Little Helen brought me this gorgeous piece of pottery. She bought it when she and her fiance went and spent a week in Maine with his parents. It's from Edgecomb Potters. I love it so much, I hope to add some pieces. Perfect excuse to take a long weekend and go to Freeport or Portland.
My part-time job has been sporadic so I'm still not feeling like I'm in a good routine yet. This week I start running shifts myself with a person there to help if I get stuck on something. Next week I'll be put into the schedule on my own. I have to say, not much has changed since I was there 11 years ago and I still don't mind doing this work, even after a long day at my full time job. Good thing because my plan right now (unless I win the lottery) is to work this job for at least the next 3 years, when Mr. Helen retires.
I went to the doctor for followup on my back issue. The first two weeks I had absolutely no pain at all. Then at the beginning of the 3rd week, I woke up with a dull ache. While it hasn't become stabby like it was before and it's not (yet) waking me up, it feels kind of like it did when all this started a couple years ago. He told me that it's not uncommon for a person who had let things go and get as bad as mine to need a second injection. However, because he's conservative, he wanted me to try a prescription anti-inflammatory to see if it controlled the pain at night - which is the only time I have it. If not, paperwork is all set and all I have to do is call and I can have a second injection. I'm not really a great pill taker and especially not too fond of strong anti-inflammatories. I also don't want to be on any sort of medication like that long term, but I'm willing to wait and see what happens.
My morning runs are all in the dark now. Depending on the route I take, I need to wear a headlamp - not my favorite thing to do but necessary to avoid the bumps, cracks, iron hangers, acorns and other miscellaneous stuff in the road and on the sidewalks. I'm also back to wearing my reflective vest every day, hoping to avoid all the idiots who think because it's dark they don't have to stop at red lights or stop signs. Defensive running rules the day now. I think the thing I miss the most is getting to see the sun rise. We've had some real pretty ones this year. This morning after showering and going downstairs to get my lunch together, I opened the window shade that looks out onto the patio. The patio was glowing pink. I grabbed my phone and ran outside because I just knew it had to be a beautiful sunrise. Great way to start the week!