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  1. You are of course right but like I said she has no computer/internet etc. I do plan to call her occasionally but like I said I don't really know her that well so don't want to be pushy. She was one of my mother's best friend and has always been nice to me but we aren't really that close.
  2. Thanks again for all the great ideas! The biggest problem is that I do not know her that well/haven't seen where she lives so I am trying to stay clear of edibles (not sure about restrictions or even what she likes). Unfortunately, I do not know if she has a CD player or space for a bird feeder etc. Talking to her on the phone it didn't seem like there are any real mental issues (though of course it was only a fairly short call). But she really struggles with not being able to do things as well as she used to. For example it sounds like she could probably still play the piano, just
  3. Hm, not sure I have any (I only met her in person a handful of times). I did think I might go through my boxes of old pictures and see if I find some of her with my mother (Hopefully it will say on the back as I am not sure I would recognize her as a child/teenager). But we are on lock-down so I can't really get the photos copied at the moment... This is a great idea though!
  4. Those are neat! I forgot to mention though that we live overseas (sorry about leaving that out) so not sure they sell those here. I guess it needs to be something more generic/sold by Amazon. I did consider an archaeology journal or similar - I will check on that. Not sure we are close enough for a book club though and I have no clue if she has any dietary restrictions or what colors etc. she likes. It would be a lot easier if I knew her better! See, I think these are fun but I think it would be kind of like the piano - she'd probably be sad that she can't paint as well as she
  5. Okay, I just got off the phone with my godmother and I really feel bad for her. She sounded very lonely and discouraged, partly due to COVID, partly just because of getting older etc. I was thinking of maybe sending her a little surprise package to cheer her up but not sure what she would enjoy. I don't really know her that well - she always lived a bit far from us and only visited a handful of times. However, she always sent presents for birthdays/Christmas when I was growing up and had me visit for a week once as a teenager. Anyway, here is what I do know about her: She enjoys read
  6. Regentrude, I am sorry you are feeling so sad. It has been a difficult year and it is hard to see when it will improve. I actually do think late summer/fall could be a realistic time frame for visiting your family in Germany (but I tend to be a bit overly optimistic)... As far as the life change is concerned it is of course harder to know what might work. What are you looking for? Do you want to make a difference/impact, do you long for adventure, intellectual stimulation, purpose?
  7. I say go ahead. And if you feel guilty about the money, donate an adequate amount to a charity/cause of your choice.
  8. I wanted to get started on my gift shopping today and was wondering if anyone had some input on these: a) Trivial pursuit: We have an old original game and the family edition (too easy now that the kids are bigger). I thought more/different questions would be nice. I would be open to buy an entire game but would prefer just getting cards. Does anyone have experience with this and recommendations? b) DS15 has been playing some chess lately. I was wondering about getting him a book or something similar. He does know the general rules and how to play but has been showing interest in ope
  9. Huh, I didn't notice that it was an old thread so I kept reading all the advice to go and thought, doesn't a single person think it might be because of COVID-19/that it might be a good idea to cancel? Took me a while to figure it out!
  10. I am actually not sure how long it takes to get a degree in medicine here in Germany (though I am fairly sure more than four years, at a minium there must be residency requirements etc.) but part of the reason is probably that it is not split into an undergraduate degree and then med school. If you want to study medicine you start right after graduating high school and just concentrate on that. So it should be shorter than in the US as you don't take any of the general undergraduate courses.
  11. Okay, we are always just three and this is what we have: a (tiny) turkey/turkey breast or chicken, sweet-n-sour bean casserole, cranberry sauce, gravy, stuffing, and one or more of the following: mashed potatoes, corn, rolls.
  12. Not sure what your rules are exactly but here churches did require masks only for walking in and out, not while sitting down, for a while (numbers were fairly low at that point). The idea is that when seated you will not be closer than six feet so masks are not necessary. I realize it doesn't make much sense due to singing/air transmission etc. but at that point our numbers were so low that I felt okay with it. Numbers have since risen a lot and I am currently staying home from church so not sure what the procedure is currently.
  13. I don't think it will really be necessary to pay anyone to get the vaccine (at least initially). First of all, there likely will be far less vaccine available at first than needed so only a fraction can get it anyway. Then I do believe there will be a lot of pressure on getting it from various sides: You want to travel and enter country X? Prove that you had the shot. You want to go on a cruise? Prove you had the shot. You want to attend a large conference? Prove you had the shot etc. By the time sufficient vaccine is available and all the people eager to get it (or forced to in order to live
  14. Have you considered that it may mostly be frustration? I am far from perfect when it comes to conservation/sustainable living but would have a hard time with someone I cared about not believing that "climate change is super important". Because it is. It's just a fact. I can understand not acting on it - obviously that's not great but there are lots of things we know we should do and don't. But someone just not believing facts (or believing things that are clearly untrue) would deeply frustrate me.
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