the good news is that when i told my mom and my sister that i applied for it, they immediately said they wanted to go with me if i got accepted. (my dear sister, traci, used to live there.) and, we have decided that we are still going to go to portland labor day weekend anyway! so yay. yes, i am a bit disappointed that i didn't get in, but also kind of relieved. and now i get to have a nice, relaxing trip with my two very favorite women in the world!