Since we got a house, it's become more difficult for Richard and I to sit together doing different stuff. Quite a big part of our relationship has been sitting in the same room each working or playing on our separate stuff, yet somehow being together - the two of us sitting at separate computers doing separate work but knowing either of us can read out a line from an irc window or web site, and the other one will get it. (As I mentioned) I've been playing a lot of games lately, so now that we have wireless networking, he's started using the laptop to read web forums & do code on, bringing it to whatever room I'm sitting in. Which is working a lot better than it ever did with the old wired card - he's getting quite used to the laptop and has mostly set up his profile the way he likes it. He doesn't even mind leaving me logged in if I want windows left open.
The problem with this is that if he's using the laptop, I can't also use it. And I'm fairly dependent on it as a computer, because CRT monitors give me a headache after a few minutes (and even the laptop gives me a headache if I look at it too long). At least it doesn't flicker much, and I can make the text really tiny so it doesn't strain my eyes [*]. So if he's coding in the evening, I don't get to do lj.
And then I feel all lost and lonely, and think I have no people in my life and no one loves me, etc etc etc.
A solution that doesn't involve spending lots of money we don't really have... hrm... I'm sure we'll think of something.
Did I mention recently how wonderful Richard is? It is 2 o'clock in the morning, and he has brought me pasta, because I needed some :)
[*] unlike most geeks, I am long sighted.