Hiking at Rattlesnake Ledge Trail. This was in the beginning of September when the wildfires were so bad in Oregon. Notice the dryness of the trails. I always assumed Western Washington was always wet. Nope! We are now heading into our wet season and today is a beautiful lightly rainy, crisp autumn day. I sure do miss the beautiful colorful leaves of Minnesota. P.S. if you love trees, Western Washington won't disappoint. This in the Snoqualmie Mountain area, which offers some of the best hiking outside of Seattle area.
I recently went home for a friend's wedding in September. It was great to catch up with friends and hang out with my family and see my adorable pets again! Oh how I love Sass (look at her Rita Skeeter glasses!) and my little boy, Basel (though I call him Bear). He's the whiniest corgi puppy and I need to steal him.
I've recently started volunteering with a local Greyhound rescue. The dogs are adorable and very funny. They'll just bolt across the yard and a second later stop and follow you. We're in charge of letting them outside to exercise in the evening. I'd love to get a Greyhound someday, so this is the perfect way for me to see if they're a good fit. I also get to transport them to their veterinary appointments or pick them up from around the area. It's a great organization.
Most recently, I've had excruciating lower back pain. The other night I bent over to pick up a full bus tub at the bar and froze in pain. It felt like my lumbar had been sawed off! I ended up buying a heating pad and a back brace, which have helped immensely. It's a deeper tissue muscle (no radiating nerve pain), so I'm guessing its the Multifidus or Interspinales.
While it's been a whole month since I've written an update, I've specifically put off writing because I've been very busy and I wanted to write out "the whole picture." Basically, I've been interviewing left and right and networking as much as I can (which can be difficult when you don't already have a network in your new location). A day after my interview, I got an amazing job offer! Given all my expensive bills for medical school applications, I was delighted to be able to finally have some financial responsibility. I love my new bussing job at the restaurant I work at. The pay is good, the work isn't stressful, and the people are really nice. I've had the worst luck finding affordable and nice apartments, but yesterday was my day because I move in October 1st and I only owe the first month's rent! As I'm super busy packing and testing mattresses, I'll update later!