How I spent my summer

School is back in session and the smell of chalk, number two pencil shavings, and mimeograph chemicals fill the air. People are still using all of those things, no? What will kids reminisce about when they’re old? iPhone chargers, I suppose.

Anyhoodles, I recently lamented how much I miss the good old days of LiveJournal (you only though I was old when I mentioned the things above, now you know I am.) So I thought this is as good a time as any to dust off my corner of the internet and start writing again. Nothing deep here, and since I kind of use this site as a journal it may seem a bit “Hey, look at me…” So if this isn’t your thing just move along.  Continue reading

Dom and Lex

When we announced we were moving, we invited anyone and everyone to visit us here. Our brother-in-law is a USAirways pilot who wasted no time bringing our niece on a German adventure. Everything was still new to us, so I was unable to answer a lot of their questions and I was (and still am to a certain extent) a nervous driver. But I’m confident they had a great time. And: they unknowingly helped us as their visit framed itineraries for those who followed them.

We stayed local the first day and explored Wiesbaden and neighboring Mainz.

Dom showing the way to the Dom Museum
Dominic was excited to see he had his own museum!

I was at a bit of a loss when it came to day trip planning; thankfully, our neighbor Dana suggested driving up the Rhein River Valley to her favorite town, Bacharach. It was on this drive that the GPS told me “Turn left in 500 meters. Then, take the ferry…”  for the first time. But we figured it out and had a great day.


Day three had us in Heidelberg as I knew the route, shopping and sites would be fun and easy to navigate.

Alexa & me on the bridge

Big D joined in on the final day of their visit – we rode the train to Frankfurt for more exploring, shopping and eating.

hilarious street performer

This performer gave a hilarious, wordless comedy and magic routine, communicating only through whistles and the squeak of his red nose. He’d stop people as they strolled by and incorporated them into his act. We were throughly entertained while trying to remain invisible so we didn’t become part of the show. It worked, and we were happy to toss a few Euro in his hat at the conclusion.

More photos from Dominic & Alexa’s visit are over on Flickr.