Well I gave up on my camera hunt and found a good quality camera for a fair price.
I bought the Fuji Finepix S700. I like it fits in the hand nicely and I like the images I have gotten.
I have a big image update.
Photoshop collages and retouched images.(original images:http://www.flickr.com/photos/9181712@N05/837542550/ and http://www.flickr.com/photos/9181712@N05/836675023/ )
My car ^^
And three drawings made with Illustrator.
And a picture of part of my sister throw.
I made a lesson plan where students have to take a historical figure and make him in to an illustration and then put a witty phrase that reflects part of their life. It sounds like a fun thing to do to learn the basics in Illustrator. . . more interesting than drawing a piece of fruit.