The Ups and Downs of Pinterest

Clearly it has been quite some time since I have written, as I actually had to hunt down my password just to sign on here.  I had aspirations of writing an “End of Year” post but then I simply realized that I didn’t have much to say.  2012 wasn’t a bad year by any means.  2012 wasn’t an amazing year by any means.  2012 was simply a year where I learned a little, lived a lot, and became another year older.  Some people who I thought would never leave, did.  Some people who I thought were lost were found.  And somewhere in the midst of it all I made some new friends and discovered some new places.  So, all in all, I would say that 2012 was a success.  Now that that’s out of the way, let’s move on to what I really want to talk about…. Pinterest!

Okay, don’t get me wrong, I love me some Pinterest, but I also get really annoyed while scrolling through Pinterest.  I fear for the young women in our society, and I fear for society in general.  I am also constantly amazed by the abundance of stupidity that can be found on the Internet.  I was going to do a “Top 10 Things I Hate on Pinterest” but I’m realizing that there might be way more than 10, so we’ll just see how this goes. 

1. 

http://pinterest.com/pin/165436986283633365/

Anyone who know’s me would most likely tell you that I am a romantic.  I believe in grand gestures and tasteful displays of affection.  People would also tell you that I am a planner and love to be in control.  Stuff like this drives me crazy though.  “Rules to Propose”!!!  Are you kidding me?  Ladies, for the most part, you will plan your entire wedding.  You will pick the dress, the decorations, the venue, the food, the location, everything.  Could you please just back off and let the guy decide how the hell he wants to propose to you?

2.

http://pinterest.com/pin/66920744434750180/

Again, I love control, but this is a little out of control.  Scratch that.  This is way out of control.  I am all for organization but this is a bit much.  When I read through this woman’s directions on how to make this, I just found myself feeling sorry for her husband.  If this is what their food menu looks like, I can only imagine what their sex menu looks like:  Monday – Missionary.  Tuesday- Doggie Style.  Wednesday – Reverse Cowgirl. Thursday – Crouching Tiger….. wait, who am I kidding?  More like, Monday – no sex. Tuesday – no sex.  Wednesday – no sex.  Thursday – no sex.  Friday – no sex.  Saturday – Missionary (but only if the kids are out of the house).  Sunday – no sex. 

3.

http://pinterest.com/pin/269019777712977222/

And here is where the problems start.  News flash: You’re not going to be the only girl that he loves for all of his life.  Stop being so damn selfish and insecure.  He is going to love other women; his mother, sisters, best friend, even some co-workers.  But, none of that should take away from his love for you.  Trying to tell someone who they can love is a sure fire way to lose the person that you love. 

4.

http://pinterest.com/pin/253397916505708177/

Pictures of HORRIBLE tattoos that people actually think are good.  To be fair, I have never been scratched by a cheetah however, I am fairly certain that a cheetah does not leave it’s spots behind when it does scratch something. 

5.

http://pinterest.com/pin/40532465368090652/

Anything made using old jeans!  Anything!  I respect and admire creative people.  I respect and admire people who reuse and repourpose old items keeping them out of landfills, instead of buying new items.  I don’t respect or admire anyone who tries to turn jeans into anything other than jeans.

6.

http://pinterest.com/pin/63120832249300890/

I am so stinking tired of posts like this.  Can we please stop the proliferation of the idea that women always have to wear a smile and be “fine”.  It’s okay to not be “fine” sometimes.  Part of being an adult is learning how to communicate and learning when it is appropriate to communicate.  You’re upset about something your boyfriend did?  That’s okay.  You don’t have to be “fine”.  Learn how to talk with your boyfriend to explain to him why you are upset.  Don’t give him the cold shoulder and then get even more upset when he doesn’t read your mind to figure out what is wrong.  There is a time and place for everything.  Deal with your issues in private and not in front of the company of your friends or family.  Respect your significant other enough to honor their privacy and deal with your issues one on one.  You don’t have to be “fine” you just have to learn how to be effectively honest. 

Also, I know this may sound harsh but the whole world is not going to fall apart just because you do.  Have a breakdown day.  Admit that you’re hurting, or upset, or scared.  Confront your emotions, deal with them, pick yourself up, put yourself back together and move on.

7.

http://pinterest.com/pin/255720085063285174/

This one is right up there with the jeans for me.  There comes a point when you’re not really being creative anymore, you’re just being ridiculous.  Put on a real damn shirt.

8.

http://pinterest.com/pin/61572719877165329/

These nail pictures.  It drives me nuts that people always post these pictures holding the nail polish as if to imply that they painted their own nails.  Bitch, you didn’t do that yourself!  And if you did, you only did it on one hand.  Stop frontin’!

9. 

http://pinterest.com/pin/33847434671273987/

This pillow reeks of codependency.

10.

http://pinterest.com/pin/190417890465949913/

Posting links to products that don’t even exist!  I saw this one and thought, “Wow!  That would make a fantastic present for my mother for Christmas.”  So I tried to track it down.  Do you know where I can buy it?  In imaginary land because it doesn’t really exist!

11. 

http://pinterest.com/pin/543880092468656536/

This isn’t crafty to me.  Stop stealing your son’s shit!

12.  Lastly,

http://pinterest.com/pin/23010648067226204/

No!  Damn it, America!  You do not need a fry holder for your car.  Just knock it off already!

 

Now for 12 things I love about Pinterest:

1.

http://pinterest.com/pin/22799541835441858/

2.

http://pinterest.com/pin/22799541835441834/

3.

http://pinterest.com/pin/22799541835441816/

4.

http://pinterest.com/pin/22799541835441746/

5.

http://pinterest.com/pin/22799541835441741/

6.

http://pinterest.com/pin/22799541835441749/

7.

http://pinterest.com/pin/22799541835441734/

8.

http://pinterest.com/pin/22799541835441730/

9.

http://pinterest.com/pin/22799541835441738/

10.

http://pinterest.com/pin/22799541835441706/

11.

http://pinterest.com/pin/22799541835441726/

12.

http://pinterest.com/pin/22799541835441722/

 

(Sorry, I don’t quite know WordPress won’t embed these instead of leaving the link.)

 

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Jamie
    Jan 10, 2013 @ 11:25:42

    You are spot-on with so many things in this post. Upcycled denim? Never a good idea. Unreasonable organization systems? Intimidating and over-the-top. Keeping things from your son’s pockets to give to him on his wedding day? A bunch of junk that is going to make his bride think, “How long do we have to hold on to this until we chuck it all in the garbage?”

    It’s good to read your writing again. I have missed it. Welcome back!

    Reply

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