Tropical Distractions

Oh dear. Whales. And waves, and palm trees. To say nothing of wind-surfers, kite-boarders, and other decorative events.

This is the view from the condo.


Not distracting at all.

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  1. Canzonett on March 15, 2009 at 11:30 am

    You’re sure this is not just a huge photo poster someone has glued to your door and windows? It looks too gorgeous to be true …

  2. Strawberry Curls on March 15, 2009 at 11:35 am

    That must be the Big Island off in the distance. I’ll stand out on my lanai and wave at you Laurie. –Alice

  3. Nikki on March 15, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    You know I love you and Alice to death, but I could happily scratch both of your eyes out right about now. Why do some folks have to be eagerly counting down the days until the 21st when spring is at least supposed to be here, when in reality, snow is still a very real threat? GRRR.

    (getting self under control)

    I hope everyone is having a great time in Hawaii. Laurie, see you at Jo-Beth’s in Cincy in May.

  4. Staci on March 15, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Wow! So pretty! I would be distracted too!

  5. Carlina on March 15, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    @Nikki RAWRR HISS. Shame on you for wanting to scratch Alice’s eyes out 😉 ! She’s earned that break darn it :)!

    Glad to hear you lot are having a good time in Hawaii. That is a lovely shot Laurie and I’d be distracted too with that view.

    Have a great time and all the best to your family!

  6. Laraine on March 15, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    Uh, oh . . . that’s a daydream-inducing view if I ever saw one. This may be good, after the year you’ve had. Knowing you, you’ll tuck into your writing each day, regardless, but I hope the view brings pleasure, solace and inspiration, around the writing edges.

  7. Nikki on March 16, 2009 at 3:34 am

    @Carlina: I’m not disputing her having earned the break (or Laurie either, for that matter), not at all. Envy just takes me that way sometimes. What can I say? I rarely envy any material thing anyone has, but travel…_that_ I get all crazy about. 😉

  8. Kerry on March 16, 2009 at 4:54 am

    Wow! Enjoy it to the fullest while you’re there and carry the feeling with you when you return. And yes, of course I’m wildly jealous 🙂

  9. 2maple on March 16, 2009 at 5:02 am


  10. Lizanne on March 16, 2009 at 5:51 am

    Enjoy that distraction while you can and come back to the real world refreshed. (It looks like a poster in a travel agent’s window, BTW)

    @Nikki: I don’t get jealous over material things either, but I do over travel. One day, when the kids are older, the ecoomy is better, my parents’ health improves, yada, yada, yada. Keeping the faith.

  11. Scollege on March 16, 2009 at 6:12 am

    Yeah, I can see a lot of work getting done…

  12. Chris on March 16, 2009 at 6:13 am

    It looks wonderful – I’v never been to Hawaii (any of the islands) despite 25 years in my full time day job in the travel industry. One day!

    Meanwhile, the countdown beckons. I still have the US edition of Language of Bees on order via Amazon UK, although they have now withdrawn the ‘new order’ facility on the US edition, as the UK edition is announced for – wait for it – August! If they cancel my order, I should be in San Francisco at the end of June, and could pick up a copy there, I guess…

  13. Gail on March 16, 2009 at 7:28 am

    I am so jealous! My view is naked trees and a winter-trashed garden and lawn. But you deserve it.

  14. Laura on March 16, 2009 at 8:51 am

    My view, too, is more winter white with a fresh dusting this morning. 😉

    Enjoy the respite. Life has been dishing out challenges with opportunities for more people than I can count (myself included). I’ll eagerly await The Language of Bees to transport me to another place and time.

    I hope that your time in Hawaii will bring peace and solace and strength to face the ‘real’ world – and the next book.



  15. Strawberry Curls on March 16, 2009 at 10:11 am

    OK, Nikki and Carlina, play nice. When you have worked for over 40 yrs., put a kid through college, seen him married and have part of your business (property management) in Hawaii you too may get to travel as I do. Travel is my one big vice (if you can call travel a vice). I would rather travel than do many other things.

    I’m at an age where many of my friends have retired, but I’m still working and will continue to work for many more years. If I don’t travel now when will I? I don’t want to wake up one day and find I’m too old or too ill to travel and realize my window of opportunity had closed forever. –Alice

  16. Nikki on March 16, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    @ Alice: Hey, I always play nice with Carlina. She’s my buddy/partner in crime in most LRK-related things. 🙂

    …Travel is my one big vice (if you can call travel a vice). I would rather travel than do many other things…

    Amen, sistah! I shouldn’t really be complaining (even though I still wish I could be on a beach somewhere right now)because I’m planning our July trip to London and Berlin right now. I bought tickets online for 221B Baker Street last night. (squeeeeeee)

  17. Kerrie on March 20, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    Laurie, I thought you might like to know that I finished reading, and reviewed the copy of TOUCHSTONE you signed for me at LCC. My name should be linked to the URL.

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