Archive | November, 2013

Entertaining two two-year-olds

21 Nov

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A Skyping session with my twin sisters is usually anything but normal; often including scenes such as, and not limited to, flailing arms, crying, screaming, singing…

Skyping with babies/toddlers is not a simple task. After all a “simple conversation” requires that you first hold their attention.

Here’s my list of how to have meaningful conversations with little ones over Skype:

1. Make sock puppets
To entertain my audience, I stuck my hand into a sock and starting talking through it. For some reason, the little ones started crying…

2. Break out in song.
Create a song according to a tune they are familiar with, like twinkle twinkle little star; just change up the words and sing it like u mean it. I don’t know why, but this again evoked tears..

3. Play pictionary with them
Draw animals and say “what is this”? And then proceed to make the noises of that animal together in unison. Woof woof woof. Due to the audience participation elicited, this seemed to meet with a more favourable response.

4. Peek-a-boo
Disappear from the screen till they ask where you are, and come back on screen with a hood on your face or a really cool smile. Or crazy eyes. Or just the eye. This really made em laugh.

5. Ask them about their day
This met with relatively little success. Although sometimes they would start crying… Success?

6. Make funny faces
My favourite part of this is seeing them make the same faces. I probably end up being more entertained than them and often break out it crazy laughter.. Which either gets them to join me in crazy laughter or once again makes them cry.

That’s the end of the list for now. Maybe I’ll have a part two when I figure out how to get stop making them cry.

But on a more serious note, let me know if you have any suggestions on how make my Skype with my awesomely cute baby sisters creative, fun, and interactive!

Off Facebook

18 Nov

I completely understand the ease by which communication can occur on Facebook as well as the rapid updating that can be achieved on one’s own, simply by scrolling. I am a partaker of all that and more and I have loved gleaning from the simple convenience that Facebook offers.

However, on a random “whim-of-the-moment”, I’ve decided to “go off”/”come off”/stop going onto/”just stop already” Facebook (yes, I know that last one didn’t make sense) as of today. In the beginning, I’m sure this might prove to be an inconvenience. I mean, how will anyone contact me, easily? Okay, inconvenience #1 – but is that really that much of an inconvenience? I’m sure that I won’t lose out on the important communication with those who are important to me (redundant use of double adjectives). Of course, I’m prepared to be one of those who might be slow on the uptake of information…

BUT. The most compelling reason is this: that I will instead take my ranting off to a different platform – none other that my lonely (さびしい) WordPress blog, that I’ve neglected for over a month. I just had to include SOME Japanese. I should put what I’m learning into good use. And, as you can see. It’s already working!

Yay for a random post in-between referencing sources in my research paper and writing draft #1 for a different paper.