pool and I got a most amazing drink and we got food and then we went in the ocean.

That is Brian, attempting to swim away from me because I kept shoving my left hand in his face like an excited child who just ate a jar of Nutella.

That is Brian, attempting to swim away from me because I kept shoving my left hand in his face like an excited child who just ate a jar of Nutella. Cool photo NO FILTER. Really.

Went back to the room and Lone had sent us champagne! So special and nice.

"To the Future Mr. & Mrs. Cristiano." WHOA.

“To the Future Mr. & Mrs. Brian.” WHOA.

Then we drove to the bike shop and I took off my nail polish at a salon. Brian got his rental bike and then we came back and drank the bottle of champagne and FaceTimed with mom, and she was really wine drunk, and then we had a nice chat and then went to dinner at the resort where everyone was so nice.

HE'S HER LOBSTER. Which I say because it's true, and because of how red I look in this photo. In reality, I actually did not burn at all. Responsible sun-bathing!

HE’S HER LOBSTER. Which I say because it’s true, and because of how red I look in this photo. In reality, I actually did not burn at all. Responsible sun-bathing!

We got the best table outside and a live band played “All of You” by John Legend and I cried. Inhaled the lobster ceviche appetizer and was embarrassed by how fast I ate it. The waiter told me I was a “delicate little flower,” which was a lie he was making because I ate it all so fast. Got ahi as my entree and Brian got risotto. Passed out drunk.

Sunday, December 7: Up early so I could run and Brian could ride up Haleakala. Beautiful idiot. That doesn’t sound fun at all. Idiot whom I love and is ambitious while I just want to lay down. The run was lovely even though the heat killed me and I walked a lot.

Lava rocks. I basically survived a volcano eruption, as you can see from this photo. I'm OK. I am a survivor. A thriver.

Lava rocks. I basically survived a volcano eruption, as you can see from this photo. I’m OK. I am a survivor. A thriver.

Spent the day alone by the pool and cooked my skin (I WORE SUNSCREEN, DAD, DON’T WORRY) and made friends, and ate grilled cheese with waffle fries. Went back to the room around 3:30, opened up the doors to let the fresh air in, did a load of free laundry at the hotel score, turned on computer for the first time all trip. Bird flew into the room. Stared at me. Got dinner when Brian got back at Morimoto. Such good, fresh fish! Got drinks with college friend who is also in Hawaii. Sleep.

Seen on my run: Big Beach. That's what it's called. Because it's accurate.

Seen on my run: Big Beach. That’s what it’s called. Because it’s accurate.

Monday, December 8: Too excited to sleep again. Finally got up around 7:30 AM. Shared engagement news on social media. Stared at phone and computer in bed for a while enjoying all the love.

Housekeeping loves love. THEY DID THIS, NOT ME. Because I am not creative.

Housekeeping loves love. THEY DID THIS, NOT ME. Because I am not creative.

Ate at amazing hotel buffet. Got a custom chocolate chip pancake, pork bun with scrambled egg, and so much tasty food. Got attacked by a bird. He ate the doughnut right out of my hand!!! I screamed and everyone stared and Brian said that was his second favorite part of the trip.

#cleaneats #paleo

#cleaneats #paleo

Went snorkeling! Brian loved it, which made me happy. I am afraid of the ocean and don’t really like fish, and I saw a death piranha barracuda and freaked out, then I was done.

The worst thing is getting attacked by a bird at breakfast. The second worst thing is getting eaten alive by a death barracuda piranha.

The worst thing is getting attacked by a bird at breakfast. The second worst thing is getting eaten alive by a death barracuda piranha.

Drove around through the lava rocks and then laid out by the hotel pool for a bit. Swam, then showered, got yummy sandwiches from the hotel, and hit the road to Haleakala! Drove up through the clouds, which was crazy cool (hey isn’t that a TLC album?), and couldn’t believe Brian rode up it the day before. I just don’t see how that is fun.

Ali: "I'M THE KING OF THE WORLD!" Brian: "I am actually not interested in marrying you anymore!"

Ali: “I’M THE KING OF THE WORLD! TAKE MY PICTURE!” Brian: “I am actually not interested in marrying you anymore!”

The view of the crater and the world below from the top was beyond anything I have ever seen.

I would walk 10,000 feet and I would walk 10,000 more just to be the girl who wears white pants then sits in dirt and that's what happened. Da da da da da da da da da da da da da da da dun da da dun da da dun da da dun da daaaaa!

I would walk 10,000 feet and I would walk 10,000 more just to be the girl who wears white pants then sits in dirt and that’s what happened. Da da da da da da da da da da da da da da da dun da da dun da da dun da da dun da daaaaa!

The sunset was so beautiful I almost cried actual tears.

Thinking about life. Thinking about how cold it was at the top of that mountain. Thinking we should have brought blankets. Thinking about snowsuits.

Thinking about life. Thinking about how cold it was at the top of that mountain. Thinking we should have brought blankets. Thinking about snowsuits.

Then it got dark, we saw the sky full of stars (like that Coldplay song), and embarked on the hour-long drive back down.

You know what everyone had at the top of Haleakala? Selfie sticks. EVERYONE BUT US. But we had strangers who agreed to take our photo. Even better.

You know what everyone had at the top of Haleakala? Selfie sticks. EVERYONE BUT US. But we had strangers who agreed to take our photo. Even better.

I tried to be helpful at every switchback by yelling SLOW DOWN and dramatically gripping the side of the passenger seat. Then had dinner again at Morimoto. Brian got drunk off four sakes and said, “I like these big spoons. They’re like shovels…to my mouth.” Got some doughnuts for dessert. Did not get attacked by a bird. Good day.

Ali: "I'M STILL THE KING OF THE WORLD!" Brian: "I am still definitely leaving you at the top of this mountain and taking that ring back down with me. Later, crazy."

Ali: “I’M STILL THE KING OF THE WORLD!” Brian: “I am still definitely leaving you at the top of this mountain and taking that ring back down with me.”

Tuesday, December 9: Last full day wahhhhhhh. Finally adjusted to the five-hour time change. Perfect. Woke up around 7:30 AM, did a quick lift at the gym, then ran a great 8 miles along the beach path.

Sooooo I'm into Garmin photos now...

Sooooo I’m into Garmin photos now…

Loved it! But it was narrow and got crowded with leisurely olds out taking a morning stroll. Then I had to do some work. It’s fine.

Palm trees.

Palm trees.

Laid out at the adult pool and got an adult grilled cheese and it had garlic in it. I dipped it in ranch dressing. Low point or high point? Whatever, delicious.

Brian came back from his bike ride and we went kayaking! I sat in the front and did all the work. The way out into the wind was really challenging for me and my lack of upper body strength. On the way back, I fake paddled but really I was just sitting there and not helping. Then we swam in the ocean and laid out by a new-to-us pool for a bit.

Thennnn showered and went off to dinner at Mama’s Fish House, which people rave about. Brian said a lot of nice things when we sat down at dinner, and that made me happy, and the outside of the restaurant was very cool and right on the water with big waves.

Sweet photo. Came out really great. This is our engagement photo. SEND IT TO THE CONCORD MONITOR, MOM. Make sure they don't crop out the snowman or the surfboard.

Sweet photo. Came out really great. This is our engagement photo. SEND IT TO THE CONCORD MONITOR, MOM. Make sure they don’t crop out the snowman or the surfboard.

My favorite dish was the sashimi three ways. Salmon, and ahi, and ono, OH YES. The crab cake was good, too. And the champagne. And the cocktail.

Five straight days of champagne, pretty much. Didn't hate it.

When I spend a lot of time in the sun, my skin gets very tan and my hair gets very blonde. So basically, my eyebrows disappear. It’s a really cute look.

Then we drove home, I packed my 3,583-pound suitcase, and now it is our last night in Hawaii. It is a real tragedy.

Brian The Creep took this. Snoozin, sweet dreamin, smilin.

Brian took this. Snoozin, sweet dreamin, smilin. Also, I have never colored my hair and yet it looks like I have tiger stripes in there. Why? My mom calls them my “natural highlights,” but I call them kind of spastic.

Wednesday, December 10: Up at 5:30 AM to make the most of our last few hours. Ran along the beach path, which was really nice because I beat the heat and could finally run most of the little hills instead of walking them. Strength. Agility. Power.

Joined Brian by the pool for 30 minutes, took a work call, and proceeded to shower and get ready to leave the happiest place on earth. Did a little gift shopping and got the famous fish tacos at Coconuts. They put an apostrophe in “Coconut’s” which I don’t like, but I guess Coconut is the name of a cat or something and he owns all the tacos. Tacocat spelled backward is tacocat.

Easy flight from Maui to Honolulu, had a quick layover and got burgers from Gordon Biersch, then Brian bought me a lei.

I went to Hawaii and all I got was this tan and this lei and this diamond.

I went to Hawaii and all I got was this tan and this lei and this diamond. And I packed 68 lbs. worth of stuff in my suitcase, but forgot to pack my EYEBROWS.

Then we boarded the stupid plane for the stupid red-eye flight home.

In like a rainbow, out like also a rainbow. So many rainbows.

In like a rainbow, out like also a rainbow. So many rainbows.

Spent a while doing freelance work, then took an Ambien. It worked.

Welp. The Ambien worked. And evidently this is how I slept for six hours.

Welp. The Ambien worked. And evidently this is how I slept for six hours.

Got some solid but sort of shitty sleep and woke up in time for our 6 AM descent into New York. My teeth felt slimy and my breath tasted horrible. Yay New York yay. Then I brushed my teeth and went to work.

The end.

How great would we look slow dancing for the first time as a married couple to the Celine Dion version of "God Bless America?" So good, right? I know.

How great would we look slow dancing for the first time as a married couple to the Celine Dion version of “God Bless America?” So good, right? I know. Think about it.

BUT IT’S ONLY THE BEGINNING, AWWWWW.

You probably didn’t miss “Hawaii Part I: Oahu,” but just in case. Here you go.

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