Happy belated Valentines Day. I could take up a lot of space and energy explaining why I’m here in the forests of Oregon, but in sum, my boyfriend of 10 years will be leaving for Japan to teach English for a year, so we’re driving from Central California to Portland, Oregon this week. So far, we’ve driven 745 miles and utterly embarrassed ourselves breaking Oregon laws in an attempt to pump our own gas. Top that with too much caffeine and fast food, and you got yourself a respectable road trip. I hope our wonderful friends who are putting us up for a week are ready for a nutty, rainy time, ’cause we’re bringing it.