Posts Tagged "skype"

Tiny funny things

Posted by on Jul 18, 2013 in Funny | 0 comments

Tiny funny things

Some moments that have made me laugh lately. To set the scene: Mike is currently house-sitting for friends of ours in Vientiane who own a very affectionate cat that is often around begging to be petted when I’m on Skype with Mike. I’m in my bedroom dialing Mike. Dominic is playing on the floor. Me: “Dominic! Look who’s on Skype!! It’s Daddy!!”Dominic (runs over and climbs into my lap. He looks delighted … and then confused): “Cat?” Mike: “Hi Dominic!!!”Me: “It’s Daddy, do you want to say hello to Daddy??”Dominic (completely ignoring Mike): “Cat? Cat?”Mike...

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Family moments across the miles

Posted by on Dec 30, 2011 in Travel | 1 comment

Family moments across the miles

7:40 this morning, just after I get out the shower, skype rings on my laptop. It’s my grandparents, playing with their brand new iPad. When I answer, my grandparent’s living room pops up and I can see my mother and grandfather peering, puzzled, straight into the camera. Me: “Hello?” Pa: “Now how do you…” Me: “Hello?” Mum: “Don’t press that one!” Me: “Hello? Can you hear me?” Pa: “Well, where’s the other little thing?” Me: “Hello? Did you call me?” Mum: “It’s somewhere down the bottom there.” Me: “You called me accidentally, didn’t you. And you...

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The most important quality in a marriage (2)

Posted by on Sep 27, 2011 in Life in Laos | 3 comments

The most important quality in a marriage (2)

This post is a continuation of the discussion we began on Friday about the most important quality in a marriage. Below is an excerpt from the memoir I am working on. It recounts a conversation Mike and I had via skype before we got engaged, when he was  in PNG and I was in LA. …Even when we were talking, on our carefully scheduled skype dates, it wasn’t guaranteed to be smooth and happy sailing. Occasionally we’d be talking away easily one minute only to find ourselves mired in a messy miscommunication the next. Or we’d be laughing and a moment later one of us would have...

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Reunions

Posted by on Jul 22, 2011 in Travel | 8 comments

Reunions

In the three and a half years we’ve known each other, Mike and I have spent at least 3 weeks apart nine times now. When Mike was still living in PNG there was the three months apart right after we started dating and three and a half more after we got engaged. There were four month-long overseas consultancies Mike did during our first year of marriage. We spent about half of the first six months of last year apart before our move to Laos. And then there’s been this last ten weeks. Mike will arrive into the Gold Coast tomorrow morning at about 7:30am, so when I haven’t been wondering...

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A skype date at 37 weeks pregnant

Posted by on Jul 19, 2011 in Pregnancy | 18 comments

A skype date at 37 weeks pregnant

“How are you?” Mike asked me last night via skype. “I’m grumpy,” I said. “Why are you grumpy?” Mike said. “I don’t know. Why are you in Laos?” I said. Mike stops to puzzle this over for a few seconds, then decides not to engage on that front. “Well, tell me about today,” he said. “I talked to Jenn and Robin by skype. I lay down for a while. I read. I went to the chiropractor. I made an apple and rhubarb crumble. We had pizza for dinner. We watched TV,” I said, outlining a day most people might consider nearly perfect in its restfulness. The problem, as I went on to...

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Stories we tell our grandchildren

Posted by on Feb 3, 2011 in Third Culture Kids | 8 comments

Stories we tell our grandchildren

It’s been a busy week on this side of the world. I’m juggling two consulting projects from the kitchen table here in Laos, both for clients in London. One of the projects is reviewing training material for workshops running in Sudan and Chad next week. Sudan, incidentally, is where my father headed off to for two months yesterday on his own consulting project. The world seems very small sometimes. Well, except when you’re flying across the Pacific – then it seems enormous. Or when you stop and think about the fact that your immediate family is once again scattered over four...

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The rat has left the room

Posted by on Mar 9, 2010 in Lisa and Mike dialogues | 0 comments

The rat has left the room

On his first night in Malawi Mike woke up at midnight to see a rat running around his room. Every time he got up to try and find it, it disappeared. When he turned the lights off and lay back down he heard it come out of hiding again to chew on the door, or drag all the toilet paper onto the floor, or knock his toiletries off the bench. He said he didn’t sleep super well. Lisa was surprised he slept at all. Fast forward to 6pm the next night (8am LA time). Mike has just returned from his first day at the office to be told by the hotel staff that they have not managed to find and remove the...

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Skype date, the monologue

Posted by on Nov 17, 2009 in Lisa and Mike dialogues | 0 comments

Skype date, the monologue

It’s 3:30pm in LA, 6:30am in Banda Aceh. The last time Lisa and Mike talked was four days ago – a mobile phone conversation that lasted precisely 12 minutes and 32 seconds before the line unexpectedly dropped out. There is a three second delay on today’s line. This means a lot of stop and start simultaneous conversation if they try to talk naturally. They have learned the hard way that the best way to do a skype date with a delay on the line is to treat skype like a two-way radio and have a “monologue date”. One person asks a question, then waits. The other person talks for as...

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The Birds

Posted by on Jul 20, 2009 in Lisa and Mike dialogues | 0 comments

Lisa and Mike are having a skype date. Mike’s just finished a three week consultancy in PNG and is at Lisa’s parents place in Ballina for two days before heading back to LA. Lisa is in LA, not at all jealous about her family hanging out at home without her. Not at all. Mike: “So, what else happened today?” Lisa (running a bit short on material since she’s been sitting at the kitchen table all morning writing, thinks hard). “OH! There was this bird. Well, two birds actually. There was this girl bird just sitting on the railing minding her own business. And...

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Love Long Distance

Posted by on Mar 24, 2009 in Lisa and Mike dialogues | 0 comments

It’s my birthday tomorrow, and I can tell you something I won’t be doing… talking to my husband. No, we’re not fighting. He’s in Papua New Guinea. Yes, again. It’s been ten days since we got back from Australia, eight days since our Los Angeles wedding reception, and six days since he left for a about a month to do a consultancy with Oxfam. I’m relearning what it’s like to be alone, which is exactly the lesson every new bride longs to learn two months after her wedding. To be perfectly honest, there’s something to be said for alone. Reading late at night and a whole bed...

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