Five Things Friday: just five things I’m thinking about or things that made my week, or things that I otherwise feel like sharing.
Here I am, diligently doing all my warm-ups and stretching before and after workouts and sprinkling in some yoga and foam rolling for good measure, just to pull a muscle in my lower back this week. I am very lucky that I haven’t had to deal with a lot of injuries in my life and something like this – which can, and probably has happened, to everyone! I know! – just throws me off completely.
I know, it’s just good-old lumbago and I must have just twisted my back in a weird way and it will probably be gone in a few days, but man, it’s annoying. Did you know in Germany, we call this kind of acute, fulgurant lower back pain Hexenschuss, which literally means “witch shot” and is apparently based on the medieval thinking that diseases were inflicted by supernatural beings (e.g. witches, elves) by means of an arrow shot.
Well, needless to say, I couldn’t exercise for the last two days and I’ll admit that I am a tiny bit crabby. It feels ridiculous that I just finished a PeloFondo and now can hardly get out of a chair and walk upright. Heating pads and low-key movement it is for the weekend. Might be following the Peloton Homecoming Event from the couch (not the bike or mat).
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In happier news, I might be going on a work trip to Mammoth soon and I am super-excited. I have an awesome job where Mammoth can be my “office” for a week, don’t you think? I wouldn’t want to be doing fieldwork all the time, but I haven’t been in the field for over two years and I am looking forward to being out in nature with my colleagues for a few days. It’s always a good time! My back pain had better be gone by then.
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I found out this week (through a local news article) that our Rite Aid pharmacy location would be closing this month. I was a bit surprised as nobody at the pharmacy had mentioned it and, as far as we know, there was no “announcement” posted at the store. Then we found out yesterday that the Rite Aid location was already closed and that our files were transferred to the Safeway pharmacy next door. That seemed strange to me, too, because why wouldn’t they redirect us to the nearest (open) Rite Aid location just a mile down the road?
Turns out, Safeway owns Rite Aid (or to be exact, Albertsons which owns Safeway, also owns Rite Aid). It’s all just one giant cooperation (still operating under all these different names). I find this confusing. And I am a bit upset that customers weren’t properly informed about the changes in advance when they’re so good about sending a gazillion emails for other, less important things, multiple times a week. And yes, I went through my emails again and did not find any information regarding the closure. Silver-lining: we were both eligible for a free gift card with a new transferred prescription to the Safeway pharmacy. Ok then, I’ll accept this in lieu of an apology.
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Good deed of the week: there is this very nice, extremely helpful, and kind lady at our Safeway supermarket and I have repeatedly noticed her gracious interactions with customers in the last few weeks. It’s been a bright spot in my shopping experience, and yesterday I took Elisabeth’s recent blog post to heart, walked up to her, and told her – her name is Lisa – that her friendliness and kindness haven’t gone unnoticed. I also followed up by sending feedback through the Safeway app to let her store manager know what an outstanding job she’s doing! I hope she’ll be rewarded for it!
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It rained this week. Some of you might think it odd for me to mention it like it’s something special, but well, here in California it *is* something special (and very much needed, I might add). Especially because we basically haven’t had any precipitation to speak of in the first 4 months of 2022. I know, we all realize that the weather is out-of-whack and that precipitation and temperatures are not evenly distributed (not that they ever were, but it’s never been more obvious than now). Of course, temps will be up in the 90s this weekend.
TGIF! Hope you’re having a great weekend ahead!