Keeping in Touch

I guess my favorite thing about computers,the internet all this technology is the social aspect. It allows me to keep in touch with family and friends who are far away, and facilitates making new friends.

I have to say that I’m completely hooked on facebook now. Last year, people in my office were talking a bit about mixi (a Japanese networking site), but I never went and checked it out. Then I heard talk about myspace and facebook, but I thought they were probably just a waste of time, something trendy that younger people are doing (like IMing, which I never really got into as it often annoyed me when trying to do something else on my computer). So in January I started this blog, thinking it was a great way to keep people informed of what we are doing. But I did find a limitation the first time I tried to post video: the video file had to be a few mb smaller than the one I wanted to upload and the playback was crappy. So in March I was talking with my friend Mary Ann and she was telling me about myspace, so I created a profile, but the interface was really busy and I couldn’t navigate it easily. So I figured, what the heck, now I’ll check out facebook as well. I have to say that facebook has turned out to be my favorite. I can import this blog right into the notes section without doing anything more than just posting the blog. And I can supplement the blog with unlimited videos and photo albums.

I suppose having a lot of my family on facebook from the beginning helped as well… I love how easy it is to share our daily lives, and read other people’s news.

I have to confess to one problem, though. I spend a lot of time on my electronic albums and still haven’t made physical albums to send to my grandparents. I was originally going to add a lot of stories and stuff to the photos and albums (like I do on facebook), but I think I’ll just send the photos. Maybe I can even get it done tomorrow… (But I also need to clean out the closet tomorrow if I can…) I suppose, for me, the only thing that would make these sites even more fun for me would be having my grandparents on them, but they aren’t part of the technology. I do have to say that I enjoy my regular phone calls with them. I try to call at least once or twice a week. It’s nice for me to talk to them and I know they really appreciate the contact.

Now, for anyone on the Loree side of my family… I’m really getting more and more worried about Grandma. Every time I talk to her on the phone, she seems to be mentally slipping a bit more. I was talking to family today about Colleen’s shower on Saturday. And even my other grandma commented on how much weight she has lost and how frail she is looking. I know that it’s difficult to visit regularly since the closest people are more than an hour away. But it doesn’t cost much time at all to pick up the phone and call. If you don’t talk to her very often, please do call her! Her number is 810-982-1135. I know she loves picking up the phone and hearing a friendly voice at the other end. Not to be doom and gloom or anything, but I don’t expect her to be around for too much longer, and am now worrying if she’ll even make it until we get back…

Now, I’m just starting to depress myself, so I need to end this on a happier note with a couple of pictures of Hana and Gaku that I took today!

Oh, and an update on the Toy Story lingo. This evening Gaku was playing with his Buzz, and the latest phrase he has added to his play is “mayday”. He has completed the phrase to match the movie.

“Mayday, mayday. Come in Star Command.”

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