August 13th, 2015

eating grass cat

Being good at losing things

I've noticed that many of my Facebook posts are about my misplacing things. My iPod Touch was missing for a long time, until I finally got down on my hands and knees and looked under the couch. I thought I'd misplaced the key to remove the battery from my electric bike, but it was hanging on my key hook all the time. So it goes in my house.

The latest lost item is very important to me: a digital camera. Two years ago I purchased a brand-new camera to take on a trip with me. I went to an autism conference, and we'd been offered a "photo safari" around the area, so I wanted to be sure I had a good camera for it. Turns out the safari never happened, though I did use the camera to take lots of pictures of the ocean and mountains. I don't think I've used the camera since then, because it's too big to go in my purse and I have a smaller camera that does fit in my purse and has a good zoom on it. However, it has very few presets, and none for "landscape." I don't know anything about changing settings on a digital camera.

In a few days I'll be going on a trip to Banff, Alberta, where I intend to take lots of pictures of mountains. I intended to take the big camera with me for taking pictures of mountains. But I cannot find the camera anywhere. Last I remember, I found an unpacked box in my porch several months after I moved to my new house, and the camera was in that box. I removed it from the box and brought it into the house, and that's the last I remember. I think I brought it into my bedroom, but I'm not 100 percent sure, and I haven't found it in the bedroom. (I looked, and it's not in the box in the porch.)

Monster helped me look last night, but we had no luck. I looked in all my usual storage spaces: the coat closet, the bedroom closet, the shelves that I use for linens. Nada. I don't know where else to look, and I have only today and tomorrow to look (and today is half over.) I am very tempted to go buy a new camera tomorrow. Monster says, "You don't need a new camera. You need to look after the one you already have." That doesn't help me find the one that I lost or help me take pictures in Banff. My sister suggested experimenting with the camera I do have to figure out the best settings for taking mountain pictures, but I don't have the time to do that or a place to take practice pictures that would mimic the mountains or scenery in Banff.

Too bad Shoppers Drug Mart doesn't still have a store that sells cameras. A few years ago there was a location that had a display of lots of good cameras (though the one I bought there stopped working after a week, and I didn't keep the receipt for it so I wound up keeping a camera that doesn't work.) I have $85 worth of Shoppers Drug Mart points that I could put towards a new camera, but they don't sell cameras anymore.