Monday, March 31, 2008

Macro Monday #1

So.... tonight I went a little crazy with the Macro setting on my Point & Click camera. I actually just meant to take a quick picture for a post (while I was straightening up the sun porch so I could start Power 90ing my way to a slimmer me), when I thought, "hey, I wonder how close I can get and keep it in focus." Several successful and failed attempts later, I had made it through most of my house, taking close up photos of anything with an interesting texture. My thought was to use these photos either as a changing desktop for my computer or as a screensaver, but then, Eureka, it hit me - this will be the start of a recurring feature on Pursuing Pineapple (also it will give me something easy to post, so that I'll be more likely to stick with it). So the inaugural Macro Monday Pic:

This is a close up (click on the pic to get closer) of the puff ball trim on a red tea towel, that I usually use as a place mat. Coincidentally, the tea towel has a pineapple embroidered on it.

Laser Tag

So.... after moving back to Arkansas I discovered that Travis could see the red dot of a laser pointer. Hundreds of dollars worth of squeaky, fluffy, bouncy, roll-y, chew-y toys - no, he prefers a dot of light (a free pen/laser pointer from a drug rep). Anyway, it's pretty fun. He'll chase it under furniture, down the hall, and even up the wall.

Sometimes, he loses the dot and looks for help.

It doesn't take long for him to find it.

Then he takes off chasing it - sometimes, so fast you can't catch him on film (please notice the effects of Travis, as evidenced by the disheveled area rug).

Travis being the very smart dog that he is (no, really, this lady at a dog toy company said he was smart after I emailed them to let them know that the toy that "keeps dogs occupied for hours" didn't keep him occupied - it is a soft rubber tube that loosely holds a tennis ball that "your dog may eventually get out," at my house eventually is approximately 42 seconds), anyway, Travis realized that the red dot comes out of the pen, and now he begs for the pen. It's a little creepy - kind of like those movies where the computer becomes self aware.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy Easter!

So.... the "crazy" picture was probably the best one. The family came to visit this weekend. We've had a nice time together. We introduced my mom to Mario Kart. Now we're just waiting for the Ham to finish, so we can have the traditional Easter Lunch.

But seriously:
But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men suddenly stood near them in dazzling clothing; and as the women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, "Why do you seek the living One among the dead? He is not here, but He has risen. Remember how He spoke to you while He was still in Galilee, saying that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again." And they remembered His words, and returned from the tomb and reported all these things to the eleven and to all the rest.
Luke 24:1-9
Hope you all have a great Easter!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

It is "Sew" St. Patrick's Day!

Sew.... every once in a while, I get a wild hair and decide that I need to prove to myself that I can do something. Well, this time, something was "to make a pair of pants." I had hemmed several slacks and sleeves, mended holes, constructed costumes, and designed a duvet, but all of these things are either fairly simple or have a good degree of forgiveness. But, Trousers - absolutely no forgiveness!

I didn't want to spend a whole lot of money, in case they didn't turn out, so I used some fabric I already had. I bought it a while ago to cover the dining room chair cushions, but I have since decided on using a different fabric. I did cover the seat of a chair in the kitchen with this "lovely" green and yellow striped chenille (almost corduroy looking) upholstery fabric.

So, what is one to do with a few extra yards of upholstery fabric? Make some super hilarious and equally horrendous St. Patrick's Day Trousers!

I am so pleased with how well they turned out.

Plain-front styling makes these corduroy-like, durable trousers versatile for work or play. A special green and yellow tonal stripe ensures a fashion forward look. Features slant pockets in front and a welt pocket in back.

  • Sits at waist
  • Easy through thigh
  • Straight leg
  • Dry Clean only
  • Hand made in USA
They fit, they button, they elongate the figure (yeah, right). I am happy. I even sewed in a label:

"Smilin' Doc" was the best I could come up with this afternoon for a Brand Name - at least it's appropriate. The pockets and the seam linings are all done with this lemon/lime op art fabric.

I'm not taking any orders yet (unless you wear my size) because I only have one pattern. I ripped apart an old pair of pants that had a hole in them to create the pattern. Perhaps, you'll see me in some more Smilin' Doc Brand Trousers. Be on the look out this summer - I've already bought some yardage of plaid patchwork madras.

Sorry, the above photo was just supposed to be another angle of my awesomely hideous slacks (not necessarily a crotch shot).

BTW: in response to Gretchen's comment on the 2/20/08 post regarding my pair of green corduroy pants with embroidered St. Bernards. I am no where near skinny enough to wear those, but I hope these Special Order St. Patty's Pant will satisfy your need for a more fashionable Aaron.


So.... yeah, it's been a while since I posted. Sorry, guys and gals; thanks for sticking with me though.

Well, tonight HGTV gave away it's 2008 Dream Home, and once again they didn't give it away to me, so I guess I'm not going to open up a Gourmet People & Dog Bakery/Bed & Breakfast/Christmas Store/Pediatric Office in the Florida Keys (well, not yet anyway).

I've been entering that stupid contest for the last eight or nine years. My mom actually entered every day online this year. Neither one of us won - fooey on HGTV. Actually, I think that HGTV got what it deserves. They awarded the home to some lady who gave absolutely no reaction (on LIVE TV); she actually seemed inconvenienced by them showing up at her house to give her a 2 million dollar prize.

Fooey, on you, winner of the 2008 HGTV Dream Home - at least fake a smile or an "I'm so happy." I'd be screaming and jumping and telling Travis that we're moving to Florida! See, HGTV, you should have let me won - I would have given you some footage you could have used over and over! My winning moment would have made compelling television!

Anyway, good to see you folks. I'll try to post a little more often!