My computer is finally back up-and-running again. I re-formatted the entire thing, just to be sure to wipe away all of the nastiness. I didn’t lose anything important … and by important I mean all of the photos I have on my hard-drive that I haven’t burned to a CD yet (which I am definitely going to do very soon…).

Halloween is just around the corner, and I don’t have anything planned, aside from staying home and handing out candy to the neighbor kids – I still have a pumpkin sitting on my table that needs carving, too. Last year, when we were in Misawa, we forgot it was Halloween and didn’t have any candy for the kids. Those poor children … the looks on their faces when we had to turn them away! We finally just had to put a sign on our door :( This year, I’m hooking them up. Oh yes, I remember being a kid and going through the candy bag, separating out the “good” candy from the “bad”. I think our parents actually did that for themselves, though, when they “checked” it for tampered candy. ;) This photo is another one from our vacation. We went to the Maui Ocean Center, and the lady was feeding the fish and the stingrays. There was even a tiger shark floating around … it pretty much ignored all the action, though.

Photo taken in Maui, Hawaii and is Copyright Nicole Young, 2005.



Andrew and I got home just a few days ago from our 11-day cruise of the Hawaiian Islands. It was so relaxing! This photo was taken at an island called Fanning Island … the MOST beautiful of all the islands we saw while we were on our cruise, in my opinion. All of the islands have their own unique beauty … Fanning Island was more like the type of place I tend to think of when going to a tropical paradise in the middle of nowhere :) We went hiking past waterfalls on Kaua’i, drove along the coast in Maui, and visited a coffee plantation in Kona. It was so much fun! Cruising is definitely the way to have a nice, relaxing vacation (especially if you like to eat!). I am kinda sick of old people, though. There is hardly anyone my or Ace’s age on those boats … sometimes it feels like you’re aboard a floating retirement community! Of course, that also has to do with the cruise line we sailed with.

Life after vacation is going quite alright, unless you count all the computer problems we’ve been having. Our desktop has some weird virus or something that’s not letting it work right, my laptop won’t let me load a new version of Windows in it to clear the HD, and I’m typing on Ace’s new laptop, since he had to get another one because his other laptop is fried. I love computers and technology, but it can be so finicky sometimes … you never know when you’re going to lose everything you had because of a small glitch. But I still love ’em ;)

The above photo is Copyright 2006 Nicole Young. Please visit for purchase information.