1. Oregon. I spent an amazing week with my dear cousin on the coast in Oregon. Not a bad place to work and rest… Highlights of the week were the long, shared-heart conversations, laughing so much that we had sore stomach muscles, opening our eyes to see the ocean immediately outside of our windows, and walks on the beach.
cousins in Pacific City, Oregon…
the ever-changing, ever-beautiful view from our flat…
exploring up and down the coast…
2. Admiring trees and water. Two of my favorite things.
3. The usual Doctor V minor calamities. Being with my cousin did not make me immune from small disasters. (This is the girl who broke the bed at our strict grandparents’ house in legendary collapsing fashion.) I managed to tear a favorite pair of pants and cut my leg quite badly as I became entangled in a wire fence as we attempted to make ourselves less visible when we needed to pee in the woods along the highway. We also had another bit of a car panic when the fuel pump in our rented Lincoln MKZ cut out in the midst of the national forest. We managed to avoid getting hit by other cars along the hairpin turns, and were ultimately rescued thanks to the clever thinking of a shoe-less pair of aging hippies in an aging Volkswagen convertible. We were well-cared for and grateful!
4. Duke University. I went from Oregon to sunny North Carolina for the annual meeting of the consortium of universities involved in our global health partnership in Kenya. This year, the meeting was hosted at Duke for the first time. Always inspiring to gather with colleagues from around the world and brainstorm how we can grow this collaboration.
a lovely campus in the fall.
One of the co-directors of AMPATH research presents the research program overview, including our new work on disclosure of HIV status.
5. Celebrating the birth of one of my younger brothers. I still love this set of photos of the two of us.
6. Work. Besides the work travel, there do not seem to be enough hours in the day for all of the papers, presentations, and projects I am working on. The lament of the busy.
7. Costuming. We have two big annual Halloween costume parties to attend tonight, so I’ve spent a little time pulling together a costume. I’ll save the details for the big photographic reveal later this weekend….