Life as seen through Instagram

Working in Luxembourg means for most of the day my time online with my phone is limited, so I’ve never really gotten into Twitter or Snapchat or the other various ways to communicate/waste time online. However, I do like using Instagram, especially since most of the people I follow are in the states, so it’s a way for me to picture (ha) what my life would be like if we lived there. Obviously, life as seen through Instagram isn’t the reality, but a little daydreaming on the morning train is always fun.

I like that different people I follow have different “roles.” There’s definitely a foddie or two, travellers, moms, and my celebrities girl crushes (your guess as to who they are . . .) I decided to look at what I tend to post to see if I fall into any of those categories.

Breakdown of what’s on my Instagram (I share about 80% on Facebook as well):

– 15 % our cat (based on the content of my phone pre-bébé, I thought it would be more!)

– 15% selfies, including those with my husband, but not things like just my shoes or nails

– 20% food and drink

– 50% “life”: around town, funny ads, new purchases, recent creations, exciting packages, parties, vacations . . . It’s not particularly fascinating, but I feel like it’s as varied as any other normal life. When I’m on vacation it’s obviously a little more interesting than the fifth picture of the month of the rainy weather taken during my commute.


We don’t share pictures of bébé publicly online, but if we did, I’m pretty sure he’d take up most of the “life” category, replace the 15% of the cat (poor kitty), and most of my selfies would include his cute little face. We use 23snaps to share his photos privately with close friends and family, which satisfies my new parent snap happy tendencies while allowing me to maintain a more “balanced” public online presence.

So, do you follow a few of the typical Instagram types? What kind of Instagrammer are you?

New Phone

I have to start this by saying I am insanely picky about cell phones. With the plan I have, I can buy a new phone relatively cheaply every two years, which is not really a problem for me, since it takes me approximately two years to choose one. I read all the reviews, look at videos, compare things like battery life and camera quality. I go to the store a few times, hold the phones, see what feels best. It’s quite a long process.

My husband gets a bit impatient with me, since he usually just pays full price for the newest cool phone he takes a fancy to every year or so. But it’s an important decision I think, given how central cell phones have become in daily life. If I’m going to be using something on a regular basis, I want to be sure it fits my needs as best as possible. I’m pretty sure we picked an apartment quicker than I picked my new phone, but there was a time crunch involved. When I have time to choose, I take all the time I possibly can.

Last week was the big day and going against all my original feelings on the subject, I got a new, gigantic, fully tactile HTC smarty smart phone. I don’t like tactile keyboards, and I wanted something small. Blackberry was the only one available right now that had real buttons to push and wasn’t too big, but I wasn’t sure I’d actually be able to use it the way I want to, since there don’t seem to be all the applications I’m used to.

I took a quick photo to compare this new monstrosity with my perfect little old Sony Ericsson with sliding keyboard (the pen is to show the size).

New phone


I definitely miss the keyboard, since despite predictive text in both French and English on my new phone, I still manage to send texts like “I’m running a big late” which makes me crazy, even if I know that people know what I mean. And I’m not used to the size, nor are my purses, which all have tiny little side pockets for tiny little phones.

However, the bigger screen is definitely all sorts of awesome, for videos and photos, which is a big reason I chose it. I’m sure I’ll be taking plenty of both come summer, so I wanted something that would make it as easy as possible to share all things bébé with loved ones near and far. (For now, I mostly have pictures of our cat, roughly a 50:1 cat to husband ratio, which was the case with my old phone too.)

One cool thing I am definitely using a lot is the remote control function. I didn’t know about it when I bought it, but you can program the phone to act as a remote for TV and cable. This only makes me lazier really, since it means I can just pick up my phone, which is usually within arm’s reach, rather than hunt around for the remotes. People who have been controlling stuff with their ipads or phones for years are probably rolling their eyes at me (actually, most of you probably are at this point anyway, since I have dedicated an entire blog post to my ambiguous feelings for my new phone, for heaven’s sake). But this is about as interconnected as I have ever been and I am just fascinated and love it. If I ever get a car that has one of those unlock/lock apps, I can tell I will be totally into it.

I originally wanted something to help optimize my commute time by answering emails and things like that. I have ended up with a very small camera that can also turn on my TV.

Does anyone else spend this much time/effort when buying a new phone? Or is it just me?