Cold and Rainy Eugene Morning

I awoke to dampness. I haven’t been able to run the dehumidifier in forever and look forward to entering a drier climate in the next week or so.

It was a nice day yesterday, being in such a great spot (I will be sharing pictures of it!). I spent a few hours at Starbucks in the morning, went home to work on some projects, and then treated myself to lunch at Chile’s. I discovered this restaurant chain back in Regina in ’08 and have never had a bad meal the few times I’ve been able to eat at one. I made a note in my private journal from back then at that the $25, including tax and tip, that I spent on the ‘Margarita chicken with a bottomless glass of strawberry lemonade was some of the best money I’d spent recently at a restaurant.’ So, I decided to see if that meal was still available. It was and the review still held, but not the price. It was only $15 for that meal here!

I was due for a Walmart run, so I went out in the afternoon to run errands, then I came home and crashed with embroidery and movies (and cats).

I really didn’t watch my battery usage last night, running an LED light for hours, charging the laptop, and plugging in the electric blanket for several hours. I went to sleep with the battery voltage around 11.8 and woke up to it being 12.3, not bad considering that I was up almost two hours earlier than yesterday in much greyer and wetter weather!

I’ll be rolling out of Eugene sometime around noon. I flagged down a security car on the way to the Starbucks this morning and caught the same guy as the night I pulled in. I let him know that I am leaving today and made sure that it’s okay to hang out for a part of the day.

Miranda’s due for an oil change, so I’d like to have that done today but none of my leads can fit me in, so I may have to wait a bit longer. I’m getting antsy to have this done, but we’re not at the critical stage yet.

So, I’m off to the Oregon coast for a few days! I have no idea what internet access will be like there, but there is a Starbucks in Florence. At $1.50 for a coffee, it’s a reasonable temporary solution for getting online.

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8 Comments

  • Hope you get time to take some pictures & , as always, I hope your journey is a safe one!

  • Rae, I almost fell over at the price you paid at Chili’s in Regina. My personal favorite is the Quesadilla Explosion. Once in a great while I treat myself to a Chocolate Molton Cake – disgraceful!

    I’m green with envy that you’re headed to the Oregon Coast. You’ll love it. I hope you get to Newport, and Tillamook. If you get to Tillamook, be sure to go to the Cheese Factory. Ice cream is incredible and very reasonable, and you might be interested in the free tour.

    Do, if you get to Tillamook, you must go to nearby Pacific City to the Pelican Restaurant and Brewery. Try to get there on a weekend so you can watch the dory boats come rushing up on to the beach. Then try to get over to see Cape Lookout State Park, AND as long as you’re in the area, don’t miss Cape Mears Lighthouse and the Octopus Tree. Just a smidgeon of what there is to see in the area.

    Have fun, Rae.

  • Remember McDonalds has free internet as well (and cheaper, excellent coffee).

    Hobopals is right. There are tons of things to see on the coast. He has named a couple of them.

  • “She” – I’m used to be one half of the hobopals. 😉

  • Sorry..what a dope. “I” used to be…

  • sorry…

  • No problem, Croft. Just didn’t want to mislead. I enjoy your posts in the groups.

  • Re coffee and internet: size for size Starbucks is actually cheaper. Plus, McDonald’s coffee in Canada is very good, but it SUCKS in the States. And the environment at Starbucks MUCH more pleasant for surfing. I am usually there for one to two hour blocks.

    Regarding the Oregon Coast: I’m only here for a few days but will see what I can. 🙂

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