Saturday, April 07, 2007

I am such a Rebel

Today the kids had off from school and we promised them that we would take them to the movies. They wanted to see MEET THE ROBINSONS and so did I. I love DISNEY movies. I didnt think this one was going to be this good but it was awesome and I highly recommend it for kids and their parents.
Right before we went to the movies we had 45 minutes to waste so I decided to stop at our local wholesale place and buy a new digital camera that I have been eyeing forever (well, for the past 3 years). Every spring when my birthday rolls along my Mom asks me what I want and I always say, "I could use a new camera." Ours is almost 10 years old and one of the first digitals made. We bought it in 1996 or '97 right before we got married and it did its job well. It was a FUJI FinePix 2.1 megapixels. I have only great things to say about it because it really took wonderful pics for the type of camera it was. Back then all of the digitals were expensive and I believe I paid over $500 just for the camera and then an extra $100+ for the memory card. Recently, if you look really good at my pictures on the blog, my camera would crap out on me and I wasnt able to get any detail in the pics I was taking. It took a year and a day to turn the camera on and to warm up just to take a picture and then it took forever between pics and by the time it was ready the moment you wanted to capture was lost. So it was time for a new camera and I was not going to wait another day. We got our tax refund and we are refinancing our house with a new mortgage and getting some extra money to pay off CC bills so I though this would be the perfect time. I had my eye on the CANON EOS Rebel XTi forever. It was more money then the model below it which is the EOS Rebel XT. The only major difference between the two besides price was the amount of megapixels (there are 10 in the XTi and 8.2 in the XT). There are other small features to that you get with the more expensive model that I didnt really need. I decided to save some money and go with the XT. (The price for the XTi was $899 and the XT was $599 without the memory card which I bought seperately for $80). My logic was that 10 years ago I spent the same amount of money on a digital camera that lasted me 10 years so that averages out to $75 a year (with the price of the memory card). Thats pretty good and since I put all the pics on my computer and print them myself I dont pay for processing of my pics so I save there to. If it sounds like I am justifying this purchase I am and I know that I dont have to but I know my Mom reads my blog so there you have it. Now this camera was $599 + tax =$635 +$80 (memory card)=$715 total. If it lasts 10 years then its works out at $71.50 a year which is actually less than my other digital camera!!! Whohoooo!!! I love math! Not. Anyway, this camera came with so much stuff I am reading reading and reading some more. There is so much to learn about it but its not hard to operate at all. I have already taken some great pics which of course I am going to post. How could I talk about a new digital camera and not show you some of the great pics I took with it. The only thing it doesnt have is a preview on the LCD before the picture is taken. It comes up after the pic is taken. I guess they want you to work it like a professional and look through the eyepiece. I like it and dont find it to be a problem at all. I did take some pictures of my knitting to see how much detail would show and all I can say it WOW! I dont have any knitting pics to post today so you will all have to suffer with some pics of my babies.
First, here is me in a self portrait:
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Here are some of my cats and doggies:
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Please keep in mind that I am just beginning to learn on my new toy so cut me some slack if you are a professional looking at these going, "These pictures suck, what makes her think they are good?" Maybe I am just paranoid and sensitive about my craft. The picture of me qualifies as a PS picture because I am wearing a green shirt!! Hooray! The others dont really but when my daffodils start to bloom I am going to be right there with my camera.

After the movie my friend and her 2 kids came over and we ordered pizza for dinner. The kids played, got a little crazy as kids do but over all were good. They cant wait for the EASTER BUNNY to come tomorrow night. We are going to color some eggs tomorrow for the EASTER BUNNY to hide. My DD asked me today if the EASTER BUNNY was half human and half bunny. I told her that there is no such thing as a half human half bunny animal and that the EASTER BUNNY is a RABBIT who has helpers like Santa has elves. I know it sounds funny to the people reading this but I think its so cute that she is almost 7.5 and still believes in Santa and the Easter Bunny. I cant remember how old I was when some dumb kid at school ruined it for me and I was devestated. I was much older than she is now but I am to embarrassed to admit how old I was because there is no way a child that age today believes in Santa or the bunny. OK, I think I was 10 or 11. There I admitted it and you know what? I still believe in Santa and the Easter Bunny. Have a Happy Easter everyone and a Blessed Passover!


Curly Cable said...

Congratulations on your new camera, hope you are having lots of fun! Your pictures look brilliant to me they capture your cats and dog's features superbly and they are all so cute, How's your monsoon socks going? I seem to be taking ages with mine!

CurlyBrunette said...

I finished one and I am working on the 2nd now. I am loving the pattern and might even repeat the garter toe and heel with another sock. I wont however repeat the cables because they are a pain in the butt! I just ordered a bunch of sock yarn from Blue Moon and I cant wait to take some pictures of it with my camera.
Thanks for the compliments!