This past Thursday night/Friday morning I awoke the most awful cacophony (like a flock of woodpeckers using jackhammers) coming from my kitchen. Two to three times an hour my refrigerator would make this noise for about ten minutes and then shut off with a few loud thuds. I called for a repair person right away to confirm what I thought was the problem (I'm not an expert, but I'm pretty good at using the internet): the refrigerator's compressor was on its last legs.
I wrote a thorough email to my landlord explaining what was going on. His response was, well...less than hospitable, shall we say? So in addition to having to sleep with earplugs, in addition to having my sleep interrupted multiple times a night (*yawn*), I now may have the joy of having to find a new place to live (after 5 years in the same apartment).
I'm almost done with physical therapy (for my back/hips/neck). I need to keep up with all these exercises and stretches. My therapist focused on the fact that there's not a lot of flexibility in my hip (tendinitis). Many of my supporting/core muscles were so busy trying to compensate for my hips/back to the point that they weren't keeping me aligned/stabilized as best as they could. (I know, that screams that I need to start doing yoga.) But the short of the long of it is that I'm feeling a bit better. Getting back to having fewer bad days and more good ones. Hopefully they're spent outside...which brings me to....
When I first got my lower back diagnosis, I was told to not ride a bike because of the compression/shock to my lower back. So I sold my mountain bike (*wipes tear from eye* I miss you Raleigh M30) and gave up on the idea of biking. In the years since, I've learned to ignore most of the things doctors have told me (1) because I know my body pretty well and (2) I have to live my life, come what may. With that in mind, I bought myself a membership to Capital Bikeshare. So far I've done 5 rentals and have had a blast. I forgot how much I love riding a bike. (Does anyone have a fun/fashionable helmet that they like? I'm looking at this Giro helmet.)