Do You Skype?

Picture this, if you will: four moms (the Librarian, the Photo Addict, the Legal Eagle, and of course, the Scriv) sitting in the studio of Sprouts Photography, children playing happily (more or less), all in the SAME place at the SAME time on the SAME day.

I know, I can hardly believe it myself.

But that was this week’s blog meeting. And let me tell you, it took forever to find a time when we could all make it. I mean, it was definitely worth it to finally get us all face-to-face. We’ve got so many great ideas for the blog, and–well I don’t want to give anything away, but you’re going to LOVE some of the changes we have in store. But that’s not what this post is about.

Anyway, as the Legal Eagle got off the phone with her painters and said that she had to leave earlier than she thought, and I went to stop Mouse from playing in the toilet again, and the Photo Addict carefully relocated her prize-winning portraits and their accompanying award ribbons while the Librarian broke up some overly-exuberant roughhousing between Rocky and Little C–we all kind of looked at each other. And then the Legal Eagle said, “You know, we really should do this over Skype.” And she correctly pointed out that they (Rocky, Little C, and now Mouse) could do that (jumping on the couch and hitting each other with pillows) in their own living rooms while we still had a productive meeting.

It’s a hell of an idea, I gotta say.

I’ve used Skype a couple of times, and it really is awesome. In case you live in a cave and don’t know what it is, it’s free web-based video conferencing. All you need is a webcam and an internet connection and you can video chat with anyone anywhere in the world for free. I’ve used it to chat with a friend of mine in Germany and it’s really fun. I mean, you’re looking at the little video of yourself and kind of always fixing your hair or hoping that you don’t look like Jabba the Hut reclining on your couch or whatever, but it’s so convenient.

I don’t know how to Skype with a group, and the Librarian needs to go out and invest in a webcam, but I think we can iron these things out and have our meetings that way.

What’s next–virtual playdates? Hmmmmm.