Latourell and Multnomah Falls, Hip Update, & Family

I’m about to go back to work today for day #3, and I’m having a rough time! I’ve gotten about 8 hours of sleep in the last 2 nights and am finding that I’m just not adjusting at all to this evening schedule! Tonight I think I will just come home, get in bed, and try to go to sleep, instead of trying to “wind down” for an hour before bed. This is a rough schedule for me! I’m definitely a day person and prefer to be in bed by 11, so not even getting home some nights till 4am is really not easy. But the job continues to go well and I really am still loving the change of pace here!

Over the weekend, I did manage to make it to Multnomah Falls and Latourell Falls.  On the way out, I stopped at the Vista House at Crown Point, which is really just a small little viewing area with some historical stuff inside (I didn’t look around). The views of the Columbia River Gorge were fantastic! I was really hoping to get a good view of Mt Hood since it was so clear, but it’s difficult to do on the Oregon side of the gorge.

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The falls were just a super short paved walk to get to them (both different locations).

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Latourell on the left, Multnomah on the right.

I tried to talk to the top of Multnomah Falls thinking that it was a mile, but it was a steep, slippery mile! My hip was doing okay but I knew going down would be another story! I got a mile in and it said I was at switchback 7/11, so I decided doing another 4 switchbacks was more than I wanted to struggle through! So I turned around and was very right- going down was way worse than going up! But I took the ittiest bittiest steps and made it down with minimal pain in my hip.

I woke up Monday morning and put my pants on with hardly any pain! So far, I’ve been picking my leg up every day because it has been that motion of lifting up my leg that has been so painful! I was ecstatic to be making some progress! Last night, I picked my leg up off the bed and no shooting pains and that has been what’s the most painful thing about it! I do still hurt and it’s definitely not healed all the way yet, but I’m hopeful now at least! I think tomorrow I may try to go back to the gym and just be very careful about what I do. It’s feeling good enough to get something in, I think!

In other news, I’m an aunt again. Jon’s twin sister had her baby, Judah, on the 20th (I think). His whole family went to Iowa to see them and I was so tempted to fly out tomorrow for my  days off (his dad offered to pay for 1/2 the ticket! so sweet!) but I have tons to do here. I worked the beginning of this week and am working the end of the next week (Wed, Thurs, Fri) and am going to be going to see Ben and Kaitlin again on my days off after, so I wouldn’t have any time to get my time sensitive stuff taken care of. I need to start my next license for traveling and start my Georgia one again. I have to call and pay bills that are due this week. Mostly, my licensing. I don’t know that I can wait another 3 weeks before getting fingerprints sent in for the next job, especially because we’re about to hit the holiday season. So I’m bummed not to be able to make it because I really miss his side of the family and want to meet Baby Judah, but I’m planning on heading to Crater Lake after getting all my business cared for so maybe it’ll help make up for missed family time.

Time to clean up the kitchen and head out to work on this dreary day (again). I’m hoping I can start my 6 days off tomorrow with a strong start instead of sleeping till 3:30 and then lacking energy for the 7 hours I manage to stay awake, like I did this past Saturday!

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