Pretty soon I’m going to get back to posting stories with a ‘bigger picture’ context and meaning rather than just telling you verbatim what has been happening in my life. Until my life ceases to be an unending string of ridiculous and practically unbelievable events, however, I can do nothing but record and offer them up to you. The Universe requires it. (Just kidding. I’ve never actually posted anything with a larger significance in the first place.)
So we went to that wedding. And my nephew was born (more about him later this week). But that wasn’t the end of the Portland trip. We stayed an extra couple of days to drive out to the coast and show the kids what the beach in Oregon is like.
This was The Plan:
Step 1: Wake up Sunday morning earlyish.
Step 2: Pack up everything from the world’s worst Portland rental house and drive two hours to Cannon beach.
Step 3: Play on the beach all day Sunday.
Step 4: Stay at beach hotel Sunday night and have dinner in beachy restaurant.
Step 5: Get up Monday early and look at the tide pools around Haystack Rock.
Step 6: Drive to the Tillamook Cheese Factory and go on a tour and enjoy all the cheesy factoriness of a cheese factory.
Step 7: Head to the airport and fly home.
Here’s it actually went:
Step 1: We woke up earlyish Sunday morning and Jason got into the tiny shower in our one bathroom rental and threw up loudly about 739 times. Jonas still has post-traumatic stress from listening to it. I was just glad he didn’t take me up on my offer to scoop the vomit out into a bag and instead chose to squish it down the shower drain (I probably should have warned you before I let you read that sentence, right? Too bad, we had to live it. You can, at the very least, read about it.)
Step 2: I packed up our stuff and got it all loaded into the car alone while Jason lay in the fetal position shivering and wondering what he had done to The Universe* to deserve this misery. Then I drove us two hours to Cannon Beach and asked Jason every three minutes if he wanted me to pull over so he could throw up because the idea of him throwing up in our rental car was too much for me to even consider.
Step 3: The kids played on the chilly, cloudy beach while Jason lay in the fetal position on a beach towel, covered in a beach towel and tried not to throw up on the sand.
Step 4: Jason took a scalding hot bath in an attempt to stop shivering and went to sleep in the one bedroom of our hotel room. I ordered the kids delivery pizza and we watched movies until they went to sleep in the living room area of the hotel room.
After that I sat in the dark at the kitchen table (adjacent to the living room/kids sleeping area) and surfed the web and talked to Facebook. Eventually I ran out of wine and began to feel very sad about my current position in life (in the dark, alone, sick husband, WINELESS).
Finally I decided to sneak out and walk down the block and see if I could find a tiny beach town Circle K or something where I could buy more wine to drown my sorrows. Luckily, I found a ‘Family Market’ like 100 yards from our hotel. When I walked up to the cashier to pay for my itty-bitty box of three glasses of Pinot Grigio, I felt compelled to explain to the girl why I was making such a pathetic purchase at 11pm on a Sunday night. The conversation went like this:
Me (apologetically): I know it’s pathetic that all I’m buying is boxed wine for individual consumption this late on a Sunday night, but my husband has food poisoning from this party we went to yesterday and I’m stuck in my hotel room in the dark because he’s sleeping and the kids are sleeping and then I ran out of wine…
Cash Register Girl: Oh yeah, are you staying at the Seaside Inn right there?
Me (looking into her eyes and recognizing her): Oh… you’re the same girl who checked me in at the desk over there 8 hours ago who I already told this story to because I was trying to get you to let us check in early…
Cash Register Girl (neither rudely nor with any sympathy for my situation): Yeah. I have two jobs.
Me: Sorry… I swear I haven’t told this to every single person I’ve seen… Just you. Twice.
Cash Register Girl: Sorry, we don’t take credit for under $5.
Me: Oh, right. I can pay cash.
If we’d actually been in a Wes Anderson movie, an episode of Portlandia or an Amy Sherman-Palladino show, then the next day the rental car would have hit a pothole and I would have had to swerve to narrowly miss running into a lady walking her three-legged cat on a leash and crashed into the town’s ancient and revered cherry tree and the tow-truck driver who would eventually come to get the car would have been that same Cashier/Hotel Check-in Girl. She would again be politely unsurprised and unamused.
Step 5: But it wasn’t any of those, so we got up in the morning and Jason felt a little better. We did the tide pools, which were the best part of the beach.
Step 6: If you’re in Oregon and thinking about visiting the cheese factory, let me save you some time; instead, watch that show on the discovery channel “How Things Work” where they show factories all the time. Then go stand in the most crowded mall you know on a Saturday midday. It’s the same thing.
Step 7: This one went as planned. One for seven, FTW!
*If I keep talking about ‘The Universe’ people are going to start thinking I mean it in an non-ironic way and that I’m actually religious or superstitious or something, aren’t they? Dear People, I mean almost nothing non-ironically. Love, Me