April 18, 2004

T-Minus Four Weeks: Nesting

If pregnancy were a baseball game, Rebecca and I would be taking the field for the top of the 9th inning. Rebecca will officially begin her maternity leave tomorrow. She’s been on Spring Break for the past week, so we are already getting into the groove of having time off together.

Nesting will be the theme of the next couple of weeks as we get everything ready for the baby. We’re putting the final touches on the nursery. The crib and bassinets are ready for immediate occupancy. The dresser and closet are both already filled with adorable, gender-neutral, and freshly-laundered outfits. The bags are packed (almost), the car seat is in place, and Braxton Hicks contractions are increasing in frequency and intensity. It won’t be long now.

Speaking of children, we enjoyed a great evening with Emma Northcutt last night. Todd and Marla were there, naturally, but the star of the evening was surely the adorable and brilliant Emma. The food was as great as the company.

The Nikon D70 I ordered finally arrived this week. We’ve had almost ten years of reliable service from our Nikon 35mm, so a Nikon was my preferred vehicle for moving into a digital SLR. The whole package is just as impressive and intuitive as I would have expected from Nikon. There will undoubtedly be a flood of photos added to PlanetTabor as we break it in.

Posted by Darren at April 18, 2004 11:31 AM


I just can't wait!! And I am so glad that you got the camera that you have been wanting.


Posted by: Crystal at April 18, 2004 12:00 PM

Pictures! Show us pictures! :)

Posted by: Jamie at April 18, 2004 09:43 PM

I'm curious as to how you'll like the D70. I'm looking to get a camera with which to dabble, and that was the highest-rated one on dpreview or some such site. Looked nice!

Posted by: Ben at April 25, 2004 07:06 PM

I’m extremely impressed with the D70 outfit. The base camera has all of the strengths of a 35mm SLR, plus the latest digital features that Nikon could cram into it. The camera has all of the basic features that a techno-geek wants (lithium ion rechargeable battery, USB 2.0 transfers, and cavernous memory capacity) and the photo quality is amazing. The 18-70mm DX Nikkor lens seems perfectly matched.

To be honest, though, I really have no frame of reference for modern digital camera. It blew away older digital cameras I’ve used and surpassed my expectations, but I couldn’t tell you objectively how it would stack up other Digital SLRs. The folks at Digital Photography Review seemed to like it, though. You’re welcome to check it out the next time you are in SoCal. You can download one of the original, uncompressed (but “enhanced”) images here.

Posted by: Dakota at April 25, 2004 07:53 PM

BTW, the Canon i900D printer is a wonder of modern technology.

Posted by: Dakota at April 25, 2004 07:58 PM

We really enjoyed your photos, looks like you are ready for the little bundle of joy to get here,let us know and we will keep check on the web to keep up to date. Love Uncle Gerald and Pauline.

Posted by: uncle gerald at May 11, 2004 06:41 PM