Double check that pin: The dark side of Pinterest

Pinterest-ImageYou’ve wasted…I mean spent…hours on Pinterest. So many shiny objects to distract me, but my usual skeptical instinct is not enforce.

That pretty photo of chuck roast, do you know where it came from? That nifty picture of a headboard you’ll never make…where did that originate? None of these questions cross your mind.  You’re pinning!! You’re thinking of all the cool stuff you’ll do one day, but never actually get to do. You’re not thinking of spam or hackers. I’m guilty of doing this…mostly because I’m lazy, but also because I’m a little naive.

While at Bloggy Boot Camp, someone mentioned the nefarious side of Pinterest.  There are spambots on the Pinterest.  That pretty photo might not point to the site listed.  It could direct you to a site rife with viruses.  See this cool phone nook idea?

Bad pinCute right?  When I lived in San Francisco, I used to see these phone nooks in all of the cool old apartments. Of course, they were for landlines, but this is for charging your cell phone or storing your purse. But I digress.

See the website listed on this image?  Seems legit right? WRONGPinterest warning

Luckily, Pinterest is getting better about sniffing these things out…which is good for those of us distracted by pot pies.

So, my friends, do everyone a favor and double check the link from which that pretty picture came. You might be spreading the spam if you don’t.

The best thing to do is pin directly from the source. That way you know you’ve visited the site and actually saw the blog post or article detailing how to create that cool phone nook.

Be nice to your teeth: A Review of Colgate SlimSoft

How often do you brush your teeth? I will admit to not doing it enough. I should brush after every meal, but I only brush twice a day. It’s really just a habit you need to get into and having a good toothbrush will help you maintain good dental hygiene.

Influenster sent me a sample of the new Colgate SlimSoft to review. One thing I have heard from dental professionals is that softer brushes are best for your teeth because it’s easier on the enamel. I always seek out soft brushes in the store, but they never seem soft enough…until now.

Seriously, this toothbrush is so soft and gentle. I never felt like my teeth weren’t getting clean and I’ve been using it for about a week now. Honestly, I threw out my old toothbrush after using this one. It’s the softness for which I’ve been searching.

I’ve always been a fan of Colgate products. I’ve tried other toothpastes and always go back to Colgate. Now, I will also use their toothbrushes. I used to try to find the cheapest toothbrush available, but now I can see that it’s probably not a good idea. Why save $2 when you can save the enamel on your teeth for that price? You loose enamel and you can never get it back. I’ll pony up the dough.

You might not think very much about your toothbrush, but you should. Good dental hygiene is important. And don’t forget to floss too! Like my sister told me, “You only floss the teeth you want to keep.”


Dating Chronicles: Thanks, but no thanks

Anyone who has spent even a few minutes in the dating world knows that people can be less than nice…OK, down right rude.  Most of the time though, you just get radio silence.  It’s sadly rare to get a respectful blow off.

Here’s the thing, rejection sucks.  The only thing you can do is treat someone the way you’d want to be treated in their shoes.

Today, I saw this post on Buzzfeed: This Is One Of The Most Brutal Responses To A Breakup Text You’ll Ever See.  It’s fascinating to see everyone react to it.

My initial reaction was, “What’s her problem? At least she didn’t get completely ignored.”

As someone who in the past has been dumped with regularity, seeing a guy respectfully say to her thanks, but no thanks, was refreshing.  Of course, I’ve said that to a guy and he didn’t take it well. I meant it sincerely, but his ego wanted to be pissed off.

Then I see she sent screen shots of text messages to his boss? Wow. Calm down there, lady.

This man didn’t wrong you as far as I can tell. He didn’t lie to you for years, physically or mentally abuse you, cheat on you with countless women and/or steal money from you.

He simply dumped you.

It happens to EVERYONE. And yes, it sucks the big one and I’m sorry it happened to you, but from my experience, it’s for the best. The universe might be trying to tell you something. What? I have no idea. You have to figure that out for yourself.

I will admit to overreacting to being dumped.  I was young and letting my ego get out of control. Luckily, it was before blogs and internets.

Here’s the other thing, every woman wants to be in a relationship. You’re lying to yourself if you weren’t considering it even on date one.  That doesn’t make a relationship the end all be all of your existence. It just enhances it.  There’s nothing wrong with being single and don’t let yourself tell you any different.

Mini-figure it out: bump codes in Series 11

toyThe other day, a new series of Lego minifigures was released. Let me explain. Paul is an Adult Fan of Legos (AFOL). One of his hobbies to build various, well, buildings in a city he is creating. Plus, he likes the characters that Lego comes up with a couple of times each year in their minifigures collections. This time, the theme is Christmas-y, sort of…

Anyway, what happens is that Lego releases these things in a grab bag type situation. There are 16 different minfigures, but you don’t really know what you are going to get in the bag.

There are two ways you can sort of game the system. First, you can feel up the bag and try to see if you recognize a piece from a specific minifigure. The other way is to look for “bump codes.” These are little bumps on the bottom of a bag in various orders. You can see them from the photos below:

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Pretzel girl & Elwood sax guy bump codes

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Constable & Lady Robot bump codes

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Roller skate waitress & scientist bump code

At first, we were going to sort through all of the bags and try to get one of each kind of patter of bump code. Paul got bored with that after about 10 minutes, but I think the universe was trying to warn us. He ended up just grabbing 10 different bags, all with different bump codes, but as you can see, we still got doubles:

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Yeti bump codes

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Rock climber bump codes

So, does the bump code trick work? Yes and no. It does sometimes. We’ve tried it on previous series and it worked half of the time. It seems to be a combination of the bump code and feel up technique improves your odds of finding the gingerbread man. We didn’t get one this round, but his flat round head should be easy to detect in a bag.

Relationship Firsts: An anniversary

KeychainFor the first time in my life, I am celebrating a dating anniversary. No, this isn’t one of those, “We’ve been together for a month, so let’s Facebook it to death, schmoopie” things. One year ago on August 31st, I met the man of my dreams. I can still remember seeing him come down the escalator at the airport. I think that’s the moment I fell in love.

For those who have read my blog, you know that Paul and I met through Twitter. For those too lazy to click through the links, we chatted for a year before he jumped on a plane and flew half way across the country to visit a woman he’d only known digitally.

Sometimes in life you have to take what seems like a huge risk.  Love and logic don’t always go together. In fact, I’m pretty sure they live in different worlds.

The last year of my life has seen many, many changes, not just the time zone in which I live.  I’ve actually been in an adult relationship for a year! YAY! Miracles do happen!

If you are feeling down about your dating life, I have this one piece of advice: Have hope. I truly believe there is someone out there for everyone.

Like I’ve said before, I cannot tell you anything else because most relationship advice is bunk.  People show up in your life when you are looking for them. I was looking for a boyfriend and finally found Paul. There’s nothing wrong with you. You don’t need a coach. People hook up (or get married) all the time who have had no training and fewer IQ points.  It’s probably just a timing issue.

I know I got lucky with Paul.  He’s a real live grown up like me. As you can see from the Valentine’s Day post, he’s also a “romance ninja!” I am thankful for him every day.

I still can’t believe I’m living with him in Minnesota. It’s amazing. I’m in love with this awesome guy and get to hang out with him every day! And he loves me and has just as much fun with me.

We’re still in that “honeymoon” phase. I hate that saying. It makes me think that this wonderful feeling of being in love will just disappear.  I think it will just deepen.

I hope, a year from now, I’m still randomly kissing his cheek because I feel like it. I hope, a year from now, we are still laughing at silly inside jokes about cat breakfast and paleo dog food. I hope, a year from now, we are looking for Peanuts Statues around the Twin Cities. I hope, a year from now, we are still holding hands while sitting on the couch.

Public shaming in a public restroom

mobile phone on tableWhat the hell is wrong with people? Twice today…TWICE…when I was in the restroom, I heard a woman in the stall next to me talking ON THE PHONE!

I’m sure the person on the other end thoroughly enjoyed the sound of her urination and the flush of the toilet thereafter.

The sad part? This isn’t the first time I heard someone in that restroom on the phone.  I’m guessing it’s the same woman, but maybe it’s not.  Maybe this behavior is so wide spread and common that three separate women were chatting while relieving themselves.

Sanitary issues aside, it’s just rude.  Plus, YOU ARE NOT THAT BUSY. Hang up, put the phone in your pocket or purse and do your business in private.

The person on the other end of the phone might be too afraid or appalled to tell you this, but that’s disgusting. If it can be helped, no one wants to hear your bodily functions.

Let it be known, if I am talking to someone on the phone and I hear the sound of urination or a toilet flushing, I will gasp in disgust and hang up on you.

This behavior is unacceptable and needs to be stopped. Have some class and think about someone else for a moment. Do you want to hear your boss dropping a load in the toilet or taking a piss while discussing TPS reports? Do you think your sister wants to hear the flush of a toilet while you discuss her Percocet prescription?

The fact that an adult doesn’t inherently worry about something like that confounds me.  Didn’t your parents raise you better than that??

Gross. I’m also not even sure that woman (or women) washed their hands.

Organizing isn’t just for crazy people, right?

Can you hire someone to organize the stuff in your house? I mean you can hire someone to coach you through life, can I hire someone to help me put stuff away? Not only that, but get rid of stuff too?

It’s not that I have an emotional attachment to most of the crap I own, it’s just that I have better things to do than purge and organize. I bring this up because Paul and I are moving into a new apartment and I’m wondering where I’m going to put all of the stuff I’ve been storing for the past two years. Do I even really need most of it? Probably not.

I try not to look at the way magazines and Martha Stewart organize things. None of that is reality. It’s possibly drug fueled fantasy or photoshopped color coordination, but it’s certainly not real for normal humans.

Reality is the clutter in the corners and the closet.

I Google “Organize my stuff” and quite a few unhelpful websites and blogs show up in the results. They tell me to buy bins, but not ones too big or too small. Oh, thanks Mr. Vague.

I’m tired of all these cutesy photos. I’m not going to put my pens in an old creamer that matches the color of the pens. I need to know how to deal with my shoes that doesn’t involve hanging them on the back of a door and what to do about all the damn toiletries in my hall closet. Speaking of closets…I’d like to not be embarrassed by them anymore…nor my “pantry” and no that’s not a euphemism. My pantry has always just been a few shelves in a cupboard in my kitchen. I’m using the term loosely.

I might be tall, but I’m not 6′ 3″ like Paul and I’m too lazy to pull out the step ladder (which also scares me a little) to see what’s sitting at the top of my kitchen cupboards.

I think part of the problem is that I haven’t really had a place of my own for about 2 years. Maybe I should take this as an opportunity to finally create an organizational paradigm for my life.