You'll have to forgive me the lackadaisical pattern of publishing posts or returning e-mails lately; my mind has been preoccupied here:
Truth be told, my mind is frequently preoccupied with scenes like the one above; however, this time, my body was right there as well. Our family took advantage of an early autumn school vacation to catch ourselves a little bit of aloha. The week didn't go exactly as planned (which seems to be a theme of mine with major events this year), but it's probably true that even the worst days in the islands are better than most days at home.
I'll begin to catch up with an update post in the next few days, and jump back into normal programming by the end of the week. Thanks for your patience.