Life With A Side Of Autism


Monday, May 22, 2017

My Week In Autism: Oh, The Little Oddities

Every once in a while, someone remarks on something odd that David says or does that just doesn't even register with me anymore. The little oddities and idiosyncrasies of autism are so much a part of his life - and mine now - that it feels weird to imagine things any other way.

Just last week:

  • I apologized because I cut his waffles wrong. I was in a hurry and my cut did not line up exactly with the lines on the waffle
  • I made tacos. On Tuesday. It's the only day we can have tacos now. Thank you, LEGO movie.
  • I tried to outline my next book project, all while the theme to "The Office" played on repeat. For nearly an hour. 
  • We had a long discussion about what we're having for Christmas dinner. Four times in one day. We even had to discuss the size of the pieces he'd cut his ham into.

Friday, May 19, 2017

This Shall Be A Sign Unto You - That It's FRIDAY!!

Friday! Yeah!! I'm feeling it - how about you?

And to celebrate the close of another week of working my life away, let's have a chuckle or two over some entertaining signage. We'll start with this:

Apparently, you can only park on odd-numbered Tuesdays 
provided your car is blue and you carry a stuffed squirrel.

Well, at least this guy is honest:

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Parenting A Teen In The Information Age

From the moment my daughter was born, I was ready. Ready to impart all the life-lessons I've learned, ready to be a steady shoulder with a valuable and entertaining anecdote or parable that will solve any of her life dilemmas. In me, she would find an ever-bubbling font of wisdom at the ready, and she would drink deeply, shouting my name to the world as the wisest mother of all mothers.

Yeah, right.

She's a teenager now, so most of the time when I start to share, I get an eyeroll. Or a "Mom. Stop." Or I'll finish my anecdote and say "You see, honey? That's what I'm getting at here…" and she'll look up from her phone with a puzzled expression and say "Huh? Were you talking to me?"

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Today Is A Milestone Day - I Didn't Trim My Hedges

I was outside after work pulling weeds this evening, and eyeing my hedges out front, which badly need a trim. That thought led to a memory, and I started laughing.

You see, shortly after the ex moved out, I needed to trim the hedges. I'd never used the electric hedge clippers before, but really, how hard could it be? Unfortunately, before I could plug them in and get started, the ex texted me to argue about something. I don't even remember what, but it really pissed me off. I finished my conversation with him, grabbed those hedge clippers and tore through those bushes like I was giving him a haircut. A really angry haircut.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Portraying The Spectrum: Meet Mickey Rowe, An Actor With Autism

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a mystery novel by British Author Mark Haddon, and it's told from the perspective of its protagonist, fifteen year-old Christopher John Francis Boone, a teenager with autism. It has since been adapted into a stage play to some acclaim, and now, for the first time in its run, the lead role is being played by a person on the autism spectrum.

Actor Mickey Rowe details his journey as both an actor and as the character of Christopher John Francis Boone in the May 14th edition of Playbill magazine, and oh, what an amazing read! Here, Mickey gives us his take on how his autism has enhanced his skills as an actor:

"I believe that in theatre, my “weakness” is one of my strengths . . . Autistics use scripts every day. We use scripting for daily situations that we can predict the outcome of, and stick to those scripts. My job as an autistic is to make you believe that I am coming up with words on the spot, that this is spontaneous, the first time the conversation has ever happened in my life; this is also my job onstage as an actor."

Friday, May 12, 2017

Fun On A Friday - Autocorrect Can Really Duck You Over

Before I get started, I want to give full credit to the source material for this post. I found all these while I was perusing Reddit last night, and this thread about bad autocorrect had me laughing so hard I ended up in a coughing fit that surely tore the last residue of this chest cold from my body.

We're going to look at some great stories of autocorrect going horribly wrong. So go to the bathroom before you start reading, and I'll pull a few of the highlights out for you here. 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Mother's Day Is Sunday - Here Are 5 Things You Can Do To Help A Single Mom

Being a single parent comes with all sorts of everyday struggles. You probably know at least one single parent who could really use some help, but you're not sure the best way to lend a hand. Here are a few suggestions that might make their lives a little – or a lot – easier:
  •  Just listen. Sometimes, we just plain need someone to vent to, and without a spouse around to commiserate, we need an outlet. We certainly can't vent much in front of the kids, and a sympathetic ear over a cup of coffee or a glass of wine can really be a godsend some days.
  • Find ways to help them get out. Another big challenge when you're a single parent is getting out of the house and having a life. Even if you're fortunate enough to have some kid-free time, you may not always have someplace to spend it. Offer to take a painting class with them, have them over for a Netflix night, or just go out and walk around the mall. It's nice just being out!