Well, friends, the next photos you see of Dex will be taken here in Oregon during
his seven-day visit with Michael and me. You may have wondered exactly how his trip to the U.S. came to be. The images above will help me to quickly explain (quickly, because my "to-do" list still has items to check off):
- A couple of months ago Dex emailed to let me know that he had applied for a scholarship through the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health. It would cover his round-trip airfare and two-week accommodations at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.
- He indicated that he doubted he would be awarded the scholarship.
- He was awarded the scholarship to attend the 8th Annual Institute in Reproductive Health and Development.
- He had a wonderful contact person at the Institute who arranged his travel, while he took care of the travel visa in Manila.
Just a quick message to tell you that the kind consul at the US embassy has approved my J-1 visa this morning. I am very happy now that all is certain...
- We arranged for his one-way ticket from Baltimore to Portland and will pick him up Saturday early evening.
- Saturday happens to be the day of the Portland Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade (we attended last year's parade) so the city will be hopping and festive for Dex's first impression of Oregon.
- I am anxious to hear all about the seminar and more about his stay on the east coast. As you can see Johns Hopkins arranged for a day of sight-seeing in Washington D.C. for the seminar attendees. The first three shots were taken in Baltimore, the last three images are in Washington D.C. and my favorite is the one of Dex at the statue of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his dog, Fala.
- Ironically, back last December Michael had arranged next week in June as a vacation week - how perfect is that?
Regarding my "to-do" list, not all that I had planned to accomplish in the house can be done at this point. The house and yard are in pretty good shape for company now anyway. I have been made miserable in the last month with an allergic rash that my doctor is now treating with oral steroids and antihistamines, so a little relief is accompanied by some spaciness from the meds until my body adjusts to them, and an allergist must hone in the source of the allergy after Dex leaves. So when my i-Google horoscope for today showed on my personal page this morning I took it to heart:
By Rick Levine
You may be fighting against your worst enemy now: you. Your friends may be going out of their way to be very nice to you because they can see that you're more stressed out than usual. It's hard for you to concentrate today because there are so many little things vying for your attention. But even if you have many chores to do, it still may be wiser to delay them until after you take some personal time for yourself.