My Pineapple Obsession Continues, Still

I mean, at this point, I’m not even trying to find pineapples. They’re coming to me. Seriously.

First, this costume:

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Pineapple Halloween Costume

I don’t know if this means pineapples have finally reached superstar status, or if they’ve jumped the shark. For $20, I was tempted, but then, this is a one-size-fits-most…children. I am most definitely not child-size. My head wouldn’t fit into that pineapple crown. Plus, I already own a banana costume. Heads might turn and rumors roll if I start dressing up as other fruits. (ONLY ON HALLOWEEN, people.)

Then, Real Simple came through for me, again!

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Pineapple Jack-o’-Lantern. Pineapple-o’-Lantern? Pine-o’-Lantern?

I can NOT wait to #IRL (@WomenIRL) this. That is, I can’t wait to make this myself. (IRL=in real life.) I have a hunch, just a little one, that it isn’t going to turn out as spectacular as the picture in the magazine (it never does, right?). The pineapple Jack-o’-Lantern is just so intriguing, I had to Google Dawn Perry. She’s the food director at Real Simple. I was kind of hoping she was a freelance writer cooped up in the Midwest and I could slowly befriend her, starting with following her on Instagram. Because, dreaming up kooky shit like a carved pineapple and writing about it for a national magazine is kind of my dream. Does such a reality exist for the freelancer?

I wonder what other pineapples the Universe is going to send my way. Stay tuned.

Cat Litter Pineapples

That title doesn’t seem to make sense. Cat litter pineapples. Pineapples in the cat litter? Cat litter made of pineapples? I know. My pineapple obsession has finally led me to cat litter. Fresh Step cat litter, to be exact.

I was flipping through the latest issue of Real Simple magazine, when I happened upon this:

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Fresh Step, now with the Power of Febreeze Hawaiian Aloha scent!

Oh, just your average cat litter ad, right? WRONG! Do you see it? And, I’m not talking about the 3 kitty cats the art director “hid” in the ad. I’m talking about that BEAUTIFUL modern pineapple with the golden crown on the left!

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I bet one of those cats is going to knock over that pineapple out of spite. Because, cats are like that.

Gasp! What a beauty! And, I have to say, the plants are pretty impressive, too. (I’m a self-proclaimed indoor leaf-peeper, remember).

On a non-pineapple-related note, I bet creating cat litter–any cat product, really–ads are akin to beer and condom ads. When I was in ad school, beer and condoms were strictly off limits. Not because we were prudes, but because supposedly coming up with cool, clever ads for these categories was too easy. Ditto for cats, right? I mean, throw in a cat pun and you’re done. I’m not kitten!

My Pineapple Obsession Continues

The pineapple trend of 2017 continues for me. It seems I just can’t get enough. And, I keep spotting them everywhere.

Here’s a roundup of pineapple motifs I’ve seen since I first confessed my obsession.

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Girls’ Pineapple Tank

When your kid “shares” your obsession, you’ve got permission to buy her a pineapple shirt.

I discovered fabric with pineapples! The pattern on the left is my favorite here. Oh, the possibilities!

A bit of pineapple decor. I love the gold finish on the left. They were candles. I just want the container. Christmas decor is starting to come out and thank goodness someone is making pineapple ornaments!

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Pineapple Lamp

This piece of pineapple decor deserves its own pic. I love, love, love the shade that has outlines of the pineapple crown in gold. The texture of the base is fabulous, too.

Even more: an (upside down) beach chair, beach towel, and backpack.

And, finally, stamps and a lustrous pattern on a photo box.

I don’t know when my obsession with the crowned fruit will be over or if it will prove to be a lifelong affliction. All I know is I still can’t get enough!

 

Pineapple Obsession Confession

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Pineapple-Inspired Shoes. The toes are more like monstera leaves than a pineapple crown.

I have something to tell you. A few weeks ago, it came to my attention that I like pineapples, as in, pineapple motifs. I was browsing a store and came across this shelf:

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Shelf of Pineapple Decor

I mean, these are pretty eye-catching and fabulous. It’s hard to resist. (Although, resist I did. Pineapple decor just isn’t in my budget–yet.)

Then, I was at the grocery store and bought this:

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A Bona Fide Pineapple

If you must know, it was delicious.

As I was contemplating the ga-ga feeling I was getting at the site of this crowned fruit, I remembered the shoes above. I’ve had them for at least 2 years. It’s just that when I purchased them, I didn’t necessarily like them because they looked like pineapples, but because they were a visual trick.

As most things go, once you start looking for something, you’ll find it. Lots of it. Behold! All of the pineapples I’ve seen since I saw that brassy beauty!

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Back-to-School Spiral-Bound Notebook
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Modern meets prep, again in the back-to-school section.

My goodness! That one that is cut in half! I may have to go back for these. A writer always needs notebooks, right?

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Pom-pom Pineapple Towel

I’d be tempted to buy this clearance towel, but I can tell it wouldn’t be a good towel and I don’t have the crafting time to sew it up into something more useful.

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Gasp! Blue! That golden crown!

I love the texture of this one.

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A different type of edible pineapple!

These are stinkin’ adorable. They probably don’t taste great, though, like, worse than Runts. I should keep a tiny glass vial of them on my desk for giggles.

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Not a Pineapple

And then I saw this. Goodness, I love it! I used to have a few real cacti and succulents. But, they’re kinda hard to keep and I don’t want prickles around my young kids. A new obsession may be starting.

Books Read in 2016

Surprise! I like to read! Books! Books I hold in my hands! Books with pages that need to be turned! Here’s a list of stand-out books I’ve read this past year. There are more that I’ve read, but these resonated with me and I don’t want to potentially point you in the wrong direction. I took screenshots from the publishers’ websites and linked to those sites. You figure out how to acquire them, whether you purchase them or borrow from your library. (I love libraries!)

FICTION:

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Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher. One of the best novels I read this year. I don’t know why. It’s not particularly exciting. It’s set in the UK and it’s kind of long. Maybe it’s has that long Victorian novel vibe that I like so much. (Hi, Jane Eyre!)

 

snowchild

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. This book had come up a couple of times within a week or so. I took it as a sign from the Universe that I needed to read it. There’s a touch of magical realism, which is unusual for me to like (see, Wizards and Shit), but I really liked this book. Also, it helps that the author lives in the same area of Alaska where I grew up—I remember seeing her picture in the local newspaper she wrote for.

 

MEMOIRS/NON-FICTION:

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It’s Okay to Laugh by Nora McInerny Purmort. She talks a lot about death. Mostly because her father died and shortly after, and I mean right after, her husband died. I’m keeping my eye on this author, because I think she’s only going to get better and better and I say that because she’s already a great writer.

 

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What Comes Next and How to Like It by Abigail Thomas. This is a good contrast to “It’s Okay.” Death is a common theme, but Abigail Thomas has a wiser, more experienced, (older?) voice. This memoir also has a unique format that makes it irresistible to read.

 

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Big Girl: How I Gave Up Dieting and Got a Life by Kelsey Miller. So many truths in this book. I identified with a lot in this book, which was both sad and reassuring. Obviously, I loved this book for how sincere and honest the author is.

 

running

Running: A Love Story: 10 Years, 5 Marathons, and 1 Life-Changing Sport by Jen A. Miller. Once again, I identified with this book, mostly the act of running (I’ve never trained for anything longer than 10K) and being a writer. I started following the author on Instagram and subscribed to her newsletter. I love that she’s unapologetically political in her newsletter, which is something to admire right now.

 

BUSINESS/THE BUSINESS OF WRITING:

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Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being and Wisdom, and Wonder by Arianna Huffington. This book validated a lot of things I have been seeing and feeling in my work life. I could write a whole essay on it, but I won’t right here. I found this book in the “business section” of the Dewey decimal system. The title reads almost like a self-help book, but it does belong in in business. Everyone on the organizational pyramid should read it.

 

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The Well-Fed Writer: Financial Self-Sufficiency as a Commercial Freelancer in Six Months or Less by Peter Bowerman. Just about as slick as the title reads. But, sometimes you need that slickness to inspire you to get things rolling.

 

everybodywrites

Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content by Ann Handley. Exactly what the title says it is. Even though I’ve been writing for pay for several years now, it doesn’t mean I don’t occasionally need a refresher or some tips and tricks to make my writing better. It’s also has an easily digestible format—great for reading here and there.

If you want to know EVERYTHING I read, check me out on Goodreads here.

Alright, folks, you know how this works. Now you have to tell me what you read this year that you really liked. You know how to use the comment field below.

Here’s to a new year filled with great books!