My mom was here in DC visiting me for about 10 days and it was great to have her here!
She got some genealogy work done at the National Archives and the DAR headquarters, and we went to Mount Vernon, had dinner with a cousin of hers, test drove a car I’m considering for Germany, and went on a hunt for the elusive DC cherry blossom. Neither of us had been to Mount Vernon, so it was really interesting to check it out, despite it being fairly cold and windy when we visited.
Mom had planned the timing of her visit to coincide with the Cherry Blossom Festival but this year, Mother Nature just wasn’t cooperating. It’s been colder here than usual this year, so the cherry blossom trees weren’t blooming quite yet. We did go down to the Tidal Basin area to see what we could see, and one of the volunteers there told us that she’d heard that there were some blooming by the WWI Memorial. We had a map that showed where the trees were supposed to be located, so we set off to find them. We wandered for awhile and eventually found about five blooming trees near the DC War Memorial. Not exactly the same as the whole tidal basin full of them, but still something. :)
In other news, German’s continuing to go well and I’ve also continued to whittle away at the things I have to do before I go to Frankfurt. I applied for my new diplomatic passport, which turned out to be more complicated than I expected, since they’d changed the procedures. But, after a few e-mails and phone calls, I found the right person who could get me the right form that I needed to submit with my passport application. I should get it back in another week or two and can then apply for my German visa when I get a little closer to my departure date.
I also put my proposed itinerary in to the system, so eventually I will get my orders back from those. I couldn’t do that until I was transferred from the Econ Course to the German Department in the system. Then, of course, I forgot that I needed to update my medical clearance before they could issue my orders, so I had get that updated. Fortunately, you can renew your medical clearance with a form if you haven’t had any major health issues, and MED updated within a few days. So, I then re-submitted my proposed itinerary and hopefully my orders will come back in a few weeks.
That’s most of the news here. Here are a few pictures of the stuff that Mom and I got up to while she was here.