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farewell faithful camera.


For months, I have been talking about how I really need to buy a case for my fairly expensive camera because one day I am going to regret carrying it around in my purse with all of the other stuff I toss in there.

Friends, that day of regret came today.  On my way to work, my water bottle leaked a bit.  Remember that new one that I was so in love with?  It was that same one.  I still love it in spite of the damage it left behind.  Some of the water apparently soaked into the body of the camera and did who knows what to it.  I didn’t realize anything happened until I took out my camera to snap a quick picture of my food.  It turned on just long enough for a “lens error” message to pop up on the screen and then it turned right back off.

I went to the camera store after work and talked to someone about it.  He said that they could send it in for repairs that will cost around $200 and may or may not fix it.  For what I paid for the camera that is, of course, no longer under warranty, that lack of a guarantee just won’t do.  Especially when it means that I’d be without my camera for possibly six to eight weeks.  There is just too much good stuff coming up in the next eight weeks I refuse to be camera-less for.  There is a fiber of my being that simply cannot be at a wedding or family dinner without my camera.

I’m doing some research over the next couple of days and buying a new one.  And, a case.  Definitely a case.

Devastating moment aside, today was otherwise a lovely day.  Those PopTarts that I set aside in lieu of a bagel yesterday found their way onto my plate this morning.  I know they are full of processed junk and little nutritional value.  I try not to concern myself too much with calorie counting anymore, but I know full well that what I get for the calories in two of those little pastries is probably not worth it.

I still love them. Every once in awhile, I cave at the grocery store and buy a box.  It’s like reliving a bit of my childhood each time I crack open the silver packaging.

A few of us went out for lunch at work this afternoon, visiting one of the recent dinner club locations, Stella’s.  I got the same thing I did last time, the Refuse/Resist, and there is a part of me that wishes I had tried out something new, but it was just that good the last time that I wanted it again.  It wasn’t quite as good the second time, which I think is life’s way of saying “see, you should have branched out, this is what you get”.  Okay, I don’t really think that, but I will give something else a shot next time.

It was, however, the perfect thing for what was otherwise another insanely busy day.  It wasn’t so much the food that I needed to get me through the day, but the company.  I truly enjoy the women I dined with today and they make coming to work so enjoyable.  I feel blessed to work at a job that I, for the most part, love.

After work, I rushed home to meet up with my friend Laura who I have not spent time with in far too long.  We met on a college mission trip to Los Angeles in 2007.  We had the amazing opportunity to work with several nonprofit organizations throughout the city and she has become a great friend since that trip.  After the disappointment of the camera store, I was excited to grab dinner at Chipotle.

Black bean vegetarian burrito.  So good it’s a bit ridiculous.

Remember how yesterday I wrote about how one of my goals for the month was to completely cut out Diet Coke?  Yep, scratch that off the list because I already had some.  It’s the second day of the month, people!  Tomorrow is a new day!

After dinner, we headed out to hear one of my favorite authors, Shauna Niequist, do a reading from her new book, Bittersweet and Q&A session.  I just posted my review of the book which I have been trying to write since I finished reading it probably a solid six weeks ago.  I saw several other friends who I haven’t seen in far too long at the event, all of which were a pleasant surprise.  The wonderfully talented Becky Johnson played a few songs as well.  I am stoked to listen to her CD!

If you’re smart, I think you’d be wise to go download Becky’s CD and pick up a copy of Shauna’s books.

Did you make it out to vote today? I stopped by on my way to work.  I’m not huge into politics but I definitely believe it is so important to get out and make your voice heard.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Chief Medical Student permalink
    11.2.10 10:53 pm

    Have you tried leaving the camera out to dry? A lot of the time water damage to electronics actually “goes away” after it’s been completely dried out. The electrical shorts created by the water are no longer present and things start working again…at least that’s been my experience some of the time. Have you thought about getting an SLR? You seem like the type of person who could get into that.

  2. 11.2.10 11:40 pm

    oh, my… I am so sorry that happened… those are expensive lessons to learn, and you’ll never have to learn it again!

    *this comes from experience… sharing a NETWORK of computer system with Jason, who linked ALL of our household computers together… all I had to do to “back up” something was to drag it to a folder on my desktop… and I NEVER did… I LOST A COOKBOOK when my laptop never woke up. 😦

    just wanted to commiserate and make you feel better… 🙂

  3. 11.3.10 7:38 am

    So sorry about your camera. And thanks for the book review. I will add this to my list of books to read at some point.

  4. 11.3.10 10:27 am

    Ahhh sad story about your camera!! I am the same way – I just toss my camera caseless into my huge purse with who knows what else is in there… but mental note NEVER put a water bottle in there, too! 🙂

  5. 11.3.10 11:48 am

    Oh no! That would be awful. I can’t live without my camera either. I’m always worried something is going to happen to it. I probably should care for it a bit better.

  6. 11.3.10 12:32 pm

    Oh no! Poor camera. I am so sorry that happened. A few years ago, I dropped a brand new camera in a puddle during a geology field trip. Then I came to my dorm room to find my goldfish dead. It was a sad sad day. I am glad tha tyou manage to see the bright side of things and still acknowledge the loveliness of your day.

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