Welcome to 2021!
Uh, yea, I did write 2021 on the back of a credit card bill! I hope you and your loved ones had a happy, safe, and healthy holiday season. My holidays were very quiet and nice. It was a small group – just me, my folks, and my sister and her boyfriend, who drove in after self-isolating. We had a surprise white Christmas, although I guess I was only surprised because I didn’t check the weather report.
My siblings and I all draw one name for gifting purposes, and my brother-in-law Justin got me a beautiful (and delicious) gift basket full of fresh fruit, and my parents gave me some fantastic kitchen items. A lot of the gifts that I ordered online didn’t arrive in time – in fact, I’m still waiting on a bunch, but that’s ok. Shipping delays were the motto of the season, and I’ll give them out when they arrive.
I suppose the biggest update to talk about here is with my health, since I haven’t blogged since my post about getting shingles. And guess what, folks? I’m still dealing with the aftermath of that. I can still feel nerves in my scalp and forehead throb and tingle, and I’ve now had the same, constant headache for over seven weeks. It’s better than it was a month ago, in a general sense. I’m trending upward and am pretty much fully functional as a human being. It does flare up for a day or two about once a week, and that still stinks. I’m still waiting for the day that I don’t wake up in pain.
Then, the day after Christmas, I slipped and fell on a patch of ice and landed directly on my hip. There’s no fractures or anything serious, or even any scrapes, but there’s a lot of pain, and I can feel a ball of inflammation, about the size of a lemon, deep in my thigh.
And THEN, because I’m a dumb-dumb, I decided to keep working out on it for two days, while favoring the other leg, and that’s how I ended up pulling a hamstring in my other leg.
So I’m pretty much a mess right now, although I’m finally doing what my body has been screaming at me to do for a week, which is to give it a rest. I’m taking JJ for shorter-than-usual walks, and doing a lot of stretching, but I’m slowing up on exercise for a few more days.
It’s probably a break I needed, because a couple weeks ago, I began a fitness challenge at my work, where you can earn points for exercising, and I’ve been going hard. My standard workout is 45 minutes, but I can earn more points for this challenge if I work out for an hour, so I’ve done that every day for two weeks straight.
If you’re looking for a lot of swag, check out the Pride Stride – their swag bag for this year’s virtual race included a quarter zip shirt, medal, bib, fanny pack, arm bands, and a fan. You know, for when you need to create a cool breeze for yourself while watching a bullfight.
I set a goal to sign up for five races in six months, and those were the first three. I have two months to sign up for two more. I have ideas for in-person (and socially distant) races that I’m keeping an eye on, but I’m not going to sign up yet – I’m going to wait and see how we’re faring in this stinky ol’ pandemic.
Oh, what the heck. One more picture of JJ in the snow!
Keep it up, David!
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