I must be one of the luckiest girls alive. So many people I care about have come and visited me over the time I have been in NC (Erika, Erika and yes there were two different ones, Jennifer, and just yesterday for Thanksgiving Craig and Tiara) and this summer my mom paid to come out and visit me. She called it her birthday present since she spent her actual birthday here, but I would argue that it can't be your present from someone else if you paid for it and the person "giving" it to you isn't your spouse. She seemed to think that still counted as a birthday present though, and I find it is generally not good to fight against the birthday girl.
My mom got in on a Wednesday night pretty late, so I picked her up, brought her home and we immediately went to sleep. The next morning I went off to lab meeting and she came along. She got the chance to meet everyone that I work with and I think she enjoyed herself. She was amused to hear that my lab thinks I am one of the more blunt people they have ever seen. She finds it comical considering our family's dynamics. She also was RIDICULOUSLY patient with me when I got a phone call saying a patient sample had arrived that needed to be processed right then. We had been planning on leaving earlier in the afternoon to get some other stuff done, but instead she got to watch me do my job. I would generally think that this counts as an un-exciting task, but she thought it was cool. She also got along with my co-workers (even enlisting their help later this semester in order to have Brandon buy me a birthday present) and I have to say that my mom is totally brag-able. And I do brag about her in lab, rather often. And everyone always agrees with me.
We then decided to go to Washington D.C. to see the Capitol, leaving Thursday night. Mom hadn't been in a very long time, so it was a chance to refresh her memory, see what was new, and just have fun. Carlin drove with us to D.C., but on Friday he still had to work, but he just worked remotely. We stayed with Craig and Tiara Johnson, some friends who live in D.C. (aforementioned friends who just visited us), and Carlin got to use their internet to work, and we used their place as a base of operations. So mom and I did the tourist thing alone on Friday, with Carlin, Craig, and Tiara joining us for dinner.
We went to this GF place in D.C. that I love and made it my Mom's birthday dinner. We also went to all the traditional D.C. tourist venues: Museum of natural history (we spent a rather large amount of time there too). We went to the botanical gardens, and then on the way home from dinner we stopped and got some photos in front of the D. C. temple it was nice.
This next photo brings me joy just because my mom almost never does silly faces.
This bus just made me laugh. It is literally "lamers"