Archive for July, 2014

Life in the early mornings

July 30th, 2014

We are all still adjusting to my morning schedule. I get up at 2:30 a.m., I go to sleep at 7:30 p.m.

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Di, Jai, Ron, Taizo

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Di & Ron

My lovely husband, always so accommodating, is trying to shift his schedule to match mine a little better. He has started waking up at 4 a.m. and doing his daily workout at the beginning of his day, instead of at the end.

The other shift is our sleeping habits. He is a light sleeper and, while he tolerated my schedule during my previous station's morning show for six months, he has decided that he doesn't like being awoken at the same time as me, so he has decided to sleep in another room. I feel so very old-married-couple.

It actually works out well, because I can make more noise in the morning without feeling guilty. The person who really loves this change is Olivia, who now is invited to sleep with Mommy.

I know the issue of co-sleeping is a controversial topic for Americans, and I'm a support of co-sleeping as long as it doesn't negatively impact the marriage bed. We had previously not let her sleep with us.

However, since I'd be alone anyway, Olivia and I both decided to take advantage of this and have her join me in bed. Her bedtime is the same as mine now! She loves that we fall asleep together!

The other person impacted by the show schedule is my dog. Yes, I called Inca a person.

My house is - shall we call it - a happy mess now, and we're all scrambling to get used to Mommy not having as much time to tend the domestics. For this, we forgot to buy Inca dog food. Oops.

For two days, we fed Inca whatever was around. We are doing our best. It happens. The first day, Claus said he would go to the store to get dog food, but he gets really busy at work and he couldn't.

The second day, we were cooking steak for dinner. "Is it OK to feed Inca this bone?"

"I guess so," I said.

Olivia summed it up best. "She ate cat food and Swiss cheese this morning. I think a steak bone is an upgrade," said my daughter. Some really funny things come out of the mouth of that seven-year-old.

Or maybe as Inca would say, "Meow."

Burning money

July 28th, 2014

I guess I went a little crazy with the spending when I was a housewife. I am not usually a spendy person, but that's because I never had time to shop when I was working full time.

When I was a housewife for half a year, I undertook all these projects that I'd meant to do for years, like redecorating some rooms in the house, paying for things I usually wouldn't have time to do like a yoga retreat, or simply having more time to have lunches out with friends.

In my last month of at-home-momminess, I had so much time to spend money, my credit card bill was five times the normal. I can't even remember what I bought.

Gasp! What did I buy??

Gasp! What did I buy??

I'm quite consistent- if you track my credit spending over the last two decades you'll see it stays within the same range. Always. It might double if we're on a trip and I'm putting the airfare and hotel on the card. It never quintuples.

New role, new habits, I guess! Claus was FLOORED when the bill arrived. I shall say it again. FLOORED.

He doesn't ever yell or scold me, but he does give me low-grade, consistent heat for it in his low-key, humorous Claus way.

The other morning I told him I was going to pray and then offer ancestral money, otherwise known as hell money. We were running late for an appointment, so by way of apologizing to him, I said, "I'll be quick. Burning money doesn't take me long."

"I know that from looking at your last credit card bill," he sniped.

Other little gems from Husband: "I'm so glad I don't have to refinance the mortgage to pay your next Visa bill."

Me: "So you would not be open to me doing another housewife stint?"

Claus: "I think that would be ill-advised."

Nobody is happier than he that I have a full time job again.

World’s Top Paddleboarders Converge on Hawai’i

July 25th, 2014

The desire to cross the ocean between two islands is rooted in the history of ancient Polynesian explorers. The thrill of adventure and the anticipation of a great challenge experienced by paddlers generations ago make up the common thread that runs through today’s athletes who compete in the Moloka’i-2-O’ahu Paddleboard World Championships (M2O).

This is how close the men's prone stock paddleboard race could be this year. Jack Bark and Zeb Walsh are each one-for-one in the victory circle. Who will it be this year? Photo: Kurt Hoy

This is how close the men's prone stock paddleboard race could be this year. Jack Bark and Zeb Walsh are each one-for-one in the victory circle. Who will it be this year? Photo: Kurt Hoy


On Sunday, July 27, hundreds of paddlers from around the world will gather on the shores of Moloka’i with their sights set on the island of O’ahu, ready to take on the Ka’iwi Channel. It's a 32-mile journey that involves a new category, stand- up paddle boarding - the world’s fastest growing water sport- in addition to the traditional paddle board division.

M2O Pic of the Week: The view from above provides a unique perspective as an armada of paddlers leave the shore of Moloka'i toward the open water of mid-channel. Photo: Erik Aeder.

M2O Pic of the Week: The view from above provides a unique perspective as an armada of paddlers leave the shore of Moloka'i toward the open water of mid-channel. Photo: Erik Aeder.

A sum of the key competitors:

Stand Up Paddleboard Division
Travis Grant is back to defend his hard fought victory last year in the unlimited stand-up paddleboard (SUP) division. The 31-year-old Australian surprised race fans who were focused on a battle between the sport’s top American paddlers, Kai Lenny and Connor Baxter. Grant slipped across the finish line in a time of 4 hours, 50 minute, 12 seconds. This year he leads what will again be the most hotly contested race at M2O, driven by famous Maui downwind experts.

After what seemed to be retirement from the solo SUP race, legendary big wave surfer Dave Kalama is back. Kalama is in outstanding race condition and is looking to reclaim his title from 2010 (4:54:15) before turning 50 this year.

Scott Gamble, 37, from O’ahu returns after finishing second last year (5:00:53). This will be the sixth solo SUP crossing for the talented race veteran.

Kody Kerbox, 20, from Maui is making his debut in the unlimited category and could be a contender after a strong second-place finish last year in the stock category (5:26:21) and a respectable finish at the Maui-2-Molokai race.

The women’s SUP division will depart the start line without its current champion, Australian Terrene Black.  Leading the charge this year are Hawaii’s Andrea Moller, Jenny Kalmbach and Talia Gangini-Decoite.

At 34, the Brazilian born Moller is in position to capture her third championship. Kalmbach, 30, won in 2009 and nearly added to that victory last year, but was edged out by Black to finish second in 5:45:22.  Under favorable conditions, Gangini-Decoite, 21, set the course record in her 2012 victory (4:55:12).

German surfing pro Sonni Hoenscheid, 33, returns after finishing third last year in a time of 5:52:07.

The stock SUP race will likely come down to a battle between the 2013 winner Travis Baptiste, 17, from Maui, and the former stock record holder from O’ahu, 28-year-old Andew Logreco.

Traditional (Prone) Division
Jordan Mercer already holds the women’s course record (5:22:31), which she set in 2011 during her attempt at the age of 17. This accomplishment makes her the youngest champion in the prone division to win in their first outing.
Now, at the age of 20, Australia’s Mercer could set the record for the most consecutive wins of any woman at M2O.

After repeat victories at M2O in 2012 and ‘13, Australian paddler Brad Gaul seemed unbeatable. Yet, in 2014 he has decided to step aside to paddle in a two-man team with legendary Australian surfer and friend Tom Carroll.

Australia’s Matt Poole, 26, is the odds-on favorite. Poole furnished one of the best results for a new paddler at M2O last year, finishing third in his second solo attempt (5:11:09).

Kanesa Duncan-Seraphin will log her 416th mile in competition at M2O. She is a trailblazer in women’s paddleboarding, having claimed eight world championship titles at M2O. After taking a year off from competition to become a new mother, the winningest woman in race history returns to complete her 13th crossing.

In the stock category, the men’s race will once again take shape around the head-to-head battle between Los Angeles paddler Jack Bark, 20, and Australian Zeb Walsh, 31. The two are evenly matched. Bark won in 2012 (5:28:16) with Walsh just a minute behind. Last year, Walsh came out on top, winning in a time of 5:46:13 with Bark trailing by six minutes.

Enter 18-year-old Australian Lachie Lansdown and the men’s stock prone race could get even more interesting. M2O race founder Mike Takahashi said Lansdown has a strong paddling style that reminds him of 10-time champion Jamie Mitchell. This will be Lansdown’s first solo attempt.

The women’s stock prone race will be led by Coronado, California lifeguard Carter Graves. At 21, Graves won the 2013 Catalina Classic. This is Graves’ first attempt at M2O.

Graves will be joined by Mavericks big wave surfer Savannah Shaughnessy, 25, who will test the strength that propels her into one of the world’s heaviest waves against one of the world’s most unpredictable channels.

Going for 20
Matt Sack is humble for a guy who made his career as a North Shore lifeguard, saving people caught in powerful surf. He is equally humble about the record he has established over the past 18 years. At 43, the traditional stock paddleboarder has finished M2O every year since the race’s inception.

Visit for more race information and follow live updates on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ all found at Molokai2Oahu.

Counting coins

July 21st, 2014

We're still working on getting Olivia to understand the concept of money. She earns allowance for doing little chores at home, but she has no idea what a penny is versus a quarter, so on and so forth.

I'm sure it'll come eventually, and by way of encouraging her to see the connection between working, saving, and spending, I invited her to bring her coin purse to the mall with me and she could buy something with her money.


She decided to buy a gold owl necklace at the department store. It was the first thing she saw, and I told her she should look around at a few more stores before just buying the first thing she sees.

I have to give her credit for decisiveness because she still wanted the owl after touring a few other kid-friendly shops. Must be a Diane-gene; I'm very decisive, too.

We returned to the owl, which cost $17.99. She handed over her entire coin purse to me to do the counting. I asked her to pay attention and watch me count.


Thank goodness there was no line because I'm sure the other shoppers just love to see handfuls of coins tumbling out on the counter to be painstakingly added up.

After we bought it, I asked her if she was proud of herself for saving all that money to buy her necklace. She was; good!

I asked her if she paid attention to how I counted the money so she could do that next time. "No. I'll just let the cashier guy do that for me," she said.  Uh, not quite the answer I wanted to hear. Not even a motivation to try. Hmm.

So. One lesson completed, one more to go. I guess this just means more trips to the mall!

Film director Adam Braff on life in Hawaii

July 18th, 2014

The new film Wish I Was Here is a story about midlife anxieties and suburban discontent, starring Zach Braff and Kate Hudson. Former Scrubs star Braff co-wrote the dramedy with his brother Adam, who happens to be an Oahu resident.

Film director Adam Braff

Film director Adam Braff

I met up with Adam Braff right before the movie opened and talked to him about life in Hawaii. How did the New Jersey native, and longtime Los Angeles resident, decide to make a life in the Aloha State?

"My wife grew up here and I met her in college. We lived in L.A. for 25 years. I was a writer and she was a costume designer. We decided to get out of town and she had always wanted to move back. What we didn't know was how I'd feel about it but I ended up loving it, not just for the reasons everyone knows but after living in L.A. for 25 years this feels like a small town. I love seeing people I know on the streets," Braff told me.

Film director Adam Braff and me

Film director Adam Braff and me

"I came here with the intention of doing lots of water sports but I have spent time taking care of my house. It's so nice, I own a home. I always lived in a condo in L.A. I take care of my kids."

Braff says his goal for next year is to log more time in the ocean. For now, though, he hints at the difficulty of launching a Hollywood career from 3,000 miles away. "I spend a lot of time writing. I'm not somebody who's a success yet and I hope I don't have to move back to L.A. to get a job writing on a TV show. I want to stay here. That's always a struggle."

Braff believes Hawaii audiences will respond well to the movie because "it's about family, and people respond to that. It's about family, spirituality, going through dreams at the expense of everything else. I think those are universal themes."

The Focus Features movie is out today in theaters.

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