So I’ve been on Pinterest for a while now and I’ve gotta admit that I’m just a little bit addicted. The inspirational quotes! The cool party decorations! The clever home organizational tips!
But sometimes the pins confuse me. I mean, someone will take a photo of a normal person with normal hair and write, “Love the hair!” What confuses me is that the person’s hair is nothing special. There is no style to it that I can discern. And the color is, like, brown. So I speculate that the pinner has perhaps thinning hair and is dreaming about having a full head of hair again someday. Or maybe the pinner has wildly curly hair falling to her waist and is thinking that the short, relatively plain straight brown hairdo would be SO much easier to work with. I dunno. We tend to want what we don’t have, don’t we?
Sometimes the pins annoy me. Like when there are 25 consecutive pins about how to decorate one’s nails with polish so that each nail is a different color. Or so that each nail has a zig-zag design. But Pinterest is nothing if not educational. I mean, I’ve learned that ombré nails are apparently a big thing right now if I am to believe the multitudes of pins about them.
|Ombre nails. Go for it!|
Another trend I’ve noticed on Pinterest lately is that people pin all sorts of photos of white rooms. Everyone marvels over these white rooms. They make comments like, “Would love to live here!” And, “I want this room!”
Now I will admit that the photos are sometimes pretty impressive. I look at those rooms and think, “Wow, that’s awesome! Of course, sometimes the room is overlooking, say, the Pacific Ocean – so it wouldn’t really matter if the room was decorated with a ratty white couch and a threadbare white rug. But sometimes the white room is just a regular ol’ room in a regular ol’ house. And practically everything in it is white. White walls, white ceilings, white furnishings, white knickknacks.
|An all-white baby's room. With a chandelier, yet. Right.|
Nope, I'm just never going to be one of those uber-decorator types who go for certain looks that most folks simply don't "get."
One of my favorite things on Pinterest is seeing all the creative ways people have figured out how to serve food. I read pin instructions like, “Carve out a gourd and spoon in veggie dip – makes a great container and looks good on your Thanksgiving table!” Huh. And here I just use a plain old bowl. Who woulda thought??
And did you know that you can make your own marshmallows? I’ve not bothered to delve further into such pins because (a) I’m not a big fan of marshmallows, and (b) if I were ever to need marshmallows, I think I would simply run to Kroger and pick up a bag. I cannot imagine putting time and effort into making homemade marshmallows.
|Individual seven-layer dip cups. Brilliant!|
The other day I actually put one of the pins to the test. I made individual cups filled with 7-layer dip for a little gathering we had. And my father-in-law raved about them. He thought they were a marvelous idea. So…see? Pinterest has improved my life already.
And who knows? One of these days I might invite you over for a party and might even serve you veggie dip from a hollowed-out gourd.
Just don’t expect any homemade marshmallows. And definitely don’t expect me to be sporting talon-like nails with sharp metal decorations affixed to them.
Frankly, I prefer challenge-free potty breaks. I don’t care what Pinterest says.