My boyfriend got points for being much faster, but I won anyway since his crane looked like a pile of mush. One person chooses a person, character, or object and the other tries to guess who or what it is by asking yes or no questions until he arrives at the answer. Charades is always a good back-up game if you are bored and have nothing planned, since it requires next to no set-up or preparation. It was played as a competition between sets of couples, but you can switch it up and compete with your partner. There are quizzes and personality tests out there for every topic under the sun. This is a challenge designed to see how well you can communicate with one another.Technically the guesser is only allowed to ask 21 questions, but my boyfriend and I throw that rule out the window and just play for fun. Simply print and play my version of the game from my blog: . Pick a few quizzes that interest you – anything from determining your spirit animal to which Hogwarts house you belong in, and compare results with your partner. It can also be a lot of fun to create your own quiz with your partner, and then share it so others can enjoy it too. Do an image search online for some abstract geometric shapes and patterns.
Other grid-based games like the printable Grid Race (at ) are excellent because they are free and printable, and as long as you label the x and y axes, it will be easy to convey your moves to your partner and play the game over the phone. Good questions can lead to some very interesting discussions and heated debates.Chess, checkers, Connect Four, Quoridor, and Stratego also translate easily to graph paper, as do many other commercial games. You may have heard of the game “Table Topics,” – well, it’s the same idea, but you don’t need to buy the cards to have a good time. This requires nothing but a piece of paper cut into a square and a webcam or phone with a camera to compare final products.Sometimes if I have to go the bathroom or buy a drink, I will drop my laptop off with a friend to keep him company. He physically can’t be here for me when I need him – which is a depressing, but unfortunate, barrier in our relationship. Not long messages – just the short, standard 3 minute video that Skype lets you send. When Ryosuke wakes up (or gets back from work) he can watch the video to check up on me. I have a lot of friends in long distance relationships – half of which (on average) cheat on their significant other without meaning to. My favorite part about doing long distance in Japan was eating dinner together.I’ve met most of his friends in Japan; when they have “boy’s nights out” they will typically Skype me before they leave. They ask my permission to “take Ryosuke out” somewhere fun. How I Met Your Mother is one of the few shows he will actually watch – so we try to watch an episode once a week (during the season). We open Skype in one window, the episode in another window, and chat throughout the episode. We have a 14 hour time difference, if I have an attack at 1pm, it is 3am for him. Even when we don’t have problems, I try to send a couple video messages a day. Of course Skype can’t fill the void you miss by cuddling, falling asleep in each other’s arms, or kissing – but there is no reason to make yourself sexually frustrated. We were both in the same time zone; when we got back to our respective apartments at night, we would launch Skype, chat about our day, and unwind over a can of beer or glass of wine. I would put my laptop next to the stove while I made stir fry, cut vegetables, and fried meat.It takes a certain type of person to keep a long distance relationship going. There will be fears, tears, frustrations, and lonely nights.
You can’t just jump into it – assuming it will be the same as a “normal” relationship and expect everything to work out. But Long Distance Relationships are NOT impossible.We don’t Skype with friends for long, maybe five to ten minutes max – once or twice a month. I love waking up in the morning to find videos of Ryosuke awkwardly lip-syncing to something by Maroon 5, chatting about his day, or dancing around his room. Find what works for you and do it as often as possible. Then we would “eat dinner” together – with a plate of food on the table in between us and the laptops.Most of my friends laughed when I told them about my Skype dinner dates.I’m sure to single people it doesn’t make sense – but to me it was the favorite part of my day. Granted – it’s a bit harder to manage because of the Long Distance Relationship aspect – but long distances do not have to be painful and lonely.I grew up in a family where we chatted about our day around the dinner table. [For more, check out: The Four Stages of a Long-Distance Relationship – Surviving the Separation] Certainly, it takes a certain type of person to keep a long distance relationship going. There will be fears, tears, frustrations, and lonely nights.(Or search for tangrams shapes.) Something that could work well is an image of two slanted rectangles intersected by an arrow shape, all inside of a circle.