Friday, July 20, 2012

My family of Billys

What other backed up blog stories were trapped on my old cameras? I thought I had the USB cords tucked in with the old cameras but no such luck. I'm not sure what these USB cords go with or where my old camera cords are and the only way to get to my pictures was via Mark's computer and then onto a USB drive. Needless to say I was too lazy. I hadn't used one of my cards for years and found zoo pictures and all kinds of weird (uninteresting) things on it.

Yes, that is a trolley parked next to my car at my old pre-married life apartment. I guess I was entertained by this scene enough to take a photo.

Anyways, back to Billy. I did mention my Ikea haul briefly...months ago.

The crib still isn't put together yet but my Billys sure are!

This is my troll corner previously with my single lonely Billy and a couple of wimpy Target specials plus other odds and ends. 

Another angle. 

Tadaa! Three new Billys! It almost looks less impressive though definitely more organized. Unfortunately, I have to open the closet door or else my fourth one would also fit which leads to where did the old Billy go with the fancy doors?
I was going to buy matching doors for each Billy but, of course, they discontinued my glass doors! This was traumatic to say the least so I lost all train of thought and accidentally bought one too many Billys forgetting I couldn't turn the corner with them because (in some people's minds) getting to the light switch is more important than troll display space?

 I measured around and found I could replace this stumpy little bookcase with...

 A tall Billy and fill it with lots of stuff!! 

Most? Some? of my Dream Pet/Dream Pet wannabe collection got to escape the confines of their box in my closet. 

Also, what is this?
Yes, a shelf with Steiffs? (and a few odds and ends) so I actually do have a collection with some value? Hmm, that is unusual for me. I'm not sure how it happened. I will say I have had that Ty beanie bear pre-beanie craze (it was free with purchase at a doll shop) and I believe at some point he was going for several thousand dollars? but for some reason selling it did not cross my mind. I didn't even collect them! I don't know what I was/was not thinking! But now I guess I have the story and maybe $50 if I do decide to part with him.

This little guy is showing just how I feel so it must be close to bed time...9:30 on a Friday night....

New Camera!

I finally picked out a new camera! As you may recall, my old one met (what I thought was) an untimely death though my husband pointed out I had owned it for over 5 years which is pretty good for an electronic device which travels around with me. Five years!? I guess...though my dad still occasionally dusts off his camera from 1969 and it is just like new. *sigh* technology.

I really just wanted the newer model of my Panasonic but reviews revealed they still hadn't dealt with the lens randomly freezing and breaking issue which made me cranky. Yes, even despite the fact it took 5 years to happen on mine. But what if this next one happens only after a year!? Anyways, I fell back to Nikon which I have never had any issues with - going back to my dad's 1969 model.
Yes, I'm sure they have their issues (I don't want to know about them) but this is my sparkly new camera I have been playing with.
I does have all kinds of fun little filters. Most of which I won't use and could easily use photoshop to create but what fun is that!?

 My favorite right now is the color selection. (yes, I know there is a better version on photoshop)

Pet mode is a must for my camera (ignore the background mess) and this one is right on the top dial for easy access.

I am also enjoying the old tyme sepia setting. 

Fish eye is another fun one, once I figure out where to aim. 

It also has all of the usual settings for people like me who want to take pictures of various things but don't know how/don't have the patience to adjust the camera settings i.e. museum, party, dusk, sports.

My dad approved of this camera but made the statement his old film Nikon will still be going strong long after this one.