Getting right down to brass tacks, let me tell you that it seems while I was fooling around in the 'format' section of my camera, I have deleted all data on the memory card in my camera. Which is basically all the photos I have taken since I arrived here. and for a few weeks before leaving.
Until recently this wouldn't be a big deal. But my laptop has been having some memory issues and so I deleted all the photos from my computer ... until I could figure it out.
So basically ... except for photos on my blog and the few I transferred to a recently opened flickr account, the photos are gone. Unless someone out there in blog land knows how to recover images from a memory card on a Pentax Optio.
(blog updates soon, we are home now.)
(lack of picture courtesy of the clumsy firstname.lastname@example.org)