I Love My Super Zoom Point and Shoot Camera

I love so many things about my tech kit, but there are few things I love more than my cameras and how perfect they are for me, with the help of accessories.

No accessory was needed to display what I love about my Canon PowerShot SX 530HS camera. I’ve had it almost 2 years now and I love it more and more with each passing use. Last month, I brought it to Mason, OH to help me with the shots I took at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament. My DSLR did very well, but even I was impressed and somewhat surprised with how tight I could get in on players and surroundings with my PowerShot.

I zoomed in suuuuper hard just to see how close I could get. You know, just for fun. Check it out!

There really isn’t a bad spot in the house on Center Court at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. It looks like I’m really far away, but it’s really not that bad. My camera was just zoomed all the way out. And yes, that’s an awning above my head. A select number of seats have the awning cover and let me tell you, it is so incredibly clutch! We could have gotten much closer seats, for the same price, but we prioritized the awning because it’s always hot and sunny as hell during those daytime sessions. Worth it.

That is Alexander “Sascha” Zverev, one of my current faves on the ATP tour. I didn’t even know he was sporting any facial hair until I looked at my pics. And obviously it is a little blurry. My camera, Agnes, has image stabilization, but she can’t perform miracles. That far zoomed in, it was hard to even keep Sascha in the frame so I could capture the shot! Still, quite impressive, no?

So, if you’re in the market for a point and shoot super zoom, I highly, highly recommend this Canon PowerShot model. It also comes in handy for concerts and other sporting events where you aren’t allowed to take in DSLRs and detachable zoom lenses. I’ve taken it to several Ohio State Football games and felt like I was right in the huddle with the team!

Canon SX530 HS 9779B001 PowerShot

Price: $279.00

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To MoviePass Or Not To MoviePass

Have y’all heard about MoviePass? It’s the subscription service that allows you to see a movie per day, at most theaters, for just $9.95/month. Did you hear me? Essentially you could see 30-31 movies in a month for $10! Do y’all know how insane that is? The movies at the theater I regularly attend are $10.49. For 54 cents LESS, I could see a movie every day?

WUT?!

I heard about MoviePass when it first came out, but the prices was much more outrageous. They actually made a lot more sense, considering the value you’re getting. According to TIME, the monthly cost was about $50 for “unlimited movies,” when it launched in 2011. Which still only breaks down to seeing 5 movies the normal way.

Still a deal, but it wasn’t anything I was willing to commit to. But then, about a month ago, MoviePass dropped it’s subscription fee all the way down to $9.95/month, and I perked up! As long as you see at least one movie per month, you are saving money! I go to the movies a lot. Sometimes it’s an advanced screening, but always at least once. Most years I see anywhere from 24-35 movies. THINK OF THE SAVINGS!!!

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WiFi Solutions For Your Non-Wifi Enabled Camera


Two years ago, I bought a new DSLR camera. I named her Ethel. She was replacing my trusty Canon Rebel XT, Gertrude, which was 10 years old. It still worked fine, and took beautiful shots of my family’s trip to Hawaii earlier that year, but I decided that I was ready for an upgrade.

Since I already had several lenses in the Canon family, I was sticking with Canon. I headed to QVC and watched a ton of presentations of the Canon DSLR’s and what they were frequently offering was the T5. So, I started stalking the T5 on Amazon. I wasn’t going to go the QVC route, because I didn’t want nor need the starter lens kits they were offering with the camera body. So, I head to Amazon and look at the T5 offerings in “body only” listings. I add it to my Amazon wish list, and start hoarding Amazon gift cards from Swagbucks and PerkTV. Swagbucks even had a gift card sale on Amazon GC’s so I got even more bang for my buck!

After about two months, I notice I am almost to my goal. Then I watch QVC again and see a listing for the Canon SL1 camera. Which is a smaller body than the T5, but it has better specs. It also allows me to use the viewfinder as a touch screen. I have relatively small hands, so having an equally as powerful camera, but in a smaller package, was super attractive to me. After another two weeks of saving (because the SL1 was a little more expensive) I got my new camera body.

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Thank Goodness For Tennis!

I’m sure I’m not the only one who has sought to emphasize “self care” in light of the nonstop barrage of news in America’s political and social landscape this year. Sometimes you need to take a break from the news and distract yourself with things that make you smile. For this year, that distraction has been the sport of tennis.

Yes, I’ve been a fan for a long time. My mom and I attend Western & Southern Open every year in Cincinnati as an annual girls trip/vacation. We went again this year, but we also got to go to Wimbledon. Yes that Wimbledon in England. It’s long been a bucket list item for me and it felt so amazing to cross it off the list!

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Oops, I Did It Again!

Don’t ask me how this keeps happening, but it does! Despite having plenty to say, I keep forgetting to write to y’all. Several times per week, I say to myself “I should blog about that” and yet, nothing gets published. There are a few drafts that I’ve started, but I forget about them and they become outdated and not really relevant to my life or what’s going on once I do remember to check back on them. Oops?

Take this summer for instance. I WENT TO LONDON, ENGLAND LAST MONTH! It was a true bucket list type vacation, complete with a trip to Wimbledon for its 2017 tournament, and yet I still haven’t shared a single thing about that trip across the pond.

I’ve also bought so many things this year that I’ve been impressed enough by that I’ve said aloud “I need to review that!” And still, no reviews have been written. Well, that is about to change. I am challenging myself to write at least one post per week for the rest of the year. That sounds like a lot, but I usually have a lot to say, and I’ve neglected my little corner of the web for far too long already.

So, get ready!

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I Started PiYo Today

So, I may be writing this post on Tuesday (East Coast Time), but until I actually go to sleep, it’s still Monday in Suz’s World!

Here’s my Cliff’s Notes backstory: I’ve pretty much been idle (fitness-wise) since July, due to some health issues. They’re weren’t super serious, but your girl is paranoid, so I stopped all my workouts. Everything is now under control and, after meeting with my doctor last week, I feel confident enough to get back to working on my fitness!

But taking 6+ months off is a huge deal! Especially since the I think that’s the longest I’ve been idle in over a decade. I can’t remember ever taking a break that long. So it was a daunting task to start contemplating getting back in the game. One thing is for certain, I am going to take my time getting back in shape. One of the worst things I can do is try to do too much, too soon, and end up injuring myself.

To sort of ease myself back into a routine, I chose Chalene Johnson’s PiYo workout from Beachbody. I’ve always loved me some Chalene, and feel that a low impact & hybrid Pilates/Yoga workout is a great place to start. My longterm, goal is to get back to my soulmate workout, TurboFire, but for now, baby steps is the move.

So, today was Day 1, where Chalene walked me through the terminology, much of which I was already familiar with, having done many of her workout programs. But it felt great because it was like a long stretch that my body needed. Two thumbs up. Looking forward to getting after it tomorrow, and modifying as needed!

Here we go!

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My Favorite Super Bowl Ad: 2017 Edition

People say many things about Melissa McCarthy, most of which don’t matter to me. I worship at the church of Melissa McCarthy and she can do no wrong in my eyes. If she is starring in a movie, guess who is going to see it, no matter what? THIS GIRL!

So, I was beyond excited when she spruced up what I thought was the saddest lineup of Super Bowl ads in years, or maybe ever. Thank you, Melissa and KIA!

So, below is my pick for favorite Super Bowl ad.

And my runner-up was courtesy of Buick and Cam Newton.

Looks like the car ads had my heart this year. Whodathunkit?

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