Wednesday, August 30, 2006

I have only been back in Africa for 36 hours and I have already realized that I made a serious mistake while I was in France. I bought a PC notebook to replace my disintegrating Mac. Now that I have to actuually use the damn thing, I realize that I just should have sold one of the children and gone ahead and bought a new Mac. My mistake. The thing is, I'm rather fond of all of my kids and I thought I could get used to a PC. Right. So far, my family has been treated to a drawn out demonstration of how many times a person can use the word "crap" in a single hour. When I came out of my office to have lunch just now, JP asked me "How's it going with your crappy piece of crap?". At least I'm helping him improve his command of colloquial English.
I have also just realised that many of the pics on my blog have now disappeared, as they are all stored on my old computer. Crap.
Anyway, other than the computer fiasco, all is well. Alexa had her tonsils and adenoids out. She was three days in the hospital and then had eight days at home, staying away from germs and resting. She could only eat soft food and couldn't set foot outside the house, so it was very boring for her'. Unlimited ice cream lost its charm very quickly.
I have a few photos of our trip on a disk and hope to get them onto Photobucket this afternoon. I also hope to be adding to my blog steadily for the next few days, filling you all in on our stay in Europe.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

The lovely mountains of the French Alps boast many charming chalets, milk cows sporting enormous bells and postcards featuring marmots. They do NOT have any internet cafés. And not many of our friends here have internet at home. Guess they are mostly busy milking cows and skiing and don't have time to waste on Ebay and other frivolous indoor activities.
Our house here is great, but FREEZING. The sun shines, but the thick stone walls don't let much through. We are at a high altitude- 800 meters. What is that in feet? 18,000 or so, I'm sure....I definitely need a goretex snowsuit and oxygen. A Sherpa would be nice, too. He could help clean out the garage.
I want to blog again soon, but will make no rash promises.
Until the next time.