Good news! We have a place to live!
After an exhausting apartment search that involved literally driving every street in Eugene, we signed a lease on Friday afternoon! We’ll begin the moving process on Monday once our pods of stuff arrive. Unfortunately, Monday is also the day that Eric’s 2-week prologue begins, so I’m not sure how much moving will actually take place on Monday. But we’re excited to have a place that we can (hopefully) love for the next 2 years! And if any of you friends from home would like to hop on a plane tomorrow morning, we’d appreciate your help unpacking.
In other news, I wore a UK shirt the other day that said ‘CATS’ in big letters. Now, on any given day in Lexington, you are probably going to run into 10 people wearing ‘CATS’ shirts. Here, not so much. I was at the grocery store and caught a few people clearly reading my shirt, and I thought, I probably look like I just love cats. Like, the animal. Wooooo, CATS! Love ’em. It just made me chuckle.
Yesterday morning, Eric and I went on a little hike on the Ridgeline Trail, which is conveniently located just minutes from our host home. We were warned at the trailhead that black bears and mountain lions roam the woods around here, but we didn’t encounter any of those. We did run into a couple of woodpeckers, which happened to travel from tree to tree right along the trail. I took about 1,000 photos of them and ended up with about 2 good ones. I guess we can scratch “nature photographer” off the career list…
Yesterday afternoon, Eric and I attended our first University of Oregon football game. I think this was the first thing that really made me think “we’re not in Kentucky anymore.” Partly because the football team easily won the game, and partly because of the colors in the stadium. I just couldn’t get over how weird it was to see a stadium full of yellow and green, rather than blue and white. Super, super weird. But there is a big sign that says “Rich Brooks Field” near one of the end zones, so that made it feel a bit more like home. (For those of you who aren’t football fans, Rich Brooks coached both the Oregon Ducks and the Kentucky Wildcats.)
This afternoon we’re headed out on a tandem bike ride to explore Eugene’s many bike paths. It should be exciting and terrifying. Mostly terrifying.