6.16.2012

DARN YOU PINTEREST!





. . .
it's so good, its' bad.


you agree?



Pinterest has got me right where it wants me;
 in it's neon painted, hand stitched, cutesy, clever claws.



My mom called the other day and she and I talked for ten minutes about all the things we just pinned.

Would that have made any sense to anybody two years ago?






My favorite thing to do in the morning is sit at the computer while the kids are watching Phineas and Ferb and I listen for random words or catch phrases and I type them in the PINTEREST search button and see what comes up.

"skunky"
"whatever"
"hey hey"
"yummie"
"ring a ding ding"
"wild"
"oh yeah"
"alone"
"ninja"

admittedly very lame of me, I know.




I've realized though that PINTEREST has an amazing effect on me.



You see, as I am browsing through all the amazing pins,

I say to myself in soft, sweet, almost sexy whisper...
"hey girl...you can do that...go ahead and pin it"


It is like the siren's song.






I am a wanna be of sorts.

I wanna be a seamstress, 
an artist, 
a writer, 
a florist, 
a baker...
a tanned girl in a Nike shirt with ripped arms, a insanely flat stomach, running down a picturesque path in the rain at sunset with the words "Determination" and "you gotta want it" as my caption.

might never happen for me.



But let's agree. 
PINTEREST is truly amazing.  

A while back I heard someone describing some rolls that they had at a company party.
I went home and searched for 'ham rolls' in Pinterest and BAM! 
There they were. Ten different versions, fifty pins all ready for me.
That next Sunday we gave them a try.
I felt very cool as called from the kitchen "hey can you look up the recipe on my pin board?"

this was my version...
.
meh, they were OK.  

They were really heavy and a bit too much for a Sunday afternoon. (this was only the first pan)

After a few bites, the kids all said; 'how come we can't ever have just like a salad or something?"
(Nacho Libre' anyone?...anyone?)

Moving on...

I'll humbly admit that I dabble with creating this or that, but I never really quite nail it.


oh pish posh you say?


ha! let me prove it.


For Kal's birthday I saw the idea for a Super Hero cake on PINTEREST just perfect for my six year old super hero, super cool Kal.                   I decided to go for it, sorta...


Theirs:

Mine:
Kal just plastered on a smile because he could see I was about to lose it...
he wasn't sure if I was going to laugh or cry.
Either way he thought... "mom's losing it." 


Then a few weeks later when my cutie pie Canyon was turning two, I turned to PINTEREST for some help. Canyon loves cars, so I searched for a car cake and found this.
easy peasy...Oh I was all over it...

Theirs:

Mine:

Wade looked at me anxiously...
"uh mom? you OK? a bit of a fiasco yes...but still edible, we think." 

 And then I had one more chance to redeem myself when my sweet Quincy Rain was turning four. One more chance to show the PINTEREST Gods that my baking, creating, artistic abilities were still in tip top shape.

Quincy had big ideas for her 4th birthday. She talked for days about getting a unicorn cake for her big day. I made the mistake of showing her this one we found on PINTEREST while she sat on my lap at the computer.    "try and stop me!" I said... someone really should've.

Theirs:




Mine: 

Wa Waa Waaaa

This was the look she gave me.

"mommmmm?"
 "really mom? really?

I'm only four once, and this is the best you could come up with?

That is not the unicorn cake we agreed upon.

How hard is it to click on a link and follow the directions?


Did I mention I'm only four once?    really mom?"




deep sigh.

(photo credit) 

(which reminds me, I need to create a pin board "things that make me feel bad about myself")


Thanks for nothing PINTEREST!

However, Quincy's Dad didn't need Pinterest to save the day.
Men in general have no use for the site -
they have us.
~

Daddy saved the day when he pulled out a surprise gift for Quincy. 

A princess scooter for his princess!

(actually mom bought the scooter earlier and gave dad all the credit because
she didn't want to overshadow him with her cake-making greatness)

baby girl was finally contented.


Actually the PINTEREST concept is nothing new.

I remember when I was a girl growing up in the 80's, my mom had a big carboard box filled with all her Women's Day and Better Homes and Gardens magazine clippings.


you remember... the "good ol days."


Pinterest is just an old idea, modernized. 

I read an article a few days ago written by a guy, of course, trying to dissect why PINTEREST is so appealing to all of us females types. 

Comparing it to ESPN's Sportscenter, or Fantasy Football - 

something about...nesting...homemaking...sense of community...

yadda yadda yadda

na.

I think it simply boils down to two things for me...


1 - it gets boring spying on people I barley know on Facebook. 

(and it usually feels down-right weird.)


and 2 - sometimes a girl just wants to feel like Superwoman once in a while.


 Even if it's just on a virtual pin board.

2 comments:

carrie said...

Me and my husband laughed SO HARD reading this. Oh my goodness! I so agree with you on this Pinterest stuff. Sometimes I love it and sometimes I hate it. Your cakes are adorable (although I did laugh at the comparison to the Pinterest ones). Thanks for the laughs (as always :) )! You're awesome.

Charlyn said...

OH Hil...you kill me. I just had to have my husband come read what I was laughing so hard about. I have failed MANY times on pinterest. You are my prozac!! You should write a book....serious!

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