I am becoming my mother

I found myself looking at the food ads for the first time today. I never look at that stuff, but yesterday, I was telling my friend Beth I wanted to get something and she said, “Go to Safeway! They have $5 Friday!” I said, “I go to Foodland because it’s closer.” She insisted, “But it’s $5 Friday!”

“I don’t know about this $5 thing. What is it? Just one thing or a bunch of things?” I asked. But I like a good bargain, so I was willing to listen. It’s amazing I haven’t ever picked up a coupon clipping habit like my mother (who was obsessive about it like every good 70’s housewife). I just figure I don’t have the time to drive around to every grocery store looking for the best price, and it’s enough of a task that I find time to get to the grocery store.

She told me about a dozen or so items get featured in the weekly flyer, and I should check it out next time I get the MidWeek insert. OK. So here I am today skimming the Midweek, and where I would normally set the food ads aside, I actually looked at it. I found the back page where it announces in cheery bold letters “$5 Friday” and I got kind of excited to see exactly what Beth was talking about.

I’m a day late (and $5 short) so I’ve missed these sales, but I wanted to know what she was talking about. A wide variety of items, from flowers to soup to sushi. Nice. I MAY one day drive 2 miles out of my way to go to Safeway on a Friday. Right now I’m still at a place in my life that I’m still trying to remember all the things I need to buy and then get to the store on a regular basis, so building in the Safeway habit may be too much to ask. It would require me to look at the ad and then note that Safeway has that I want, and while that seems simple, you are talking to a single mother/ working woman. I’m FULL.

But who knows? Life surprises you. Today, the food circular. Tomorrow, maybe a coupon organizer. My mother would be so proud.

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Diane Ako

Peace of mind By Diane Ako I like to reflect on life. Sometimes it’s philosophically. Sometimes it’s humorously. For all its beauty, life is far too difficult a journey to take alone. You need the support and connection with others to help carry you along the way. Writing brings me that connection– within and without. It clarifies my thoughts and feelings. It helps me reach out to others for advice, wisdom, or feedback. Your thoughts become your actions. Your actions become you. A wise yogi- Patanjali- said, “Speak what is true. Speak what is pleasant.” Let’s speak of things pleasant to one another and seek some peace of mind along the way. ABOUT Diane Ako joined Hawaii: In Real Life in October 2016. She likes being part of a community of local bloggers – people who like writing and sharing, like she does. Ako is an anchor/ reporter at Island News (KITV4 – ABC) in Honolulu. She previously anchored and reported at KHON2 (FOX) and KHNL (NBC), and at stations in California, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania. She freelance writes for NMG Network's magazines. In between news jobs, in 2017, she launched and ran her own p.r. company, Diane Ako PR. From 2010-2014, she headed the public relations department at Halekulani Corporation, which oversees luxury resort Halekulani and boutique hotel Waikiki Parc. She’s been blogging since 2009 – before Hawaii: IRL, she wrote for The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, the state’s largest daily newspaper, where her stories garnered a dozen journalism awards and an Emmy nomination. Ako has a BA in Communications from Menlo College and an MA in Political Science from University of Hawaii at Manoa. She volunteers as a board member of the Honolulu Gay & Lesbian Cultural Foundation, a Shinto shrine maiden at Daijingyu Temple, a citizen-scientist studying shrimp, and a yoga teacher at a senior center.

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