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Aloha and e komo mai (welcome, come in)!  I’m a big believer that life is what you make of it, to include living aloha wherever you may be. That’s what I’m trying to do by sharing our most useful stuff with you.  You only get one life here, let’s make it the best we can!

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And you are the one who’ll decide where to go.”

Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

What You’ll Find at Aloha Geoffrey

The majority of content is going to be Hawai’i-related and recipes we enjoy, but you might find a bit of everything.

  • Hawai’i. I’m very passionate about Hawai’i and will be sharing a quite a bit about this amazing place. My grandparents took me here on their 50th wedding anniversary and I was hooked. Lucky for me, I was stationed on O’aha for four years with the Navy. We’re planning on moving back someday.
  • Recipes.  I used my old site as a handy way for us to keep track of some of our favorite recipes. This is going to become even more useful because we’ve started having the kids be the “head chef.” During our meal planning for the week, each one pick’s a meal and will guide the rest of us if they need help during the preparation.
  • Projects/Crafts. I won’t write about every project we do, but it will be some of the bigger, more fun/interesting ones. Projects will range from stuff with the kids to home renovations to gardening and more.
  • Productivity. I don’t have enough time for everything I would like to do, so I need to make the most of the time I do have. When I come across things that save me time or allow me to get more done, I’ll share them here.
  • Household Tips.  From how to get strawberry stains out to weed killers that work (and those that don’t), I’ll share things useful tips for around the house.
  • Travel/Adventures.  Although we don’t travel a lot right now, we do enjoy it. I’ll share some of the fun places we go and things we do.
  • Navy. I served five years active duty Navy aboard the submarine USS Pasadena. I’ve been in the Navy Reserve since January 2012. I’ve recently starting gathering the resources I use to put them in a single place.
  • Health and Fitness.  The ultimate goal is to be a parent that can keep up with my kids and teach them healthy habits at a young age.  I love running and have committed to MapMyRun’s You VS the Year 2018 Challenge to run 1018KM in 2018.  We also have a physical readiness test in the Navy Reserve twice a year.  My goal is to continually improve my score until I’m at the maximum amount for my age group.

About Geoffrey

My name is Geoffrey and this is my personal site for everything that’s not code-related.  Besides being a husband and father (and big kid), I’m also a volunteer firefighter, an Electronics Technician in the United States Navy Reserve – and our unit’s Leading Petty Officer (LPO), a hobbyist code developer, runner, and have a day job working in IT. There is never enough time in the day.

We may not be doing the exact same things, but I bet you don’t have enough time either.  My goal is to maximize productivity so our family can spend more time having fun.

I became fascinated with Hawai’i when I was 13 years old and my grandparents took our family with them for their 50th wedding anniversary.  We visited the Big Island, O’ahu, and Maui. To me, the Big Island no ka ‘oi, meaning the Big Island is the best! My wife and I have actively talked about moving there someday.  The first coffee I ever had was Kona coffee and that’s been my go-to drink ever since.

Want to learn more?  You can find more about me and my coding at GeoffreyShilling.com.

Where Else to Find Me

Technical Stuff

The site itself is a work in progress and will officially launch on King Kamehameha I Day, June 11, 2018.  Some of the content will be moved over from two old sites I have, one a site dedicated to Hawai’i that I built back around 2000 and another site dedicated to household tips that hadn’t been updated in a few years.  I’ll be adjusting things as I go to see what works and what doesn’t. 

This page last updated on May 20, 2018.