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Friday Happies & Crappies and Etsy Finds

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Let’s go ahead and start this out with a disclaimer: I refuse to acknowledge any ‘crappies’ this week. Nothing at all can detract from the Happies. It’s not that my week has been annoyance free – my favorite, very comfortable sandals broke and there have been some fairly dramatic plumbing issues – but this was/is an amazing week.


He’s home!!! After nearly 8 months of deployment, my Papi Chulo is home. And, amazingly, he didn’t have duty the day after returning to port (!) and now he has his birthday off (!!). Yep, no crappies here.


For his homecoming, I spiffed up his car (a lot) and made Cuban-style guava pastries. It took me most of a day last week to find the necessary ingredients (there just aren’t very many places to find Cuban things in Hawaii), but it was so worth it. He bit into one and said “This tastes like home!” He insists he doesn’t want to know how I did it because it’s amazing and magical to have the pastries so far from home, but if you want to make them you can find my guava pastry recipe here!

Cuban Guava Pastry Recipe


Since today is my man’s birthday, I decided to feature a few items that remind me of him.

This first pick is aĀ set of stingray cuff links is from Cosmic Firefly. They’re a perfect fit for Papi Chulo because he loves rays (they kind of terrify me!) and he actually likes getting dressed up. He picked up some custom shirts in port on his deployment and I noticed some of them have French cuffs. If I’d spotted these earlier/if I weren’t in a place that seems to have mail delivered primarily by banana boat, I would have ordered these for him.

From Cosmic Ray on Etsy

He may insist on buying this pick when I show it to him! Besides being startlingly unafraid of rays, he loves physics. He solves physics problems for fun! I had a horrible high school physics teacher and am not a huge fan, but I love watching how he lights up when talking about physics. This wall decal shows Maxwell’s equations and is from Cut n Paste Shop. They actually have a whole lot of science decals – I’m kind of nervous about how the walls might look after he notices this shop…

From Cut n Paste Shop on Etsy

Finally, these surfboard hooks are something I know he could use. He doesn’t exactly surf, but he paddleboards, kite surfs, and wind surfs, so there are plenty of boards and related equipment! They are from shop Improbable Construct and come in a few different finish options. We plan on celebrating his birthday by going paddling together this morning!

From Improbable Construct on Etsy


I hope everyone else has had a very, very happy week, as well!


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  • Marieken June 21, 2013, 03:12

    Those pastries look delicious! Have a fun weekend!

    • Natashalh June 21, 2013, 06:47

      I’ve only had one, but it was pretty tasty. I figured I’d let him have most of them – they’re his ‘soul food,’ not mine. I like them, but they’re not as significant to me.

  • Rose June 21, 2013, 04:08

    So happy for you! The pastries sound so unique and delicious, and the stingray cuff links are great.

    • Natashalh June 21, 2013, 08:30

      I just found out he doesn’t actually have cuff links right now and he has those French cuff shirts! I wish I’d seen these a week earlier.

  • BeadedTail June 21, 2013, 06:44

    I’ve never heard of those pastries but they look delicious! Happy Birthday to your man! I’m pretty sure being with you is the best birthday present he could have wished for! šŸ™‚

    • Natashalh June 21, 2013, 08:32

      =) We’re very excited about spending the day together! NW he just needs to get off work from last night so we can enjoy the day!

  • Cyndi June 21, 2013, 08:05

    Papi Chulo – that nombre is muy excelente. šŸ™‚ And those guava pastries and him being home – oh, I’m smiling for you! I hope you’re having a blast right now. ^_^

    • Natashalh June 21, 2013, 08:28

      I tokd him if he didn’t come up with a ‘blog name’ for himself that’s what I’d use and it amused him so it stuck!
      At this exact moment I’m waiting in the NEX parking lot for him to get dropped off after work, but we’ll have a great time! I am very excited. =)

  • Kathryn Stratford June 21, 2013, 09:11

    That “happy” has got to be the best one in a long time! It’s awesome that he didn’t have to work the next day. I’m so happy for you that he is back. I can’t imagine being away from a significant other for so long!
    I liked your Etsy finds, as well, and your recipe for the pastries. Awesome!
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    ~ Kathryn

    • Natashalh June 21, 2013, 10:25

      Thank you!! We are very excited. =) Yes, it’s pretty different to be apart for long periods of time, but it’s just something you have to learn how to deal with when you love someone in uniform.

  • Alex June 21, 2013, 09:37

    Oh my!! Since we’ve been out of Miami for 4 years, we haven’t had pastries. I am SO trying this recipe!! We miss them like crazy!

    • Alex June 21, 2013, 09:42

      OMG!!! And I was so excited about the recipe, that I missed the homecoming part!!! Congratulations!!!!!!! (:

    • Natashalh June 21, 2013, 10:23

      He’s from Miami so he really misses food from home. I was really nervous he wouldn’t like mine and held off posting the recipe until they had the Cuban seal of approval!

  • Sarah ~ Magnolia Surprise June 21, 2013, 11:31

    I’m so glad y’all finally got together! All the changes in plans made it sound a bit touch an go there for awhile! Cute pic of you two. Perhaps you should get those cuff links for another time — he’ll still have the shirts and who could resist stingray cuff links!!!

    • Natashalh June 21, 2013, 18:22

      That is true! Hmm…he looks at my blog sometimes – I hope he doesn’t see them!

  • Brenda June 21, 2013, 16:02

    Congratulations on your Papi Chulo being home. šŸ™‚ Oh yes, and happy birthday to him.

    • Natashalh June 21, 2013, 18:27

      Thank you!! It’s really fantastic to have him home in time for his birthday.

  • Edi June 22, 2013, 04:52

    What a great week indeed! So glad he’s home and that you’re getting to spend time together and do fun things šŸ™‚
    Great finds…love the cuff links!

    • Natashalh June 22, 2013, 08:54

      It’s pretty great to have time together because it’s so rare for us!

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