We are now in a world where technology is continuously changing. It is the predominance of technology that has the biggest influence on our everyday tasks. Because of the rapidness that which it is changing, people are struggling to keep up. What happened to simplicity? Wasn’t it enough having a coffee pot with a single switch to turn on and heat up the coffee? Wasn’t it simple enough to turn off and on lights with the flick of a switch? To some, apparently not.

With a growing population and more kids being born, some parents decide it is best that one stays at home. Regardless of where you are, technology plays a part of the environment. We get comfortable with our appliances that we use at the house on a regular basis, but like everything else eventually they stop. Some of these appliances are designed to last for years before they stop working. By the time it is time for a new TV the one you used to have will probably be well outdated compared to all the ones that are available on the market. So not only do you have to get a new television, but you also have to get used to a whole new design and configuration. The remotes that come with the service provider are often set up differently as well. What a hassle just to watch Two and a Half Men or some Reality TV!

So now, we go in to our kitchen only to find that the controls on the oven and stove stopped working, and there is no way of replacing the parts themselves. The entire system has to be replaced. A man comes in and installs a new set up that operates by a touch screen. The touch screen works well on iPhones and other Apple devices, but not so well with a stove or oven. You have to make sure your hands are clean otherwise you will smudge the screen which causes the sensitivity to go away. And you have to be mindful of where you touch the screen, otherwise you will either have to start the process all over again, or you will end up burning your dinner. It might be a convenience, but then again there didn’t seem to be anything wrong with the old set up.

The Internet is a convenience to everyone nowadays. The problem isn’t going on to the Internet from the computer itself. What is the real problem is setting up the means to access the Internet. Everyone has to struggle the first time when setting up a router in their house. Whoever designed them did not have simplicity in mind. Wires go every which way and connect to various ports and adapters. And after hours of setting it up, you have to keep your fingers crossed in hopes that it works. At this point the work isn’t done, because you still have to configure the router to your personal preference. You have to make sure it is secure so no one can access it from anywhere they wish. I’m lucky that I have my husband to look after any of those “geek” things.

These are only a few of the various complications that come about with technology. And it seems as though those of us who aren’t as good at picking up on new devices are stuck to figure all of this out ourselves – I know that I’m in all sorts of strife if something breaks down when my husband is at work.

I rang my best friend yesterday to vent about my upcoming holiday. She asked why I would get so stressed while planning the holiday of a lifetime with the most wonderful man in the world?

“Well,” I said to her, “Try traveling with a tech head husband!”

What’s a tech head husband I hear you ask? He’s Josh – a wonderful man whom I met and married. Yet, little did I know I would also end up with a myriad of the latest technology gadgets creeping into our marriage like a third party. Don’t get me wrong. It’s fine to have great gadgets that work and are helpful when you are at home, but do you really need them when traveling?

Picture this. Imagine working long hours and not seeing your other half except over a quick cup of coffee in the morning (from our high tech coffee machine that does everything including talk to you). We were both suffering from too much work and not enough leisure time, so we decided that we both needed a holiday and couldn’t wait to get away from it all. But there the similarity ends and the story begins.

We sat down together over the weekend to discuss dates, places to go and where to visit. I had visions of tropical islands, sipping cocktails at sunset, secluded beaches and afternoon delights. Somewhere remote where we could reconnect and rediscover ourselves. Somewhere away from everything and everyone. I had gone to the travel agent and come home with a heap of brochures of exotic island getaways and romantic travel packages. Everything from cozy cabins in the woods to sun drenched beaches at Bora Bora.

As we sat down, his iPad came out. This is not an unusual occurrence, but I really just wanted to pour over the brochures and pick out something with a white sandy beach to walk along as the sun set in the sky. Or a lake that offered peace, calm, romance and serenity.

However, as I took a quick peak at the tabs on the screen, I can tell you right now, my heart sank to the bottom of my shoes. They read, “Holiday cottages with broadband access” – “Internet friendly holiday accommodation” – “self-catering cottage holidays with Internet access”….

I stared at him and he had that goofy smile on his face as if he was so pleased with himself. His goofy smile didn’t win me over this time though! He must have seen my frozen face because he then looked puzzled.

“What?” He said (In that man voice that says he has no idea what he did wrong.)

I proceeded to ask him what sort of holiday he thought we were going on. He still looked puzzled as he told me we were going on a holiday by ourselves.

When I asked him where, he showed me all the wonderful places you could go where they still had internet access and enthusiastically pointed out the fact that we would still be able to check on our home through the internet while we were away. He told me that even though we would be in a cottage somewhere away from everyone, we could still go online to order groceries that would be delivered to us. And the best part? We wouldn’t miss a football game because we could still watch it online!

I took the iPad off him. I switched it off and asked him to choose. Gadgets or me? Lucky for him he chose me. So now we are going to choose our holiday together and I’m glad to say, there will be no third party joining us this time round.

Hello again, internet friends and blog readers.  I have to tell you, I don’t know why this is on my mind.  I guess because spring is around the corner, and I can’t wait for the warmer weather.  We, my husband and I, go down to the beach quite a bit in the summer time.  We met at the beach. Actually, we saw each other there a few times before we even talked to each other.

One day we had the chance to talk.  I was attracted to him, I have to admit!  That is until I saw his toes. Poor guy, he had a problem with his toenails.  We were sitting on a concrete bank next to the parking lot, and I looked down at his feet.  His toenails were thick and yellow.  I admit I hadn’t really seen that before, and wasn’t sure what to think.  I didn’t want to catch it from him, and was a little concerned about it.

He had a case of toenail fungus.  He saw me looking at it, and was self-conscious.  He told me that he had tried a few different ways of fixing it, but was still consulting with the doctor.  There are a lot of ways to treat toe fungus,  he told me.  Over-the-counter medicine work for some people.  They come in the forms of creams usually.  If that doesn’t work, you may need a prescription from the doctor so the medicine is strong enough to really fight the fungus.

I hear the even use laser now to treat toe fungus. Amazing.  Some people try using home remedies, such as applying thymol oil or even Vicks Vapor Rub on the toenails to cure the condition.  Well, I guess that’s not the most pleasant of topics, but I know toe fungus does affect a lot of people.

However, while he had tried a few different things, he had not had much success until he found a product called Zetaclear, which he’d read a lot about online and he had discovered that it is one of the best and most effective treatments for toenail fungus.

It’s not uncommon at all for people to have a case of toenail fungus – almost 10% of the American populations have it.  And thanks to Zetaclear, my husband no longer has it!  He’s regained his self confidence, and I’m happy that his toes no longer look like they used to.

MacBook-AirWell, I’m just glad that I can finally sit down with a cup of coffee and write in my blog.  It takes a little thinking to come up with some fun topics for you all to read about! I do enjoy this time, and I hope you enjoy reading some of my thoughts, even if they come out a bit randomly sometimes.

I was thinking back to when I first met my husband.  We were getting to know each other a little bit, and I have to admit that I was at first a little impatient with his preoccupation with his gadgets.  I just had your basic clam-shell (or whatever they call them!) phones, but he had an iPhone.  I was a little curious about it, but didn’t get a good look at it for awhile.  Then after we’d gone out a few months, I had to answer it for him when he was driving.  That was the beginning of my love affair with the iPhone!  After we arrived where we were going, I made him show me what some of the little icons on the iPhone were for  – “apps” I guess I should call them.  There are so many things you can do with an iPhone, it’s unbelievable.

An iPhone isn’t just a phone, its my lifeline to the digital world..lol.  Seriously, I stream music from the Internet, text message my girlfriends, send pictures, or watch a video.  But, speaking of videos, they’re even better to watch on my MacBook Air.  Have you seen those?  I had an old MacBook, but it was really heavy.  The MacBook Air is so much lighter to carry.

I hadn’t really planned on getting the MacBook Air, but late last year (just around Christmas time) the old MacBook broke.  Wow – not fun.  I was really lucky I didn’t lose all of my data.  Like I said, it was Christmas time, so I had lists of things to do on there, addresses, just a lot of stuff I needed.  My husband had thought ahead and had a “back up” plan just in such a case.  We have this thing that he calls the Time Machine – some kind of box that lives in his office and which apparently helped us get all of my old photos and files onto my new MacBook Air I told you all about.

So, I have my MacBook Air now (with the Time Machine backups), Google Calendars (shared with my friends, so I always know what’s going on), as well as my wonderful iPhone too.  If I had to name one more techie gadget which I really couldn’t live I would say our Apple TV.  It’s like a little box that we have plugged into our TV and allows us to watch Netflix and get our favourite TV shows by subscription.  It’s really great.  All these things make my life so much easier and fun.

I’m a geek by marriage. Meaning I married a tech head. Don’t get me wrong, my husband is not a nerd. He’s a wonderful, funny, good looking man who just happened to fall in love with technology – before he fell in love with me. And he falls in love with it more and more each day. We have every gadget known to man and then some. Our car has the latest technology and even our dog has been signed up for ‘No More Woof’ – a headset that detects the dog’s needs and lets him communicate with us via short sentences.

I have technology too! My last birthday present was a smart watch (which I don’t always remember to Bluetooth to my phone) and I have my own Facebook page (which my husband insisted on setting up for me because I wouldn’t be in the loop otherwise).

I shouldn’t complain. I do love waking up in winter to a house that knows what a warm welcome means! Because of my Tech Head Hubby, I get to wake up to the smell of coffee brewing at a pre-set time and my favorite songs playing as I walk past sensors which tell the inbuilt music system to pipe the music gently through the house. We have automatic sensors in the shower which mean I can walk in and the water turns on at the perfect temperature and an internet fridge that lets me know when I need to restock. Who needs to think anymore, right?

But I do miss the days of simplicity. The days where I didn’t have to program the coffee maker in advance or miss 5 minutes of my favorite show because the computer thought it was a commercial break while taping and skipped it.

The days when I could walk into the room and pick up a real newspaper, not an iPad with a computerized voice named Siri (what kind of name is that?) who asks me, “what can I help you with?” and when I reply, “read today’s news…” she answers with, “Here are the Kings of the Kids on a Reading Mission.” What the? Sometimes I feel like throwing the gadgets out the window or at my husband!

And just when I’m about to pick up my iPad mini (a Christmas present from him) and throw it at him, he turns around from the three computer monitors at his desk, gives me the goofiest smile and says, “Honey, I’ve just found the most perfect app for you!”

And I put the iPad down, give him a hug and accept the fact that this is what my life is like now. I am the wife of a Tech Head.

Does anyone else share my problem? I’d love to hear your stories too!