A Happy Peach

Things that make my heart smile…


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The Ghost in the Machine

Having a bit of a ponder...

Yesterday, I was at this lovely Italian Restaurant waiting for my take out order.  It was quite empty as I believe the dinner rush had yet to begin (at least that’s what I hope was the reason). I suppose when one has time to kill their thoughts start to wander and I found that I began to take inventory. The journey began with me pulling out my Kindle to check my e-mail and read a bit.

But looking at my Kindle irked me a bit. Why, you ask. Well, I will tell you why, you see I started noticing the Kindle I bought in December was having issues with its 3G connection. It had started a few months ago. It just lost connection, so I had to set it back to factory settings,  hoping that would resolve all issues. It seemed to be a bit of a patch job, and I put down the thing and paid it no mind. Until the beginning of this month when I realized it lost connection again. The idea of having to do that every time annoyed me, so I contacted Amazon’s Customer Support. They walked me through some possible remedies only to come to the conclusion that the SIM card must have died. So they graciously said they would send me a new one. At this point I am ecstatic, until I got the replacement part and realized that it was a “refurbished Kindle” (AKA used). When I realized, upon receipt last week, that it was used in disgust I put it in the corner until  decided to use it yesterday and realized the back was ajar, and I tried to pop it back it. It didn’t quite fit. I’ve called Amazon again, they said they’d send me another refurbished Kindle. Needless to say I am very disappointed in Amazon, and this is the first case that I have had unsatisfactory results with them. My point was that I bought a new one, paid the premium price and they’re sending me used goods, I would have rather they just fixed my original Kindle (an option not offered by the representative). It’s insult to injury.

I thought of their service versus Apple’s warranty. Now you know the iPod and I are divorced, well I dropped another one, this time my iTouch, screen damaged again. But it’s a few years old, and I did drop it, I know that I contributed to its demise. I am now searching for a more durable brand, one that is perhaps Danielle-proof, if there is such a thing. And here’s where I’m beginning to think that it’s a run of bad luck, my Apple wireless keyboard had been acting funny the last few weeks. I thought the battery cover was just loose, but no, there were ghost keys being pressed, connections lost, false battery reads. The thing was just possessed. I bought it in November so it was still under warranty. It was intermittently acting up, so I wasn’t sure if it would do it for the tech guy, but as if to say “I don’t want to live with this woman anymore, please take me away,” she became fussy with him. But on the plus side, I now have a new wireless keyboard. No problems today. Hopefully it will remain that way.

To cap this story of funky tech karma, my Sony Cybershot LCD screen has decided to putter out on me yesterday. It’s been doing some screen burn, and I’ve noticed the pictures look pixelated (pixellated for those in the UK), so I can’t really tell if the picture is good. It’s a few years old, but I guess I am a believer of things should be built to last (at least a year Amazon people). At the same time it gives me the excuse/opportunity to shop for new toys. Silver lining? Maybe, but I don’t think now is the time to find good deals, we must be patient and find the right product and the right deal. I was thinking of getting a new camera, maybe the little Sony knew and decided to start going south in a preemptive attack. These little gadgets have personalities of their own.

It just struck me how all of a sudden everything can just fall apart at once. But for me that’s when things come together right after, sort of like an ebb and flow. I like to think of it as life’s little harmony. Does anyone else feel like that or have you ever had that sort of experience? Oh and if you were wondering, the dinner was yum. Really good pizza and pasta, oh and the best spumoni I’ve ever had. I want more.

 


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Nail Varnish Swatches…A Turning Point…?

It all started with my discussion with Eugenia from Ommorphia Beauty Bar about a nail polish from my *ahem* collection. I mentioned the discontinued YSL nail varnish (I feel chic just to call it a varnish) #9, which I believe was called Flame (it might have been Orange Flame). I then got it in my head that a picture is better than words, but it depends on the (and I use this term loosely) photographer. Unfortunately I am now realizing that my Sony Cybershot is starting to become a fussy little camper. As of today I noticed the LCD screen is starting to have screen burn, so it’s harder for me to tell the quality of the picture. Sorry Eugenia I gave it a go. The following pictures are not of the quality I would like, and I apologize.

YSL # 9, it's a bit redder than this picture would have you believe...sigh...it's a stunner in person...

OPI's Hawaiian Orchid taken with flash...it's a milky pink and I think flattering on all skin tones, but the pinky reddish blue shimmer isn't shower....grrr....

Here's Hawaiian Orchid again...no flash...with her bottle...weird that I gave it a gender...

Then I started to get a bit more creative...Hawaiian Orchid with some mystery OPI that I got from a beauty supply store finished with a wee Swarovski crystal....in retrospect the flash may have been better to use...grr...again

OPI DS Shimmer...one coat and it looks pretty on the nail...but not in the photo with no flash...note to self must buy new camera...

And OPI DS Shimmer over Do You Lilac It...this is a before and after shot....and if you make it bigger it kind of gives you the feeling that you've just dropped a lot of acid...I get vertigo just watching it....

I think it’s a combination of bad halogen lighting (with flash they look overexposed), my undeveloped photography skills, and not oft used but apparently on its last leg Sony Cybershot. In addition to all my other list of things to acquire a new camera and improved photography skills has moved up a notch in priority (hence the turning point bit). Hmmm….must adjust list accordingly.

Now vexed by this poor attempt, I am determined to make amends and will try this sort of post again, perhaps when the sun is out and about. Darn you crazy earth saving halogen light bulbs!!!! (shakes fists at lamp in cartoonish manner)

***Tried again with flash today….

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