I've been at my new job for a week and a day. This job is proving to be much more physical than what I bargained for. Of course it is the Season.... of Shipping. Lots and lots of packages, big, small, heavy, awkward, and all requiring handling of some sort. There are lots and lots of repetitive motions that require my poor right shoulder to be agile... which it's not. I don't know if I've said this before but I have had surgery for torn rotator cuffs on BOTH of my shoulders. The right one in 2002, the left in 2005. Then the summer of 2009 I Re-tore the right one. And the left one has slowly gotten to the point where I suspect it's re-torn as well. We don't have insurance but even if we did I am not sure I'd have surgery again. I would have to baby these shoulders regardless of surgery or not and the recovery for those procedures hurts more than just about anything I've ever experienced, short of giving birth!!
Anywho.... my feet hurt from being on them all day, which I am hoping a new pair of shoes will ease that discomfort. My back aches but mostly I suspect from needing better shoes as well. But I come home from my 5 or 6 hours of work and I am WIPED OUT. I LIKE the job though. I like the quietness of the motions I go through, sorting the mail to the route carriers and the post office boxes. I like that when it gets too quiet there are nice co-workers to chat with for a few minutes. But I don't have to be "ON" all the time like I would if I was constantly dealing with the public. It's a good job, a good position. So, I want this job to work out. I just don't know if my body is going to hold up!
I have this week to complete and then I have 2 weeks of adventure ahead. Our small group is going to Leavenworth WA for the weekend, for the Christmas Tree Lighting Event. Leavenworth is a beautiful Bavarian Themed city east of the mountains and every year they put on a Christmas Extravaganza with carolers and lights and other fun events. I am excited to be going (first time ever!) and especially to be going with our small group. We are going to stay the night at Tall Timber Ranch (our church camp that I'm sure I've mentioned before). It will be a fast fun weekend and then we come home Sunday night and the packing begins. Mon. and Tues. is all about getting packed up for the Mission Trip to Costa Rica!!! It's amazing to think back to when this was just an idea being kicked around back in Feb. or March but now, the time has arrived for it to happen!!
Today I need to just take a deep breath, and focus. Get through each day, get through this week. I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.