Single Motherhood

Single Motherhood served with a side of Autism

Monday, September 1, 2014

Never Say Diet - Oh Wait, I Just Did

It is September 1st, and by coincidence, it is a Monday. The stars have aligned, the signs are all in place.

I have started (gasp) a diet.

It all started with the big boss coming to visit the office, and he's suddenly looking really lean. Like, healthy lean. He wasn't huge before, but he'd gotten a bit of a gut, no doubt due to all the travel he does and eating out all the time. I just saw him a few months ago and pow! He's dropped a chunk of weight.

And this is how he did it:

Friday, August 29, 2014

Fun For A Friday - This Week's Collection Of Stuff

As I explained yesterday, it's been one helluva week.  And as previously discussed, the side-effect of the week from hell is a complete and utter deterioration of the brainmeats. So instead of a deep and insightful blog piece, you get an internet dump. Here's some of the bizarre or interesting stuff I've discovered this week:

Bombshells from the 1940's re-imagined with Robert Downey Jr.'s head.

Somebody did a mashup of The Beatles' "Paperback Writer" with "My Sharona", and it sounds pretty awesome.

Kittens. In a bucket.

A website full of free tutorials

The ultimate insult creator

And finally....

It's good to have friends

Happy Friday and enjoy your Labor Day, if you're here in the states. Here's hoping next week is a little less life-force draining!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Can't Blog....My Brain Has The Dumb

In the last two weeks I've discovered my daughter has a tumor and a spinal defect.

In the last 48 hours, that same daughter decided to take a ride on her bike sans helmet and ended up in the E.R. with a concussion, whiplash and a whole lot of bruises and road rash. Then shortly after getting her home and settled, her brother stepped on a toothpick she'd dropped on the carpet, embedding it straight into his foot a good couple of inches before it snapped off. Another trip to Urgent Care, three people holding him down, and some minor surgery, and he's home convalescing.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Mostly Wordless Wednesday: I'm Here To Protect You, But You've Got To Do Your Part

We sit in the ER  and they ask the question
I see their eyes shift to me after they get their answer
And I make it clear
This was not something I condoned
I wasn't even home
No one's being accusing, though
That's just my guilt protesting, feeling like I should have known
Should have found a way to go back in time 
And make her do as I told her
Some of the nurses and doctors have been understanding
It's not cool to wear a bike helmet when you're thirteen
We know, they say. We know it messes up your hair
But look at your face.
Your swollen and abraded face.
You're a beautiful girl
Do you want to stay beautiful? And alive?
Wear your helmet
You were lucky this time, they say.
And I know we are
Bruises, contusions, whiplash and a concussion
But nothing broken
No bleeding in her brain
No lifelong life-altering
Thank God
And I still feel guilty

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Middle School Plus Autism Equals One Nervous Mom

That was David at eight-fifteen this morning, turning to tell me to hurry up so we didn't miss his bus.

And there I was smiling and nodding, reminding him again of what his homeroom number was, drilling him on his teachers, their classroom numbers, where things were in his new and oh-so-heavy zippered binder with all the pockets and files and accessories enclosed.

I told him that I didn't know if they'd have somebody there to help just him, but he could ask any teacher, and they'd help him find where he needed to go. Just show them your schedule, David? Remember your schedule? Remember where I put it?

He did.

And just that fast, the bus was arriving, and he was climbing on, and off he went, to his first day of Middle School.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Just For Today, Let's All Be Poignantly Happy

So I was doing some research on videos that make me happy, and pulled up this remembered gem:

Of course, now it comes with a big ole side of sad, but's nice to remember Robin Williams at his crazy best. And I have a feeling that's what he'd want us to remember anyway.

Happy Friday everyone, and enjoy the song stuck in your head for the rest of the day.