A letter from Stephen Fry, and Pinterest

24 May

I finally managed to get a Pinterest account last night, thanks to another blogger; about time too! I’ve been trying to join for ages but it’s never accepted invitations.

I have no idea what I’m doing; I just know it’s addictive. I can’t stop clicking. Damn my need to join in.

I’m waiting to go to town with my mother. Thursday is shopping day (also the day my benefits go into the bank) and for as long as I can remember, I’ve always helped her. I think in a way it’s a habit of hers; she’s always done it, so she continues. I do also wonder if perhaps she has some form of agoraphobia. She’s never really socialised much, and stays in the house most of the week. We used to go for walks together, but our combined aches and pains have put paid to that.

We also have to go to the garden centre outside town… I’m dreading it. I can’t pretend to enjoy wandering around looking at plants.


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32 responses to “A letter from Stephen Fry, and Pinterest

  1. judithatwood

    May 24, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Beware Pinterest — takes up a lot of time!

    • halfwaybetweenthegutter

      May 24, 2012 at 9:36 pm

      It does doesn’t it?!

      I remember you mentioning you have an account… what’s your username?

      • judithatwood

        May 24, 2012 at 9:40 pm

        No, I don’t — I watched one of my sisters get addicted, and my personality is much less addictive than mine, so I’m steering clear!

  2. judithatwood

    May 24, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Oh, and love from a Stephan Fry devotee!

  3. Phoenix

    May 24, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    So far I’m doing well resisting the lure of pininterest! Good luck at the garden centre.

    • halfwaybetweenthegutter

      May 24, 2012 at 9:36 pm

      Resist! Haha, it’s so addictive.

      It wasn’t so bad in the end. Wandered around the fancy candles and aquariums for a bit while my mother did the boring stuff. I’m 27 and I still LOATHE garden centres.

      • Phoenix

        May 26, 2012 at 12:51 pm

        :) I’m 46 and I will always loathe garden centres… and gardening!

  4. thepickledprincess

    May 24, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Mr fry talks a lot of sence! Hope you are well and enjoy your pinterest! If it gives you pleasure thats a good thing :-) xxx

    • halfwaybetweenthegutter

      May 24, 2012 at 9:35 pm

      Thank you! He does indeed; I love how he speaks out honestly about having bipolar.

  5. Jacklyn

    May 24, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    The whole reason I have not got an account is because I do not want to become a “pinhead”. Hahahaha! That is what I call people who have a Pinterest account in jest. One of my best friends is on it ALL the TIME. So, I tease her about it. She gets a kick out of it. I am so happy I stopped myself. Too much going on else in my life to devote to all the fun that would surely come with it. :) Have a great day! >HUGS<

  6. jhon baker

    May 24, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    I have a cork board at home to pin things to so no pinterest for me but I love the quote.

    • halfwaybetweenthegutter

      May 24, 2012 at 9:33 pm

      Thanks jhon. I did have a home-made pinboard, but it fell off the wall and broke :/

  7. singer51781

    May 24, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    I just learned what pinterest is from this blog. LOL. In response to your post though, about the depression, I have a psychotherapist now, because I deal with a lot of things, like bipolar1. I also have a “disconnect” from my true feelings to the extent that it’s coming out in convulsions. Weird. Anyway, she had me do this exercise about looking into myself and having compassion on myself, and out of nowhere I saw sadness. I was then able to express why I was sad. I know sadness is totally different from depression, but it was a cool exercise. I just wonder if those exercises would work for me in my depressive modes.

    • halfwaybetweenthegutter

      May 24, 2012 at 9:33 pm

      I also disconnect… it’s never shown in convulsions, but I have had weird little episodes almost like epilepsy, where I jerk a bit and my eyes roll back. It only lasts a few seconds, and I don’t even know it’s happened. I’ve had scans and tests done, and I’m not epileptic. A therapist once told me it’s my body’s way of shutting down if I can’t cope with a situation. Makes sense to me.

      I find it so hard to have compassion for myself :(

      • singer51781

        May 24, 2012 at 10:33 pm

        I’m learning the compassion thing now. I’m figuring that’s key if one wants to look inside themselves, as they may find something that may be unsettling. That would cause many to beat themselves up instead of resolving the problem, or figuring out why it’s there.

        • halfwaybetweenthegutter

          May 25, 2012 at 2:44 pm

          It is hard to look inside and not feel unsettled by what I see; nothing terrible, just things I’m not happy with. I suppose we all have those feelings. How do you learn it? I mean, I can be compassionate with others, it’s just myself I can’t apply it to.

  8. brokeninpeaces

    May 24, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Good luck today, hope you can find a smile, i know its so hard, but also know you are not alone. thank you for shareing the “letter from Stephen Fry” it does say SO MUCH. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURS.

  9. faithhopechocolate

    May 24, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    I daren’t go near Pintrest.

    And I love Stephen Fry; he’s one of the most eloquent people in the world. If I could go out to dinner with anyone (for conversation purposes) then he’d be at the top of the list, providing of course he’s having a good day (as I wouldn’t be so cruel as to insist he goes out if he’d rather stay in hiding under his duvet).

    • halfwaybetweenthegutter

      May 24, 2012 at 9:29 pm

      Fry is an amazing man. In an ocean of celebrities who claim they have mental illnesses but play them down, he’s painfully honest and I love him for it. If anyone in the public eye is going to change things, he will. I just want to give him a big hug and a cup of tea!

  10. The Girl in Yoga Pants

    May 24, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Beware the Pinterest addiction! It’s a beautiful time-waster.

    • halfwaybetweenthegutter

      May 24, 2012 at 9:27 pm

      Haha it is, isn’t it? I’ve been sitting here going ‘I like that… and that… that too…’.

  11. My Ox is a Moron

    May 24, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    I am so totally addicted to Pinterest! It is fun to see what things other people have found and to see what you have found that interests others. I actually have put my blog onto a board on my Pinterest page!.

    • My Ox is a Moron

      May 24, 2012 at 8:53 pm

      Oh, and the Stephen Fry quote is so true. It is so hard to be around depressed people, but it is so nice to have someone there on the otherside to celebrate your return to life.

      • halfwaybetweenthegutter

        May 24, 2012 at 9:26 pm

        Indeed. I often think it must be hell living with me; I’m not always the easiest person to deal with. Still, I like to think it’s worth it for those times I come out of myself.

        • My Ox is a Moron

          May 24, 2012 at 11:51 pm

          We sure appreciate your willingness to share your journey with us. You are and inspiration.

    • halfwaybetweenthegutter

      May 24, 2012 at 9:27 pm

      Ooooh, how do you do the blog thing? I’m so confused by it; I’m a self-confessed techie nerd and all-round computer legend, but it has me utterly bemused.

      When I heard it was addictive, I thought, “pah bet it’s not” but it so is :/

      What’s your username?

  12. plainflawless

    May 25, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    I love love the letter!

  13. jo

    May 25, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Oh I love pinterest!!!


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