So. Turns out I've got bronchitis. The doctor seemed puzzled by it and asked if anybody was sick at home or anything. I said, "No, but I work with kids." and he was all, "Oh. No wonder." I'm now three days into a five-day z-pack with no noticeable improvement and find myself thinking things like Remember back when I didn't used to cough all the time? That was nice.
I'm also still pretty spacy. In order to make some use of my staring straight ahead time, I've been doing a lot of looking at what everybody's pinning on Pinterest. For those who aren't familiar, Pinterest is a site where you can make virtual pinboards. Basically like public bookmark folders. You can follow people and see what they're pinning, which I do with a few friends.
Since that doesn't eat up nearly enough time, I've been looking at the Everything page, where you see what the most recent pins were from everybody using the site. You can very easily repin anything you see, so a lot of them are repeated. Over and over. I've noticed some very definite trends.
Apparently we are all (at least meant to be) very much into:
Grey and yellow - for weddings! And rooms! And outfits!
Chalkboard paint, chalkboard contact paper, DIY chalkboard paint in any color, chalkboard painted doors, drawers and wedding favors
White ink tattoos
Family/engagement/wedding photos from odd angles, most of which cut everyone's heads off
Everything that isn't Nutella-flavored, that is
Cake pops - I don't understand this. Who wants one bite of cake?
Cake in a jar - WHY?
Mason jars - mason jar vases, mason jar candles, mason jar lights, mason jar organizers, mason jars dyed, mason jars painted, mason jars full of cake
Father's Day gifts, most of which, such as a golf-themed wreath, most fathers would have zero interest in receiving
Classroom ideas - makes sense. We've got time on our hands these days.
Tricked out laundry rooms
Variations on the Keep Calm and Carry On poster - I'll admit to getting a kick out of Keep Calm and Pretend It's on the Lesson Plan
Inspirational quotes of all kinds. Most recently, I saw a WHY I RUN thing with all kinds of happy words around it. You know why I run? Because I'm not willing to radically alter my diet, so my choices are 1) Run. 2) Get fat. Probably wouldn't make a good inspirational poster.
Complex hair braids
Making stuff out of pallets
Making stuff out of toilet paper tubes
Making stuff out of paint chips
Making stuff out of book pages - I like the idea until it occurs to me that I'd have to pull the pages out of books!
So yeah, it can get repetitive. But there are a lot of good ideas there. That's where I found the recipe for those Oreo treats I told you about. Also, I followed the directions for a non-braided hairstyle that turned out ok, as far as I know. (It was an updo and the only means I had of checking it was trying to hold up my full-length mirror to look in the bathroom mirror.) And I found the recipe for some lasagna soup that I decided to make because we've got chicken stock to use up. True story: I added extra tomato sauce while it was cooking because it didn't look soupy at all. This was of course because, I realized later, I forgot to put in the chicken stock. You know, the entire reason for making soup in the first place. Seriously.
Also, I saw a sign that I kind of want for my classroom. It says: "If life gives you melons, you may be dyslexic." Two out of two dyslexic people I showed it to thought it was funny, so I think I'm in the clear.
Just today, a couple of friends pinned a photo where someone had hung some nice wooden silverware organizers on the wall and used them to hang jewelry. We use Raj's nice wooden silverware organizer for his nice silverware, but my hand-me-down silverware was sitting in my plastic silverware organizer in storage. So I put the silverware in a Ziploc, cleaned out the tray and stuck it in the top drawer of my nightstand. Now my necklaces don't have to hang from the lamp switch anymore!
And if you're on Pinterest, you should follow me. Then I'll follow you back and have more stuff to look at! If you're not on Pinterest but would like to be, I have six invites left. Come on. You know you want to learn how to make a chalkboard-painted mason jar full of Nutella cake.