Life With A Side Of Autism


Friday, July 1, 2016

Fun On A Friday: Time For This Breaking Report....

Sorry for the radio silence yesterday, but I honestly just could not write one more post that ended with "F**k Cancer."

Yeah, it was that kind of day. And he was an amazing human being with a loving wife and young daughter and the world is a lesser place without him.

And that's all I want to say about that.

But today is Friday - a holiday Friday if you're in the USA! - so we're going to keep it fun with this collection of newscasts, sure to pull a laugh out of you.

And speaking of laughs, how about this guy:

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Mostly Wordless Wednesday: Finding Pickled Love At Isaac's Deli

You should find a true love, my son says matter-of-factly
As we wait for our food at Isaac's Deli
I will when it's time, I promise
He's always been a believer
In Happily Ever After
Me too, I guess, but for everyone else
I get to make my own happiness
Instead of hoping for it to show up
With flowers in hand
You need to look for a sign, he tells me
Then I reach into my dish of complimentary
pickled yummies here at Isaac's Deli
And I pull this out:

So maybe my dream man
Will show up with some pickled things
Instead of flowers
They'll last longer, anyway

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Keeping The Crazy Mom Thoughts At Bay - One Side Of Parenting I Never Expected

My daughter is currently having the time of her life in Costa Rica, courtesy of the Spanish Club at her school and her father, who really stepped up to the plate and fronted 2/3 of the cost of the trip.

She's staying in hotels with WiFi, so I asked her to please post some pictures to Facebook and also to use Facebook messenger to get in touch with all of us so that she's not using her data plan. 

There have been five pictures in seven days. Four of them were all in one day and two in the other, so it's hardly an even distribution. And messages? A few words at most. Day before yesterday, she didn't send a message all day. 

I was trying not to sound too nuts the couple of times I messaged her. 

Monday, June 27, 2016

Tokyo Toys - Where Autism Inclusiveness Is All In A Day's Work

If you should ever find yourself in Glasgow or Birmingham, Scotland, be sure and stop in to Tokyo Toys! The store is the brainchild of Hideki Nguyen, and specializes in all things Manga, sold with exuberance and a whole lot of fun.

On top of that, every Tuesday is "Coco's Calm Tuesday," where they tone down the music and lights, and the staff takes a more low-key approach so that people on the spectrum - who happen to be some of their most devoted fans - can shop comfortably.

Check out the video, and if you're ever in Scotland, drop in and say hello!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Fun On A Friday - Signs, Signs, Everywhere Are Signs....

It's Friday, peoples! I am looking forward to a weekend of writing, movies (Finding Dory! Independence Day 2!) and housecleaning, if I can find the shovel.

Much of the work is in the form of laundry, so I feel that sign above very keenly. Let's see what other signage we can find to guide us to the weekend!

I want to find this sign, because this sounds like my kind of place.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Do You Talk Your Age?

I ask this in the wake of a Facebook quiz I took yesterday, that informed me I talk like a nineteen year-old.

I suspect that's because I'm very active on social media, have a teenage daughter I converse with daily, and write Young Adult novels. But that doesn't mean the "older" idioms don't sneak in. For instance...

When I was writing my book, I referred to the downstairs bathroom in the protagonist's house as a "powder room." You know, the room with just a toilet and a sink? No bath, hence, not a bathroom?

I was told it sounded "too old", and to call it a bathroom. All righty, then.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Mostly Wordless Wednesday: The Big Adventure

I put her on the bus yesterday
The bus went to the airport
The plane left the continent
And just like that, she's on an adventure
Further from home than she's ever been
Further from me than she's ever been
And I hugged her
And told her I love her
And to be safe
Please be safe
And have fun
(be safe)
I didn't talk about the plane
(be safe)
Or the volcano
(be safe)
Or that girl that went missing
(be safe)
All those years ago
(be safe)
On a school trip
(be safe be smart oh GOD be safe)
She knows all that stuff
I know she knows
And I want her to live it up
Have an adventure
Revel in it
With a heaping plate of gusto on the side
So I watched as the bus pulled away
And I whispered once more
(be safe)
My girl
Taking on the world