I wanted to write a little bit about my trip to Oregon last week. I’d been feeling really homesick and it was good to see both the friends and family I had been missing. What was especially interesting was that we spent a couple of nights over the weekend staying at Evan’s parents house in Medford and a couple of nights staying in a bed and breakfast in Eugene, and despite the fact that I’ve never lived in Medford, our time there felt much more like being at home.
Highlights of the trip:
- Shoe shopping with one of my grad school friends. Because I am no longer a graduate student, I can actually afford to buy nice shoes. Very exciting.
- Seeing my showingly pregnant pal Dr. YiKeS and giving her a crash course in knitting before having a long lunch with the ladies.
- Our splendid bed and breakfast in Eugene. The C’est la Vie Inn is an old Victorian that has been gorgeously updated both inside and out. The proprietor is a wonderfully warm (but not in your face) woman that grew up in Paris, so there are many French touches throughout the Inn.
- Touring Southern Oregon Wine Country with my in-laws and my two brothers-in-law. While there, we discovered a Schmidt Family Vineyard, which had only been open for a week. Their wine was really good and their gardens were splendid. We especially liked their chardonnay and syrah. My father-in-law, a notorious syrah hater, bought two bottles.
- A long dinner at the Jacksonville Inn. This is Evan’s family’s stand-by special occasion spot and I guess having three of the four kids home at one time was a special occasion. The Bush family stayed here while visiting Southern Oregon awhile back. The next morning they published pictures of the cottage where they stayed. The breakfast items were all sitting out on the kitchen table and I remember thinking, “Just because you’re the president, doesn’t mean that you don’t have to put the milk back in the fridge when you are done with it?”
- Hanging out in Evan’s parents backyard, home of Brutus, the koi. He actually climbs out of the water to go after food.
I really enjoyed our time in Oregon. I thought that it might make me miss living there, but, if anything, it just reinforced to me that my life and my home are very much in California now. It was sooo good to get home on Monday night.
I’m going to a work conference (leaving tomorrow) with (gasp!) no internet, so I’ll be out of commission until at least mid-week.