Phoning Home

I had a laugh, really, even as I picked today’s topic for my post for Mama Kat’s Writers Workshop. It’s actually not hard to recall “who I last spoke to on the phone for 30 minutes” – it could only be my mom.

And not just because she is my mom.

Mostly because I don’t think ANYONE here actually uses their phone to call people, unless it is for business- it seems like everyone here texts. (Which I do now, constantly, and never did when I was in the US – thinking that it was for teenagers….) Ok, so that is an exaggeration, but that is how it feels to me some days…I rarely even call my husband any more, it’s just more efficient to text.

But I digress…

And, before my husband passes out whilst reaching for his wallet, thinking I was on an international call for over 30 minutes, I will add the caveat that it was via Skype, partly, as my mom can call my phone via her Skype if I’m not online, which I haven’t been lately (if you’ve looked at my blog feed, clearing away the cobwebs.)

I’ve been away, obviously, for the past two weeks, and whilst I had high hopes for the wi-fi service onboard the Disney Magic, the reality was that it was miserable. Non-existent, pretty much, meaning I had no email, Skype, Twitter, and blog.

It was tough to be so completely out of touch.

I’m still a bit lost, trying to get back into the swing of things….Where was I? Oh, the phone call. Which wasn’t 30 minutes, but more like an hour…or so…once I settled on the sofa and fired up my MacBook.

Being a few weeks, then, since our last call, we were kind of all over the place, but overall, the call centered on two topics: our recent vacation (which was fab, and I’m still debating the best way to blog about it without it turning into your Uncle Ned’s vacation slideshow) and my upcoming trip back to the States with just the kidlings *does a happy dance and pulls out a pen to write up my shopping list*.

Because, if you know my mom, we are most certainly going shopping.

Despite the fact that Lucky Charms, men’s undershirts (my husband hates the stuff I’ve bought here, so off to JC Penney’s I go), and Hidden Valley Ranch dressing aren’t quite her idea of shopping, we’ll make the most of it.

I don’t talk on the phone much here. Most of my incoming calls are from telemarketers. It’s a bit tough to get used to, to be honest.

So, if you don’t mind, I’ve actually got family and friends that are home at the same time as I am, and will be waking up in a few short hours….so I need to finish this up so that I can Skype this afternoon.

It’s the closest thing I have to a phone call.

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I’m curious, now — who was YOUR last longish phone call to, and what did you talk about?

Go on…share below…

Then, head on over to Mama Kat’s, as she has a great list of topics that people will be linking up with!

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  1. I never really thought about Brits and not using the phone, but I guess they don’t that often.

    My most recent long phone call was to a friend of mine I grew up with — who just happened to also marry a British man. She lives in the south, and I’m up north, so we get on the phone every once in a while and have a long chat — hours long, to be honest!

    I also love Skype and skype with my best friend who still lives in PA and we can spend hours on the webcam goofing off.

  2. I think many of us have defaulted to texting (even if we swore we never would!). I can’t think of ANYONE I have talked to for 30 minutes on the phone recently! My son, on the other hand (he’s 12) puts his stupid phone on speaker and plays video games with running commentary with his buds. I have to go in and stop him before our phone bill goes into the stratosphere. But that’s not really conversing. Um – I talked with my parents to wish them a happy 52nd anniversary – not 30 minutes but that many years of “wedded bliss” deserves a call!! Enjoyed your post.

    • I have to admit, leaving a text is way more efficient than leaving a VM message that someone has to retrieve….I have to laugh at the visual of your son on the phone playing video games, though….

  3. Thank God for Skype. Enjoyed catching up AND where are we shopping?

  4. It’s good to be unconnected for awhile. It means you were focused on your vacation and having fun! I can’t say I’ve bought in to the texting phenom. It’s great for a simple question but when it turns in to a “conversation” I stop. I’d rather hear your voice and/or see your pretty face 🙂 I guess I’m old fashioned. I don’t know when it happened.

    • Do u have time to Skype this week, btw, and let’s find a way to get together when I’m back in the good ole USA after the 14th!!!

  5. Can’t wait to hear how the trip went! I’ve never been on a cruise and being without technology? EEP!

  6. I used to never make phone calls, especially calls lasting more than 30 minutes, but since becoming a mom, things have changed. I’m always on the phone now, or, at least whenever I can. It’s nice to do the whole texting thing and twitter, but I like hearing an adult voice during my day.

    • There’s only a few people I ever spoke with on the phone for over 30 minutes, but I feel so much more isolated here that I find I miss quick calls, too – for the same reason.

  7. I only ever talk to one person longer than 30 minutes, my BFF Rach. We talk all the time as much as we can however we can. It’s her who got me hooked on texting and mostly I just text her. We talk about random things and our conversations are hardly ever about any one topic though we’ve been know to call each for advice on cooking, cleaning, and kids.

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