Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Dream Big

I have recently become fascinated with Pinterest.  If you haven't been there, it's a site that functions as an online bulletin board.  When you join you are given several blank bulletin boards with various categories - or you can make your own -  to fill.  All the recipes I posted on Monday?  I found them on Pinterest.

As I am not a very crafty or artistic person, this site has been a bonanza for me.  In addition to my food bulletin board, which I think has the most pins so far, it has been so much fun going through other things that people pin up and think that Yes!  I would like to have that in my dream house... I would like to go there.... How inspirational, truer words have never been spoken.  It's like a great big craft fair for someone like me.   Hey - the world needs people like me to buy their crafty stuff, right?

It's also an amazing social experiment in some ways.  My sister and I keep picking the same pins.  We are 15 years apart in age and don't consult but it was so ridiculous last week that she finally told me she should just hand over her food board to me and I should pin all the stuff I've chosen on to her board too.  I've also seen sides of some friends that I really never knew about - for example one of my friends has a darn crafty streak - keeps pinning crafty things to try around her house, etc.  That suprised me for some reason.  Maybe because I am so not crafty (see above).

While it could become quite addicting, I've found it pretty easy to stay off the site until I truly have a few free minutes.  As you know I'm rarely on my computer in the evenings due to being on one all. day. long. and that has remained the case even as much as I am enjoying the pinning.

A couple of things that I found and pinned have really stuck with me.  First was this one.  It's true you know, I really do look like the bottom girl and honestly, if I'm having a bad run, I feel like a chubby 5 year old too!  I like this so much I printed it out and put it on my refrigerator.  Even Mr. Helen thought it was funny and admitted I sort of do look like the little girl :-)

Another funny but oh so true one is one I can't stop thinking about.  Literally just thinking about this makes me crack up!
Man can I relate.  How many days have I started off thinking I was going to be perfection modeled with my eating and exercise only to have cake by the end of the day.  Sigh.  What made this one even funnier to me was when Mr. Helen said, "I don't get that but I bet lots of girls do."  In his world cake isn't an issue.

But one of the first things I pinned has gone from me thinking that it was beautiful, to me becoming a tad bit obsessed, and then dreaming of myself in it.

Everything about this is me.  The hot pink accessories, the style of the dress... even matching fingernails and champagne.  I can't stop thinking about it to the point where I contacted the website that it came from and asked them where to find that dress.  Turns out it's actually a short bridesmaids dress, which might make it even more appropriate for what I'm thinking.  And I have been thinking, a lot, about feeling better and getting this darn weight off - probably because my appointment with the specialist is only 2 weeks away. 

My 20th wedding anniversary is May 2, 2012.  I want to wear this dress in a size a bit smaller than where I am right now and accessorize it just like that for my anniversary. 

Wish me a good doctor, with a good plan.  Wish me well. Wish me good luck.


  1. That's a beautiful dress & all that pink accessorizing looks pretty yummy too. Fab goal to have :)

  2. I wish you all the good luck with the doctor and a new plan, but whatever happens, you will look stunning on your 20th anniversary.

    I am afraid of going to pinterest.

  3. I am obsessed with Pinterest!!! I've even gotten my 14 year old daughter hooked! We're really enjoying the fashion items where they put together a whole outfit - jeans, shirt, scarf, earrings and bag. She's made a whole "lookbook" of outfits and it's helped me coordinate some of the stuff I already have that I didn't know went together! It's such a fun time, but definitely a time suck!

    And I pinned that running pic, too! It still cracks me the heck up!

  4. You would look so amazing in that dress - and I love that you've set it as a goal! Please find those shoes as well - that is just one fantastic outfit, head to foot!

    I fought Pinterest but lost. That said, I'm having a lot of fun with it and have gotten a lot of laughs, too! And now I need to find some kids to do some of the fun crafty things that I keep seeing.

  5. I've seen that running pic and I can so relate! And not just for running...

    I've tried Pinterest but maybe I don't "get" it?

    And I'm with are a stunning woman no matter what!

  6. Oooh! You've got plenty of time to get into a smaller dress come your 20th anniversary. Go for it! :)

    P.S. I'm a Pinterest addict. I can't stop myself. It's terrible!

  7. I'm a pintrest addict as well. Love that site.
    Love the dress and the shoes too! What a lovely color. You will look wonderful in it. Good luck in getting it for your anniversary.

  8. OMG, I spit out my water at the running poster - ha! I loved BL last night - isn't our boyfriend dreamy??!!

    Guess what I am going to try to do tonight at the gym?? Run 1 minute at 10.0 mph! Wish me luck.

    And you would look stunning in that outfit! I have no doubt you will reach your goal!

  9. OOOH...I'm going to check out Pinterest. Happy Wednesday.

  10. That picture is you right now Helen. You have to get the dangly gold bracelet too! Hint hint, Mr. IS a special anniversary!

    LOL on Lori's comment, being afraid of pinterest.

  11. I keep hearing how wonderful it is but I have not spent much time there.

    LOVE the ensemble for your anniversary! Gorg!

  12. Pinterest is very fun, like cutting things out of a magazine but this time keeping them visible so they can actually inspire you!

  13. Such a cool site, I've requested an invitation because I like it.

    When you posted the little girl running on FB I said to my friend K. "watch this, the girl in the bottom is me running". I had to laugh about that picture.

    I try to stay away from the computer at nights as much as possible. Usually I'm behind it for 1 hour or so to update my blog and stats. I read blogs at work, everytime I finish a task I can have a few minutes to read a blog. Now it's your turn :)

  14. Forgot: fun fact -> May 2, 2012 you are married for 20 years. My Mom is turning 70 that day.

  15. I LOVE, love, love the dress! And I think it's great that you're using that as motivation to lose weight. I am so much more motivated when I have an inspiring vision to follow. Best of luck!!
    And your pins CRACKED ME UP!! Especially the little girl running. I'm giggling just thinking about it now.

  16. Oh my gosh Helen! You made me laugh out loud more than once. :) I'm sitting in the hotel restaurant in Fairbanks, Alaska, eating an egg white omelette with reindeer (really caribou) sausage, mushrooms and spinach...and giggling myself silly. Thanks, I needed that. :)

    LOVE the dress and yes, it's totally you (and the shoes and the color).

    I forgot your sister is 15 years older than you, and mine is 17 years older. We are the same. Always picking out the same stuff without even knowing it. A couple years ago she picked me up at the airport and we had on identical sunglasses, same brand, same style, with the exact same rhinestones. I live in Seattle, she lives in Fairbanks. Many other similar coincidences over the years. Enjoy every second with your sister.

    Good luck with the doctors. I'll pray you get the best care and get this thing fixed. I know how frustrated you've been with the thyroid problem but I bet the good doctors will find the answer. Take care. :)

  17. Ive resisisisisisted for so long. Im caving today I think.

  18. Oh Mr. Helen- YOU can have our cake and EAT it too.

  19. love that little girl running - that is exactly what I feel like!
    My job issues out hot pink scrubs for us to wear... we are all that!!
    As are you!!