Bienvenue à la maison, hooray!


What I mean is “Welcome home,” but I’m pretty sure that means “Welcome house.” Dang it.

It’s been a long haul, but the day is finally here. After 5 weeks of gallivanting through Europe (France, Switzerland, Italy, Ireland), GRETA IS COMING HOME TODAY!

I say “home” like she and I live in the same place, but the truth is that I don’t know the next time that I will see her. Separated by 2,500 miles and the Continental Divide, it’s not like her return to the US will be met with me at the airport and an immediate outing for wine & cheese (she’s probably wine & cheesed out, anyway – AS IF THAT’S POSSIBLE). But simply knowing that she is within Verizon reach is a huge relief; apart from my mom, she has been my main long-distance support person for the past year.

In fact, when she returns, she will find several voicemails from me – things that I just had to tell someone in the moment, and it just made sense to call her. For example, there was the time about a month ago that I was down to $24, and happened to need both gas and groceries. What to choose? I opted for $20 of gas and $4 worth of airplane-sized vodkas. Greta simply HAD to know that.

Her blog and her long emails have done a good job of keeping me abreast of her adventures, her rendezvous, and most importantly, her meals. I have been living vicariously through her pastry consumption. She and her darling sister Heidi have had some amazing experiences, and I can’t wait to hear more about them.

Upon her return, she will be walking back into “real life,” which, for her, currently holds more than its fair share of hardship, stress, and pain. But I know that if anyone can deal with some enormously tough circumstances with grace and aplomb, it is Greta Freaking Weisman. Welcome home, Greta girl.



  1. Rebecca on July 14, 2008 at 2:13 PM

    I genuinely look forward to the day when I get to meet your heterosexual lifemate, Greta. Mine is Sarah, and she and her husband live about 1,025 miles away from me in MO. And on more than one occasion over the last two years I’ve had those moments of “I HAVE to tell Sarah” because she’s the only one that “get’s it”. So yes, I totally know the kind of relationship you two have ;)

    Sending lots of LOVE!! xoxo

  2. Christina on July 15, 2008 at 8:38 AM

    I must confess, I have been reading Greta’s travel blog for the last month. In-cred-ible. What an amazing trip and she does such a breezy, perfect job recounting the joie-de-vivre of it all. Glad that your soul-sister is back on US soil and just a phone call away.

  3. Greta on July 15, 2008 at 5:05 PM

    Oh. My. Gosh.

    Annie. I feel so loved!!!!! How did I become cool enough to be the soul sister of Annie-Freaking-Parsons??

    This blog is amazing. My heart is growing like at the end of “The Grinch Stole Christmas” when the cute little Who kisses the Grinch or whatever. thump. Thump. THUMP. Two sizes too large! Or whatever.

    Suffice it to say: I AM SO RELIEVED WE ARE IN VERIZON RANGE AGAIN TOO!!! And, the gas and Airplane Vodka voicemail had me laughing out loud. Even after being up for 30 hours. :)

    Love you!!!

  4. Greta on July 16, 2008 at 4:21 PM

    p.s. Thanks for reading my blog Christina… :)

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