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Project 365, #364: Christmas Ornaments: Snoopy.

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The airplane, one of several on the tree, was a frequent symbol given to Dad and my sister since they became student pilots together. And Snoopy, favorite of the Peanuts characters, has made an appearance in gifts to most of us at one time or another. In fact, this year, one of my presents for my sister was a package of Snoopy band-aids (she loves — and frequently needs — cartoon band-aids).

This ornament was given to my Dad back in North Idaho after he got his private pilot license, possible after he’d bought a small Cessna plane. Even before the license and plane, though, his favorite hobby for years has been flying through the air: first with a hang-glider, then in an ultralight airplane he bought with his youngest brother.

We had a grass runway in the field in front of our house, and his ultralight buddies and my sister’s old boss (who had a small helicopter he frequently flew to the next town and back) would often drop in while flying about, just to say hello. It was a fun — and pretty unique! — part of life back then.

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Project 365: The Last Days of Vacation Triptych.

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#210: Packing.

The piles I had created and been living out of now needed to return to the confines of the suitcase… However, I was slightly concerned because I had bought several items while on vacation, and not gotten rid of anything. The tight fit coming over was going to be even tighter, I assumed.

Strangely, once I had most things packed, it seemed as if there was even more room left than I had started with. The worry that I had overlooked something was reassured, however, once I packed the rest of the last-minute items. Zippers straining to their fullest, I knew I had managed to fit everything I came with, and then some.

 

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#211: Dinner.

My last night in Washington state, I had dinner out with a friend. I wanted to go back to the French Bakery and try the other crepe on the menu that had caught my eye: filled with pears and drizzled with caramel and whipped cream.

Really, it was more dessert than dinner, but if you can’t treat yourself and bend the rules on vacation, when can you? And of course, it was completely delicious!

 

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#212: Flight.

A foggy morning at SeaTac airport, waiting for my flight. I had been patted down and had my carry-on suitcase riffled through in security, but at least the two TSA doing it were both nice, and afterward let me take my time to get everything back together.

It was sad leaving my friends — old and new — behind, and head back to the familiar routine of life in Hawaii. But I know that good things are waiting for me on the island, and meanwhile I’m grateful to have so many wonderful memories of my time on the mainland.

Life continues on, and I want to soak up and enjoy every second!

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