The Horror Novel You’ll Never Have to Live: Surviving Without Health Insurance

The Horror Novel You’ll Never Have to Live: Surviving Without Health Insurance

Oct 1, 2013

In 2005, I was a robust 25-year-old living in Chicago and working as a project assistant for an artchitectural and engineering firm. In the fall of 2005, I started to lose weight. This was a good thing, I figured. I worked out a lot. I ate right. It’s just that losing weight got… easier. It was nice. After so many years of working out relentlessly...

Eating the Pie

Eating the Pie

Apr 2, 2013

Most folks know that I’m a type 1 diabetic. The type I have is an immune disorder – my white blood cells decided to attack and eat the cells in my body that produce insulin. This means I’ll die without taking multiple daily shots of insulin. Blood sugar naturally goes up due to all sorts of things, including stress and circadian rhythms, but...

Surviving the Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul

Surviving the Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul

Jan 3, 2013

As we come out of the long dark slog that is December and into the rapidly lengthening days of January, I can’t help but look back and be amazed at what I got done in December. December is, traditionally, a horror show of a time of year for me. For most of my life, I’ve been useless from mid-November to early January. When I lived in Alaska, this time...

Becoming Meat

Becoming Meat

May 23, 2012

I had to go to the doctor yesterday, which is something I have to do often and have come to hate and resent more than is probably appropriate. I had not been to my endocrinologist for nearly a year and a half, which isn’t to say I haven’t been to the doctor in all that time. I’ve been in for two surgeries and some followups, and been to urgent care twice....

The Unreasonable Weight of Being

The Unreasonable Weight of Being

Feb 29, 2012

Some folks might know that I’m a Jillian Michaels fan. I mean, how can you not love somebody who kicks people’s asses all day, screams at them to suck it up, and then provides a thoughtful psych evaluation on them after she’s beaten them raw? I was working out six or seven weeks ago and listening to one of her free podcasts, and she said something, only...

Eating Real Food

Eating Real Food

Jun 20, 2010

Half our cauliflowers appear to have been eaten by some kind of fungus, but these two turned out lovely, and we’ll be turning them into a fine cauliflower mash tomorrow. And here’s what our garden currently look like, after harvesting some peas, a tomato, two cauliflowers, and two broccoli (including harvest of broccoli florets after initial head...

Things That Need Doing

Stepped on the scale today for the first time in, what, six months? When I was living at my old apt, I was very good at weighing myself once a month and making adjustments accordingly. It kept my weight steady and my clothes fitting and all was well. Now that my house is so damn cold, I’m less inclined to strip and step on a scale. So I’ve avoided it...

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