Like every year, Jess and I make the CG-Bend-Woodburn Triangle roadtrip spectacular. On our last day there, it was suggested that with all of the ample snow, we should go sledding… but not your regular down-the-hill, walk back up, dependence on gravity sledding. We used the four wheeler to sled. Behold:
Yes, I am wearing a cowboy hat, but not, I don’t honestly believe I belong in one.
On Wednesday, we left the Grove and took the ridiculously long drive to Woodburn. We sat on I5, just outside of Eugene for a solid 10 minutes going absolutely nowhere. This is a tradition for me, ever since I left for college, I have had to sit on I5 on the day before Thanksgiving… there are some traditions that should fade away. Jess, Moose, and myself took 99 most of the way after we ditched the main northbound drag. It seemed like half of the people from I5 had the same idea, but the traffic had a little bit more speed to it than the interstate.
We made it to Woodburn, had Thanksgiving where my mom “accidentally” dipped her shrimp into Jessica’s eggnog. Nothing says, “Welcome to the family” like seafood in your nog. He had dinner, watched Moose beat up my parents’ dog, Tolley. Did some required day-after-Thanksgiving shopping. Then it was off to Bend.
Bend was nice and cold. Mostly we hung out with the Hansons, did a little helping out with some firewood, and then went to check out some possibilities for my new vehicle. Jess, her dad, and I went to a couple of car lots and saw too possibilities (though maybe not realistic ones). There was a ’99 Toyota 4Runner, which was pretty sleek… it had the sunroof and everything. Then, I spotted a ’00 Dodge Ram 1500, it was very pretty. It had the extended cab, with the suicide doors, towing package, fog lights. I wanted it very badly. Alas, I still only have one very badly beaten Honda CRV.
Moose had a lot of fun at the Hansons, he was outside almost the whole time, running around, exploring… he’s becoming a regular ranch dog, well, except for his extensive problem with wussiness. He was running and jumping the entire time we were there, but as soon as he hopped into the car and we drove away, he was passed out.
Now I’m back to work, which feels like I haven’t been here in weeks. It’s finals week, translation: lots of grading, lots of paperwork.
I have conquered the beast that is finals… a noteworthy accomplishment… I kicked some butt on 20th Century Final, which I was sure I was going to bomb with the best of grace, but nay, I come out on top. I now have until the 11th to relax and work, basically I sit around and go on one set of RA rounds; and that is worth $40 a day to the University…. good enough for me. After that it is off to home, where I will be staying at the luxurious Wells Family Inn… I’ve got the Chris Wells suite. It will be nice to sleep in a bed that I am smaller than, thought I will miss waking up with my arm numb from it hanging over the side of the bed. I think the good food at home will spoil me for dorm food, but I am willing to make that sacrifice.
After my brief stay in Woodburn it is off to wonderful Victoria B.C., my first road trip… and to top it off I get to see two of my favorite bands at the Icehouse in downtown Victoria, I am definitely looking forward to that. Then it is back to Woodburn until the 4th or the 5th of January than its back to school… On a final note, I ran into a previous Creative Writing professor of mine, and she asked me to sign up for a 400-level Fiction Writing course that she is teaching in spring term… I will, of course, accept, any chance to write fiction I will jump at the chance.
I don’t know why I have such a fascination with my body’s repair mechanisms… but man, is my foot changing colors. I thought I would give a report on how I’m doing foot wise… I finally have feeling back in it, and I’m not limping anymore.. but I’m still stuck with this stupid brace, at least the girls think its cool that I have to wear it (Of course I told them I was saving little cute helpless puppies from a burning building.) Because I saved those puppies this is what my foot is looking like right now…