Monday, July 02, 2007

Getting Ready

We are leaving for Alaska for our long-delayed honeymoon this week, and there is still so much to do! Finish up stuff for work, pack, finish shopping for those little things that will make ALL the difference (bug dope, Dramamine). I can't believe the time is here already!

A little thing happened that made me happy yesterday. We used to have this wonderful little Nikon Coolpix digital camera that saw us through our entire USA trip and took some very nice pictures. About a year ago, it started EATING batteries (a-literally. Monsche. Monsche.) and after some investigation, we realized the little latch on the battery compartment was broken. It didn't look super fixable, plus by that time digicams were way way better and much cheaper, so we just got a new camera. Fast forward to yesterday... randomly Googled "Nikon Coolpix 3100 broken latch," and after reading one depressing forum discussion ("Nothing to be done! All is lost! Save yourself!"), found one that had the perfect, most ingenious solution. A paperclip. Using a simple small powertool (which Peter thankfully had), a paperclip (or a small bit of wire in our case) and some epoxy, we made our own latch, thankyouverymuch, one that looks a heckuva lot sturdier than the original plastic. So now we have a second camera, one which we probably won't use often, but will be perfect for when Peter's out on the ocean catching 100 pound halibut and needs to document the experience while I'm on shore happily taking pictures of flowers and the town. Yay!

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