Coming home from New Mexico has been a difficult transition — Mark and I have felt tired all week and Charlie has refused to give up Mountain Standard Time in favor of Eastern Standard Time which has made our nights especially long. However, I’m pleased to say I’ve learned some valuable lessons from our summer vacation.
I mentioned before how I lost the cord to download vacation photos from my camera to my computer. The good news is that I found it. The bad news is that I found it in the camera case which is a place it didn’t occur to me to look. I’m disturbed that I clearly don’t consider myself organized enough as to have thought to put the camera cord with the camera; instead I assumed that I must have shoved the cord in a pocket in one of our pieces of luggage. Consequently, after I’d combed through all of our luggage without finding the cord, I’d just assumed it was lost. In fact, I only found the cord because I grabbed the camera and its case to take up to the mall to see if the camera store had a replacement cord. Thank goodness I happened to open the small zippered pouch before I actually got to the store and discovered the cord. If you’re thinking that I have some huge camera case and it might be sort of understandable that I wouldn’t have checked all its pouches, here is a photo of my camera case (the pen is in the photo to give you a sense of the case’s size):
Lesson learned: Never try to be organized. I’ll only confuse myself later.
Anyhow, now that I have the cord, I was able to download the almost 300 photos from our vacation to the computer. There’s a standard prompt in Apple’s iPhoto that asks if you’d like all the photos on the camera deleted at the end of the download. I always click “yes.” However, this time iPhoto took that very instant after I clicked yes to decide to quit entirely. It appeared to have deleted all the photos without having imported them. After Mark picked up my limp body from the floor, I trudged through all the files in iPhoto and, sweet mercy, I eventually found the photos.
Lesson learned: Never have a computer delete photos from a camera. I pledge to delete them manually from now on.
And so finally, here are some scenery photos from our trip to the ranch in New Mexico:
I love how the New Mexico scenery is so different from what we have here in North Carolina. It gives me the feeling that we’ve traveled to a foreign country.
When we got home, the woman who stayed at the house with our dogs had kindly left us some flowers and a welcome home card:
Lesson reminded: Little niceties like this feel very special. I will try to remember to pay the sentiment forward to someone else.
We were so tired from traveling that we just put the luggage in the front hall/living room the night we got home. The next morning, Charlie taught me another lesson: Always unpack immediately upon return. Otherwise, Charlie might find a few spare unsupervised minutes to unpack for us.
All in all, we had a great time on our summer vacation.