I think I have finally readjusted to being home from vacation. It's amazing to me that it took me three days to get back into my normal sleep pattern. I actually overslept two days in a row! I haven't done that in a long, long time. Today I was awake at my usual time (6 AM) and I'm ready to spend some time in my studio. DH is going off for the day for some guy time (read that as being a Fantasy Football draft and poker) so I'll be home alone. I love my husband dearly, but I think even he would agree that we are ready for a day apart.
Just a few more photos of our vacation and then I'm done with the tour. First up I'm showing my "nest". I've realized that one of the first actions I take when we enter a hotel room for the night is to set up shop in the chair in the room. This is my nest in our room in Portland. We checked in on Friday and this is what it looked like by Sunday afternoon. Do any of you do this when you are traveling? I bet a lot of us do this at home too.
On Sunday morning I had the pleasure of meeting Donna and Diana from my Yahoo Redwork group for breakfast at Mother's Bistro. The husbands came along too and that worked out great since all of them liked golf and football. Everyone could join in the conversation, including the men's experiences while the women go quilt shopping while on trips.
Monday was our last day in Portland. We decided to take enjoy the International Rose Test Garden. The weather was perfect for walking in the gardens and the roses were stunning. I hope you enjoy these few photos I took of the roses. On our way back to our hotel we found a shopping mall in downtown Portland. While wondering around the mall we found an Apple Store. I had mentioned earlier in the week that I was thinking about buying an iPod for myself. So my wonderful husband told me to pick one out and he would buy it for me for an early (two months early) birthday present. This is the the same husband who is flying my mom to visit me for my birthday because he is going to be in Hong Kong on my birthday. I picked a 2 GB Nano. I loaded up my iTunes on it before we left for home and used it on the airplane. I like it, but I've been having some problems with my ears lately and after wearing the earplugs for awhile the outside of my ears started to hurt. I guess I need to have them checked again.
Well, that's the story of my Oregon vacation. We loved every minute of it and can't wait to go back someday. Thanks for reading about my summer vacation.