In his first full-length interview of 2013 Boston Mayor Tom Menino said he's happy to be back at work, even if it's part time.
"I feel better now than I have in nine or 10 months," said a smiling Menino, who was back in his office Thursday.
The mayor says he's not full-time just yet as he works to regain his strength following extensive hospital stays. He said those stays have helped him learn some things about himself.
"I'm starting to realize I can't be every place all the time," he said.
Menino also said he believes he's got a lot left to contribute.
"I'm not going to sit at city hall and do nothing. If I believe I can make a difference in the city and move the city forward that's my future," said Menino. "If I believe I'm going to sit here and just get the glories of the last 19 years, that's not Tom Menino. I have a lot more things to do. I have a lot more things I want to accomplish in this city."
Menino, 69, was first hospitalized Oct. 26 after cutting short a vacation in Italy because of a respiratory infection. While at Brigham and Women's Hospital, he suffered a compression fracture in a vertebrae in his spine.
"My legs are fabulous, I've just got to build up my strength," said Menino. "When you're not able to get out of bed for five weeks you lose a lot of muscle."
Despite being hospitalized he was still involved in the operation of the city, even using his hospital stay as fodder in a letter to President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner encouraging them to work together to resolve the fiscal cliff.
Menino said he's overwhelmed by all the well-wishes in the form of cards and letters he received.
"I'm a lucky guy," he said.