Food & Fitness

Plea for Camera Help and a Sangria Recipe

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Death of a Camera

My camera died. It is tragic. I was having my housewarming party on Friday evening, and it chose to die that very day. At least it lasted me through the BlogHer conference! And a couple friends were taking photos during the housewarming which was nice. The boyfriend has fixed my cell phone (several times), my cupboard door, and put together all manner of furniture for me (he’s all around fantastic), so when he told me that he can’t fix my camera, that pretty much means that it’s time to get a new one. My little camera has had a good life and it has travelled around the world with me – it is time for a replacement.

I know that many of you are bloggers with fantastic photography skills who know all about cameras, so I would love it if you could help me out with figuring out the best kind of camera to get. I don’t need anything super fancy (although that would sure be fun!). Any advice, suggestions, or recommendations would be extremely helpful!

Sangria Recipe

Like I said, I hosted my housewarming party on Friday evening. It was a really great time and I shall discuss it more when I write my Smarty had a Party review, but for now I’ll just say that we went through pitcher after pitcher after pitcher of my homemade sangria. This stuff is delicious and is certainly one of the healthier recipes out there, if sangria can be considered healthy! It is loaded with fruit, plus the red wine has all those wonderful antioxidants πŸ˜‰ Most sangria recipes call for at least 1/3 cup sugar per bottle of wine – mine is free of any kind of sugar (except the sugar in the wine and brandy, and the naturally-occurring sugar in the fruit and orange juice). Here’s what you do:

1) Slice up 1 orange, 1 lemon, 1 lime, and 1 apple into rounds, slices, or cubes (I like round slices, myself; it makes for pretty presentation). Drop into a large pitcher.

2) Combine in the pitcher: 1 bottle red wine (I prefer Cabernet Sauvignon), about 2 shots cherry brandy (I used a sherry glass to measure because I don’t own shot glasses), 2 shots of club soda, and 1 shot of orange juice (pure juice with nothing else added). Mix together.

3) Serve chilled. You can fill up a glass immediately after making it and add ice cubes so that it’s cold, or you can let the flavours blend together for several hours or overnight in the fridge – it is fantastic both ways! Enjoy πŸ™‚


  1. Abigail

    Sorry to hear about the death in the family. I always mourn my techno-losses. Mainly because I know that I inevitably feel the need to over-research my replacement buy.

    But also because my mom got a (used) toaster at age 18 that lasted over 22 years. To be fair, in the last five years, she did have to replace the electrical cord.

    Point being, in my worldview, things aren’t supposed to give up on you before you’ve given up on them. It’s just rude.

    Enjoyed chatting with you at BlogHer. Hope to talk about health and illness and such again soon.

    1. Sagan Morrow

      That’s one hell of a toaster. They just don’t make things to LAST anymore… partly because it makes us buy more stuff, and partly because technology is evolving so quickly that the old technology just can’t keep up, I suppose.

      It was very nice indeed to talk with you at BlogHer! I’m glad I got the chance to meet you πŸ™‚

  2. charlotte

    Hmmm… the only camera advice I have is to watch – they always have nice cameras for super cheap on there! You gotta jump fast though when you find one you like though ’cause they don’t last long. I’ve got my last two cameras that way. Another site is but they only do one deal a day…

  3. anony-mum

    With a 22nd birthday fast approaching, perhaps the “parents-dear” will buy you a new camera as a present; as long as you let them know the details of which one you like.

    Just a thought πŸ˜‰

  4. westwood

    Make sure to recycle it! If you send it to Dell through their exchange program, you will get a gift certificate for any dell product. I’m going to send in this computer when my new one comes and I can get $75. That sounds like an advertisement… not my style… but lets please please please please please keep things out of the e-waste stream.

    1. Sagan Morrow

      “That sounds like an advertisement… not my style… but lets please please please please please keep things out of the e-waste stream.” Have I mentioned recently that I HEART YOU? πŸ™‚

      I had no idea that they do that. That’s really cool. Can you send basically any piece of technology to them? Such a great concept!

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