Saturday, April 9, 2011

A "brief" History...

Quite a few of you know our story...but here is a brief history of how we got to where we are and where we are headed...Me (Linsey) being A Yank and Matt being A Limey...

Week 1
(Don't worry...I'm not going to type the last 55+ weeks...this is just the beginning...)
Where a girls heart skips a beat
Monday, March 22, 2010 - School is back in session after a week off for spring break. After being off of work for 5 whole fun filled days of nothingness I (Linsey) return to work...the morning I returned as I opened my Facebook to see what's happened overnight, as we all do, a picture of Suzy Rowe came up in my news feed and I made a comment on her wall - a compliment of her profile picture.
I had no other thoughts than paying a compliment to a friend. When I got home from work there was a comment on my comment from Matt...something about her looking like Bette Midler...ummm...Suzy doesn't look like Bette Midler, in the least, I looked at Matt's profile and thought to myself "What does this British guy know about Bette Midler?" Now me, I was raised on Bette, listening, singing along and choreographing dance routines to such little ditties as "Miss Ottis Regrets". I think I know what Bette Midler looks like. So...I made a comment back, and so did he, and so did I, and so did he, and so did I, etc etc etc etc...poor Suzy's wall was filled with comments about a 1980's singer and comments on music in general. The time difference between a Yank and a Limey is 6 hours so his final comment was saying that he enjoyed talking to a stranger and that if I was interested in talking some more to request to be his friend on FB and he would accept. I did.

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010 - back at work the next morning I find that my friend request has been accepted and my heart skips a beat #1! I'm not sure why, because this guys lives 4000 miles away, in a different country and what are the odds? I sit at my desk working all day waiting for a wall post or a message on my FB, but nothing. It is the first day of auditions for our spring production so I'm after school until 5:00PM. As I close down my computer at the end of my long day I long on one more time...still nothing...and I'm a little disappointed, but I then say "What the heck?" and send a brief message of "So, what should we talk about next?" and hit send. I also changed my status to reflect and inside joke with another friend whom I had had a conversation with the week previously. By the time I got home I had a response to my message and also a comment on my status by Matt. Heart skipped a beat #2! At the time my good friend Meghan was living with me off and on and I remember sitting on the couch waiting for the little red numbers in the top left hand corner of the FB screen to light up in the message and notifications sections and telling her I had no idea what I was doing, talking to a complete stranger who lives so very far away. We spent the evening bouncing back and forth between the 2 different streams and then even moved over to an IM in Google and talked for a while before it was time for him to go to bed.

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010 -When I got into work in the morning I did my usual routine of setting up subs and then checked my Facebook and Gmail accounts. After I signed into Gmail an instant message popped up with "Good Morning USA" and I responded with a "Good afternoon UK" and so it began. We chatted off and on during that day. I had auditions after school. I signed back on to Gmail when I got home and he was still up! Heart skipped a beat #3! We started chatting back and forth in GoogleTalk and shortly into that he asked if he could call me. Call me! From the UK! What? Ummm...ok...sure...but isn't that expensive...well, it wasn't supposed to be, but I'm getting ahead of myself. He calls, and there I am talking to a British guy I've never met before on the phone...for over 3 hours! Yep...over 3 hours...I think it was almost 9PM by the time we hung up. So, you do the math for Matt...

Thursday, March 25th, 2010 - Didn't get to spend much time talking or IMing with Matt today. I was busy at work and then had callbacks and casting after school that kept me there past 7:00pm.

Friday, March 26th, 2010 - Today was a crazy day at work. We had a lockdown for about an hour at the beginning of the day. Matt headed to church to work sound for their weekly youth event and said he was nervous about what was happening on the other side of the world. It felt weird to me, but I felt like I needed to talk to him about it and explain what a lockdown is and that we were all safe. When I got home he gave me a call and even though I thought I was ok, apparently by breathing was off. Heart skipped a beat #4!  How does this guy know this? This is the second time I've talked to him? I headed out that evening for a dinner and a movie (Alice in Wonderland) with Marlyse and sent a few texts.

Saturday, March 27th, 2010 - Woke up and headed over to JG's for our monthly girls get together. I wasn't sure if I should say something to my friends at this time. It's only been a week. I hardly know this guy. But I told myself if the right moment arose I would speak up. As the morning was winding down JG suggested we spend some time in prayer and that's when it happened, heart skipped a beat #5...and so I mentioned it to the girls and we prayed for each other. I then headed home and got phone call #3 from the UK! That day we spent...ummm...we spent...let's see...I believe it was...9 hours...yep, that's it...9 hours talking...and those 9 hours felt very natural. Time went by quickly. There wasn't awkward pauses. It just flowed.

Sunday, March 28th, 2010 - Off to church in the morning. Then to lunch while I waited to head to another get together with some friends from college in the afternoon. Home by late afternoon and Matt was still online. So we started IMing. Then a message came that said "I can't do this anymore." And my phone rang. We talked for a bit...and then the truth comes out...these phone calls, which were supposed to be $.01 a minute or so...he had gone over his monthly minutes my more than watch out phone bill! Yikes! This being said, we had decided to not talk via phone until the following Friday, which was going to be Good Friday, a day we both had off from work and where we could use Google Video and actually see each other. And so the waiting began. We IMed a bit during the week...but it was a long haul until Friday morning when I would hear that ever so sexy British voice.

And that's where I'll leave it for entry one...there is still lots more to share, but I'll leave that for a few other days.

1 comment:

  1. So excited to get to hear about this story, that in my mind - only happens in the movies!! And "The Shack" is an amazing book :)