OK, last filler post before we're back to the good stuff! So, why I needed to take a break, aside from, you know, just being human, is that we've been in the process of buying a house. I remember in my 20's when I used to move every 6 months to a year I got accused of being a "moving otaku (moving addict)" and I suppose you could say the same now, though like then, it was because I could do better. I know everyone says a house isn't a good financial investment, but it's a fabulous emotional one and I look forward to getting to make things just so again and if something breaks, being able to replace it right away and with something truly good. We found a immaculate yellow brick ranch with a manicured lawn full of hedges close to the train station and city center in Næstved, which is the I think the 7th largest city in Denmark. It's in the west end of town, which is supposed to have the best school and is closest to both ocean and forest. I could wax poetic about it for hours, but I'll keep it brief and just say: across from a bakery! It's about 195 square meters/2,000 square feet and cost less than our house in Massachusetts. I'm wicked psyched. So yeah, been crazed planning for all the December holidays, viewing potential nursery schools with my son, finding movers, starting to pack, buttoning things up on the rental and doing everything on very little sleep, since the kids seem to take turns getting me up in the middle of the night and waking me between 4 and 5 AM for the day. Oh, what I wouldn't give to get to take a nap!