about me

My name is Susan, although I use the name girasoli when on the internet, which is the Italian word for sunflowers.

On June 1st, 2015, I retired from teaching in Hawaii after 30 years (5 years as a speech pathologist, 4 years as a special education teacher, and the last 21 years as a preschool special education teacher).

Two weeks after my retirement, I moved to Colorado! I am starting a very new exciting chapter in my life.

I feel a sense of inner peace when…

I am in the mountains

I am by the ocean

I see a rainbow in the sky IMG_1311

And when I’m experiencing a beautiful sunset

I love to be in the snow! I still feel that same sense of excitement I felt every year when growing up during that first snowfall of the year as I do now every time it snows! AND let me tell you, boy does it snow here in the mountains of Colorado!

I root passionately for the Red Sox. Never in my life would I have imagined experiencing three Red Sox World Championships! The first World Series win on October 27th, 2004 will always be the most special win. It was a feeling I will probably never feel again. It was the most amazing experience. What made it even extra special was that I was able to see the Red Sox win with my dad. We still would not believe they were actually going to win until that very last out! The win in 2007 was like the cherry on the top of an ice cream sundae and last year’s win in 2013 was almost as special as the 2004 win. I am so very grateful for all three wins, but win or lose, every year, I will always be rooting for the Red Sox. I have made a page where you can find all of my baseball & Sox posts. GO SOX!!!!

Another one of my passions is photography. Now that I am retired, I hope to spend much more time focusing on my photography.

I also love spending time in Italy. My first trip to Italy was in 1999. The day I stepped on Italian soil, I was hooked! I have traveled to Italy 11 times so far. While in Italy, I love to climb towers, take photographs, drink espresso in the morning, eat fabulous Italian food, meet new people, and work on improving my Italian. I also enjoy the history, art, architecture, and beautiful scenery of this beautiful country.

I came up with the name shave ice & gelato by using words representing both Hawaii & Italy.

Welcome to my blog!  Benvenuto!  E komo mai!

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