staying in touch

For any successful long distance friendship (or relationship) staying in touch is the ultimate key and, honestly, it’s also often the ultimate challenge. Seeing as we live approximately 800 miles apart and haven’t lived in the same city – not to mention state – for at least four years, we’ve explored many methods of communication. In addition to the standard texts and phone calls, here are our tips on keeping close even when that’s physically impossible.

Processed with VSCO with c2 presetThe second season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is out- we had to catch up!

video chatting
We know, we know… these days video chatting could easily fall under the realm of “standard” communication. Sure, we sometimes hop online to have a chat after a particularly bad day, but often it’s with a twist. We use the crazy world of technology to watch our favorite television shows together while very far apart. That’s right, penciled in our planners is a weekly date for whatever show it is we both shamefully refuse to miss that season (most often Pretty Little Liars). Guilty television feels much more guiltless when you can indulge with your BFF. To coordinate we use Rabbit  a heaven sent online service (and app) that lets you video chat with your friend (or friends- you can have up to 25 people in a room!) AND watch a video via Netflix/Hulu/YouTube/etc. on the same screen! The split screen idea is genius, because you don’t have to make sure you’re both at the same place in whatever you’re watching since you’re watching the exact same thing. Not to be dramatic, but Rabbit has changed our lives. Continue reading

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how to broach the poach

Crystal and I thought it might be fun to take you with us as we attempt things that seem like staples of “adult life.” See: patching your favorite pair of jeans or repotting a plant. For me, this meant poaching an egg.

I’ve always wanted to successfully poach an egg – seems like a pretty simple desire, right? HAH. I consider myself semi-alright in a kitchen, I’ve always been good at following directions anyway, but poaching an egg is a whole other kind of beast (for me anyway, I can guarantee someone will read this post and wonder why I’m making such a big deal about something you can get anywhere you can get brunch). Please drool over this picture with me, and maybe you’ll get it:

salmon-cakes-020.jpg (This beautiful photo is from FoodnessGracious, but you get why I want to be able to make this, right? ALSO, THIS IS ON A SALMON CAKE, LIFE CHANGED.)

The first step for me was consulting my favorite science-y chef, Alton Brown. I used the method described here and even watched the video, which I feel like really helped. Should I make another post about my undying love for Alton Brown? No? Too weird? Okay. Continue reading

hi there!

We can’t believe we’re finally saying this — welcome to our blog!

By definition a blog is a noun: regularly updated website or web page, typically one run by an individual that is written in an informal or conversational style.

We’ve already thrown caution to the wind (because we’re two people not one), so basically you can expect the unexpected here at The Yellow Telephone. We promise to try and make you laugh, keep it real, refrain from using too many telephone puns and hopefully inspire you a little along the way.

This has been an idea we’ve been throwing around for years and we’re happy to finally see our brainchild come to fruition.

And by the way, according to the same dictionary (aka Google): fruition derives from the middle english word or for ‘enjoy.”

So let’s stop all this learning for now and have some fun!

ps: If you care to know more about us, check out this aptly-titled page.