i think ichat might just be the best thing ever created for families where one of the parents has to travel a good deal (like mine, and like me). a phone call is great — but there just nothing like spending time talking face to face. last night, i gave my family a tour of my hotel suite, heard all about their days, jumped on the bed while holding the computer (max’s request), ran in circles, blew kisses, and generally connected. mmmmm. i love my family.