This article makes me sad :(

10 Things Today’s Kids Will Never Experience

Even I’ve missed out on some things that the list touched on, and I also think the list may have missed out on some important items (like the loss of cursive).  There are also some things from that list that I would not miss, like getting lost — really, frighteningly lost, and if your phone dies on you or you’re in the middle of the boonies where there’s no reception, no GPS satellite will help you.  I think that the point the article makes, though, is that like many times before, out with the old and in with the new (technology); yet, I don’t think that the adage is always such a good thing.

Think of all the things the next generation has lost!  I feel blessed to be in the “middle” generation, albeit at the tail end.  But I think that maintaining some traditions has merit.  I love the feel of holding a book (and I hate reading from the screen), the look of handwriting on paper (somehow printed paper seems cold, doesn’t it?), the art of film development (which I’ve yet to learn, but hopefully it’ll get preserved at least in schools)…

All that old stuff, though replaced by technology in the modern times, has a sense of sincerity, a realistic quality, and a way to invoke nostalgia that I don’t believe technology can ever attain.

So kids, read your books and learn your cursive D:

Lately, I’ve been feeling a lot like the lyrics to some of the songs I’ve been listening to on and off on the radio.

I’m particularly feeling like these lyrics (especially the second half):

Still you call me to walk
On the edge of this world
To spread my dreams and fly
But the future’s so far
My heart is so frail
I think I’d rather stay inside

Good thing we get the chorus, despite feeling that way ^ ^

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And this one sometimes…

This part gives me hope :)

But I’m still a dreamer
A believer
Oh, I lost my faith in so many things
But I still believe in You
‘Cause You can make anything new

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Lastly, the song I couldn’t remember but waited until I found again before I felt right finishing this post.  I am in complete love with this song.

Can you hold me together?
Can your love reach down this far?
Can you hold me together?
‘Cause without You holding my heart
I’m falling apart

Japanese people are amazing.

This is SO cute.

(I stole the picture from the website, so you can understand the next part, if you don’t want to go to the link >__<  BUT YOU SHOULD.)

I tried to make some today with white peaches.  Note that it is considerably different, because peaches are squishy (even hard ones) while apples are firm, so mine actually ended up looking more like sushi T__T;  But at least my mom has this flat plate with a grass print on the background, so the whole “bunnies in the grass” thing makes my attempt look less like a fail XD

By the way, if you haven’t seen the MY MILKTOOF site yet… check it out.  It’s amazing.

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My parents and I took Alli (short for Alligator) — our new black lab, who’s about a year old and 75 pounds of whiny, overly excitable, largely untrained, has-more-energy-than-1,000-Energizer-batteries puppy — to the park to fish and walk around this morning.  Although the sky was lit by the time we got there, I still got some nice pictures of the first sun rays across the cloud-spotted sky :3  It’s so beautiful!  I could even see the edges of the clouds glowing from the backlit sunrise.

We think the park is probably too distracting for the dog, so we didn’t get to train her much (we’re trying to teach her to “stay” and “heel”).  She was pretty good though, just far too excited for me XD  I’ll take my cats, thanks.  Or maybe I’m just not used to dogs >__<

We also caught 2 fish, a crocker and a fairly large catfish, one each by my mom and dad.  It was really windy and apparently late in the season (something about the lake waters being too warm), so I’m surprised we caught anything at all.

So this weekend is Father’s Day, which is why we went out so early.  Part one of “Father’s Day weekend” gift, I suppose?  My dad enjoys fishing, so it’s nice for us to go out bright and early on Saturday morning as a family so he can relax and fish :)  Part two of the “gift” is lunch/dinner, I suppose, though we’re all so lax that we have no idea where to go :P  That’s okay.

Otherwise, my only decent gift tends to baking or making ice cream XD  My mom recently got an ice cream machine, so we’re planning to make some mint ice cream — hopefully it’ll be ready by tomorrow.  I’m also planning to make basil & Parmesan scones for breakfast tomorrow ^w^  I’m a slow baker/ice cream maker, so I hope they turn out well and don’t take the whole day >__<

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about calendars.  Perhaps my thoughts were sparked by my discipler’s mention that she likes to have a calendar to mark down all the things that are going on, and then at the end of the year, she has something to remember the year by.  I like that a lot, actually, so I’ve been trying to procure some kind of cute desk calendar.  I recently bought a cute Hello Kitty Engagement Calendar (even though it’s already halfway through the year >__<;;…)

I prefer Chococat, but his items are limited.  Hello Kitty works, too :3

I should be getting it tomorrow, so hopefully it’s all I’m expecting it to be so I can start using it to remember my days ^ ^

I think that calendars can be pretty romantic things.  The other day I saw an engagement calendar that actually went from July to July, rather than January to December like “normal” calendars.  That sort of got me thinking about how calendars can be used in a romantic sense.  They could make a cute anniversary gift:

(1) For the guy to give the girl a new calendar for the coming year, so that she can mark down all the things they’ll experience together in the next year.  This sort of makes it so that their year is from anniversary to anniversary, rather than from January to December.  I think that could be cute, too ^ ^  I wouldn’t mind marking my year that way.  Extra points if he makes the calendar himself, and it’d probably be pretty hard to find a calendar that does that anyways.

(2) For the guy to give the girl a calendar for the  previous year, in which he marked everything that happened that previous year.  This shows that he remembers their times together and thought they were important enough to mark down :3

Or some combination of the two :P  I guess that’s asking too much of boys, haha.  Just remembering the anniversary is a feat :x

I only say from guy to girl here, because I think guys don’t care that much for something sentimental like a calendar of memories.  Anyways, if a girl gives a guy a calendar, I think it’d be kind of perceived as clingy or passive aggressive hinting?  Just my impression.

Anyways.  This is one of my silly romantic notions.  Too bad it doesn’t fit in my book, or I’d toss it in as a cute side scene (like I’ve done with a lot of other silly notions I have XD).

I’m excited to see my new calendar tomorrow!  :)

Ow >__<

Thumbtacks are dangerous. Especially when the plastic part spontaneously splits in half and the metal part stabs you from the back end @__@;;

Luckily for me, Hello Kitty band-aids have special healing powers XD