Cactus Fever

Presenting the newest and first additions to my cactus collection! I was so excited when I saw these at my local Walgreen's surprisingly. Once I saw one, I just had to get the other too. Naming wise, I'm not sure... I'm trying to base their names off of Studio Ghibli characters, so I was thinking of naming the smaller one Sophie and the one with red flower Calcifer (from Howl's Moving Castle—my favorite movie), but I'm keeping my options open. Since these two will be joining me in my college adventures, they will need to be identified somehow! Any ideas?


Life Update & New Camera


So, this has been a long awaited post for myself, because of my newest camera upgrade! A little while ago, my old Nikon Coolpix S5200 broke, yet again after I bought it for the second time. And I was pretty ticked off, because I did absolutely nothing to break it. In fact, it lasted till the day I came back from my NYC trip and loaded my pictures off of my camera. Later I did some research to find out it is quite typical of that specific model in their line to break for no reason with the words 'Lens Error' on the display, even though I was positive nothing had touched the lens in those few hours. So, we returned it to the company and received a full refund (which was awfully nice, and professional of Nikon).

Moving along toward the story of how I got my new camera, the Olympus SZ-17 which, may I note: is gorgeous! I really didn't want to take anymore chances with another Coolpix, or anything from Nikon for that matter, so I did some camera shopping to find something affordable, durable, and had all the functions I needed. By now, I thought my Nikon would have lasted me for a while longer, giving me time to save up for a SLR camera, but things just didn't end up working out that way-- but that's okay. The great thing about this camera is that it fit all the criteria I wanted and it met me middle way on the type (bridge cameras). Let's hope this one lasts me for a couple of years!

Life, other than school (which I'll be a making a post about soon) has been alright. I recently started back on learning Japanese again, hence the hiragana characters in the beginning. I'm hoping I won't fall off the bandwagon too soon, since I started the correct way this time by learning the characters before learning words. Otherwise, life has been mellow right now...


A Celebration for Mother's Day

Before I start, I would first like to say Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers in the world, soon to be mothers, and past mothers! It's your special day that I hope you are able to use in the way you want.

Viewing the day from a kid perspective (soon to be an adult), I feel as though over the years the way Mother's Day is perceived changes. In elementary school our classes took a whole week in preparation for this special day. Middle school was more of the 'screw everyone' type of business, and by the time you get to high school you just say the words and that's it. I understand that as we grow up, the things we are expected to do/ the way we are expected to act changes, but I still miss the old sentiment from my childhood on this day. I miss making the hand-cutout cards and finger painted flowers. But, I guess that's what happens when you grow older.

This year, do something different (and I don't mean Pinterest-different)! Instead of taking your mom out somewhere to eat, set up the kitchen like a cute diner with a tablecloth and centerpiece. Go for a morning walk and do some yoga stretches with her. All I'm saying is go outside the box and use your talents to the best of your ability. If you're musically inclined, sing or play your mother a song. It's the thought that counts. She will take value in the moments that you and her can only experience once in a lifetime.


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