Saturday, August 18, 2007

Back From Vacation

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.

11 comments:

Bren said...

Glad you had a wonderful time. oooh, meeting stitching friends, what could be better than that?

Patti said...

I've not heard of Mother's Bistro - have to check it out. Glad you visited the rose gardens - they truly are spectacular. I'm wondering which mall you found downtown. My favorite is Pioneer Place, just east of Pioneer Square. Can't remember whether there is an Apple store there or not - I've not been there for a couple years.

Kim said...

I make that chair next all the time - well not last weekend except to read. Glad you had a great time.I love the rose pics too. I really wanted to go North for vacation but was out voted and we only have a couple days with DD working a new job. But hubby and I are thinking of going to Portland or Baltimore this fall just the two of us :-D

JoAnna said...

I love my Nano, but the apple ear phones are harsh. Welcome back!

Libby said...

How fun to enjoy the rose garden. I wonder - did it smell as lovely as it looked?

Carole said...

Sounds like you had a great vacation. I love my Ipod. I bought the adapter for the car so that I can listen to it on FM radio. I like listening to audio books. Yea, my ears hurt also. I'm thinking I have small ears! lol Hope you had a great day in your sewing room! Enjoy the day to yourself!

sewnut said...

I have a 60gb Zen rather than an iPOD but it is very well loved and used daily. I download lots of podcasts (quilty and non quilty ones), photos, music that I enjoy, audio books, and I have been known to load movies on it so that I can watch them under the covers when I am supposed to be sleeping. Yes it makes me feel like a sneaky little kid but at least I am not interrupted!

I am glad that you had a great vacation and that you are back too.

sewnut said...

P S I love the photos of the Roses

Rose said...

Glad u had a great vacation. Those roses r stunning!!! Im like u when we go on a vacation, i pick a chair and thats "my" corner (goodness knows what the cleaners think!!! lol)

Solstitches said...

It's been fun sharing in your vacation. It sounds as though you had the best time.
I'm in Linda's Redwork group so it was nice to put faces with a couple of names.
Welcome home :)

Laura said...

Sounds like a great trip and wow that husband of yours is a definate keeper!