The 3 Most Annoying Things About Pinterest

You guys know I love Pinterest, right?

I mean, I bring it up an embarrassing amount. But fact is, it’s a genius idea, and I can literally wastespend hours on there.

But despite it’s usually wonderfulness, I have a few grievances to share.

1. I don’t want to see pictures of your grandchildren.

Listen. I get it. They’re the joy of your life. They light up your days. And I’m sure they are very sweet. But the fact is, I don’t want to see their sweet little faces sprinkled in between my pretty pictures.

I go to Pinterest to get inspired. That’s what it’s for. You’re turning it into a personal Facebook album. Except, by “personal” I mean “shared with the Internet.” That is the exact opposite of personal.

Pinterest is not an online album service. It’s an online pin board service. That you share with the seven million other people who are on there. Please don’t forget this.

2. No, it’s not adorable. It’s creepy as hell.

That Peter Pan shadow wall decal? That would give me nightmares. Those long-distance relationship pillows? That’s not romantic. That interrupts my REM cycle.

***Side note: I actually sent this idea to my friend Jaimie who writes a really funny/touching blog with her long-distance boyfriend and she did a post about it. Check it here.

What is the deal with people thinking weird things are awesome? Or “sweet”? Nope. Not sweet. NOT SWEET.

3. I forgot to change the caption…and now I sound like an idiot.

So Pinterest allows (requires actually) that you write a brief caption under each image you pin. This is fine. IN THEORY.

The problem is, there are a lot of people out there who think…well…dumb thoughts. Lord knows I do. But the trouble comes when they put them into words. (See any dumb post I’ve ever written.)

In this case, people are putting their dumb thoughts into the captions. So they sound really ditzy. Or really…out of touch. With reality.

This would all be fine, except when I re-pin something, if I forget to change the caption, it makes it look like I said that dumb thing.

I say enough dumb things on my own, thank you very much. I don’t need your dumbness gumming up the works.

So there you have it. The three most annoying things about Pinterest.

Does this mean I’m going to stop pinning? NEVER. I just needed to get that out of my system.

A New Coat

If I’m going to spend money on something, I want it to be exactly what I want.

I didn’t used to be this way. I used to be a major impulse shopper, snapping up the first reasonably priced version of whatever it was I wanted (or had just decided I wanted). But somewhere along the way, something changed.

I think it started with the boots.

I wanted a pair of brown leather boots like nobody’s business. But not just any brown leather boots. I wanted them almost knee height. And a certain color brown. A warm, congac color. And I wanted some kind of embellishment. A buckle or something. And a stacked heel. A riding boot with a stacked heel.

Problem? It’s nearly impossible to find the perfect pair that is also the perfect price.

When I tell you I searched for years for the perfect pair, I am not exaggerating. I would find myself wandering, seemingly aimlessly, in shoe stores, until I would happen upon the boot section. I would examine each pair, picking them apart in my brain.

Not the right color…too gaudy…not tall enough…too tall…

Until suddenly I would see the PERFECT pair. Right height, right color, right material. And then I would glance a the price tag and see that the perfect pair would run me $400.

And back on the shelf they would go.

I’m happy to say that I am now the owner of both a flat and a heeled version of these boots, and both purchases were in my budget. Sure, they were investment pieces, but that’s sort of the point of an investment, right?

The reason why I’m telling you this story is because I am on an new epic hunt. Really, I think I’ve been on this hunt for about three years, but only recently has it been at the forefront of my mind.

I want a camel-colored coat.

Not a trench. A wool camel coat. But not just any camel-colored coat. I want it to be long-ish, to about mid-thigh length. It has to have the right buttons and the right color. It has to be fitted in the waist. And it has to be reasonably priced. (Girl’s not made of money.)

I actually just spent a good 20 minutes trying to find good examples of what I’m looking for online, and now I’m starting to convince myself maybe it doesn’t exist. (Wouldn’t be the first time I had dreamt up an item of clothing in my head…)

Here’s the closest I could find:

No longer available at Express, but on Ebay here

Available here

The second one I would like better without the leather trim, and I’m not sure if I would get tired of the ruffled skirt on the first one. Blerg.

Basically, this is my Holy Grail.

Ooh just a tic! I did a second search, just to make sure I wasn’t missing anything and came across this:


Um hi. You might be my new best friend. But I get so anxious about buying things I haven’t tried on. Gahhh indecision.

So…should I go for it? Wait until I find one I can try on? Stop making this such a big issue and remember it’s just a COAT?