Midnight Train

About 24 hours ago, I was lunching with my girlfriends in Northern Virginia. Now I’m in this first class cabin all by myself on a cross-country train in Germany. I’m taking an important exam for my studies, and it’s only offered in a few cities over here … none of them local. And the best time I could take it was immediately upon my return home from the States.

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Books and Visits

Today’s stack of books includes biographies of David Bowie, Sandra Day O’Connor, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Also?!?! I am soooooo excited I found “Code Girls.” It’s about the women who served as codebreakers during World War II. If you recall, I was not impressed with the display dedicated to them in a museum we recently visited, but now we have the book about them! My kids are gonna learn! 

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Road Trip

I love this lady so much! We headed west, and stayed the night with Stacey and her family. For those who follow us, you know she’s a crazy talented writer/agent, and mom to five amazing girls, to include our former au pair, Wynter. They had dessert waiting for us, and didn’t judge us when we all passed out. And then all four kids woke up SUPER early, but her husband Bryan was there to make them bacon and eggs while Martin and I slept in peace. Then she made me coffee, and rose-sandalwood face oil, and we chatted and laughed until my sides hurt. We’re now continuing our journey west. Not even 24 hrs on the ground, and my heart is feeling full.

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Travel Day

7:24 a.m. (Germany time): It is o’dark thirty, and I’m operating on about 90 minutes of sleep. But all our bags are packed, and we are at the airport on time, just waiting for the baggage drop to open. And THEN we are on our way to America for the first time (as a family) in nearly four years.

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Stolperstein

One of my pics from Rome. These gold plates were in front of a gorgeous apartment building in a residential area of Rome. The plates name the Jews that were forced from their home in that building, and sent to Auschwitz during World War II. I found a few others throughout the city.