Last week, my family and I went to the Big Island in Hawaii to celebrate my parents 40th wedding anniversary.


Since I travel hacked our flights, we weren’t able to take a full week for the trip due to availability. We left LA Monday morning and took the dreaded Red Eye Saturday Night. What could have been a disaster (Addie screaming at 2 AM) ended up being pretty painless as Addie slept the whole time on return trip.


Hawaii was relaxing and exhausting at the same time. We stayed at a timeshare my parents owned in Kona (thanks Mom). Almost everything we went to was quite the trek. The drive to the volcanoes and Black Sand beaches took us 2+ hours each way. We also visited a few other restaurants and beaches scattered around the island. If you didn’t notice by now from my posts about Oregon and New Orleans – my family does a lot of eating on vacations. I’m all Loco Moco’d and Spam Masubi’d out :).

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We also had a few days where we relaxed in Kona. The timeshare we stayed at was pretty nice so we spent some time hanging out in our rooms and going to the pool. We went to a Luau, which was highlighted by me getting suckered into dancing in front of everyone. Vic has zero rhythm.


Hawaii is a beautiful place. I’m glad I got to share this with my two girls. Seeing Addie get excited seeing new things makes everything worthwhile :). She even found a new pet rock!

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This is Where We Pivot.
As much as I tried, I just couldn’t get myself to blog the past few weeks. My free time was split between my family, watching Luke Cage, and looking up random crap on the internet ;).  I have a lot of half written articles, but nothing seemed worthy of posting. So I didn’t. I know the cardinal sin of blogging is being inconsistent, but whatyagonnado?

I recently enrolled in a 10 week course for my work that starts on November 2. Although I’m pretty handy with analyzing data with my trusty Excel spreadsheet, I’m still fairly new analyzing the world of Supply Chain.

While I think I’ve done great learning my new field on the fly, it’s time to put in more work and fully immerse myself in this area. The course estimates I’ll spend 8 – 10 hours a week on this. I imagine that a lot of my nights and weekends will go into this class.

Dammit. I thought coursework was over when I was done with college!

Considering my new time constraints, I figure now is the best time to do a true hiatus. I know it’s not the best idea for a blogger to take even more time off, but I gotta do me. I write about all my random side hustles and ways to save money, but now I need to work on my main hustle ;). The course runs through Christmas so I doubt I’ll have time to blog until the new year.

When I return (When, not if) I plan to reboot Dad is Cheap. Maybe I’ll even get to self hosting it. Blogging can be tough, but I know I still have more stories to tell :).

The Force is not strong with this one. 

I’ll still be around the personal finance blogosphere – commenting, tweeting, and whatnot. Special shout out to those who still read my posts.

Who knows, maybe I will surprise myself and do a blog post or two along the way 😉

I leave you with a clip of me breaking my ankles hula dancing. Peace.

14 thoughts on “Kona.

  1. Good luck with your course! I work with the supply chain management team sometimes (I’m in IT), and I know the things they do are complex. I’m sure the department is different at different companies, but there’s certainly a lot to learn.

    P.S. I love the black sand beaches. Our family has gone to Block Island twice and they have black sand too, although for a different reason than Hawaii. Block Island has iron in the sand while I assume Hawaii’s is from volcanic rock.

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    1. I’ve just started and it seems like I’ll learn a lot :). I hope this will help me progress in my career.

      Black sand beaches are beautiful! I have to take my daughter back when she’s older so she can remember it 🙂


  2. Sometimes it’s good to just write even if you don’t post. You don’t have to his publish on EVERYTHING but the writing process can help you work through things. Don’t discount the value of putting words on the page even if they never get seen. We’ll enjoy whatever passes your standards for public consumption. 🙂

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  3. As always, Addie’s adorable! I love being in relatively close proximity to Hawaii, we have good friends there that we’d like to aim to see at least once every two years and it’s possible to travel hack coming from our coast.

    Speaking to Jim’s note, it’s true. I always have about 200 posts in drafts – no matter how much I publish, it’s always around 222. They’ll never get finished and published, but it’s fine, scribbling out drafts that never see the light of day is just part of my writing process. In writing and writing better, you have to leave the dreck behind.

    Hope to see you back at the start of the new year, and that your course goes well!

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  4. Looks like you had a beautiful time! These moments are what it’s all about 🙂 I’d love to touch base with you. If you could shoot me back an email, that’d be great! Thanks!

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