Sep 27, 2018

Lovin' Life 27/9/2018: Snap Happy.

This week's love is an unashamedly high school level mature one.  I am LOVING my new phone.  Yes it was ridiculously expensive and yes there's a few tricky moves I am yet to master owing to the phone not having that physical 'click for home and everything else' button but:
  1. Face recognition is great and not as awkward to use as I had imagined
  2. Most of my key apps synced relatively easily, including my precious calendar
  3. And, most importantly... I HAVE A FUNCTIONING FORWARD FACING CAMERA!!!!!

My time in the broken camera wilderness was a frustrating one.  I had no idea how convenient it was to simply take a photo of something important like an image, document or a computer screen to send to someone else until that basic privilege was removed from me.  I missed being able to just pull my phone out of my pocket and take a photo of something or someone that was special to me in the moment.

It wasn't like I was totally camera-less  for much of this year but it was so much less convenient having to download images from my DSLR (beautiful as those photos were) or to do that frustrating thing where I tried to take photos using the reverse camera on my phone.  The process did cut down my oversharing on social media but it also meant that when I did have something to share it was often a dodgy crop of something from Google Images or else a brain dump of words presented to look like a more entertaining meme thanks to Word Swag.

For better or worse, incessant iPhone photo taker and sharer SSG is back.....   Consider yourself warned.  It's only been a week and this is what I already have photographic evidence of already.  The iPhone XS Max cameras are beauties by the way.  

My last Monday at work before two and a bit weeks off to travel, spend time with family and be a school holiday mum.

Special time with some of my dearest friends to have some champagne and cheese.  Our boys are all of a similar age and they've known each other for as long as they each can remember.  Theirs is a special friendship.  They rarely fight with each other (despite being the human equivalent of a tornado whenever they're together) and they just seem to be perfectly fitted pieces of a friendship puzzle.  Likewise, as parents, we have a beautiful jigsaw of connection. Some of us get recruited to be part of the boys' latest loud and energetic game while others of us get the food or tidy up or just take a few moments to sit down and share a few minutes of adult conversation.

This was my first peach of the season.  Pricy and pretty to look at but it wasn't as sweet as I had hoped.  Never mind, there's still the rest of spring and all of summer to keep taste testing through.  I love the variety that the warmer weather brings to our weekly rotation of fruit.

T2 is one of my favourite stores and it looks like I'm raising its next generation of fans.  Master SSG loves trying the samples and reading the witty signage and packaging along the way.

So I'm heading off on this week long trip to Europe and I'm bringing tea and energy bars.  Because Berlin as a modern and global city would be so unlikely to stock either of these things on its supermarkets or fancy grocery stores.....

My packing for work trips gets more and more last minute as the years go by.  In my defence, many things are already pre-packed from previous trips so all I need to do is find them but still, it's all got to be packed.  An added challenge this time is not having the luxury of the two/three suitcases I usually get for US trips.  All that baggage made me such a frivolous traveller.  Fingers crossed I fit everything into one suitcase.

How do you feel about the camera on your phone?  Deeply attached or indifferent?


  1. I've always loved that necklace!
    My hubby has face recognition on his. Swears daily as it fails to recognise him with glasses on or he has to turn on the light when he's wanting to activate his phone in bed to play card games. LOL. He's always swearing at his phone for something though. He just can't handle smart phones. He was a dedicated Blackberry user for too long. Makes me laugh ....
    Happy lovin' life day! #teamlovinlife

  2. I am deeply attached to the camera on my phone - as is obvious from my Instaspam. I love my DSLR, but it's all a tad painful to upload etc. Have a great trip.

  3. YAY to the holidays - this has been the longest term!!

  4. I always enjoy your week, SSG. I get excited if I get a new phone but I'm still with the iphone 6S and can't justify a new one. I love the black and white necklace and can't believe it is peach season already. We are off to Japan next week so I'm busily trying to think of what to take and trying not to leave until the last moment! Enjoy the rest of your week.

  5. I'm with you! I recently upgraded iphones and am loving the new camera and the portrait mode feature. Just discovered studio mode which is blowing my mind.

  6. Congrats on the new phone SSG! That's the one I'd like to get. I'm due for an upgrade. I've got the iPhone 6S Plus. Your upcoming o/s trip sounds exciting!! #TeamLovinLife

  7. So good you are enjoying the new phone and I am really happy you are getting a trip fact as I write you are somewhere up there. Have fun and enjoy the different places and scenes!

    Denyse x

  8. I'm very happy with the camera on my iPhone 6. I haven't used my big DLSR camera for a while now. I like your necklace by the way. #TeamLovinLife

  9. Love the camera on my phone. Have taken priceless photos on it and it has recorded some very special moments.
    Happy, safe travels, SSG. Den xx

  10. I bought a new phone a month or so ago - not super expensive, but SO much better than my old one - and I love that the photos it takes are so clear! Have a great holiday break and I look forward to seeing some pics along the way :)

  11. I use my phone camera so much so it's great you were able to get a replacement! Our current home doesn't have a lot of natural light so I probably use my camera more than anything - it's always sitting out - but there are occasions where you need to quickly snap a pic with your phone! :)

    Hope you have been having a great week :) Enjoy your upcoming trip!

    Away From The Blue Blog


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