...Or: Monday Miscellanea
Dad took today off so he and Mom could go out to eat this evening, instead of actually on Valentine's Day, when everyone is eating out!
Since he was off today, we went a few places this afternoon. We saw this guy on the highway...it's probably not as funny as seeing it in person, but he was driving a tiny little Mazda Miata, and he hardly had room to turn his head with the big hat he was wearing!
One of the places we went was a consignment furniture store where I saw this:
I don't know if it was for sale, or what the deal was with it. There was a roped-off area with things they were saving for something. This wasn't in there, but I couldn't get any closer to it because it was on the other side of the ropes. I was able to get this shot of it through the back of a desk though! :D
If I'm going to keep carrying my camera around all the time, I'm going to have to get a thinner, smaller one! I have the Kodak EasyShare CX7430 and it's not real thin. Actually what I need it a small camera to fit in my purse, and a nice big one that works really well and has a super fast shutter. If I get a new camera sometime, I'll definitely be looking for one that has whatever functions necessary to compensate for my inability to hold the camera perfectly steady! :p I think a fast shutter would go a long way towards solving that problem, because this one is really slow. I don't remember if it has always been this slow, or if it's just developed this problem lately...or if I've just now noticed because before it was just so much better than my 20 dollar point-and-shoot film camera! I have *shudder* dropped it a few times, so that very well may have messed it up a bit, though it seems to work fine other than being slow. So, that's that...if I have the money and I feel like investing it in a really good camera, I'll start researching them, but it's not a big priority right now. I don't have time to do the research, for one thing. I wonder if I could find a camera store and trust them to recommend a good camera, and not just the most expensive one in the store? It would be so nice to be able to do that, instead of all the research online, where everybody disagrees about how well a thing works, and there are twenty million reviews for one camera. Before the internet, you would have had to ask the camera store for recommendations, but I don't know if there's any place (around here at least) with anyone who really knows anything about cameras, and isn't just trained to read the specs on the box, and sell an expensive camera?
And finally, the brownies I made for Sunday. We went over to someone's house for lunch, so I made these cappuccino brownies:
The recipe is here. They don't really taste very much like coffee...I'm not sure if instant espresso powder is maybe even stronger than I thought? I didn't have any, so I used double the amount of regular instant coffee. So they had a very, very faint coffee flavor. It was so faint a flavor that my non-coffee-drinking parents could stand to eat them even! ;) I'll definitely make these again, and I highly recommend the recipe. They taste rather like cheesecake, but with not too much cream cheese...just right!