I was so excited throughout my travels yesterday, looking forward to seeing Tom and Tigris. My plane got in to Honolulu a little early, but I had voicemail from Tigris saying she was already at the airport. She was sitting by the baggage carousel, and we had a wonderful huggy reunion.
Tom was at work, but he had invited us to stop by after Tigris picked me up, so we drove to the army base he works on (as a civilian doctor) and went in to see him. It's a nice hospital, with lots of modern equipment and very well laid out. I guess there are some advantages to working for the government. It was fabulous to see him, and cool to see where he works. (Tigris had actually never been in to the hospital either.)
Then Tigris and I came back home and I got to get the tour of their house (which is great! Modern light construction, but hey, for Honolulu that's just fine. And their pool is fabulous.) And most of all, I got to love on Hamlet. We took a walk to the shore, where we sat on a little stone wall watching the stars (constellations I wasn't familiar with in that direction) and listening to the surf against the rocks, while Hamlet explored puddles. It was good for the soul.
By the time we got home from that, I was pretty zonked. (Being 11, of course, it felt like 5:00am to me.) So I lazed around and played with Hamlet and chatted with Tigris a bit, and then went to bed. Slept very well. Not sure exactly what we'll be doing today, but we might be going to a clothing-optional beach if we can get directions.
PS -- They have a gorgeous plumeria tree in full flower in their front yard. (The plumeria is the Hawai'ian state flower.)