Oct 182015
 
Leveling up with some mini-bosses and a major quest

You know how when you are planning out a big project, you think about all the contingencies.  What if water buffalo stampede our camp site?  What if the Imperials intercept our droid and overrun our rebel base?  What if the baby grows a moustache and Santa can no longer recognize him?  You know all the silly stuff that almost never happens, but you should plan for anyways?  Yeah.  Our percentage is WAY up from the […]

Oct 082015
 
David's Wednesday.....  Aka the Berlin Story

SO…. you know how I reported that this last couple weeks each day has been filled with more things than fit into a day?  Multiply that by a factor of 12 and you get our last 36 hours. Wednesday morning David got up early to pick up his prescriptions from his diabetes doctor who had been out sick for the past week.  When he got there, the office staff informed him that his doctor had […]

Sep 182015
 
The Good, The Problematic, and the Unfinished, AKA Nitty Gritty

SO much has been happening so fast!  We set em up, knock em down, and then run to fetch the ones that got away. The Good We found a house to rent!  Much much thanks to Florian for boarding the bus day after day and vetting properties for us.  It was a harder process than we expected, but I am looking forward to our new home, and that is saying something! Our new home is […]

Aug 272015
 
London Bound:  The Panic of Onward!

“Only a fool is not afraid.” — Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time Who DOES that?!?!?!?! So, as most of you have heard by now, we are about to go on another Big Adventure.  David has accepted a position as ♦ Principal AI Programmer at Splash Damage Games in Bromley.  This will be the second time in 5 years that the kids and I will be moving to a country in which we have never […]

Jul 272013
 
Frying in Freiburg

Today was hot.  It was possibly the hottest it has been since we arrived.  Temps were near 40C (100F) and humid.  In Offenburg, the humidity was about 40%.  I thought it might be a good day to go somewhere cooler.  Maybe somewhere we hadn’t spent much time.  Somewhere an hour’s (air conditioned) drive away.  Somewhere with a big, cool cathedral, shopping centers and museums.  Somewhere like… Freiburg! We had made a quick trip down to […]

Jun 162013
 
Whirlwind US Vacation and Reunion Trip

Ok there are fast trips and FAST trips.  This one was quick! My Dad’s side of the family, Franchini-Herweck, was having a reunion.  As many of you know, I am in treatment for breast cancer, so I wasn’t sure if I could make it.  But, my Mom arranged for DS and me to fly in on Thursday (after my Wednesday chemo) and fly back again on Monday night (to arrive on Tuesday night here in […]

Jun 162013
 
Connie and Nancy's Excellent Strasbourg Adventures, Part 2

After their eventful journey through France, David’s mom and Nancy came back to Strasbourg for a day.  David went out to hang with them and catch a few more museums.  Then we all met up for dinner.  Along the way they had some adventures!

May 112013
 
Bibracte

One of the most wonderful aspects of living here, as far as I am concerned, is that the kids get opportunities to be exposed to all sorts of things they would just never see in the US.  DS was lucky enough to have the chance to travel to a Roman excavation site in central France this week with his class. The site is busy excavating the old town of Bibracte.  It was inhabited by Celts/Gauls/Druids […]

Apr 222013
 

The good news is: I have a new blog! The bad news is: It is for talking about my newly-diagnosed breast cancer. The good news is: There are a surprising number of amusing and interesting things about this unexpected journey. The good news is: I am in Germany, which happens to have an amazingly awesome Health Care system, knock wood. The good news is: We have this cool technology where I get to share- and […]

Mar 062013
 
Focus Point: Foods of the Journey (Weird German Foods of the Week)

Ok, so here is the fun stuff.  What did we eat and how was it? First up, Breakfast.  German breakfast is quite different than breakfast in the US.  They don’t really do pancakes, french toast, bacon and eggs, omelets or the like.  Typical German breakfasts seem to consist of rolls, cold cuts, jams and marmalade, soft boiled eggs and/or maybe meuslix or another breakfast cereal (all called “corn flakes”).  Hotels that cater to English speaking […]