Life With A Side Of Autism


Friday, July 21, 2017

Happy Friday! Time To Play "What Did I Just Watch!"

Oh, the strange and wonderful things you find on the internet. I've got stuff in my archive that'll keep you up at night and traumatize your children. Stuff that makes you wonder what people were thinking - or smoking. Here's a tame collection of some of my favorite oddities.

We'll start with this ad:

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Small Town Teens, Abstinence And Birth Control - It's Not As Easy As You Think

I was mostly raised in a small town, out in the middle of bible belt, and spent my teen years in a high school where I knew everybody, and their family knew my family, and our families went to the same or rival Southern Baptist Churches - most of us, anyway.

I wasn't sexually active in high school at all - I lost my virginity five weeks into my freshman year of college, but that's not because I lost Jesus or turned my back on Christianity or decided to experiment now that I was away from my parent's protective watch.

The truth is, I had never planned to keep my virginity until marriage, even though I was a very devout christian girl. I went to church 5-6 times a week, sang in the choir, and was a teacher's aide during Vacation Bible School. I knew that God told us to wait until we were married.

But I also knew that people in the bible married in their pre-teens to early teens. And to someone chosen by their father. Or to the man who raped them, to save her family's honor. No one back then was allowed to feel passion, to learn their bodies or anyone else's before they were cemented in for life. No one was free to discover what they liked before they were told to submit to someone else's more important desires.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

My 10 Favorite TV Couples - Who Are Yours?

I don't get to watch as much TV as I used to because . . .kids, but I have caught some here and there across the years and I've developed a good list of favorite couples along the way. Some of my omissions may surprise you. No Ross and Rachel? Nope. She's too high maintenance and wishy-washy and he has no spine. They were just as bad for each other as they were good. No Carrie and Mr. Big, either. He cheated on his wife. She enabled. Not a good basis for a lasting relationship, as far as I'm concerned.

No Sun and Jin? Nope, they decided to die together and leave their kid without parents. Selfish idiots. No Homer and Marge? I love that they love each other no matter what, but Marge is a serious doormat in that relationship, always cleaning up after this self-centered buffoon that I can't find that healthy. Quirky is good. Destructive or one-sided . . . not so much.

So here's my list of my favorite TV couples, beginning with:

10. Meredith and Derek, Grey's Anatomy

Let's not mention how it all ends, shall we?

9. April and Andy, Parks and Recreation

C'mon - they were going to name their kid Burt Snakehole Ludgate Karate Dracula Macklin Demon Jack o' Lantern - or 'Jack' for short.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Experience Life Through Carly's Eyes At Carly's Cafe

I've blogged about Carly Fleischmann before, and I find her to be a thoughtful, strong, often hilarious and wonderful young woman who also happens to have autism. Though mostly non-verbal, Carly has found her own unique voice and shares her thoughts and insights about being a person on the spectrum in the hopes of spreading understanding and aiding in accommodation.

Today, I'd like to share this brief glimpse into Carly's world.

Friday, July 14, 2017

It's Friday - Time For Some Funny News!

It's a dreary, rainy Friday, but it's Friday all the same. We're going to do news today, since I got some really good news yesterday and I feel like celebrating. Let's see what fun we can have with the local news, shall we?

Ah, small town news.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Dear Daughter: You're Going To Be A Terrible Mother Someday

My darling daughter:

You told me yesterday, without the slightest hesitation, that you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that you will be an awesome mother someday.

You know this, because unlike me, you will be very well-versed on current popular music and have an Instagram following that numbers in the hundreds of thousands.

Or whatever replaces Instagram. I'm sure by the time you're grown and have children of your own, there will have been numerous social media giants taking over, rising and falling into oblivion. By then, Apple will have invented Wi-Fi shoelaces and iBras, but there will still be no real cure for cellulite.

I'm not sure that's progress, but I digress. Back to the topic of your someday motherhood. When you told me you'd be a great mother, I gave you an indulgent smile and a nod, and I went back to making dinner, but as I stood there stirring spaghetti, I realized the undeniable truth.

You are going to be a terrible mother.
I speak from experience.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

10 Things I Love About The Great British Baking Show

Everybody meet my newest Netflix obsession: The Great British Baking Show (or The Great British Bake Off, if you're in the UK). I was hooked from the first episode and have now binge-watched my way through everything Netflix has to offer. Oh, do I love this show! The food! The personalities! Here are just a few of the things that got me mad for this bit of delicious gentility:

1. The winner gets not one penny in cash. Seriously. No cash prize. Just a simple trophy shaped like a cake plate, and the personal satisfaction of being Britain's best baker. And they're all fine with that.

2. All of the twelve bakers are normal people with regular jobs. No chefs. No owners of cupcake trucks or bakeries, no restaurant workers. In fact, the shows are filmed on weekends so that they can all work their regular jobs during the week. They've had students and architects, bankers and grandmothers, all sorts of ordinary folk.