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This blog documents my experience with the adjustable gastric band. The surgery took place in July, and thus the pre-op and post-op information can be found in the July archive.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Photo Project

I'm going to try to scan in all my grandparents' own photos and give them explanatory captions, and then keep them on CDs as sort of a family history project. It's going to be a huge job. Has anyone done anything like this before? Any tips or software suggestions? Any organization ideas?

Shopping Spree Total: $673

Saturday, June 24, 2006

We Sold Our House

My weight this morning is 154, and thus I have lost all the weight I regained. I'm ready to go south again now.

We sold our house this morning. It only took two weeks since we listed it. I'm quite surprised that it sold so quickly, although I'm grateful. Keeping the house in showing-condition cleanliness is a pain in the ass.

We're set to close on August 7, so that gives a whole new sense of urgency to our house hunting. If we don't find something soon, we're going to have to live in an apartment for a while. Moving twice would blow.

Shopping Spree Total: $688

Friday, June 23, 2006

Appointment with Dr. Horgan

My appointment with Dr. Horgan this afternoon went well. I weighed in at 154, and that was down 14 since the last time I was there. He was delighted, and effused about how good I look. He's not normally an effusive dude. He looked at my band under fluoro, and said it looked great. He said I was still quite tight, and that he didn't want to make me tighter. I told him about how I'll wake up choking if I eat close to bedtime. He wasn't concerned, but agreed that I should simply not eat before bedtime. He said that if it happened even when I avoided late eating, then we'd take out some fluid and let the irritation die down.

We spent this evening doing some investigation on the neighorborhood of that house I wrote about. I figured a Friday night in lovely summer weather would be prime bad-bahavior time in a bad neighborhood. I was right. It was way worse than we initially thought, and there's no way I could walk through that neighborhood to and from the train.

We decided to go the nearest police precinct to see what the cops had to say about the neighborhood. Our concerns were confirmed. They were very surprised to see us. I asked them if they thought we'd be unwelcome in the neighborhood because we're white, and one of them laughed and said, "No, you'd be very welcome. You'd have better stuff to steal." Not one of them said they'd be willing to live in that 'hood at any price. They said that we couldn't leave a pile of dirt in the yard without it getting stolen.

So, it looks like that place isn't the Mecca we thought it might be. Bummer.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Book Reviews

I have listened to a few good books lately.

The Tenth Circle, Jodi Piccoult: Parents and their teenage daughter struggle after the daughter reports an alleged date rape, and as the parents deal with adultery. The plot unfolds in a cunning way, become a bit of a mystery story. Compelling characters. One of the commenters on here suggested Piccoult, and she was totally right. I've requested all her other books.

A Man Without A Country, Kurt Vonnegut: Very short (2 CDs), this book is basically Vonnegut's first person rant about the state of politics and culture today. It's just the right length; any longer would have been self-indulgent.

Everyone Worth Knowing, Lauren Weisenberg: An Average Jane gets a job as a society party planner in the New York social scene. I don't usually go for chick lit (smut novels, oh yes, but not chick lit), but this was pretty good because the characters were original and compelling.

On the Way Down Again

I weighed in this morning, and even though I'm in the midst of being slammed by my period, I weighed 153.5. Down a pound for the week, and equal to my lowest weight. Now we're going down again.

Does anyone else have weird period symptoms? I don't get cramps or really put on weight, but my hips, knees and ankles get achy, and it feels like a mild flu sans nausea.

We've been looking at houses in Chicago all week, and I've barely been home. We think we may have found a place. It's a 4 bedroom 2.5 bath townhouse right on Douglas Park on the west side. The townhouse is absolutely perfect. It's three floors with a one-car garage in a gated subdivision. The first floor is an open kitchen, dining and living room area with a utility room and half bath. The second floor is three bedrooms and two baths, and the biggest bedroom opens onto a large balcony. The entire third floor is the master suite, containing two walk-in closets, a massive bathroom, a good size study and a big bedroom. It also opens onto its open balcony. It's amazing.

However, it's in a neighborhood that is fairly poor. It seems pretty safe, but it doesn't have any restaurants in short walking distance. We intend to do a lot of investigating to find out whether it'd be safe and a solid investment.

We got another offer on our house this afternoon. It's not a great price, but it's not contingent, so we can work it out, I think.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

An offer!

After our house has been on the market one week, we have already gotten an offer. It's not a good one, and it's contingent, but it's interest!

To my great surprise, Mr. Kennedy has been straightening up the house every morning before I get up to get it ready for the day's showings. I didn't even have to ask him to do it. When I get up, all I have to do is pick up after myself, and the house is good to go. What bliss. And what shock. :)

Shopping Spree Total:$678

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Strange Occurrences

For the past month or so, I've noticed that if I eat within an hour of bedtime, or even drink a lot, I often will reflux it up during the night and wake up choking on whatever was in my stomach. No acid, just food or drink. I've remedied it by not eating close to bedtime, but I thought I'd put it out there for knowledge or discussion.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Another Court Appearance

Mr. Kennedy and I are lounging on the couch this evening watching our Tivo backlog of Most Haunted episodes.

I appeared in court again today on that pro bono parentage case. It went largely as I had expected it to, and as a result I was better prepared and did a better job. I was surprised at how un-nervous I was this time. We were arguing over these additional terms that the father wants incorporated into the visitation/child support order. I actually won most of the issues, and both I and the client were pretty pleased with the results.

I've been eating like a pig lately, and yet I was still at 155.5 this morning. I have to get my act together, as I have to go see Dr. Horgan soon for a fill before my year of free fills is up, and I totally don't want to explain why I'm not at his goal yet. He can be a scary dude when you know he's right.