There's just been so much happening lately - too much "real life" so to speak - for me to find time to write about any of it online.
For starters: Spencer and Mila are currently visiting from the U.S. which is extremely cool considering I last saw Spencer (my college roommate's son) when he was 3 years old 15 years ago. The net has brought us back together and I am so grateful for that because these two human beings are two of the finest I have come across yet. I would never have known what great things had become of Spencer and his wonderful girlfriend Mila had it not been for the net (specifically: Facebook). They have been visiting for the past 2 days on their way from Paris to Munich and I am so thrilled.
We spent the day in Bamberg and Schweinfurt today (a trip well documented on Gowalla which is kind of silly but lots of fun - especially on the iPad). Our daughters took to Spencer and Mila immediately, sensing that there is a real personal connection there. They're like family, although they've only been with us for such a short time.
On the downside of current events: our iMac died on us the other day. It's our first Apple device to actually quit on us (we have 9 Apple computers/appliances including the various iPods; all of them - except for the iMac - still going strong). I'm blaming the "heat wave" that hit Germany about two weeks ago. That and the fact that there is no air conditioning. As far as data goes: It's a good thing we automatically backed up to the time machine as I hope to recover hundreds of thousands of photographs from that external drive once the iMac is running again. No pictures for the blog in the mean time as I have yet to recover that iPhoto library.
I suppose there is a lesson and an upside to every setback, though. And a deep thankfulness and appreciation for those things which we tend to take for granted until they break, go away or die. And for "windfalls" like Spencer and Mila's visit that is something I would not have imagined possible a year ago and is a great enrichment. So, yes, life is good. Awesome, in fact!