Today marks the end of November. I updated my little spreadsheet where I track miles ran and saw a number with two digits staring back at me in the monthly total column - 87. To be honest, it made me sad. November is the first month of the year where I did not log 100+ miles. My foot is still a little iffy but it's definitely starting to get better. I'm still icing it every day but I've been able to run short distances and it's no longer in terrible pain, just a bit of weird twinge. I'm calling it 80-85% healed. Over the weekend, I was counting miles and trying figuring out how many I should run because getting to that 100 number was feasible, just not necessarily smart. Then, I finally realized I was just being stupid. Why risk anything when it's finally getting better just so I can look at a number on a spreadsheet and feel happy.
On a completely unrelated note, yesterday I had to make a call to our mortgage company regarding handling of funds from a insurance claim. After the call, I found myself feeling like a complete idiot and wondered how I function in day to day life.
When we bought our house six years ago, I didn't have any clue about many of the details in buying a house. After the closing, I'm still not sure I understand half of the details involved in buying a house. After refinancing a mortgage to a shorter term and lower rate, there were still several things in that process that no one could explain very well. Either I can't understand or no one at any of these companies understand things well enough to explain either.
Anyway, after that whole process, it left me wondering why I didn't have the opportunity to learn more practical real life stuff in all those years of school and college. Calculus from high school doesn't really come in handy too often. All those deep, meaningful group discussions during literature classes in college aren't too helpful either. Why didn't I learn more practical stuff about mortgages, taxes, retirement plans and other normal daily life topics? Seems all that stuff I learned from my parents or on my own along the way.