Yes, I do realize that today is July 15th, and I am writing a post about the 4th of July.
Since the sun finally decided to come out after what can only be described as monsoon season here in RI, I have been too busy soaking up rays at the beach to be bothered keeping up with my blog.
We had a fabulous weekend, but I suffered a traumatic loss on the 4th.
While enjoying a fabulous party at a friend's beach cabana, the Mad Hatter decided to show us her mad skills at pole dancing.
Yep, pole dancing.
And as I was frantically trying to capture the moment, a monumental crisis occurred that literally stopped me in my tracks.
My camera made a funny noise, beeped twice, the screen went black, and the camera shut off.
I was able to turn it on, but it would beep, flash E18, and shut off again.
At the time, I had no idea what it meant, other than that my camera would not take pictures, and while it powered on and off, the lens would not move. And that I was feeling slightly panicked.
Upon returning home and consulting my BFF Google, I learned that my camera had decided to bite the bullet. The lens was done for.
We shared a wonderful 4 years together.
Ironically, the camera was a gift for my 30th birthday. It was the year MH was born and I wanted something small I could always have with me, so DH surprised me with a Canon Elph SD300.
I turn 34 at the end of the month.
And again, I've received a new camera for my birthday!
Apparently, based on the information I read online about dreaded error code E18 (lens will no longer retract), I'm lucky we shared such a wonderful time together.
While I have an amazing digital SLR camera (received last year on my birthday), it's just not the sort of thing I want to be shlepping around all over the place with me.
So, DH and I did some research, went to Best Buy over the weekend, and purchased a Canon Elph SD1200. Pretty much the same camera, but with image stabilization and a lot more mega-pixels.
It was on sale, (but still a bit pricey since I was hoping to receive these for my birthday), so when we got home, we looked online to see if there were any deals.
Deals there were! We found the same camera for $35 less than the sale price, with no sales tax and free shipping. Fabulous, but it meant I'd be camera-less for just a little longer.
And just in time for 4 days of gorgeous weather that meant 4 consecutive days at the beach. AMAZING days at the beach.
I had to resort to using my BlackBerry to document several important moments - not quite the quality I'm accustomed to or would prefer, but captured memories nonetheless.
Alas, my reinforcement arrived today! It is so pretty and just in time for our family vacation next week to New Hampshire. I can't wait to break it out and use it!
I take comfort in the fact (although I'm not so sure I should, given the content!) that before the camera dropped dead, I did manage to capture these:
She is a natural.
And with my track record, I'm placing bets on what my 38th birthday gift will be.