For new readers of the blog (thanks The New Potato !), I live in New York with my husband Ken and two kids. But I “summer” in my hometown of Eugene, Oregon with my parents, and Ken comes back and forth. New York and Eugene couldn’t be more different, and I have come to love the contrast, and appreciate the positives (and negatives) of both. Here are some of the reasons I love Eugene, my first and always true home… (I bleed tie dye)…
Bike Rides 
True statement: my parents own three tandems. YUP, three! So it is no surprise that I have inherited the love of biking as a hobby (well summer hobby, unfortunately, my life in NYC makes it hard to bike….does that make me weak and not truly committed? Maybe…). So during our stays in Oregon, I love nothing more than going down the bike path and around the river, feeling the wind, watching people, taking in the smells and sounds, and just loving life.
The Oregon Skies
For whatever reason, the skies look different in Oregon than they do elsewhere. Maybe I am just sentimental, but it is so blue, so wide, so vast, so clear, and the clouds continually tell a story with their variation, shapes, and colors (#HippyTalk).
The Hikes 
One of my favorite pastimes in Eugene is to hike in nature and admire the beauty and life of the outdoors. Not only do I love it for exercise and fresh air, but I love teaching my kids the sheer beauty of my hometown. They are truly becoming quite the hikers (and I couldn’t be more proud!)
Bijou Cinema 
The Bijou Art Cinema  is unlike any other movie theater I have been to. This former Spanish Mission style church turned mortuary turned art-house cinema is nestled in the University District and has a 30 year history of supporting independent, foreign, and local film. Yes the size of the screen is equivalent to the screen in our home, but the experience is unbeatable.
It goes without saying that my absolute favorite part of Eugene is the time I get to spend with my parents and family. They made me who I am and I love them with all my heart. It truly has been a highlight of my life watching my kids grow up with their presence and time. We are incredibly fortunate to have this time together.
Tracktown USA 
Countdown until 2016 Olympic Trials! Eugene lives and breathes running — not just any running, but elite runners who race for a living. I love watching track and field when in Eugene, but also taking part in the running scene at my own level. I run with a group of women in Eugene (who are older and WAY faster than me) who are such an inspiration. And of course, there is the All Comer’s Track meet every Wednesday night in July where kids can take part in track and field events on Hayward Field — such a fun event, and hopefully instilling the love of sports and running into my kids NOW!
Eugene is the (unofficial) home of organic, natural, and healthy food products. Before CSAs were all the rage, Eugene had a dozen to choose from. Before Tofu and Tempeh was mainstream, all the grocery stores carried it. Grocery shopping in Eugene is a favorite pastime for me (no joke). And of course, I love that at the local coffee store, they have every type of sweetener and milk to choose from. But of course!
So yes, I could go on and on and on about my love for Eugene. It truly is one of a kind, and a very special and unique place. It is not a city, not the burbs, not a town, not the country — but truly a magical place of its own. I am a proud Eugenian and savor my time here with my own kids — hopefully, they too, will feel part Eugenian, too! I only have two weeks left in Eugene and my mind is racing (obviously, meditation training did not take place this summer….) but I am so thankful for my time here, past, present, and future. I hope everyone has a great week!