Skype is a prime example of something being a blessing and a curse at the same time! As wonderful as it is to hear my hubby’s voice, when it goes to acting up as more soldiers get on to talk to their own families, it is so frustrating and annoying. It starts echoing and dropping the calls and distorting your words and any other sounds it picks up, and your call is done. You can forget about any kind of video, which usually isn’t good in the first place. He can see you, but all you can see is a vague outline of pixilated, dark colors. Last night, he did get to see our Christmas tree and Jake, our dog, and Snookie, our cat, for a bit. So I guess that was pretty nice. But we wouldn’t have been able to do that had it not been very early in the morning over there. When people start rising and getting on their laptops to check Facebook, that’s when the lagging and dropped Skype calls start. So it’s over, and you never get to say your goodbyes.
Glad we can skype some again now, though. He had been able to Skype at the first camp he went to over there, but at this second base, they weren’t offered the option to buy their own internet, so all he could do was go to the internet café, which he avoided most of the time. And 15 minute phone calls were getting old. What happens on a 15 minute phone call? one of two things: you sit there thinking, ‘Crap, I only have 15 minutes. What did I want to tell him?’ OR you have something really important to talk about, and in the middle of the discussion, he says, ‘Hey, we’re at 14 minutes. I gotta go.’
So now he has Internet again, and I can talk to him for more than 14 and a half minutes :o) well, at least before everyone else starts getting on. I will be so glad when he’s stateside again and can call me on his cell phone.