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A Different Point of View

In my household, I’m usually the person behind the camera, snapping photos of the rest of the family.  Not that I have any problem hamming it up for the camera, but I like taking photos and so it often falls to me to capture activities and memories on ‘film’ to reminisce over, later.

This past April may have changed that somewhat, though – for the Color Princess’s 6th birthday, she got a Fisher-Price brand digital-toy-camera and has joined the ranks of the amateur photographers in the household.  Granted, the resolution of the digital snaps is only 640×480, but she loves taking pictures and seems to have a bit of an eye for composition already.  But don’t take my word for it – see for yourself:

Now if only I could get her to write my blog posts for me, too, I’d be all set!

My New Favorite Toy

I came home last Thursday to find a package waiting for me.  After some confusion (I didn't order anything and wasn't sure why I was getting a box from Costco.com), I opened it to find:

a brand new Garmin Nuvi 650 GPS unit that my awesome parents had bought for me as a present!  I was so excited that I set it up to use for the very next day on my way to work, and now that I've had a chance to play with it, I can't tell you how much fun it is.  Obviously, it's not really necessary for use on my drive to/from work (although it is fun to see the turns coming up ahead, or know how long I've been sitting stock-still in traffic), but it's going to be VERY handy for me.

I tell people that I have absolutely NO sense of direction.  Seriously, I could get lost in a walk-in closet.  I have managed to get lost in a 3 block drive between my grandparents' house and the local video store.  Not something to be really proud of, but I've accepted that I just can't handle the spatial relationships that make up directions until I've driven a route a few times.  This GPS looks to be a lifesaver for me for those times that I've been to a place less than 2-3 times, especially as it recalculates any time I go off route (e.g. make a wrong turn a street too early and end up spending another 20 minutes trying to find my way back to where I was).

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