The past week or so has been rough for my family. My paternal grandmother is in ICU in Texas having a lot of complications from a bypass surgery. She's stable for the moment, but every time they patch one hole in the boat, another springs up somewhere. So we're all living in a constant state of tension. While my parents were in Texas with her last week, my brother in Indiana had a freak accident with some machinery and severely injured his thumb. It's broken and needed serious stitches, but he got a very good report from the doctor yesterday and won't even need surgery! Thanks be to God for that and also for the fact that he still has a thumb at all. Because when you get a text that says "Destroyed my thumb," you're thinking things are pretty dire. (And also wondering how he's texting to tell you this.)
On top of this, my dryer broke last week - it needs a new belt. The good thing about dryers (at least old models) is that there are only a few things that can go wrong. I was afraid I wouldn't be able to find parts for mine because it's so old, but my dad just located some and will finish the repair job tonight. I told him not to worry about it so soon after getting back from Texas, but that's my dad. I'm thankful for his help and also for not having to buy a new washer and dryer right now. It'll be nice to do the laundry, which has stacked up alarmingly.
I (mostly) ran a 5K last Saturday! I was never able to run at all until a couple of years ago, when I started running intervals on my walks. I've built up my running time very, very slowly, and may never be able to run continuously, but I can do enough to please myself. :) Besides, intervals are healthier for you and burn more calories than nonstop running. My time wasn't as "good" as I'd hoped, but it was still an improvement over last year.
I've realized that in everything, not only physical things, my progress is usually very slow - but it sticks. It's frustrating to see other people "getting there" in a fraction of the time, but for me, slow and steady eventually wins the race.