September 10, 2012
Date Long Distance Style
Everyone’s spouse (or self has to travel away from each other every once in a while, right? If it’s for a business trip, family emergency, etc. there would be an occasion where you would be a part. Well that’s what happened to me this week. My hubby is gone on a business trip but I still wanted to be able to ‘hang out’ with him. So, I wanted to plan a ‘date’ while we were apart. How you ask? Through Skype! I thought it would be a perfect way to still be able to ‘be’ together, without really ‘being’ together. LOL. If you don’t have a Skype account, don’t worry. It’s free to download and make your own account.
I racked my brain on how to do this easily, yet still have us have a ton of fun, and this date is what I came up with!
I first made a list of things I wanted to do. Playing games was the TOP of my list as this is one of our FAVORITE activities. Figuring out what games to play was a little bit harder for me. My list came down to… Charades, Hangman, and Sudoku. Don’t have a Sudoku book? No problem, I found a great Sudoku book for cheap! Fellow Diva, Stephanie, also planned a super cute date centered around the game Sudoku. Make sure to check that out for even more ideas! I also wanted to incorporate food in some way (since I LOVE to eat), and thought that making ice cream sundaes or root beer floats together would be fun.
Now came the fun part, getting my hubby as excited as I was. I figured since he was gone, the best way to get him an invite to this fun date would be to send him an evite through email (you can see it in the picture above)! Prior to this I was not a part of an ‘evite’ or card sites, so I found this FREE one at pingg.com. What I really liked about this site is that I could customize the ecards/evites VERY easily. The steps were so easy to follow which is always a plus for me! In the evite I let him know what night we were doing the date and that he would need a pen and paper, the copies of Sudoku I would be emailing him, and stuff to make an ice cream sundae (or any treat he wanted to eat).
When I sent the evite to Joseph, I was anxious to hear his reply (I hadn’t previously told him it was coming so it was a complete surprise to him). He sent me a text letting me know how loved he felt that I would plan something when he was gone and that it meant a lot to him. I think hearing that put a smile on my face for the rest of the day!
The day of… this is so cheesy, but I was so excited for the date ALL day long. I even put my kids down just a bit early so I would be completely ready for the Skype call!
We began the date with playing Sudoku. Previously I had copied a couple of puzzles and emailed them to him. This didn’t quite go as I expected. In my head I thought we could work together and tell each other when we figured out a number, but that got confusing real quick. Instead, we just raced each other to see who would finish first, which turned out to be a fun challenge.
After we finished our Sudoku puzzles, we played 6 games of hangman (3 puzzles for each of us to figure out). We figured out that it was easiest to dictate to the other person how many words, letters in each word, etc. our puzzles were. Then as the other would guess letters, we were each looking at the same puzzles on our OWN papers and filling in the letters. We chose to do romantic sayings to each other in our puzzles. It made the night a little more ‘intimate’ and we both had a blast. I have to say Joseph is awesome at puzzles and only had a head for each of the puzzles I did for him. I was impressed!
We ended the night with our treats and just talking. We both discussed that if either one of us is traveling away in the future that we would make this Skype date a tradition. It was really a lot of fun. Hope you enjoy too!
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