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Quick Pick

by Meghann on October 19, 2011

Hellllloooooo from one of my favorite places in the world – Orlando! – with one of my favorite people in the world – Hi Katy!

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(Anyone else completely envious of Katy’s 3 week escape to Europe?! I’m even more jealous after hearing all the stories first hand. Also, I’m suddenly inspired to audition for Amazing Race and see the world. Who’s with me? :) )

I made the short 1.5 hour drive to Orlando this afternoon for a fun photo shoot that was, unfortunately, postponed on my way over. No worries, though, it gave me excuse to take care of some business in Orlando and visit with old friends.

Like Jeremiah’s.

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I would count the Jeremiah’s Pumpkin Pie Ice as a very dear, old friend. ;)

It figures the first thing I would do when I arrived in O-Town would be to head to the closest Jeremiah’s and order my first Pumpkin Pie Ice of the season. ;)

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Just as pumpkin-y and delicious as I remembered. If you don’t like pumpkin then you are going to hate this, but if you love pumpkin, then you will love it. It’s seriously like eating frozen pumpkin pie with a spoon. So. Good.

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If I show back up here tomorrow and order the same thing, please don’t judge. ;)

Lunch wasn’t quite as fun as Jeremiah’s. Before I left Tampa, I reheated some leftover soup, broccoli, and tempeh with apple slices for lunch.

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It was a pretty good, quickly thrown together meal. I’m really loving sprinkles of cheese on the soup and the apple slices were a crisp, cool dessert to the meal.

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Dinner was a Publix quick-pick meal that I gathered before heading to my sister’s for the evening.

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I was drawn to the sushi section, but it wasn’t the sushi that caught my attention – it was the dumplings. I’ve had the biggest dumpling craving ever since Courtney returned from China and told me how great they are over there.

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These may not be as authentic as the ones Courtney enjoyed in China, but they did cure my craving. :)

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The dumplings were balanced out with a nut and berry salad I found in the product section and topped with some honey dijon dressing I found in Kelly’s fridge.

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The beauty of picking up dinner at a grocery store is you never know what you’re going to get. I went in thinking a sub and came out with dumplings and a salad. I <3 Publix. :)

Camera Update

So, I got some not-so-great news about my DSLR this afternoon.

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After testing out several different SD cards – and coming to the conclusion that the error was coming from the camera and not card related – I brought my camera to Colonial Photo and Hobby in Orlando this afternoon. The store came highly recommended from friends and I knew I could trust them with my baby.

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Unfortunately, the verdict wasn’t what I wanted to hear. Turns out the card reader has read it’s last card and will need to be replaced if I ever want to save another picture again. Knowing the problem was fixable gave me hope, hearing that the procedure would cost $250 made me sad. :(

The camera guy made a comment about my camera being ‘well-used’ when he first saw it. I thought he was being polite because it is very evident that I love and use my DSLR on a daily basis. It goes everywhere with me and has seen its fair share of sun, sand, food, and everything in between (and is well past due for a good cleaning).

When I tilted my chin down and politely apologized for the condition the camera was in, he told me not to apologize and be proud of it. He said he would rather see someone with a camera that was well-worn then one that collects dust and people are afraid to touch, for fear it will break.

Truth is my camera is pretty beat up and I’m trying to decide if it’s worth the $250 to fix or if it would be better to put the $250 towards a new camera. I have a little bit of money set aside for a new lens that could go to a camera instead. I purchased my T1I from another blogger 2 years ago and I’ve never had a problem with it before now, but what if the error happens again? The camera is probably worth $400 (in mint condition, which mine is not), but I could potentially purchase another DSLR (without all the T1I bells and whistles) for a little more than it would be to fix the T1I. I was even playing with the new T3 at the store (it was so shiny and new :) ).

Of course, the next step would be to gather a second (and possibly 3rd) opinion before I make any decisions. I’m just afraid the verdict is going to be the same where ever I look. That’s what tends to happen when a piece of technology breaks – $$ everywhere you turn.

What would you? Fix the camera or invest in a new one?

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