Monday, June 25, 2012

What I Did On My Summer Vacation!

I just came back from 6 days and 5 nights in blistering Phoenix, Arizona! The highs ran between 108-111 degrees every day I was there. No, I'm not a masochist, my daughter lives there. Now, bear in mind, I also lived there for 8 years, so there’s really no reason for me to be surprised, but I was. Not at the temperature, but the “dry” heat. Now that I live in a much more humid environment – Sacramento, California – I really can see what people mean when they say that. Arizonans usually laugh that one off.

Before I get to the point of this post, let me just brag a bit. My daughter’s a chef at a Sheraton resort there and took me to her 4-star restaurant for dinner. It was wonderful because we used her gift certificate that she got for being the employee of the month (she’s been nominated 5 times – not that I’m proud or anything) and boy did we enjoy it! Her co-workers made us three unique just-for-us appetizers. In total, it was a seven course meal. We were there almost 3 hours. It was fantastic.

Now, down to business – I discovered "Extreme Pinterest" – that’s my own name for it. As I was whiling away the hours of the two days my daughter had to work, I began a project on Pinterest, a board I created and called Beautiful Men. For one full day, and a significant part of another, I searched for the best photos I could find of men who are or were very simply – gorgeous.   As I said, on more than one tweet, it was tough work, but someone had to do it.  Here’s that link for you to enjoy - Beautiful Men!

But it wasn’t just about concentrating for hours on building a board (essentially an online bulletin board, for those of you that don’t do Pinterest yet) it was discovering that there were other people out there as well, really focusing on their boards and obviously spending a significant amount of time expressing themselves. One of the boarders (again, my name for it – I have no idea what Pinterest folks call themselves yet), did some wonderful work building boards for different colors - everything green, red, beige, pink, yellow, etc. Looking at her boards is a visual sensation.

I know some people are saying “I just don’t want to get involved in another social media thing” and believe me I get that. However, Pinterest is exceedingly fun! Really it is. And it’s a lot less about social interaction (there’s hardly any) than it is about self-expression. You simply pin to these boards things that you like or that mean something to you.

My purpose here is not to push anyone to do anything, but instead just to let you know there’s an online activity out there that's truly enjoyable if you feel like trying something new.

Oh, by the way, if you haven’t already – please stop by the Pinterest board I made to see who my readers think would be the best redheaded actress to play Red Talbot – Red Mojo Mama. It’s fun and if you “like”, re-pin or comment on a picture your name goes in a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card. As of this writing, there are only 11 people in that drawing, so your chances are good!


  1. Dang it my phone is acting up and I can't access your page!

    But I am with you on Pinterest. I have admittedly not adopted it entirely, I'm hoping I do soon! It's a wonderful way to organize info! I wish they would include a web browser tool or something! It will make me so much happier!

    Now I am off to battle with my phone! I can't wait to see who you included!

  2. Visited your boards today. I absolutely love the story ideas board! I may have to adopt something similar. So easy to forget inspiration once it's hit.

  3. I haven't looked yet, but I'm pretty sure I'm on your Beautiful men board., LOL. You on my beautiful women board-- in my mind!

  4. Darn! I was so close to posting your picture when I thought "That Danny, he's so shy and retiring. It would probably be embarrassing to him." So, I was really just protecting you. Thanks for the compliment!