I've a few posts in pending that I'll be putting up soon, I just am having a hard time writing. Ah well.
One of my friends is in Germany now, dealing with the loss of a mother-in-law. There's an estate to be settled and that means the whole family is there for the duration. Which is not as much fun as it sounds, evidently.
See, she has a three year old. Her daughter is scary smart, but is still.... a three year old. So, a lot of the sight-seeing activities are pretty much out, it's been hot (and no air conditioning) and even engaging in retail therapy is out, as a good sale is hard to find, as prices are a lot higher than in the U.S.
Her daughter is becoming very fluent in German, and my friend is having to deal with learning more. Not an easy thing to do, evidently.
She was able to get back home for a couple of weeks, and we'd even planned on meeting in Chicago next Sunday. Alas, her husband had chest pains and she is firmly back into Germany and checking his pulse and blood pressure every few minutes.
One of the things she regretted not having were movies, in English for her and her daughter to enjoy together. She couldn't really bring much from home, and the DVD's in Europe are recorded under a different system, so buying more would be a waste. I think, I need to send her a link to this sanity device. It's a portable hard drive that plays multimedia...up to 50 hours of video.. or 30,000 songs. I've a feeling that would be almost enough to keep her homesickness to a minimum and give her some more cuddle time watching movies with her daughter.
We don't get to chat online as much as we usually do, as she's going to bed before I wake up in the morning. This morning, she stayed up late and we got a good chat in, but had to cut it off too soon, as I was going to be late for work. I miss my friend, and regret not being able to get together with her this weekend. I hope she can come home soon.