Life With A Side Of Autism


Friday, August 18, 2017

A Little Toilet Humor This Fine Friday


This is a post that's been backing up for a while now. For some reason, I have been flush with pictures of bathroom oddities, and now is the time to eliminate them before they all go to waste.

So, without further ado, here's some toilet humor for your Friday entertainment. Let's start with hotels, because they seem to get a little crazy with the toilet thing.

There's nothing like a challenge . . .

For when you're feeling contemplative . . .

Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Fine Line Of Raising A Fierce Daughter

From the moment my daughter was born – even before, really – I wanted her to be fierce.
I wanted her to live fiercely and love fiercely and go after her dreams with purpose and drive and determination. I still want all of that for her.

I've raised her to be outspoken about what she wants. To voice her opinions. To believe that she matters and her voice counts.

I've raised her to expect to be respected for herself, for her views, for what she brings to the table, and to not tolerate anyone's lack of respect for any of that.

And it has worked, so far.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Mostly Wordless Wednesday: Night Tide

"Take a picture, Mom!" he said, and I did. 
Of course, it was dark, and hazy, and a phone picture
doesn't do justice to the crash of the waves,
the seagulls in the background bobbing on the surface, 
the smell of the sea
or the sand in my toes
So I hold this mental picture
Of him and me and his sister 
Frozen in time, looking out at the waves
Drinking it in
Just being

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

5 Smells That Take Me Right Back To My Childhood - What Are Yours?

A coworker brought me tomatoes and green beans from his garden yesterday. I opened up the bag, and suddenly, my childhood rushed out at me, wrapping me in a big fuzzy blanket of memory. It's amazing how a smell can take you back.

That got me thinking about all the other smells I associate with childhood - and here they are in no particular order:

1. Tomatoes

My grandma had a garden where she grew tomatoes and green beans. We used to play among the taller plants, and always helped her pick tomatoes and snap green beans (and the green beans always got cooked in a big pot with a bunch of bacon). The smell of tomatoes on the vine makes me four years old again, and I love it.

2. Rain on Sagebrush

I spent the majority of my childhood years in New Mexico, and that smell is unlike anything you'll smell anywhere else. It's clean and fresh and wonderful.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Atypical On Netflix: My Review

So I finally got to sit down and watch the opening episode of ATypical on Netflix - a series I was very much looking forward to as it features a character on the autism spectrum, and the family that lives with autism every day.

Overall, I think this was a solid effort. They really do make an effort to show us the story from Sam's point of view, letting us see what he's fixating on, hearing a word loop over and over in his head, his discussion of sensory issues and how that can be a difficult thing to navigate in daily life -  but it wasn't quite as terrific as I think it could have been.

Friday, August 11, 2017

It's Friday - Time For Another Edition Of "Today In The News!"

It's a big news day here in Fridayville, so let's grab the paper, or click on the website, and see what's new and unusual in the media today.

Here's a headline you won't see every day:

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Horror Of Horrors - I Forgot My Phone!

I realized it when I got too far from home to reasonably turn back, and fretted over it all the way to work. What if I break down? Will anyone even stop? Why would they - they'll all assume I have a phone.

What if my kids need to call me? What if one of them falls down the stairs or trips into the stove (even though I know they'll both sleep to noon like they have all summer long)? What if my boss (who has texted or called me on my cell exactly four times in the six years since they hired him) changes his mind about emailing, Skyping, or calling my desk phone?