TINY HEROES
We came home on Monday night to find this Mama Raccoon in our backyard, begging for more cat food.  Now that we’ve foiled the skunks, the next challenge is to foil the raccoons.  I feel like we’re in some real-life version of Tiny Heroes (similar to Plants vs. Zombies) where we have to keep upgrading our defenses in order to withstand the next wave of attackers.  This photo cracks me up because the markings on a raccoon make it look like a thief with a mask over its eyes and it’s so cute that I’m tempted to just start feeding it regularly.
We are back from our extended vacation to the Czech Republic and England.  It was relaxing and refreshing in many ways.  I think we are finally at a point in our lives where we understand that a vacation is meant to be savored — the way you linger over a fine dinner over several hours.  In our previous visits to Europe, we approached our vacations more like a hot dog eating contest.  Soggy hot dog buns eaten in quick succession; quantity meaning more than quality.  This is probably one of the first times in my life when I’ve returned from a vacation feeling energized and refreshed, rather than exhausted and sluggish.  One of my favorite parts of traveling is coming home.  Home never feels as profoundly comforting as when you have been away from awhile and return to it.  
Something random that I really appreciate about the U.S. after being away a few weeks — I like how most public restrooms here have toilet seat covers.  The toilet seats here are also wider and more comfortable.  I think people in Europe just have skinnier bottoms.  This is also evidenced by European branded jeans.   

TINY HEROES

We came home on Monday night to find this Mama Raccoon in our backyard, begging for more cat food.  Now that we’ve foiled the skunks, the next challenge is to foil the raccoons.  I feel like we’re in some real-life version of Tiny Heroes (similar to Plants vs. Zombies) where we have to keep upgrading our defenses in order to withstand the next wave of attackers.  This photo cracks me up because the markings on a raccoon make it look like a thief with a mask over its eyes and it’s so cute that I’m tempted to just start feeding it regularly.

We are back from our extended vacation to the Czech Republic and England.  It was relaxing and refreshing in many ways.  I think we are finally at a point in our lives where we understand that a vacation is meant to be savored — the way you linger over a fine dinner over several hours.  In our previous visits to Europe, we approached our vacations more like a hot dog eating contest.  Soggy hot dog buns eaten in quick succession; quantity meaning more than quality.  This is probably one of the first times in my life when I’ve returned from a vacation feeling energized and refreshed, rather than exhausted and sluggish.  One of my favorite parts of traveling is coming home.  Home never feels as profoundly comforting as when you have been away from awhile and return to it.  

Something random that I really appreciate about the U.S. after being away a few weeks — I like how most public restrooms here have toilet seat covers.  The toilet seats here are also wider and more comfortable.  I think people in Europe just have skinnier bottoms.  This is also evidenced by European branded jeans.   

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