I've been getting ready for our trip to New Zealand, and we're pretty much under control for 'this point' (we leave Tuesday afternoon).
It has been very warm here, with many threats of wildfires especially during the holiday weekend. Eugene has banned fireworks in the 'south' part of town (which includes us) and I'm thrilled about that--although who knows how well it will be implemented, given that the City Council just voted yesterday to approve it.
On Tuesday, Civic Stadium, our local baseball field, burned to the ground.It was built in 1938 (I believe) as part of a WPA project and was one of the oldest (if not the oldest) minor league ball park in the country. The fire was started by four kids, 12 and under, playing around with a lighter. That makes me so sad. They'll be charged with second degree arson and hopefully they'll learn some tough tough lessons from this event.