one official checkmark for 2010....
i bought a canon 580ex speedlite flash!!!!!
aka: a sweet flash that can flip up toward the ceiling or swivel, so the light bounces off other things besides the subject...and gives a softer edge to the pictures; no longer will photos look harsh or amateur-ish when taken indoors.
eeeeek :) :)
i literally screamed in the middle of campus at the top of my lungs.
granted, it was 10 pm and only about 3 people around.
but i did it, nonetheless.