Well happy hour was loads of fun! Of course, any time you involve these people, fruity beverages, and Scene It, it’s impossible to not have fun. I figured people would start to leave well before midnight. As it turned out, we were ordering pizza around that time! Wheeeee! And KC left enough Smirnoff in my fridge for TWO more happy hours.
I managed to make it up in time for Miss Hut’s shower this morning, even with the feelings of exhaustion and malaise. But despite my best efforts, I still ended up being late because I got the directions all screwed up. Averaging 5-6 hours of sleep a night for a few weeks will do that to you. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it! The shower was really nice and Miss Hut was fun to watch opening her gifts. She was so excited about everything!
I felt a little “outside” the group. Maybe it’s because I haven’t been around much lately. Or maybe I’m just making myself feel that way. Self-ostracizing or something. A lot of the girls who weren’t really that close before seem to have paired off and become the best of friends now. Yay for them, I guess. It’s just weird to see how much things have changed in a matter of a month. Or maybe they haven’t really changed at all and it’s just something you can only see once you’ve been distanced from it. I’m not making any sense. Nevermind.
I stopped by Wolf Camera on my way home to, finally, drop off some film from two of the lomolitos and two regular rolls. I don’t even know what all is going to be on them since they got shot over the course of a couple of months. I know the rest of the BotB pictures are on some of them.
While I was there, I had to wander over to visit my baby, the Nikon D70S. Since I wasn’t feeling too well, I was just going to look at it longingly for a minute or two (that has become my ritual) and then head home. Yet, before I was even aware of what I was doing and could stop myself, there I was, standing at the counter with no other customers in sight, and I ended up asking the sales guy if I could take a look at it.
I should really stop tormenting myself. I try to not to have physical contact with the camera very often because I know the temptation is more than I can bear. I WANT THAT CAMERA!!! This was, purposefully, only the 2nd time I’ve held an untethered D70 in my hands. And it was also the closest I’ve come to taking it home with me. Thankfully, another customer had some questions, so I told the sales guy, who has acommodated my D70 lust and no-touching rule a few times before, he could go help them and let me play with the camera for abit (and drool over it).
While checking out the various program modes, testing the autofocus vs manual, figuring out the digital controls for aperture, shutter speed, even ISO, and generally just checking this badboy out, I had convinced myself to finally go ahead buy it since they were offering 10 months no interest. I was all giddy with excitement! Then somehow, clearer thoughts prevailed and I forced myself to set the camera down and do some realistic thinking. Rough calculations in my head indicated, on a 10-month financing deal, I’d have to shell out about $130 a month to pay it off.
My bubble burst. I went from feeling elated to depressed in the span of about 5 minutes. I don’t have an extra hundred bucks a month right now. And I won’t any time soon. Sigh. When I go back Monday to pick up my film, I will not even glance in the direction of the cameras. Not the next time either. Not until I know I’m ready for it.
I know one thing to be true: The next time I stand at a retail counter and allow myself to wrap my hands around the hefty digital goodness that is the D70, I will buy it. It will be mine. Oh yes, it will be mine.