I'm feeling very encouraged health-wise. After wearing the same loose-fitting cowskin boots and driving/bussing everywhere for three weeks, the inflammation in my right heel has subsided significantly and I'm planning to begin walking to work on Monday. Which means I'll be getting the exercise I'd been counting on for the Shiny New You 1/3 Year Challenge. Watch out! The Nyco train is a-rollin' once again! You would think that the "convenience" of having a car would mean less stress than planning ahead to make a walk somewhere, but I beg to differ. The key word is planning. When I'm not relying on Nitrobob to take me to the office by 9am each morning, I wake up earlier and am more conscious of using my time wisely. I don't push the clock either. In other words, there is no option to get behind the wheel and speed across the river at 8:50am. In fairness, there probably isn't any way these past two weeks could have happened without the car. There was Lunch 2.0 to shop for, which involved buying 25 two-liter sodas and returning the heavy catering equipment. Jed and I had the pleasure of spending evenings with Kim, Jason, and Rachel Vinson this past week, and because of the chill it made sense to drive for our dinners out. With Nitrobob around, our visitors didn't have to pay for a rental to take them out to the Gorge. Doctor's appointments, equipment shopping, picking up food for office meals... The car did it all. It's breaktime, though. Even if there is a bit of a surge to get out the door, the ~45min walk is plenty of time to de-stress and think about the day ahead. I miss that time. I need that time. Tomorrow I will get it back, thank goodness.