Thursday, November 27, 2008

Some good news and some more good news - Happy Thanksgiving!

Good news #1. Hospital bills (including ambulance ride) for my wrist fracture were processed as in-network after all. Total so far - about $565. I started physical therapy yesterday on my wrist (horribly painful, more on that later), which will run $30 a session (twice a week) for about a month or so, which will add to the total a little. However, I was expecting out of network for the claims and was worried that it would be in the $1,000's. So thrilled about that piece of news.

Good news #2. Had an interview with my current job (WEIRD - I still work there, but I'm interviewing to continue working there?). At any rate, I can expect an offer next week I was told, so looks like the job situation is safe for now. I also had another interview for a different employer, which looked promising, too, but I won't hear back from them for a while either way. I was hesitant to mention that in case my employer saw my blog, but I really don't think I have to worry about that. Besides, I think it is normal if there is a possibility of losing one's job, to get out there and check out what is available just in case.

It is nice to know that I can actually go ahead and buy a new pair of road running shoes without fear of not having cash inflow in a couple of weeks. All of my road running shoes have over 250 miles on them. I try to rotate in a new pair when the newest pair gets about 150 miles on them. I'm thinking of going for the Asics Nimbus - I have worn the Asics Cumulus for 3 years, but think I need more cushioning. I'm holding off for to see what SofSole sends me (I received an email with an offer for some of their products to try out - can't wait!)

So, I ran about 4.5 miles on Monday, took Tuesday off of running (exhausted from 2 interviews that day, one lasting 1.5 hours!), and ran 7 miles yesterday. I am not running today - just eating!
We got a boatload of rain yesterday, all night long, and this morning. On my 7 mile run yesterday, which started off sunny, the darkening sky drifted over me about 25 minutes into my run and started dropping rain. I had to duck into Green Things plant nursery when the rain started. It subsided about 10 minutes later, so I finished my run fairly dry.

Afterwards, the sky looked amazing at sunset, and I got to see a double rainbow over the nursery:

The Catalina Mountains looked really pretty before the storm - you can see Finger Rock in the middle:

I have a lot to be thankful for today. A loving God continues to provide me with blessings - I feel useful to others, I have people who love me, and my fears never seem to come true. I think as long as you make your life about being of service to the people around you, you will never want for peace and contentment.

I'll be going on another trail run this weekend, most likely with Julie and her brother who is visiting. That trail run last weekend filled me up!


HappyTrails said...

I love your attitude! Keep it up!
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Happy Thanksgiving!

angie's pink fuzzy said...

happy thanksgiving!

Joyce said...

I'm so glad to hear that your medical bills are lower than expected - that must be a relief. Thanks for your note about Pemberton. I've run half of the loop, as I paced Paul for the final 8 miles of the JJ100 two years ago, but I'd love to run the whole loop before the race. I can't do Jan 10, but could probably do the 17th. That would be fun to go up together!

And I'm not sure if we'll be at the 12/21 trail run or not. We fly out for the holidays on the we'll have to see how our packing is at that point! I hope to see you soon!

Marathoner in Training said...

I am glad to hear that the bills are better than expected. That is always a blessing. I hope that the rest of your holiday weekend went well.