It's not that communication is difficult. It's just that we have to be creative. I've told you about using our iPads and the wonderful Facetime app on Valentine's Day. What I didn't tell you about was that on our wedding anniversary we each went to Applebee's, got take-out, came home, set the food and iPads on our respective tables, poured a glass of wine, and toasted to 39 beautiful years together. But I digress.
What I meant to tell you about this time is Dropbox. It's not an iPad app. It's a website that lets you share files and photos from one computer to another. I use it between my home and my office so I don't have to lug my laptop with me every day. But it's also proven to be useful in our current bi-coastal situation.
One thing we are trying to do it make sure this is working for us financially. I mean, maintaining two households can be a bit tricky. So I try to keep very meticulous records of what we're spending. I mean down to the penny. I've created spreadsheets with all of the categories that I care to keep track of. And because it's done in wonderful Excel, it keeps tallies as we go.
And it's all kept in Dropbox. I can see his spending and he can see mine. We know where our money is going. We share pictures as well. I wanted to see the new apartment he is moving into before I fly out there next week, so he created an album on our shared site.
I love this age we live in. "Picture phones" used to be a novelty we played with at Disneyland. The US Postal Service used to be the only way to send files. Like my grandmother, I never long for the "good old days." They were good, but these days are good too. And without these gadgets and modern inventions, my husband and I could not be doing what we're doing.