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After a fast-paced a.m. shift, Siobhan and I hit the beach. We swam out pretty far, because swimming closer to shore where the huge waves broke was impossible. Roughly one in every 15 waves was enormous and terrifying. If you were standing where the wave broke (which was only about shin or knee deep in water), it would knock you over. Far out across the ocean, we saw a rainbow.
Dinner was beyond delicious – an authentic Italian meal cooked from scratch by our authentic Italians, Vincenzo and Cosimo. They served Italian wedding soup, pasta with red sauce, meatballs and sausage, Italian spinach, three bean salad, red wine (courtesy of Kate) and chocolate mousse. In short, it was total perfection.
Wonderful day. I watched Kali (Johnny’s black Lab puppy) all morning and had so much fun with him. He’s adorable with a very sweet soul that shines out through his chocolate brown eyes. First, we went for a nice walk through the woods, with only one wrong turn on my part. We chased each other around for awhile and played with his tennis ball, then stopped at the housekeeping shed. There, Kali started to play with another Kalani dog, and they ran off into the woods! I nearly had a heart attack since they didn’t come back for 5 or 10 minutes. After he finally came back, we went out to the Point to watch the waves, then took a nap together. Spending time with Kali helped eased the permanent homesickness I feel for my Sam!
In the afternoon, Aya gave me a reiki session as a birthday present. Just as we began, a fierce rain poured down and kept up for the remainder of the session. It was so soothing and made the yoga studio cozy. It’s funny, I’ve only ever had reiki done by one other person before, and this felt totally different. Aya is an R.N. case manager back home, and has a very calm, wise healing energy. By the end of our time together, I felt so grateful to have spent quality time with someone I so admire.