So… Frank is a Pilot. This means he is gone for days and days. It also means that we experience much of our relationship over the phone.
Emily (E): Sooo, what else is new?
Frank (F): HMmmmmm.
Long pause. You have to be ok with long pauses when carrying on a marriage via phone. You have to give the other person a chance to “buffer”. Buffering is when their brain catches up with their mouth. The reason that their brain and mouth get out of sync is because they are playing Bejeweled Blitz online. (Darn you, Mother, for showing us that game!)
F: So, yeah, well, I’m still listening to that zombie book on CD.
Background info: Frank has a love/hate relationship with zombies movies/stories. While he hates, hates, HATES being scared, he can’t help himself when it comes to Zombies. He’s like Bubba from Forest Gump, “There are zombies that run fast, zombies that run slow, zombies that swim, zombies that dance and zombies that can be frozen and thawed…” and an hour later, I’m drooling on myself, stabbing myself in the face with a pencil and wondering if I, myself, am a zombie…
F: Whatever. So anyway, zombies –
E: No, that was me gagging at you.
F: Oh, so you weren’t making a zombie noise to scare me?
E: No! I was groaning that we are STILL talking about zombies.
F: Well, cuz zombies make that moaning noise, so I thought you were trying to scare me. Well anyway –
And he’s off and running on to his next part of the zombie adventure. Something about under water zombies that getcha when you’re swimming. Which, unbeknown to Frank, gives me a whole new arsenal of things I can terrify him with…