Sunday, January 22, 2023

iced, joyous, brokenhearted

It's a thankfully clear sunshiney morning as I sit for this weekly wrap-up post. There is a lot of snow and ice hanging around from this week's storm. We rely a lot on the sun for taking care of these things, and the sun's been slacking.

My less than 2-mile walk to work on Thursday was like crossing Donner Pass in parts, but I will give a shoutout to the parks department for promptly and thoroughly clearing the bike paths. Getting to and from the bike paths is another story. Good thing for spikey shoes. 

Speaking of clearing, I've started reading Marie Kondo's second book, Spark Joy. The "master class" follow up to her first book on tidying. 

The first book helps readers get rid of clutter, this book aims to help organize the remains. I think I have more clutter to get rid of first. It's not as joyous around here as it could be.

And speaking of clutter, things are still being sorted at work regarding much restructuring. Duties will likely shift a bit in my department once Boss fully moves into his new position, but no one knows when that will be and what precise shifting is to happen.

In the meantime, I've been training a new coworker whom I will call Gomer (he's an ex-Marine). Nice guy, catches on fast. He's confided in me on a couple of things regarding Boss, wondering if it's only happening to him, Gomer. 

"No", I assured him. "He does those things to all of us, and we are all annoyed by them" - mainly Boss's penchant for talking too much about himself and butting into business where he doesn't know the full story. It's embarrassing really. He's fine if he stays in the office doing Boss things, but whenever he comes out to deal with a customer or student, we all brace for the uncomfortable impact. Can't wait for him to move to his new location.

And speaking of annoyances, I was out enjoying a lovely run this morning. I'm thankful to still enjoy running at my age. No complaints from the various joints. But honestly, I've been sucking wind a bit ever since I had covid last June/July. 

Nothing terrible, and maybe "sucking wind" is a bit harsh, but I'm a little off and just don't have the same pace and stamina of pre-covid me. 

I've visited some discussion threads on the topic, and it seems recovery time for sucking wind is all over the place. So... patience.

As long as I can still beat the mayor.


Margaret (Peggy or Peg too) said...

I'm sorry to hear about your stamina. I was just discussing this topic with another friend who also had covid. It seems to be a regular thing once you have it, which of course just sucks. I also just read an article after a huge European medical event discussing their findings on long covid. It's scary shit that is forever. I have not had it yet but it's just a matter of time I would suppose. The odds are stacked against me. I don't think there are many of us who have never had it.

Linda Sue said...

"at your age" made me laugh, you have no idea what AGE means- youngin'

Is there a chair or something you can slide under the knob of the door so that boss does not venture out- give him his own litter box and some toys or something to keep him in his boss room.

Sorry that covid resulted in challenges, you are not alone that is for sure!

Chatty Crone said...

I think it is FANTASTIC that you are still running and not hurting - keep it up - you will appreciate it later!

Abby said...

Peggy, you're probably right in being among the minority - people who have yet to have covid. Hopefully that holds for you. It's not alarming in my case, but I've heard from others whose stamina really tanked, and they're still waiting for it to come back.

Linda Sue, "something to keep him in his boss room" - oh, if only!
When I grow up, I want to be like you 😊

Chatty, yes, I'm grateful to be out running around! Mine is a "first world problem" as far as covid effects go.

BootsandBraids said...

I envy your ability to run. Heck, I even envy your ability to walk 2 miles unimpeded. I've been trying to get back into a regular walking routine but nowhere around here feels safe now. Your coworker named Gomer brings up images of a goofy affable guy as the name and image was planted in my head by the old TV show Gomer Pyle US Marine, and you did say your Gomer had been a marine. Amazing coincidence. What are the odds.

Abby said...

BootsandBraids, your walking regimen is great, so messed up that you can't do it safely. I'm actually old enough to have seen many episodes of Gomer Pyle, hence the blog name of coworker 😊

Allstarme79 said...

My husband says he still has breathing issues from Covid but I'm pretty sure he had it in 21 so that's saying something. It's not all the time but sometimes during sprints.

BootsandBraids said...

Oh! Blog name. Got it 👍

Abby said...

Allstarme79, so over a year for your husband. Hmmm. I only notice it while running, not so much when bicycling or otherwise, and resting heart rate's the same. Seems to be pretty common.

LL Cool Joe said...

I do a lot of sucking wind, and that's just going from my computer into the kitchen. :D

I sell stuff on ebay to get rid of the clutter, but then I buy more stuff to sell on ebay, and then wonder why I have so much new clutter.