Catching Up

Okay, first order of business. Let’s talk about something good.

I have officially lost 40 pounds. I’ve lost a kindergartener off my body. I think that’s pretty amazing. And I have the stomach virus to thank for pushing me over the edge… Chief dutifully reminded me that it was time for a new dress. He’s a pretty darn good husband, if I do say so myself.

I’m tired of being gloomy and feeling sorry for myself. I have a lot to be grateful for. So let’s talk about books.

15. A book on my to-read list:

All of the John Green books, but particularly “A Fault in Our Stars”, even though I understand that it’s going to break me up into a million tiny pieces of hurt.

16. A book I have no intention of ever reading:

Fifty Shades of Grey. I read a few chapters and skimmed through. I have nothing against erotica, but it just made me feel….icky. Subjugation like that is not something I want to bring into my life, even through fiction.

17. A book I want to like but can’t get into:

Lord of the Rings. I know that I can’t officially be a nerd without liking these books, but I just don’t. I’ve tried, and granted, it has been a while since I’ve tried, but still. The world just doesn’t intrigue me, and in fantasy if the world isn’t intriguing then there’s just really no point.

18. A highly overrated book:

Anything written by James Patterson, especially recently. Since he stopped writing his own stuff the level of work has really suffered. I’ve never read any of his early stuff, but I tried reading “Witch and Wizard” and was really disappointed. The writing is just not great.

19. A book that is highly underrated:

Unspoken: Lynburn Legacy Book 1 by Sarah Rees Brennan

Guys. GUYS. This book is SO GREAT. Her writing reminds me Meg Cabot in that she’s funny, but she also weaves this really amazing fantasy story set in modern times that grips you to the very, very end. I’m dying waiting for the next book. DYING I TELL YOU.

20. The environment I most enjoy reading in:

My bed, with all the pillows (Chief must be at work or doing something so I steal his pillows too) and the heating pad on my feet to keep them warm and snuggly. I would like to be there right now. I also like reading at the gym. I’ve been reading some on my phone at the gym, but I think I’m going to invest in a Kindle to make that easier. I’ve been pretty anti-e-reader for the last few years, but I guess it’s time to succomb.

That’s all she wrote folks. Happy Thursday.

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Questions

It has been scheduled. Officially. I go in for my lap surgery at 5:30 am on July 1st. My procedure will be at 7:30 am. It looks like it’s going to cost around $1500 out of pocket, but the hospital is going to let us make payments, which is great. My work loaned me $750 interest free and will take $75 out a paycheck for the next ten paychecks to pay it back. I’m blessed to work here-really and truly. Everyone has been so supportive.

When I scheduled the surgery today they told me the basics-no eating after midnight, have someone there to drive you home, etc. She said that my doctor would call the Friday before (my surgery is on a Monday) and go over things in detail with me and that I could take that time to ask him any questions that might crop up. Here are some I’ve already thought of:

1. Will I have to be on a catheter?
2. What drugs will I go home with?
3. Is bleeding (vaginally-not incision site wise) expected after this surgery?
4. What level of pain is normal post surgery?
5. How long should I refrain from cardio activity?
6. What is involved in this two hour prep time?

I’m going to ask him all of these and I’m sure more. If you have any questions you think I should ask, throw them in. If you have answers from YOUR own experiences with this procedure, I’d love to hear those as well. Some good news is that we found out that the military has been skimping Chief on his BAH pay since we got married, so we’re expecting to get some back pay in 7-10 days-which is going to possibly come in REALLY handy for this surgery. Also, my hospital is considering discounting our fees since he’s about to go on furlough.

On to the book challenge!

13. Your favorite book from childhood

Hmmm. Tough one-although probably the BFG by Roald Dahl. It was the first chapter book I ever read on my own and I read it pretty fast for a third grader. Dahl is magical.

14. A book you regret not having read sooner

Princess Diaries. Easily. I just finished the last book and they have been such sweet, darling books. Hilarious and quirky with some romance and crazy teenage antics. I just loved every minute of all 14 books!