Friday, August 28, 2009

School Supplies

Today was the school supply stock-up day. Apparently it is very hard to find three-ring binders and lined paper in the Middle East (and I'm thinking, if they get through school without them so can we, am I right?) so they strongly suggest that we bring our own as well as a mini-stapler, tape, scissors, post-its, pens, pencils and flash cards: check, check, check, check, check, check, check. But now how to pack this little travel office...

Wednesday, August 26, 2009


Last month my Sony Cybershot went on an untimely fritz; the warranty had expired three days previously. Lacking the funds to repair it I pulled out Dad's old Nikon D70. It has been gathering dust in a box for four years since, after he died, the charger was nowhere to be found. I figured $10 for battery charger from eBay beat $100+ to repair my point-and-shoot. Well, I finally got the battery juiced up and I'm testing the waters. There are drawbacks: 6 megapixels. Tiny LCD. Just plain heavy, even for an SLR. The thing is a beast but I stumbled across an awesome website that is saving my life! I'm getting the hang of all the gadgets and already I like it better than my Cybershot. Thanks, Dad!

Camera: check

photo: playing around in my room

p.s. Yes. I know there are smudges all over my mirror...

Tuesday, August 25, 2009


Agent: Me
Mission: Four months of luggage in fifty pounds or less.
Status: Accomplished!