Life With A Side Of Autism


Friday, February 12, 2016

Just In Time For Valentine's Day: Cooking Videos You Never Knew You Needed

Valentine's Day is almost here, and you may want to make your beloved a delicious and romantic meal. You scour the internet for just the right recipe, hoping to impress them with your culinary skills. You need a great how-to video that'll turn you into The Love Chef, culinary artist extraordinaire.

These videos ain't gonna do that.

Seriously. These videos will have you scratching your head and wondering if there really are people out there who are too stupid to boil water. They are hugely amusing, though, so settle back, grab a notepad, and get ready to learn how to cook from these experts!

Three Cheese Pizza Blend:

This guy handles cheese in an entirely different way:

Thursday, February 11, 2016

5 Great Movies For Your Hopeless Inner Romantic

I love movies. But I especially love mushy, sappy, occasionally corny, funny, quirky, sexy, steamy love stories. Any or all of those elements are fine. Since Valentine's Day is soon to be striking like a blight upon my cat-driven life upon us, I thought I'd give you a watch list of some of my favorite romances for the holiday:

5. Valentine's Day

Yeah, it's schmaltzy. Even silly. This conglomeration of love stories that end up revealing themselves to be intertwined might make some roll their eyes, but it's got heart and it's got humor, and it's got a bajillion A-list stars in adorable cameos. It's a must.

4. P.S. I Love You

Pretty much anything with Gerard Butler gets a watch from me, but this one....oh the feels. It'll have you roaring with laughter, then sobbing uncontrollably into a couch pillow. The perfect movie about enduring love and taking chances.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Mostly Worldless Wednesday: Nuisance Snow

"Nuisance Snow" they called it
Just a few inches
Enough to snarl traffic
And make you have to shovel your walk
And clean off your car
But I stopped in the middle of my driveway
To take this picture
Because it's not a nuisance
To see my tree look like it's in full bloom
With puffy white snow
And the red-gold of the sunset
Hitting it just so
It's not a nuisance
If you a take a minute
To look for the beauty
It's worth it, I promise

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

"Don't Quit Your Day Job" Said The NY Times Bestselling Author...

A few years back, I attended a writing conference that featured a keynote speaker who was a New York Times bestselling author. During the Q&A period after her talk, someone asked her what advice she'd give to someone who wants to make a career out of writing. She didn't bat an eye.

"Don't quit your day job," she said.

A year later, I went to a few blogger conferences - mind you, this was at the height of the blogger era, when banner ads abounded and not many people were reading on cellphones. There were bloggers giving all sorts of workshops about monetizing your blogs, and while none of them was willing to throw out exact figures, the few who were honest made it abundantly clear:

Nobody was making a solid living off this. Every one of these women (and yes, they were all women) had a husband with a good paying job. Every one of them.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Resource Monday: Empower Autism Features Conference Speakers Who Are On The Spectrum

If you're anywhere near the Carolinas this weekend, you might want to get your ticket for the 3rd Annual Empower Autism Conference. This year's theme: "Autism and the Pursuit of Happiness."

There are many great autism-related conferences all over the country, but what sets the Empower Autism Conference apart is that it features speakers who are autistic self-advocates. As a parent, caregiver, family member, friend or instructor, there is incredible value in hearing those who are on the spectrum discuss the challenges they face daily and from their point of view.

Friday, February 5, 2016

It's Friday - Let's Just Get Happy!

I am celebrating the official end to the week from hell. The kids are on the mend, the house is slowly getting cleaned, and the cats have stopped barfing on the carpet - for now.

So here's a bunch of videos that make me happy for various reasons. Enjoy!

A guy mounts his iPhone to a string, and swings it around his head while he skiis. This is hella cool.

The IKEA Punster:

For those of you who who delight in other people's pain, I give you Rhett and Link taking the Carolina Reaper pepper challenge:

And we'll end with this gem from reader Lori, because it made me smile in a really goofy way.

Have a great weekend, everybody!!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

I Am One Tired And Overwhelmed Mom

I have two kids down now, one of them who's getting a strep test today.

My house looks like someone dropped a bomb on it, I have two very big writing deadlines looming and one lesser deadline gnawing at me.

My bosses are all traveling at the day job, but that somehow means they're sending me more work, and working from home with sick kids calling your name every few minutes is really less than ideal.

I want out of this house.