Finally upgraded from my kit 18-55. I purchased a Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 Macro from another member on here, and got to use it last night. I love it! It's a really good performer. I had rented the Canon 17-55, and really wanted to buy it afterwards, but couldn't justify that much $$$ right now. Also, finally got a rig that can handle Photoshop/Lightroom, and have been tinkering around with Lightroom. C&C welcome!
Here are some pictures from last night: