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Day 203

Updated: Jun 26, 2019



Since being released from the hospital, I’ve felt this manic need to try and extract enough life from each day for both Constance and myself. For some reason, this has included making two goals, which, only a week later, have been revised to having no deadline.


The first goal is to eat at all of the Michelin Star restaurants in Chicago. As of this posting, there are 22. I’ve been to Boka, Band of Bohemia, and Sepia. If you’re interested in joining me at the others, please let me know. As of today Chicago’s Michelin Star restaurants include Alinea (Lincoln Park), Acadia (Southside), Oriole (West Loop), Smyth (West Loop), Blackbird (West Loop), Dusek’s Board & Beer (Pilsen), EL Ideas (Bridgeport), Elizabeth (Andersonville), Elske (West Loop), Entente (Lakeview and Wrigleyville), Everest (Loop), Goosefoot (Uptown), North Pond (Old Town), Parachute (Humboldt Park), Roister (West Loop), Schwa (Wicker Park), Spiaggia (Gold Coast), Temporis (Bucktown), and Topolobampo (River North).


The second goal is to go on all of the Chicago Architecture Center tours. The tour guides seem to be the only people who love Chicago with the same kind of fanatical exuberance that I do. I really like being around them. When Rachel and I went on their boat tour, I had a total blast. As a result, I got CAC membership. It is fun playing tourist in your own town, taking photos of historically important hotdog stands. When I set this goal, it was with the naive belief there couldn’t be more than a few tours. When I realized there are 85 tours, I looked like the kid who didn’t read the book before the oral book report. I have only been to two. Please message me if you want to join me at one of them.


The goals are really just about committing to being in the world and living—drinking from the cup that is joy for Constance and me.


My friends and family have been justifiably concerned about my follow-through on managing my evolving healthcare needs. Visiting the specialists seems impossible with three-month waits till their first available appointments. As a result, I try not to overly worry myself while still trying to remain motivated to continue trying. Alyssa had to remind me that the workout I was trying to convince her to do with me could kill me. Thank you, Alyssa. The principal’s office for adulthood comprises your loving friends and family. They keep you on track and love you even when you are at fall.


Sometimes I feel like a homunculus—not quite fitting into this world. Mostly, I just feel my heart has been carved into a thrift-store puzzle—forever missing pieces.

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Miembro desconocido
04 oct 2018

Joan, I am happy to hear about the ACA meeting.I hope it went well.

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Miembro desconocido
04 oct 2018

Day 204 is at https://www.wantmybabyback.com/blog/day-204.

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Miembro desconocido
03 oct 2018

I’m so happy to see you living your life. Your strength is incredible.

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Miembro desconocido
03 oct 2018

Rachel, Tim Thompson and I are meeting with the Auxiliary Board for the Chicago Architecture Center today for a possible engagement. So you may be supporting them in more ways than one.

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