Somewhere in Arkansas, my beloved Nikon D90 developed the dreaded blinking green light of death (BGLOD). Because I'd brought my battery charger, I was able to continue taking photos, but it was clear that something wasn't right.
As soon as I got home, I contacted my local camera repair shop. They listened to my list of symptoms and advised me to buy a new battery. Unfortunately, they didn't actually have the battery in stock so I had to wait until yesterday to see if that would solve my problem.
Further diagnostics indicate this is not something I can fix locally. The camera needs to go back to Nikon, which means I will be without it for three weeks. Three weeks! How will I survive three weeks without a camera?
Obviously, I can't so I decided to search Craig's List for a cheap-but-decent "purse" camera to use in the meantime. I ended up going with this forty dollar Canon Powershot A560, which was recommended by Nichelle Jones in her model photography tutorial.James and I bought the camera and were on our way to the barn to try it out when we got a text from Ryan stating that we needed bedding for the rat cage. As luck would have it, we were less than a mile from PetsMart. We stopped in and one thing led to another...
Yeah, we got a new rat!
We never made it to the barn, but here are some comparison pictures. New rat with the Nikon...
and new rat with the Canon. Not bad for forty bucks!
The kids are absolutely delighted with the new addition...and I am never allowed to go to a pet store again.
So that's the story of how I went out to buy a camera and came home with a rat, because--obviously--these two things go together!
P.S. New rat needs a name. We're thinking Licorice, but we're open to suggestions.