Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Planting Pineapples

Aloha!  I've been very slack about updating my little blog here, so sorry.  It's just so easy to do, well nothing, when you're in Hawaii.  But I did want to share the video of Amy and I planting a pineapple!  It is so easy to do, I'm sure all of you back home will be regular farmers when I get back!  First things first, look up pineapples on Wikipedia so you know everything you ever wanted or didn't want to know about pineapples.  Then, go get yourself a beautiful pineapple from your local grocers.  Then, twist the spiky part out of the actual pineapple until it comes out.  You may also chop this part of, then remove any part of pineapple still attached.  Here is a link to a video on how to cut a pineapple in case I'm confusing you guys.  www.metacafe.com/watch/410687/how_to_cut_a_pineapple/ 
Then place the bottom of the spiky part in a bowl of water, and let set for a few days, until you see white roots start to come out of the bottom.  (Remember when you did this with potatoes in grade school?)  When the roots look long enough to plant, place in a pot of soil, and watch your pineapple plant grow!  It will, however, take about 2 years for it to produce an actual pineapple.  But, patience is a virtue, they say!  I hope you enjoy our lovely educational video.  And yes, I do look like a hippie in my tie-dye dress.  But hey, it's Hawaii and I'm planting pineapples.  
video

Monday, July 7, 2008

Gotta love a Muumuu!


I'm wearing a muumuu right now.  Yep, I'm typing away, as comfortable as can be in my muumuu.  And no, I have not turned into a fat old lady who eats ice cream out of the tub surrounded by her 50 cats.  That may be the image that most people have of women in muumuus, but here in Hawaii things are different.  Everyone wears muumuus!  It's amazing!  People wear them to work, shopping, to the beach, and just lounging around as I am now.  There's dressier ones, and more casual ones.  As it is warm here all year round, they are the perfect thing to run around in.  It's kind of my new favorite thing.  I even wore one to church yesterday.  I made it cute, mind you, with a belt and accessories, but it was a muumuu nonetheless.  I like to think myself authentically Hawaiian now.  And I got really lucky!  A few days after I got here, a church right down the road from Dorothy's had a huge rummage sale/kids day thing.  So I bought 5 muumuus for.....$1.00!  Really people.  You can't beat that.  not with a stick.  haha.  
Aloha wear is prominent here.  As it should be.  But before I got here, I thought I would see the occasional tourist or Hawaiian wearing a hawaiian shirt or such.  But everyone wears such fun, colorful clothes!  Hawaiian shirts and board shorts are a must for guys, and sundresses, muumuus, and sarongs are a must for girls.  And flip-flops are worn by 90% of everyone here!  Comfortable and casual makes up the Hawaii wardrobe!