Thursday, November 02, 2006

a stunning drive

I drove through torrential rains over the Pali to get to work this morning. I've never seen so many waterfalls on the Ko'olaus before. Usually we just have the one pretty steady one, in rainy weather. But today, they were everywhere, and the effect was really stunning. It made it a little scary to drive, as I kept fighting the urge to gape at the surrounding beauty. It rained most of the morning in Kailua, and at 1pm, my principal called me and told me the Pali Highway had been closed, due to water and mudslides, and that I needed to go home right then, in case other roads were closed. So I headed out, via the Likelike freeway, which was an uneventful drive, once I got through Kaneohe's bad traffic.

Tomorrow looks to be worse, as the Pali will still be closed, which means all my other routes to work will be via the H-1 freeway, thus adding an hour to my usually painless commute. Arrrrgh. P said that he'd heard that today was supposed to be the calm day between yesterday's and tomorrow's storms. Yikes.

After encountering a moment of someone else's bad driving and road rage, today, and weathering an earlier skirmish of negativity from the teacher who called my professionalism into question earlier this year, I've decided that my life could use a little charm and shielding...I'm charging sea salt, sage and lavendar to sprinkle in the classroom tomorrow to bless my workplace. I'll also do something to bless my car (and hopefully remove the smell of wet dog!) as well. Might be time to add AAA's benevolent blessing, on top of it all!

Off to do the practical work of the kitchen witch.


Lilikoi Knits said...

Wow, that picture is gorgeous!

Lolly said...

Oh, what a gorgeous view! On my trip to Oahu last year, my drive on the Pali was definitely one of the highlights! So many waterfalls ;)

Acornbud said...

That is a gorgeous picture! It was breathtaking. Hope people are more patient today.

Chelsea said...

A little paper bag of ground coffee, underneath the seat, is great for eliminating/covering up bad car smells. I change mine out every 3 weeks or so.

Opal said...

Why did I think you lived in Nuuanu? I think the blessing is a great idea. Everyone gets so frumpily grumpily when it rains more then an inch.

KimS said...

Holy cow. THAT is your morning commute?!

I watch LOST all the time and think, "That's just down the path from Kim."

Absolutely beautiful.