You learn quickly as the husband of a blogger never to touch a meal or take a sip from a new drink until it has been photographed, Instagramed, uploaded to Dropbox and shared on the Styling You Facebook page.
You learn quickly that to buck this system never works, because the whole process will have to be re-done, and any moment of spontenaity will be lost forever.
Never more was this made more clear to me then on a beautiful sunset sailing cruise on the Hudson River past the Statue of Liberty and downtown Manhattan.
Mother Nature had turned on a spectacular evening, the crew had our schooner trimming beautifully under full sail and the peacefulness and a few drinks were working towards making for a seriously romantic setting … “Hang on babe, I just need to get a shot of this and Instagram it, no one is going to believe how beautiful this is,” she said.
Well I guess you did all believe it, because in the time it took us to jibe onto another tack and head towards the Brooklyn Bridge, the moment was captured and uploaded so you could all share in the moment.
Now before you start to wonder whether this all this blogger action gave me the sh!ts, FEAR NOT. All is well and I must put on the record a huge high five and sincere “thank you’’ to my beautiful wife for the amazing trip she has orchestrated. But (and she will tell you I do love a ‘but’), I can’t resist having just a little shot at the way the love for her job now rules our holidays.
These days, rather than having a wad of print-outs in a folder in my backpack, we also have a series of files in Evernote (the icon of the elephant’s head – they don’t forget) so we can access all travel documents wherever there is wi-fi.
And we don’t just store photographs on SD cards in our cameras now, we also upload them (instantly if you have a fancy eye-fi card) to that mystical thing I didn’t know we needed till she installed it on my iPad – Dropbox – where we can collate pics by date and then rapidly upload them onto Facebook for the rest of the world to see.
Gone are the days of relatives waiting till their loved ones get home to hear about the trip. They’re riding along every “like” and “comment” of the way.
Pretty quickly into our trip, Mr 7 and I learned there was little point trying to walk alongside The Stylist.
To do so would be all but impossible for two fairly average males, even if one of us only has legs of a seven-year-old. The incessant need to stop and photograph everything made it impossible for her to cover ground with any sort of respectable speed. By week two we just got used to walking ahead, stopping every now and then for her to catch up. You see a lot of the backs of our heads in the many photos taken.
We also added another dimension to living out of suitcases on this trip. While you may think we would be worried about room for luggage because of all of our clothing purchases (a strong Aussie dollar made for big smiles at the sales over here), we had another more technical problem … the need to charge up all of the electrical devices required to take the Styling You office on the road.
No matter what hotel room we entered, the first thing to be unpacked would be “The Orchard”. I call it that because all of the products come from the company named after a very common fruit and it would quickly take over anything resembling a table or desk. Our very own mega powerboard, US – AUS adaptors and cables, oh the cables!
In all seriousness though, watching The Stylist in action has been an experience in itself. She never stops. Ever.
She is constantly thinking of ways to share her experiences with you, the people that read her blog. I also know that so many of you have given us tips on what to do and see along the way. Thank-you.
But not so privately, I am hoping that the next holiday we plan is to a destination without wi-fi – or electricity for that matter – so that once the charge has run out, she can’t be distracted any longer.
Oh, who am I kidding, I’d still want my access to sport on cable TV.
What does your partner think of your blogging habits? Are they used to waiting to eat until a photo is taken?
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