I've been back in Oregon for three entire days now (actually landed in Portland about 72 hours ago exactly) and am over the jet-lag and back at work at my paper. It's wonderful to be back. As much as I enjoyed Washington, D.C., I missed Oregon a lot and everything I missed about it is now what I enjoy. The weather is beautiful and I love all the trees, green grass and mountains. I'm even happy to be back in my own newsroom. It was a lot of fun to get back to work today and I enjoyed meeting the reporer who will take over my old beat.
In a way, I wish my trip home had been more difficult because it would give me a nice story, but really, it was so uneventful that it was boring. The flights arrived early (my flight into Chicago arrived so early that we had to sit on the runway for quite a long time waiting for another plane to get away from our gate). The people I sat next to on the second flight (I had the aisle) were a family, so no one talked to me. I just read and listened to music. Boring, but pleasant. There was no turbulence or anything.
Now that I'm back, I'm starting to think about the year ahead and all the work I have. It's going to be stressful, especially preparing for the idea of finding a real grownup-person job, but I'm ready. Leaving Eugene is almost inevitable, and it makes me sad, but I'm ready for it. It's going to be an exciting few months.