I would like to start this post by thanking all who responded to my last couple of advice-request posts.
To those of you who offered advice on shin splints by comment, email, phone, and in person: my calves and shins thank you greatly. I have been running for almost four weeks now, and have not had a single problem since the first week. It makes 5 am much more bearable when I'm not also in pain.
And for those of you who offered cookie-baking advice, may I present:
my much improved and cookie-looking (as opposed to pancake-looking) cookies. If you are at the ward potluck tonight, you might even get to taste them. Lucky you.
Thanks again for your help. Without you, I would be in pain and have the world's flattest cookies.