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Throwing You a Bone

I’ve started so many blog posts with “It’s been a long time since my last blog…” I’m afraid this one is no different. In fact, it’s been so long that I kind of forgot how to create a post. Blogger has made a bunch of updates, I forgot the code changes I used to make, I couldn’t find my Photoshop filters, etc. I hopped on my computer the other day thinking this was going to be super quick and easy and I would be done. Nope. Three days later I am finishing this post up.

We have had a great year full of lots of changes. We are still in Melbourne and we love it. Charles has gone through a bunch of changes at work, for the most part all very positive. Jack started child care about 8 months ago, which he seems to love. Childcare allowed me the ability to start freelancing again and I am really enjoying it. After overcoming a few health hurdles Jack is now walking and running and we are doing our best to keep up with him.

I would like to say that one of my new years resolutions is to blog once a week, but I try not to make resolutions that I know I will not keep. So, for those of you who have been begging me to blog more (Gram, Grandma and Dr. Honeydew) this one short post will have to do for now. Enjoy!

Happy New Year!

One kiss, two kiss, three?

I’m confused. Even after four years of living in a European country I am still never quite sure what the protocol is for social kissing. As a native Californian kissing on the cheek when saying hello or goodbye was not standard practice for me when I was young. Sure, I gave my family members a kiss on the cheek and a big hug, but that was about it. I was also a very shy, sometimes socially awkward teenager so physical affection with non-family members was not easy for me. As I’ve gotten older I’ve become much more confident and quite comfortable socially. I don’t have a problem showing or receiving affection with friends and acquaintances. But, the social kiss is something I still haven’t figured out.

A hug, to me, is intimate, but not too intimate. You can vary the strength and length of a hug depending on how well you know a person or to convey how much you have missed them or how glad you are to see them. A kiss or multiple kisses is harder. A kiss, even just on the cheek, can be too much sometimes. It seems especially weird to me if you’ve only just met the person. So what am I supposed to do? Which combination should I go with?

– the hug with one cheek kiss
– the double air cheek kiss
– the just-miss-the-lips kiss
– the double cheek kiss
– the triple cheek kiss

After choosing which type of kiss to go for there are still a bunch of other questions to answer.
What are you supposed to do in a professional setting?
Which cheek do you kiss first to avoid the awkward almost make-out moment?
How do you avoid the near nose collision when you both go for the same side?
What do people do in different countries? With different genders? I don’t want to offend anyone.

I think I prefer the hug with one cheek kiss. What do you do? What’s your go to greeting?