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Vacation -- Sister Sue Arrives at the Beach House Today

Vacation is continuing to laze away around here. (grin) I slept in (I can't speak for Marilyn, because I was ASLEEP... smile...) until 10:00 a.m. (gasp), if you can believe that! Just lovely.

I know Marilyn had the tennis on around 5:00 a.m. and I recall hearing some of it (vaguely). I know she watched a bunch of it (and sister Sue did, too) -- but I've no clue if either of them snoozed during that time.

Marilyn and I had talked about going to breakfast today, but that didn't happen. Andy Murray's match went on for quite some time. And we both just ate something and called it good, knowing we'd go out to eat later with Sue, after she arrived.

Marilyn and I are both really enjoying Instagram, which is great fun. It's another delightful Social Media and an entirely different way to interact with others. Aside from that, I love the creative element. You start out with your own photo (usually), then make that photo 'artistic' with filters and frames and so on -- or by combining more than one photo together.

Hashtags are very important to Instagram -- maybe even more important than to Twitter (or at least as important). Marilyn thinks Facebook will eventually start using hashtags on a regular basis. I never used to think so, but now that I'm involved with Instagram, I can see it would make sense...

Instagram is really one of the BEST ways to share photos at both Facebook and Twitter, by the way, for those of you who use Facebook and Twitter. I know many of my LiveJournal friends are already using Instagram, but if you're not, it's really simple to learn -- and doesn't take that much time to do each day.

If I'm being honest, LiveJournal still takes the MOST time. But I think it's time well spent! This is serious and LASTING Social Media -- and I can look back on all my years of blogging and easily find anything I'm looking for -- both current and past. The same CAN NOT be said of Facebook, certainly! Here today and maybe tomorrow, but ultimately gone overall. It's like a current or recent conversation -- generally a casual conversation -- with family and/or friends. There's nothing at all wrong with that, by the way. Facebook is an easy way to track a lot of people very quickly -- and let them know you're interested in what they're up to, day-to-day. But LJ is for the more meaningful things -- things that you want to last. Sure, you can be equally easy-going at LJ -- and not every blog entry is an important one. But they all LAST!

Instagram is the visual version of Facebook, I guess. Allowing us to share our lives through photographs and images. I haven't been doing it long enough to know how LASTING it all is -- or if that even matters, really.

I do think about links I share at Facebook. Because if they're important to me, I want them some other place, too. Stuff at FB just seems to fall off the planet in a matter of days, and I'll be damned if I can find it again! (smile)

I guess there's room for lots of different Social Media services. I guess you could say they compete for your time, but generally they don't need to take up all that much of your time. It's a matter of balance, surely. I'm not suggesting that I always balance this well, but you all know I have a pretty busy life -- yet I still manage to blog here at LJ almost every day. And I try to go to Facebook fairly often, too (if not daily). I also use Pinterest now and then (I don't like it nearly as much as Instagram, by the way). Twitter has never caught on all that well for me (though I did 'trend' here locally once in the past -- which was kind of cool!). I'm not a person who finds it easy to condense anything into a sentence or two, after all. (grin)

Instagram can be very brief, though I suppose I make it take longer than it needs to. I have a process I like to use that involves more than one App. But I have it down to a science, so...

All of this aside, Sue got here this afternoon. We watched some TV together, then had dinner at the Pig 'n Pancake in Seaside. Marilyn and I both had clam strips, and Sue had liver and onions.

We came home after, but went back to town to play some Fascination and have ice cream.

Just a bit ago I made up some snacks: Mostly a variety of cheeses, plus some meat sticks, celery and olives. A nice late-night snack...

We've been watching some great stuff on the History channel. And we also watched "Jeopardy" earlier.

It's been a GREAT day, hanging out with each other and doing fun and relaxing vacation-type things. Tomorrow will be more of the same, I'm sure.

The main thing I need to find more time for is answering my Comments here (I'm a little behind) and Commenting to the blog posts of others (again, I'm a bit behind -- though I have been keeping up on reading most of the blogs of my LJ Friends, I'm glad to say).

I feel like I'm forgetting to share something, but it won't come to me right now, so I'm not going to worry about it...

Looking forward to the Fourth of July (tomorrow)...

Tags: 2013, blogging, facebook, fascination, food, fourth-of-july, history-channel, ice-cream, instagram, jeopardy, july-2013, livejournal, marilyn, pinterest, sister-sue, social-media, tv, vacation

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