We went on vacation at the end of September, and then both started feeling crappy on the last day of vacation. Just bummed to return to the US I guess?
Unfortunately, we came home on a Sunday night and I had to go to Philly for work on Monday morning. Of course all my suits were clean and ready since I didn't need them on vacation, but I was kind of doing a sniff test with my underwear -- like can I get by with wearing this again or do I actually have to do laundry in my 14 jet-lagged overnight hours at home? Laundry was most assuredly required.
It totally sucked to go to Philly, but if I hadn't gone, my coworker would have had to go in my place, and that wouldn't be fair to her. It would be like I was on a 4th week of vacation if I wasn't willing to do whatever it took for work, be that travel or anything else. So Philly it was.
Philly last week was pretty much a disaster. Biggest case of my career falling apart all around me. But fortunately, statistics were on my side. Almost no civil cases really go to trial, and sure enough, right on the eve (literally) of picking a jury, everything finally came together yesterday. But it's been a stressful 12 days back in the US.
Finally getting over whatever crud we got. My husband actually took a sick day, which is crazy for him, especially after more than 3 weeks of vacation. Work was actually less crazy for him coming back since all cases that came in while he was gone were assigned to other people, so it actually took a week or so for him to be fully back in the swing of things.
The other big change since August...
I got a bike on Labor Day weekend for my birthday!
It was the perfect weekend to buy a bike since Dallas had a weird illogical fuel crisis right after the hurricane. Slightly less than the usual amount of fuel available, slightly higher demand (people filling boats and cans to go to Houston to help), and then suddenly a major run on the pumps with everyone filling up their car and almost all stations running out of gas completely! My husband was on call for work and was almost out of gas in his personal car (planned to buy it on the way home on the day all the stations ran out) so he had to drive a work car for a while so he'd be able to get back to work if needed. Crazy. So buying a bike was perfect since my office is close enough to ride (or run) to work. Gas crisis basically started on Wed night or Thurs morning, and was over by the following Monday, which was Labor Day. I was glad because my car was on a quarter tank, which is usually plenty since I don't drive a lot, but of course I had to fly for work on Labor Day and needed a full tank to get to and from the airport. Uber wasn't even an option -- no one was driving. Crazy. Anyway, the bike was the news -- I'm clearly distracted.
So my life according to Garmin has looked like this:
A bit of running here and there, boot camp roughly as usual, and tons of biking!
It's been fun. I don't have clips yet because I'm afraid of falling and I'm not good at biking yet, but it's just cool to be able to cover so much distance so fast. Very unlike running. It's also nice because it doesn't feel quite as warm when there's a breeze from your speed. Much less exertion than running, at least the way I've been biking.
But there you have it. I've broken the seal now, so maybe I can get back to regular writing, or at a minimum, regular reading of my other favorite blogs, which I really miss!