In direct response to Christmas, and a number of particularly heavy bills due at around the same time, I am completely broke, and I still have two more nights of freedom before I return to work. Unfortunately, with no money, I have literally nothng to do, except clean the apartment and fold my laundry. Maybe I'll do that tomorrow. I have decided on a camera, though. With a website recommended by a friend, I decided on this one. It costs about $100 more than the d-550, but it doesn't require that the user continue to pump it up with AA batteries, like my old camera, and the d-550 I was looking at. I will also drop about $75 on 256 MB of Compactflash memory for it, and when all is said and done, I will have spent exactly a lot of money. Interestingly enough, though, I am still quite able to budget $1000 for Ireland, and also budget all my bills, and this camera with them. I expect a good deal of cash for my income tax refund, which I might possibly be able to get before the trip, too. Immediately following the trip, I will get my company bonus. The beginning of the year, for different reasons than last year, looks like it'll be something of a season of plenty for me.