A bunch, here goes. Drove through Salinas, Calif to Redding. Redding to Eugene Oregon. Rainy, gloomy until hitting Eugene, GOREGOUS sunshine. Pull into DD#2 driveway, and 3 kid-let faces are staring out her living room window. It's been years (don't go there, don't ask). While pulling into driveway, her DH pulls in from work. Huge Hard Hugs, all the way around. Gifts for everyone - Mother's Day and GD#1 Birthday - covered! Smiles and conversations at 90 miles an hour - as everyone catches up with each other, dragged by kid-lets throughout house,,,boys are now "over it" and head to park next-door for some football. Our hotel is across from University of Oregon, and it has the weirdest sloped floors,,,not a little sloped...ALOT. DH and I start laughing...seriously? every room....the floor is at a definate angle...decided hotel must be on flood plain. DD has next day mapped out. We head to Florence Oregon, very pretty small beach town, reminds me of growing up with my parents. Sand dunes, fishing boats, GD#1 is walking/running so fast with her long legs at all of 12 years old. Soon to be 13. DD is dead set on sending us home with a U of O duck shirt for DS,,,,as they text back and forth teasing each other. Head to casino, very nice drive. Really, I forgot how great the coastal drive is here. Homeward, arts and crafts and painting rocks. Next - Powell Book Store in the Pearl District of Portland. GD leaps for joy, her nose is always in a "real" book, DH and GD eyes light up...when entering the book store,,,,she literally RUNS up the flights of stairs to start at the top room. lol, baskets and baskets of books later - 4hours worth...and multiple rooms, creaking floors, lunch in the coffee shop, we start our way back to Eugene. DD takes us to VooDoo Donuts,,,hysterical. And the only place I know of that gives away a bucket of "day" old donuts at the end of the day...like oodles of buckets. Quite a fun walk through downtown. DD gives us the grand tour of buildings, where she works, etc etc. GD has nose in book until we hit the donut shop... Dinner is Italian and we have a rightous laughter hour with the waiter....he must not have anything to do and he sits with us. Ok, this is comical now. DD shows me all the makings for 30, yes 30, pre-teens that will invade her home on Saturday for the major 13th birthday party. Where has the time gone? Laundry, and very bad news arrives for DH over the phone. We cut our visit short by 2 days, and head out Friday morning for home. DH is still sick and I can hear his lungs, but we drive 950 miles in one day, straight shot down I-5 south to get home 16 hours later. Seriously? CalTrans shuts down the I-5 Grapevine to one lane at night? for miles....while working on a 50 yard stretch....no wonder I hate driving the pass. Unpack, put everything away, nighty night at midnight cause Saturday is going to be a really really long sad day.