December 11, 2017
Note: We are headed out Thursday morning for an 8-day trip to Charlotte and Florida. I can’t wait to post about our journeys!
I have a love-hate relationship with Pinterest.
On the love side, I often feel inspired when I see all the creativity, beauty and amazing ideas that can be found there.
On the hate side, I often feel inadequate when I see all the creativity, beauty, and amazing ideas that can be found there.
So this past Wednesday, I decided to be aggressively unPinterested. I organized a party with the goal of making it as uninspiring as possible.
And the “good” news? I think I succeeded!
Just to set the stage, our church has several small groups (called Connections group) that meet on a regular basis. There is usually a short teaching, discussion questions and lots of opportunity for people to talk and get to know each other. I facilitate one of these groups on Wednesday night. I had announced we were going to be having an informal Christmas party and since a couple of my attenders are really into Pinterest, I figured they would be especially amused by the party’s theme.
Here are a few pictures to show that the idea was a roaring, non-Pinteresty worthy success.
I am especially pleased with the mismatched (size, color, brand) paper plates and also the mismatched plastic glasses. Because you know that matching items could very well have ruined the whole vibe.
I made a point of throwing my semi-homemade peanut butter cookies into a Ziploc bag rather than arrange them artfully on a reindeer tray. UnPinterested win!
The ice cubes were plopped into an old lunch bag Nathan used to carry to school. (And that I still use for packing my own lunches for work.)
The ice cubes were served with a measuring cup. UnPinterested win!
Here’s another photo of the culinary chaos. Not pictured are the ripped-off-the-roll paper towels I gathered from the bathroom when I realized we had no napkins. Nothing says unPinterested like ripped-edged, industrial grade paper towels.
The sad news?
The lack of Pinterest picturesque-ness totally put a damper on the evening. Everyone was sad and morose and lolled around saying mournfully, “I sure wish there were some Pinterest-worthy food items in this room because one really cannot have any fun without them.”
The one fella in attendance bravely held his ground amidst all the female chatter.
So the bottom line from this unPinterested Party?
Every gathering does not have to be put together perfectly and Pinterest-worthy. When it comes down to it, people attend parties and dinners because of wanting to be with the other people, NOT because the appetizer is in the shape of a Christmas tree.
Sure, there are certain times when it’s fun to go all out and make everything creative and fabulous. But if you have to choose between having a few people over for chaotic cuisine or NOT having them over because the cuisine is chaotic, always choose the former. You will make a memory and your guests might enjoy themselves even more because being aggressively unPinterested is actually a whole lot of fun.
Steve started writing a song back in the spring for a special mentor/counselor of ours who has made a huge difference in our lives. He worked on it all year and then played it for me and asked me to help tweak a few things. Finally about a month ago, he went into a small local studio and recorded vocals, rhythm guitar and bass. He brought in our church drummer to add a little percussion and then asked if I would sing part of the song, too.
Considering the fact that Steve and I have recorded 15 CD’s and have spent over 1200 hours in studios together, it was definitely a trip down memory lane as I stepped into that little studio last week.
After almost thirty-six years, we are still making music and making a marriage together.
This is Nick, our engineer and a staff pastor at Source church. Nick has been an invaluable resource for me when I run into technical issues at church. I will text him with a plaintive plea for help and he will come over and graciously rescue me from whatever technical mire I have fallen into.
If you lost your stuffed camel recipe, I found it! If you read through the directions you will find that the result of this delectable dish will be MORE than Pinterest-worthy. I mean how many times do you see a recipe that features “stuffed chickens arranged around a cooked camel?” Not too many, that’s for sure!
What about you?
Are you a Pinterest aficionado? If so, what categories do you use it for the most?
Thrift stores, fuzzy socks
and conversing with my Yorkie
are all on the list of things I love.