Life With A Side Of Autism


Friday, August 28, 2015

Frantic (But Still Fun!) On A Friday

I'm just going to be short, sweet and to the point here:

I don't have time to blog today. I really don't. I have this really, really big thing and I have to do some stuff in anticipation of the announcing of this really big thing and on top of that I just came back from vacation so I've got stuff heaped up all around me.

I promise, Monday will be business as usual. But today? I need today.

Here, have a video of John Stamos, showing you how to cuddle. It's a few years old, but I love it. (NSFW language at the end)


Thursday, August 27, 2015

Please Pardon My Happy Resting Face

I'm sure many of you have heard of the phenomenon known as "Bitchy Resting Face."

This particular affliction causes problems for people whose natural resting face appears to be angry or standoffish. People with this issue are often told to "cheer up" when they're perfectly happy, or they get asked a lot about what's bothering them when nothing is. It's annoying, I'm sure.

But I wouldn't know, personally. You see, I have the exact opposite. I have a happy resting face. Not just neutral - but happy. Smiling. My default face.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Mostly Wordless Wednesday: Bye Bye Beach

One last look at paradise
One last roll of a wave
One last call of a gull
One last waft of a salt breeze cooling my skin
One last sunset on the beach
And then we go
Back to the real world 
Where wearing shoes doesn't feel quite normal somehow anymore
One last memory, and a promise
I'll be back
Maybe someday, to stay

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Infertility Was A Terrible Rollercoaster...But For Me, It Was Worth It

They explained it all with absolute clarity. 

People talk about how confusing the process is - all the appointments with the doctors and the surgeons and reproductive endocrinologists and the microbiologists and the 'gists you haven't even heard of before. But you learn more about your body than you ever knew before. Ever wanted to know before.

Your body becomes not your own. It has now been reduced to its most basic form. An organism. A malfunctioning organism that will now be tampered with, drugged, pushed and prodded, scheduled, dissected and all while draining your physical and emotional bank accounts dry. The cost in dollars: exhorbitant. The cost to your soul: incalculable. You'll do it anyway.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Of Mice And Men And Mermaids: The Challenge Of Special Needs And Siblings

"Mom will you sing 'Morningtown Train' tonight?" she asks as we eat dinner.

"Oh, Boo, you know I can't. That song is too long and David climbs all over me and ruins it for us," I say.

Anna nods, dejectedly.

"How about...'Goodnight, My Someone'?" she asks, hopefully.

"Okay," I relent. "But only the first verse. You two need to get to bed."

I will stand next to the bed and sing. Stand, when I used to sit. I used to hold her long and stroke her hair and sing and sing and sing. We used to sing "Morningtown Train" and we'd lay on the bed and rock like we were on a train, her softly saying "chugga, chugga, chugga" under her breath between the choruses.

And then when it was over, she'd pretend to be asleep, and I'd pull the covers up over her and kiss her and wish her beautiful dreams. But not anymore. Now it's a hasty song, by the side of the bed. I quickly smooth her hair and kiss her cheek, reminding her that I love her. I don't dare touch her longer, or hold her close much or David will attack.

Yes, David will attack.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Happy Friday! Let This Be A Sign Unto You That....I'm On Vacation!

It's Friday - and  more importantly, it's VACATION FRIDAY. I'm off to the beach, so you'll see some recycled old columns on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next week. I'll be back on Thursday, sunburned and feeling weird for wearing shoes again. 

In the meantime, here's some stuff to laugh at. Catch you next week!

Yes, I guess that would do it...

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Ashley Madison Data Is Outing Thousands Of Cheaters, And I'm Sorry - I Can't Be Happy About That

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The news is all abuzz with reports of the Ashley Madison hack, and how it's outing prominent people in the government, giving data to where cheaters live and work, and casting a harsh, glaring light on hypocritical public figures.

As a woman who's been on the other side of the cheating equation, you'd think I'd be dancing a gleeful little dance, and I'm honest enough to admit that part of me did just that. See cheaters? This is what happens! No matter how careful you think you are, the seeds you sow grow into giant monstrous things that always, always devour the best of your worst intentions.

But then I think about it - really think about it.