@Mya - thanks
I know I'm getting off fairly lightly on the LDR front. So far I've been spoilt in that I haven't needed to deal with that additional complexity... At least for me there's an end in sight - planning to move back to NZ at the end of next year.
@Phy - aha! YES, so glad that I'm not the only one. Funny if you started doing the penguin too
Thanks for your message. I've been reading your blog and loving your story-telling skills