I can say without hesitation that the glee one felt as a child when a snow day was called and school was canceled does not diminish when one is an adult, and a snow day is called and work is canceled!!!!
South central Nebraska, where I live, is among the areas across the plains and the midwest that are being blanketed with a mountain of snow today in a massive winter storm front. So severe is this storm system supposed to be that the university I work at actually announced last night - before it even started snowing - that it would be closed today. In the seven years that I have worked there, that has never happened before. How it normally works is that we could be knee deep in snow and all public schools within a 50 mile radius could be closed, except the university. So when I found out last night that I wouldn't have to go to work today, I shouted for joy! :) And then proceeded to stay up until 1:30 am watching old movies.....lol.
Husband and I have been out to shovel the driveway a couple of times this morning already - much easier to do if one keeps up with it in small increments than trying to dig through 12 inches all at once. No complaints here, I actually love snow. Yes! I love snow. I know, I'm weird. Here are some photos I just took of the lovely snow....
This is the view standing on my front steps and looking across the street
This is at the kitchen window looking towards the backyard
The thermometer is blurry but it reads 10 F degrees.
Not very good pictures, right? Kinda blurry, not crisp, and no ability to alter that because the camera doesn't have any features to do so....our camera sucks. I know that's not a very ladylike thing to say, but sometimes there's just no other word to adequately describe it. ;) I have been griping about this camera for years; it was our first digital camera that we bought in 2005, and even then it was considered cheap....the kind of no-name item encased in plastic that you find hanging at the checkout aisle cheap. But, it initiated us into the digital camera age and served its purpose. Until now.
Each Christmas for the last three years, Husband and I have been saying that instead of buying presents for each other, let's just buy a really good camera. For one reason or another we never did it. This year I broached the subject again.....but then we had some unexpected expenses pop up (thank you, stupid malware viruses!) so I figured it was a moot point. But.....*squee!!!!!*.....Husband gave me the green light to start looking for a new camera!
I've been researching cameras online, trying to learn everything I can about what makes a good digital camera and what doesn't, before making the decision. Oh. My. God....this shouldn't be rocket science! Aside from the fact that there are 50 billion camera models out there, each one has its own set of unique features that don't seem to carry over into other models. Argh! I'm not a professional photographer, I just want a camera that I can take decent pictures with. Shouldn't be hard, right? Here's my criteria so far:
- ability to do close-ups that aren't blurry - I've now learned that's called a macro feature.
- a stabilization feature that eliminates "camera shake" as you're holding it
- decent optical zoom capability
- crisp, sharp images
- shots as close to the real color as possible
- does well in low light situations, like indoor shots
- doesn't eat through batteries - therefore must have a rechargeable lithium-ion battery
- the ability to do quick action, fast motion shots (like for taking pictures of pets) - I've now learned that's called fast or quick burst
- isn't going to require us taking out a home equity loan to pay for it!
I haven't made a final decision yet, but I thought I would ask for some feedback from you, my lovely readers, as I'm aware of how behind the times we are and that most people have had "real" digital cameras for years, lol. What kind of camera do you have? What do you like about it? What do you dislike about it? Any tips or suggestions?
On a final note....I've lost 2 lbs since last week! Woo hoo!!! Now to just keep on track.....oy.
Have a great day, and if you're also in the snow path today, stay warm!
Update: 9:31 pm here and I was just notified that the university is closed again on Wednesday! *does happy dance* This is like an extra Christmas present!!! :)