What I Learned- June
Once again, it's time for "What I Learned", a link-up with Emily @ Chatting at the Sky, where we look back on the past month and share the little treasures we gathered along the way. Sometimes silly, always fun. If you want to join in, link up here.
1. It has been 30 years now since Ferris Bueller took his famous day off. Sure, it's just a movie, but I felt a little sad for the kids of today, when I read this article, about how technology has now made such a day impossible. Also, since we're talking 80's movies, Back to the Future part 2 predicted we would have hover-boards by June of 2015, and we do. They're not quite as cool as the ones in the movie, but they exist.
2. I've been trying to learn how to use Twitter. Here's something weird and random I learned: if you tag someone in the middle or end of a tweet (-Life moves pretty fast @FerrisBueller) anyone can see it. But if you use the @ at the beginning of a tweet (@FerrisBueller -Life moves pretty fast), only you, the other person, and your mutual friends can see it. If you want everyone to see it and you tag someone at the beginning of a tweet, you have to add a period. (.@FerrisBueller -Life Moves Pretty Fast) I didn't know that. Maybe you did. I'm still probably making a lot of dumb mistakes, but if you want to find me on Twitter, you can do that here.
3. Poodles are really smart dogs. I already knew that , but what I learned this month, was that I need to be careful about setting a precedent with a poodle, unless I intend to continue for all eternity. For some reason, I gave my dog a treat first thing in the morning, maybe, three mornings in a row. Now, she wakes us, as soon as the sun rises, even on weekends, begging for her treat. This is not good.
4. Freedom- for dates and fun stuff like that. We're getting there! When the kids were little, we could leave them with a babysitter, and while that was somewhat limiting, we could still go out occasionally, just Derek and I. Then they got older, and didn't need babysitters, but they still needed drivers. Dates were even more rare, unless you count quick trips to Starbucks- because there was always a kid who needed to be dropped off or picked up from some activity. But now, it's getting easier. Friends who drive, activities within walking distance, and some other factors have all combined in a wonderful way. It's a whole new world.
All pictures from my Instagram account. I'm there @ dawnmarieklinge Are you? If you are, and I'm not already following you, let me know! It's my favorite place to be on social media.
5. I was listening to the Relevant podcast the other day, and they were talking about a theory, that goes something like: whatever was popular in culture the year you graduate high school (music, hairstyles, etc.) imprints on your psyche in a strong way, so that it becomes a set point of "normal" for you. They said most people will continue to explore and try new things throughout their thirties, but around middle age, they'll loop back around to their "normal". So, for instance, they predicted a sudden surge in Dave Mathews music sales in about two years. I thought it was an interesting theory. What do you think? If I even start thinking about getting the "Rachel" cut again, in the next year or so, please, send in an intervention.
And that's all I've got for now. I learned a lot of other stuff, too. Good stuff, about the grace of God- and I learned more about trusting Him in everything. It was a crazy month, full of ups and downs, and I'm thankful that I serve a God that is there with me, loving me through it all.
What did you learn?