My Lips are Sealed

I got off my couch yesterday and walked a hiking trail a little! Yay!

I went to a beach-side trail. It was overcast and windy, which was nice. It’s been kind of hot lately.

As I approached one part of the trail, I was greeted by a volunteer who was guarding a Hawaiian Monk Seal. Hawaiian Monk Seals are endemic to Hawaii, and are endangered. The volunteer said a pregnant female had given birth at the beach there, and she and the pup were now hanging out there.

My instructions were to stay away from the seals, because the mom might attack or might abandon the pup. I was also supposed to not tell anyone where it was so that large crowds of people don’t descend on that beach a cause problems for the seals.

So, I won’t tell you where it is, but I did try to take a picture. It’s awful. I mean, you can see the mound of the mother’s body just to the right of center in this picture, but if you didn’t know that’s what it was, you’d think it was a rock.

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3 Responses to My Lips are Sealed

  1. Lauren says:

    Clever title!

    How cool that you were actually there for this. Do you think that volunteer hung out there all day? Do they take turns?

    • Brad says:

      There were three volunteers there actually. They all seemed very excited to be there and to share info about the seals. The one volunteer’s request that I not tell anyone where the seals are was so heartfelt. It was nice to see someone who cared so much.

  2. Kristi says:

    Ha! Love the title!

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Hot and Cold

My cousin Mike and his wife are coming to visit in January. We’ve been texting back and forth a little. Today, he asked me what the weather’s been like in Maui. Then he sent me this picture:

It looks a little cold.

It looks a little cold.

Hehe… I didn’t realize it’s been so cold in Nebraska. It’s just perpetually warm here. In fact, today it was hot. I sent him back a picture from outside of my classroom

It was 81 degrees out, but felt like 90.

It was 81 degrees out, but felt like 90.

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Practical Pens

A while back, I got a sample pen in the mail. Ever since then, I’ve been thinking I should order some pens with my school’s info on it. Then I could carry a bunch of them onto the plane with me, and when it’s time to fill out the forms for the Hawaii department of agriculture, and the airlines offer no pens to write with, I can pass them around and even tell people they can keep them. It will be such an easy way to increase our name recognition.

I did it – I ordered some. They arrived yesterday. It was hard to squeeze everything on, and the words look a little crowded to me, but these are really nice pens. I will enjoy handing them out. Let me know if you want one. I have 75 of them.

I think I will keep some at school too.

I think I will keep some at school too.

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In chapel today, one of the kindergarteners got a toy taken away. I was fascinated by it. I almost sneaked to reach and grab it. I could have grabbed it easily. It was right next to where I sit in front to help with the singing.



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I voted! Yay!

I didn’t think I’d be able to, because when I tried to register a year ago, something went wrong. The lady called me, and told me call back during business hours. I couldn’t call because I was at school. Then I just forgot.

The polling places had voter registration tables. I went to my local polling place and asked the people, and they said they could just register me right there. Woo hoo!

I had done a little research to decide who I would vote for in the local elections here, so I was prepared. A few minutes later, I was on my way.

My polling place was right across the street from my condo complex.

My polling place was right across the street from my condo complex.

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