My mother did not like me using certain words.  I think she felt they were too strong or just weren’t ‘nice’.  One of them, for example, is the word ‘stink’.  She did not like that word.  Another one was ‘gotten’.  Apparently gotten isn’t even an actual word, its an uneducated or unsophisticated word which can always be spoken or written around and not used.

And another one is the word HATE.  Way too strong a word in her book.  So I have spent the first half of my life really trying hard to not accidentally use it.  But as I have aged, and left her side, it started to slip in there now and again.

I am a pretty forceful person.  My feelings are strong…they go to mock ten instantly.  There seems to be no mock two or three or anything under ten.  I am aware of this and try to tone it down, not very successfully sometimes. (shovel list)

So that being said, I despise, dislike, reject, abhor, detest, loathe, abominate, oh toss it!!!! HATE HATE HATE (sorry mom) my new camera.  I am selling it the minute I get home.  It takes really great pictures, now and then.  There is something wrong with the frigging lighting.  The pictures are too dark, too light, not focussed, and I am pretty sure its me and what I am doing but I don’t want to fuss and fix.  I want to point, shoot and have a fantastic picture.  

And that is my D90, my trusty dusty old heavy camera that has been around the world with me more than once and has been hanging off my hand for years and years.  I think I am going to send it in to Nikon to refurbish and tweek and clean.  I forced myself to not bring it on this trip so I would have to use the new one.  And now all I can think about is all the lovely pics I missed!  This new one is a giant pain in the ass and not for me.

Well I am all packed.  I packed yesterday.  I simply don’t know how we are going to fit everything that needs to go into the cab of the truck into it.  If its raining something will be going into the back and getting wet.  I am looking forward to getting home.

Peter is going to live with us for a while.  I am so happy about this.  He has also become vegetarian which is totally exciting.  I have had a lot of practice over the years cooking that way and I totally look forward to cooking veg.for us.  And I can’t think of a more awesome person to stay with us.  Maybe he will help me get off my ass and get walking.  Wouldn’t that be a miracle?!!!  And Monte and Wrangler are sure going to be happy with him around!

Well time to post my final post.   This has been quite the trip.  But now it’s time to go home and get back into the groove.  I can’t wait!!!  TTYL

I will post pics as soon as I get home and am able to load them onto the lappy.

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