Two weeks after I landed I have back my house, mostly, minus things that I have outgrown and things that have outgrown me. We had given Tessa and Steve our couch, partially because it had suffered from bunnies, dogs and other living things over the last 17 years and partially because we had this fantasy of getting a nice new clean couch.

But after shopping around for a new couch we realized that, without a guaranteed income, and certainly without post differential and danger pay, and a costly trip to Holland in the near future, we better not spend our money on a new couch. And so we bought the one we had looked at in the second hand store near our house. With the cushions coming in from Afghanistan it will look great – in fact it already looks so natural that our best friends didn’t even noticed the new old couch.

We spent the evening with our friends who were baysitting their grandchild, something they highly recommended. While baby Otto was asleep we plotted our trip through Holland later this fall. We put before them many difficult choices that require at least a two week vacation which they can’t afford – we probably cannot either but we will sort that out later. Planning a vacation is half the fun of having it.

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