So, I jumped the gun on assuming that the eBay seller knowingly sold me a broken lens. As it turns out, he had no idea, and simply thought that it was supposed to work that way. I am glad that I took the initiative to have my suspicions confirmed by a certified camera repair shop, because the seller did in fact contact the shop to confirm what I said. He then contacted me and offered to refund me the difference for what I thought would be a “fair” price for it being in the condition its in (great for landscape shots, shit for anything else), or the option to return it for a full refund (minus shipping costs). Since the guy at the repair shop isn’t certain he can repair it, I’m going to go ahead and return it, and then just add the additional $50 or so to buy something brand new. I have two different cheap fisheye lens adapters, and let me tell you, they suck. This is the best I’ve been able to accomplish. Better than nothing, but not nearly what I want to accomplish! So, a real fisheye lens it is… as soon as I get this one returned, which I plan on taking care of tomorrow.
Leah update: I took Leah to the veterinarian today, since she hasn’t shown any signs of improvement. She has been putting a bit of weight on her back legs, but she seems a bit wobbly on them, as if she can’t or doesn’t know how to put her full weight on them. More worrisome was the fact that she hasn’t urinated or defecated since late Wednesday night, when the whatever (injury? freak-out?) initially happened. I disregarded the lack of bowel movement yesterday, since she didn’t eat, but her not eating or drinking (except for a few tiny slurps here and there) and not peeing AT ALL was definitely concerning. After checking Leah out and running some blood work 1 he ruled out Lyme disease, and determined that she probably has a pinched nerve or a pulled muscle, and prescribed a nine day regimen of Prednisone. (Sidenote: While we were there, the vet and nurses kept complimenting Leah and I on her good behavior. Seriously, she is the most easygoing, do-whatever-you-want-to-me dog that I’ve ever known. As bad as it sounds, I don’t know if there is anything she wouldn’t let me do to her!)
We came home, I medicated her, gave her a small amount of wet dog food to eat, and about 45 minutes later she went over and drank a decent amount of water, and about a half hour after that she went to the bathroom. Hallelujah! Not long after that I felt kind of crappy, so I cuddled up in bed with my heated blanket, brought her up with me, and we both took a nice and cozy afternoon nap. I medicated her again tonight, and while she isn’t yet showing any signs of improvement with moving around, she is drinking water, which is a big sigh of relief for me. No output is worse than no input!
Tonight, after my impromptu nap, Dan and I took the kids out for dinner. Our first choice, Texas Roadhouse, had a 1+ hour rate, so we went to our second choice, Outback Steakhouse. We waited there for about a half an hour, during which time Alyssa played with her Nintendo DSi and Ryan and I took turns playing Angry Birds on my iPod Touch. Dinner was super-delicious. I chose the tilapia and lump crab meat. Fish isn’t my first choice, but I really wanted the crab meat, because it’s mushy, very easy to digest, my stomach pouch doesn’t have issues with it, and it is high in protein. The fish was okay. It’s fish. Heh. But it’s also high in protein and relatively easy to digest, so I ate a few bites of it and brought the rest home to have tomorrow or Sunday. On impulse, Dan recommended Friendly’s for dessert, which the kids enjoyed — Ryan especially, who got to pick out an ice cream cake for us to take home with us.
Dude, I am so glad to be home, in my cozy bedroom under my cozy heated blanket. It is COLD as a well digger’s ass out there. Seriously though, it’s frigid. :( It’s only to be a high of 16° tomorrow and 20° on Sunday, so guess whose kids will not be going out and will subsequently be up my ass all weekend long? Fun times… I’m definitely going to plan out some fun things for us to do!
- Poor Leah – since she was dehydrated they had to stick her in the NECK three times to get two small tubes worth of blood! ↩