Neither of these photos is perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but both are from my first 48 hours of going fully manual. The toothbrush pic was an experimental snap taken in horrible late-night bathroom lighting immediately after putting together some critical ideas about white balance, aperture, and shutter speed. It was taken without a tripod, and hey, it's just our toothbrushes in the lousy bathroom light, but it's a million times better than any other photo taken by me under those conditions would have been before my eureka moment.
The grape hyacinths were just fun playing on the windowsill. I'd love to get a better macro and really be able to zoom in on the stamens/pistils inside. The lens I want (which would be a total tripod lens, ugh, but worth it to get great macros?) is a 60mm, and anywhere you look at reviews or descriptions, Canon exclaims that "you can fill a 35mm frame with a grain of rice." OMG. That phrase is like macro porn to me. Can you imagine the photos??? I sure can!