October 8th, 2019

mood - smack a bitch: ushitora_icons

Greed is not good

Swathes of the Bay Area are losing power tonight for anywhere up to five days. PG&E is doing it as a precautionary measure against wildfires because we have expected winds over the next couple days of 40-70mph. Apparently, these shutdowns are part of their safety measures ever since the massive 2017 Northern California fires. Even the Caldecott Tunnel is getting shut down which is going to massively screw up commutes. We're lucky that we're not in one of the shut-off zones, but it still makes me furious. PG&E's greed over the years is why the state is in this damn spot now. There are some things I love about this state, but there are others that make me REALLY wish I lived on the east coast again.

I'm going to go soak in a hot tub very soon here in hopes that it will end the day on a good note. I worked at the library today and took a wrong step at some point early in my shift, which completely messed up my hip. I've been on the couch for most of the evening, because I'm trying to do everything I can to stay away from ibuprofen for a while. I take too much of it, and I worry that I'm developing an ulcer as a result. I won't know until my physical at the end of the month, but it's not going to do me any harm to avoid ibuprofen until then. I'll just go back to all the hot water therapy for the next few weeks.

On the plus side, my weight loss continues. I'm down 13.6 pounds since starting at the library in June. That's about a pound a week without even really trying. I'm convinced it's because of the fact that I'm moving constantly for 4 hours a day, 3 days a week. It's not big movement, but I'm on my feet that whole time, lifting books, pushing carts, squatting for lower shelves, reaching for higher ones. My knees are SO much stronger as a result. I think I'm going to start adding in some extra exercises that specifically target my hips and thighs so I can strengthen those muscles, too. Hopefully, that will help prevent incidents like today where a single wrong step can turn my day into agony.