Life With A Side Of Autism


Friday, November 27, 2015

It's Hard To Be Merry In A Mall: 6 Things Everyone In Retail Wishes You'd Do

The holiday season is upon us once again, and as I watch the commercials on TV, wade through the decorations at the Mall, and watch store owners prepping to open earlier than ever on Thanksgiving Day, I think the same thing I do every year:

Thank God I'm not in retail anymore.

I spent entirely too many years after college (thanks to that ever-employable Theatre degree) doing time in retail. I worked in clothing, shoes, lingerie, books and jewelry. I worked as a part-timer, seasonal help, full-timer, assistant manager, manager, and did five years as a district manager over a dozen stores in three different states. Throughout all that varied retail experience, I found one thing that just about all retail workers have in common:

They hate this time of year.

They love it when the commission check comes in (if they qualify for commission, that is - a lot of them don't), but during this holiday season when the milk of human kindness should be flowing and the holiday cheer should abound, you'll find very few gentlemen resting merry in the mall and the Christmas spirit is more like a shrieking poltergeist in the form of an angry woman denied a discount for lack of a coupon.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thankful Thursday: Thank You

To all of you reading this, Thank You.

For every word of encouragement dropped in a comment, on a Facebook post, Tweeted or just thought and felt...thank you.

Some of you have been with me from the beginning. Some came in later, and may not even remember how. Some of you read me faithfully every day, and some of you pop in every now and then.

Each and every one of you brings something to the table, and makes me a better writer, a better blogger, a better person.

So on this day of giving thanks, please know how thankful I am for all of you. Wherever you are, you've made a difference to me. 

Thank you.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Mostly Wordless Wednesday: Over The River And Through The Words

Most people are getting ready for Thanksgiving
They're cooking and baking and cleaning and decorating
They're meeting relatives at the airport
And wondering if they bought enough yams
Me, I'll be sitting here with a keyboard
And a Turkey Lean Cuisine
Trying to take advantage of all this kid-free time
To hammer out a small portion of the writing I need to do
And a very, very thankful one at that
Pass the salt and pepper
And I'll try not to get any gravy on the keyboard.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

When Your Kid Makes You Say The F Word

Okay, that title isn't fair.

I always tell my kids when they're screaming that no one makes them scream. They choose to do it.

So yes, I have a teenage daughter, and yes, I chose to use the F word in the middle of our heated argument.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Resource Monday: AutismTakeOn, a PostWaves Community

Today, I'd like to give a shout-out to AutismTakeOn, a community hosted by Postwaves (a community forum), where people share all sorts of stories and insights related to autism. 

They reached out to me via Twitter last week and I spent a few hours just perusing the page and reading people's stories. Being an autism parent can make you feel like you're in an isolation bubble some days, and reading all the stories, all the shared articles, helps you feel just a little less alone on the harder days and five times as joyful about the good days.

Create a free account and share your stories - they (and I) want to hear them!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Happy Friday - Here's A Bunch Of Stuff I Laughed Entirely Too Loudly At

It's Friday. Hallelujah. My brain is fried and I am so ready for some weekend. I always like to leave you laughing, so here's a collection of gifs that made me guffaw and snort in a very embarrassing way:

We'll start with the pranksters:

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Thankful Thursday: This Is A Good Week To Remember Who We All Really Are

In 1977, we sent a message into the blackness of space - one that may not be received until our civilizations have fallen, and we are all dust and memories. One that may never find another soul to hear it. But we sent it anyway.

A team of scientists, anthropologists, psychiatrists, linguists - all sorts of "ists" came up with these images, calculations, scientific data and songs to introduce humanity to the cosmos.

They did not include images of war. Or hate. Or suffering. They wanted whoever was out there to see the best of us.

If only we all wanted the same in our daily lives.

Today, I am thankful for the bounty of our world, and the diversity and unique voices of all the lives upon it. We all matter, and we're all in this together.

The final line of the video says it all.