Archive | September, 2015

Viking Teeth

29 Sep


Apparently the Vikings would file horizontal lines into the enamel on their front teeth and paint in red resin. How much do you want to bet that this will become a trend with young people? Just wait!

From this article.


Fiesta Dinnerware

27 Sep

I love Fiesta dinnerware. When I was in the Boston Store a few weeks ago, I saw these two new beautiful colors: sage and slate. In person the slate is a very dark grey. So beautiful!

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Hello—I’m Back!

26 Sep

I disappeared for a little while because I needed to reassess my use of my time. It was becoming too hard for me to post to Critic Housewife every other day. I know all the manuals say you have to post every other day, but I realized I couldn’t. I needed time to think about what to do, and instead of deleting my site, I made it private for awhile. I have come to the conclusion that I’ll post whenever I want to and not how often the Internet says I should post. I don’t have this site to make money, but I do use it as a way to vent, communicate, and relieve stress. There are so many beautiful photographs, quotes and lyrics that I look forward to sharing with you.

I hope you continue to follow my blog and I apologize for disappearing for awhile.

Critic Housewife

Patti Lupone and Cell Phones

15 Sep


“We work hard on stage to create a world that is being totally destroyed by a few rude, self-absorbed and inconsiderate audience members who are controlled by their phones.” 

Patti Lupone 

Beautiful But Dumb Public domain photograph from Library of Congress, 1926.

I See Your Life

13 Sep

Fernand Khnopff (Belgian, Grembergen 1858–1921 Brussels) Hortensia, 1884 Oil on canvas; 18 3/4 × 23 7/16 in. (47.6 × 59.6 cm) The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, On exam (2015.263)

“I see your life as already artful, waiting, just waiting and ready for you to make it art.”

—Toni Morrison

Fernand Khnopff (Belgian, Grembergen 1858–1921 Brussels)
Hortensia, 1884
Oil on canvas; 18 3/4 × 23 7/16 in. (47.6 × 59.6 cm)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Changes on Critic Housewife’s Site

11 Sep


I’m am working on deleting all photos and illustrations that I did not create. From now on will be posting only photos and illustrations that I have created.

Or, if I feel safe posting someone else’s photos or illustrations, then I will.

Thank you for your patience while I update the site.


Pinterest and Getting Blocked @pinterest

8 Sep


I really value Pinterest. It’s my online scrapbook. I upload my own pins and of course pin other people’s pins.

Sometimes (rarely) someone’s Profile Page has so many amazing boards—I bookmark it so I can come back to it later. When I come back to their Profile Page, I look at all of their super inspiring pins and start pinning the ones I love.

One day I was very happily pinning away on one person’s boards. Imagine my shock when I went to pin another pin from her board and got a notice saying, “This person has blocked you.” What the fuck?

pinterest blocked

I was very upset that I was blocked. I didn’t even know you could be blocked on Pinterest! And I was pissed off because I spent so much time repinning her pins. I didn’t know I was doing anything wrong! She didn’t even know me! I am a good person!

So I Googled “I got blocked on Pinterest” to see what being blocked on Pinterest means. I don’t use Facebook anymore, but when I blocked someone on Facebook, it meant I didn’t want anything to do with them. This Pinterest board owner didn’t want anything to do with me? Isn’t it considered a form of flattery when someone repins a lot of your pins? Apparently not! Pinterest says if you get blocked it means, “your interaction with them was outside their comfort-zone.” Ugh.

What I learned from Google and reading various comments about being blocked on Pinterest is this:

  • Some Board Owners get annoyed if you pin too many of their pins at one time or per day! Pinning “too many pins” is called Board Raiding or Power Pinning. (I do not consider myself a Board Raider or a Power Pinner! The Board Owners apparently think that people who pin too many pins don’t have a life and don’t have any pins of their own to contribute.)
  • Board Owners will block you if they think you are copying complete boards.

A blocker said:

“I have blocked people. I have well over 100,000 pins, Sometimes someone will spend hours – life half the night pinning an entire board of mine. Lazy. The fun is in the hunt, figuring out how to do searches, finding things off-sight, getting creative and taking time to assemble interesting and well put-together boards. Then some lazy person comes along and decides to copy every single pin you have on a huge board that took many months or years to put together. This is not right.” (Note from Critic Housewife: This makes me sad that you have this attitude! It’s a public website. Make all of your boards private if you don’t want people pinning from them. You have a big ego and a false sense of entitlement, babe. I’m not pinning “every single one” of your pins because I don’t like all of them! I have a life! I’m not lazy!)

A commenter who had been blocked said:

“Why bother to create a board, fill it with thousands of pins, and then try to control the number of repins someone can make from your board? It’s not even their original photos…it’s just photos they found and “shared” on Pinterest…just like the rest of us.”

If you doesn’t want your pins repinned, then make your board private! Don’t block me because I repinned many of your pins—isn’t that what they are there for? For the user who blocked me, she had 43,000 pins. How can I pin what I want if I’m limited to only pinning a few pins a day? No comprende!!!

I can see blocking someone on Pinterest if you are being harassed or if you know someone and don’t want anything to do with them.

A video on Pinterest says we can pin “wild and free.” Not really, Pinterest! We need to be forewarned if we can’t pin “wild and free.”

Pinterest, here is what you need to do: Each Pinterest Profile Page needs to state what the board owner’s rules are about their pins, e.g.:

  • Pin freely!
  • I allow only 10 pins per day per person or I’ll block you. I have nothing better to do than to keep track of this.

Regarding the person who blocked me, I blocked her back.

Horizontal Stripes Haiku

4 Sep


You called me “Kim”—not

my name. Lobby lights off.

Indicative of job.

You wore a horizontal-striped

sleeveless dress. Flip flops.


You said you would call

my recruiter by Friday—

but you did not call.

I emailed recruiter.

“We have not heard from them.”

Took a nap. Answer:

“We found a better

match.” No other feedback.

Indicative of job.


This five paragraph Haiku is about a job interview that I had. So annoying and insulting!

Are five paragraph Haikus allowed?

Public domain photograph from the Library of Congress: Betty Bronson modeling Roman Stripe — Orange, Green, Red & Copper Knit Pleated Skirt with Brass Buttons

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