Awesome in June

Bad Day Rainbow

Well friends, the year is half gone. As for me, I couldn’t be happier. The year of the snake has been especially rough (though not the worst of my life), and June brought it’s share of hardship. But we make it awesome anyway. Broken down scooters, be damned. Nothing gets between me and awesomeness!


Awesomest way to get your Benedict Cumberbatch fix

We saw Star Trek Into Darkness this month and had a blast. A movie that combines action, humor, bad Scottish accents, well-natured emotional manipulation, and the world’s greatest cheekbones has got to be a winner. I’m not exactly a Trekkie, but I have to say that watching this movie actually gave me the urge to go back and explore the source material. I was endeared to the characters and wanted to know them better. Sometimes it’s good to just have fun at the movies. If you don’t enjoy yourself at this movie, you might be taking yourself too seriously. 


Awesomest source of simultaneous guilt and humor

This month, I’ve read two books by the amazing Sherman Alexie, a Native American author from the Spokane Indian Reservation, which is about two hours from where I grew up. I think that makes four or five of his books that I’ve read in my life, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every one. His stories are raw and honest, and his voice is completely uncontrived. I’ve run the gamut of emotions while reading Ten Little Indians and The Toughest Indian in the World. Along with my fair share of white guilt, I’ve laughed and nearly cried. I’ve felt angry, uncomfortable, and joyful. If you want some insight into the life of a modern American Indian, you absolutely must read something by Sherman Alexie. You won’t regret it.

Photo by Rebecca of Foodie with Family

Awesomest thing I need to stuff in my face

When I saw these filthy burgers from Foodie with Family, I almost died. I need NEED to eat this burger. It’s pure genius. Beef, pulled pork, and bacon all smashed together in one massive patty of ridiculousness. Top that baby off with some melty colby jack and slather it in barbecue sauce and then die and go to heaven. Am I right? Lord have mercy! You must go and visit this awesome blog and make this burger. Then send me a photo of you with barbecue sauce all over your face. Trust me.


Awesomest small screen diversion

Dudes, Firefly is the bee’s knees! I know I’m a little late to the game. What’s new? I don’t even know what day of the week it is most of the time. I’ve heard fellow nerds raving about Firefly for years, but just never found the time to watch it. We’re halfway through the only season of this Joss Whedon space western, and I’m already sad that it’s going to be ending so soon. My husband and I are both really loving it. We especially enjoy trying to figure out the Chinese cuss words. We may have picked up one or two of those during our time in Taiwan. It’s streaming on Netflix and awaiting perusal at your leisure. Don’t wait. I wish I hadn’t.

Things you thought were awesome

 Here are your favorite posts from Awesome on 20 this month.

You were digging some gluten free lemon polenta cake.

You think chickens are cool, and you really want to feed them with this DIY chicken feeder by Geoff.

But mostly, you couldn’t wait to get your hands on some Ono Hawaiian Bread Pudding

I hope your June was super awesome. July is going to be sweet! I can’t wait to introduce you to my assistant. 

Be excellent to each other!



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Awesome in May


Awesomest Cheap Date

We had a most fantastic mid-week date night for about $25. Get this. One of our local movie theaters, Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 & IMAX, has $6 movie tickets all day Tuesday. And, it gets better. This movie theater happens to be right next to Costco, where you can get the cheapest dinner ever. Here’s the plan. I meet my husband straight after work, he buys turkey paninis that we stash in my purse, we buy tickets for a 4:30 show before the crowds arrive, and we’re home by 7. When was the last time you had dinner and a movie for that cheap? I think we’re going to do this every week.

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Awesomest Super Hero Facial Hair

What movie did we see, you ask? We finally saw Iron Man 3. I realize everybody in the world has already seen it, but we don’t like crowds, so we don’t mind waiting. I was thoroughly entertained, as always, by Tony Stark, and I was pleased to get to see a bit more of Robert Downey Jr.’s face. He’s an excellent actor, even when he’s not busy punching people in the face. I’ll also watch anything with Don Cheadle. What did you think? I love to talk movies. Let’s get into it.


Awesomest Thing to Happen to TV Since Cut-Offs

Are you absolutely in love with Arrested Development? Have you been excited about the new episodes ever since the rumors started flying a few years ago? Did you geek out when they started tweeting photos of the cast filming the new stuff? Yeah, me too! I’m so glad I have Netflix. Honestly, we haven’t even gotten to the new episodes yet because we decided to start from the beginning. But just the joy of watching the old episodes again has already made my month extra awesome. I’ve heard mixed reviews, but I’m excited to make it to the new stuff either way. It will be like catching up with old friends.


Awesomest Joke that Never Gets Old

Not having cable or a radio, I’m usually not up on the latest thing. It doesn’t bother me at all. My vocabulary, though, is riddled with outdated references. I need everybody to know about Strong Bad. It’s often essential to understanding the words that are coming out of my mouth. Spend some time. And don’t skip Teen Girl Squad. Some things are funny forever.

Other Awesomeness

Having another month of work is super awesome. I need cheese and chocolate. Which means I need a paycheck. I’m grateful for a boring office job.

By far, the most awesome thing in May was launching this very blog. You are so awesome for being here. I don’t think I can say how excited I am without sounding horribly cheesy. But yeah, it’s awesome! So way very awesome!!!

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Awesome in April

The hibiscus lady at the KCC Farmer's Market is super awesome!
The hibiscus lady at the KCC Farmer’s Market is super awesome!

April has come and gone and we’ve reached the end of our first full month of Awesome on $20. No idea how that happened. I’m so thrilled that a few people have found their way here. Isn’t the internet crazy? Indeed.

Here’s the awesomest stuff April offered up. Let’s do this every month! And let’s invent new words.


Awesomest Way to Get Funny Looks at Work

My new obsession is the Joy the Baker Podcast. I’m honestly a little sad that this has been happening for two years without me. Luckily, when you subscribe on iTunes, you can get every episode, and then listen to two a day at work. There’s a strong chance you’ll burst out laughing while everyone is quietly clicking away in their cubicle, then everybody will look at you like you’re a freak. It’s okay. They don’t even know how awesome you are.

Joy and her sidekick Tracy of Shutterbean chat endlessly about “totally important unimportant things.” Sometimes they even talk about food and blogging. It’s reassuring, as a new blogger, to know that people as successful as these two once felt a bit insecure as well. I’m totally normal. Yeah, I’m totally not normal. Joy the Baker podcast. Get it. Laugh much too loudly. You won’t regret it.

The Steeldrivers

Awesomest Band You Never Skip When Your iPod Is on Shuffle

Do people even have iPods anymore? I’ve been using the same one since 2008, and I don’t think I’ve ever skipped over a Steeldrivers song. I’m always in the mood for their perfect brand of contemporary bluegrass. Alas, they lost their lead singer and songwriter, Chris Stapleton, a few years ago. I haven’t heard any of their recent stuff with the new singer, but that doesn’t stop me from singing bad harmony while driving my moped down busy streets. Their first two albums, plus “Live from The Station Inn” will always be worth listening to.

If you have Adele’s 21, and who doesn’t, then you already know one of my favorite Steeldrivers songs, “If It Hadn’t Been for Love.” I adore everything Adele does, but you really have to check out the original version. This song has a fiddle solo that just rips my heart out. Even if you think bluegrass isn’t your thing, I urge you to check out this band and have your mind thoroughly blown.

photo and recipe by Tracy of
photo and recipe by Tracy of

Awesomest Thing I’m Super Excited to Make

Whilst obsessively listening to the Joy the Baker podcast, I heard Tracy of Shutterbean talking about making her own amaretto. I immediately gasped (cue weird glances) and dropped everything to pin the recipe from her site. A few weeks ago I wanted to make a cocktail that called for amaretto, and the cheapest bottle at my grocery store was $25. What? I’m not paying that. When I looked at her recipe, I realized I already had everything except the vodka. How are we out of vodka? That needs to stop. I’m so psyched to try this out. I promise to let you know how it goes.

Clockwise from the top: pulled pork grilled cheese; pulled pork sandwich with smoky bbq beans and spicy mac and cheese, both from Tin Hut BBQ; mini sampler from Dolcita
Clockwise from the top: pulled pork grilled cheese; pulled pork sandwich with smoky bbq beans and spicy mac and cheese, both from Tin Hut BBQ; mini sampler from Dolcita

Awesomest Opportunity to Stuff Your Face in Honolulu

Since before I moved here, I’ve been saying I wanted to check out Eat the Street. That was a year and a half ago, and I finally went for the first time last week. Eat the Street is a monthly gathering of food trucks in Kaka’ako. They have around forty vendors, including beer and wine. There’s music and entertainment, and it’s all outside under the stars (depending on what time you get there, I suppose). Every month there’s a theme, and each truck creates a special dish for the event. April’s theme was bacon. How could I stay at home?

Next month is garlic Eat the Street. It happens the 4th Friday of every month. You don’t want to miss it. I don’t think I’ll miss out ever again. If you live in town, or you’re visiting my island, look for me. I’ll be near the cupcakes eventually.

What was the awesomest thing in your life in April?

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