Any one have any recommendations for a new digital camera? And then some other stuff.

I have somehow managed to smash the screen on my digital camera.  When I turn the camera on, it looks like this:

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Sorry for the blurriness of this. I took it with my cell phone camera. Because, really, how else are you going to take a picture of your camera?

I have *no idea* how I managed to smash the screen.  I’ve been carrying my camera around in my bag for *years* and it’s always been fine and then one day I take my camera out of my bag and it’s all smashed!  It’s really annoying because the camera works totally fine otherwise, but the point of having a digital camera is that you get to see the photo you just took right away and you can’t really do that with a smashy smashed screen.

So I’m looking for recommendations for a new digicam, since apparently it will cost more to fix the screen than it will to buy a new camera!  This one is a Canon PowerShot A540 and my two major complaints with it are that (a) it takes a long time to reset in between photos (I mean a looooong time) and (b) it sucked the life out of batteries – to the point that I would put in freshly recharged batteries (it takes two doube A batteries) and it would tell me it had “low batteries.”  And even if I bought the super-mega-specially-made-for-cameras-that-suck-the-life-out-of-batteries batteries, they wouldn’t last very long.  So, does anyone have any recommendations on what digital camera I should buy that won’t suck the life out of batteries and won’t take 27 hours between shots to reset?

In tangentially related news, while retrieving that photo of my camera, I discovered a few other photos that I’d taken on my cell, clearly with the intention to blog them, but then totally forgot. Until now.

First up is this photo of the first load of groceries I got in my Smart car:

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Notice my responsible use of reusable bags and my feeding of my diet Pepsi addiction.

Second are photos of a book that caught my eye one day in Chapters.  Apparently this is what is “new & hot” for 9-12 year olds:

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Let’s take a closer look at that:

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I’m sorry, what?  Am I the only one who is thinking of this when they see that title?  I think I just thew up a little.