|Don't worry. I'm from the government and I'm here to help.|
I'm so happy to have a supportive family, and a passport! The first week after Ivy was born, I got a rushed 9-day contact with World Learning to help them with a very small part of a USAID Project called ECASE (info) in Egypt with the Ministry of Education. I worked on it when Laura and Ivy were aslseep and Shaw was at school in the mornings.
A few days ago they had an opportunity suddenly come up to send me to Cairo to continue the work. Since I have an EdTech conference May 20, 21, and 22 in Burlington, VT. I'm flying into and out of there. 12 days away. I'm feeling both excited to go, and a little nervous to be away. I'll be helping with the instructional design, training and tech support for three online classes for 10th and 11th grade Egyptian student at new STEM high schools.
My boss, Sean Conley, has done a lot of this kind of work and referred me. He also gave me the tip to go to our local Van Heusen outlet and get expendable government issue type business travel clothes. After 7 years in VT, I've become like a farmer in terms of business clothing. I only have my wedding suit!
But not any more. $250.00 later, I'm decked out out in a suit, 2 pairs of slacks, 2 white shirts, three white t-shirts and two ties (black and navy).
Most importantly, no mathematical combination of these clothes known to man can clash, and nobody will panic if I ruin them - which I will.
Laura went nuts with my camera. See below: