Ending…

The year is coming to a close, as are plenty of other things. It’s mail it in time at work as things slow to a crawl with people taking early vacations and putting a stop to progress. Running Man 2018 is done, so no more exercise for me this year. Tina caught a bug last week and is still recovering (apparently a number of people have been getting strep throat). I may be starting to succumb to illness too, but I’m staving it off as best as I can. Christmas is coming; so is Winter Conference, and I don’t want to be sick for that again…

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Testing…

It took a few weeks for my back, neck and shoulders to feel normal again. I continued my regimen of running and badminton, with the latter just concluded for the year (one ESSC team we subbed for won their second tier championship). Lots of snow in the past week led to constant shovelling and longer commute times. Tina’s car nearly got stuck, and I nearly got into an accident. I almost lost my office access card in the snow, and Christmas music has me listening to my own playlists. (It’s the most wonderful time of the year…)

Backing…

After my debut at ESSC badminton came the long weekend and a week in which I didn’t play badminton at all. I then snagged four consecutive weeks of ESSC badminton playing doubles with Tina (in addition to our Monday club nights) before striking out again on badminton this week due to the long weekend (and also less optimal sub requests). I also strained my lower back two weeks ago shovelling snow. I’m still aching in the back, neck and shoulders – and it just snowed again. Thankfully, Tina bought us a massage chair…

Adjusting…

Subbing for ESSC badminton is proving fun and competitive at the same time, because I banter with everyone and am still adjusting to the higher string tension on my racquet (I broke the original string a week before subbing). Meanwhile I spent most of Saturday at Sylvan Lake with Phil on his canoe looking for fish (Running Man happened without me). Phil caught one, someone gave us a few, and hopefully we’ll be back for ice fishing. And I just had my last official Friday “off” (work schedule adjusted as per company policy)…

Fitting…

The fall intramural hockey schedule put most of our games on Monday nights (just as my badminton concludes), making it no longer economical for me. Unfazed, I signed up as a substitute for all the ESSC badminton fall leagues. After missing my first chance to sub, I did better on my next few tries and will play three weeks on one team this month – two of those weeks with Tina. (She only let me sub one night a week moving forward.) The question is how “recreational” the ESSC badminton leagues will be. (I’ll find out tonight…)