Life With A Side Of Autism


Friday, December 9, 2016

Fun On A Friday - Another Edition Of "Today In The News"

Happy Friday, folks. And it is a really, really happy Friday for me. My publicist reached out to me yesterday (my publicist!) because I have a book that will be in bookstores in less than 60 days. Can you believe it? It's still pretty damn surreal. But good. So very good.

And since I'm having a great Friday, I think you deserve one, too. Have a laugh or two on me, courtesy of your local news:

Do not lose focus when driving through Canada:

Thursday, December 8, 2016

My Dublin Diary: Out And About On My Final Day

Outside the Gaeity Theatre

After visiting the Archaeology museum, I dined on one incredibly hearty and satisfying bowl of Irish Stew over mashed that stuck to my ribs for the rest of the day:

Look at that - my mouth is watering all over again!

I may not have dined with tablecloths and Waterford crystal, but the pub grub and street food I found in Dublin was delicious. I honestly did not have one bad meal.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Mostly Wordless Wednesday: Lucky Thirteen

There are thirteen years between these pictures.
It feels like it's been ten minutes
I half-expect to find Fisher-Price all over the floor
Or hear the strains of SpongeBob or Sesame Street
No more tying shoes
Or blowing noses
Or silly bathtime shenanigans
No more folding them gently into me
After they crawl into my bed
No more tucking them in side-by-side
Because they don't want to sleep apart
I wouldn't trade who they are today for anything
But I'd love to have an hour of before back again

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

My Dublin Diary: Black Friday, Dublin Style

Grafton Street, decked out for the holidays
If I had been home for Thanksgiving, I normally would have been shopping on Black Friday. Guess what? Not only was I shopping, but Dublin does Black Friday, too. See? This picture was taken in a shopping mall. Or a shopping centre, as the Irish would say.

Monday, December 5, 2016

My Dublin Diary - Day 3: The Irish National Museum of Archaeology

Day three of my Dublin adventure saw me utilizing my three day Dublin Bus Freedom Pass for the first time. I hadn't had to touch it since my LEAP card got me everywhere I was going on Day 1 and Day 2, so it would have been a bit of a money-waster if I'd paid full price. Luckily, they ran a Black Friday special online and I got it for half-price, so it worked out splendidly.

The pass granted me 72 hours of access to any bus in the Dublin area, including (and this is the important one) the hop-on, hop-off bus that loops all the tourist attractions in Dublin. There's a guide driving the bus, and you have your choice of taking the pre-recorded tour (great if you don't speak English as they give you headphones and there are alternate language channels at each seat) or you can opt for the live guided tour. My bus driver was Sean and he was the sauce from which awesome is made. He sang, he joked, he told us all about everything and he made the tour five times as fun.

My first stop on my way to the museum was the Oscar Wilde statue in Merrion Park, a lovely little spot of green and the statue is wonderfully whimsical, flagged by pillars bearing great quotes from the master.

You definitely want to click this to embiggen.

Once Upon A Time – Season 6, Episode 10 Recap: A Brief Glimpse Of Might-Have-Been

Tonight we begin with Regina, Killian, and Emma (with sword in hand) heading for Regina's vault, only to encounter the Evil Queen. She's standing over Robin's grave and goading Regina, who takes the bait and cues up a fireball.

Then she takes a few digs at Emma and her sleep-cursed parents, and Emma loses it, taking a swing at the Evil Queen with the mysterious sword - and draws blood without putting a mark on Regina. Now they have a weapon capable of killing the Evil Queen, so she gets the hell out of dodge in a poof of smoke.

Unfortunately, she poofs away only to get waylaid by Rumple, who's thrilled to know that Emma can now kill her. He puts a tracking cuff on her, vowing to finish the job if Emma doesn't.

Meanwhile, over at the loft apartment, Snow is sleeping as Henry begs Emma not to try to kill the Evil Queen. Emma reminds him that she's the savior, then she tells Regina to hang tight with Henry and she takes off to handle things, flanked by Killian and David.

Here's a shot of Emma and Killian, because they get 
exactly seven-tenths of a second together in this episode

Friday, December 2, 2016

Fun On A Friday - "Well, That Was Unexpected. . ."

It's Friday, and I'm suspending the travel blog till next week to bring you your weekend-inducing entertainment. Today's post is titled "Well, that was unexpected. . . " and for good reason. Enjoy these clips of unexpected things (and I'll bring you the rest of Dublin next week)!

Unexpected science: