Single Motherhood

Single Motherhood served with a side of Autism

Thursday, October 30, 2014

"I Love You" He Said, And My Reply Was "No"

I was perusing Reddit a while back (a favored pasttime that eats entirely too much of my day) and there was a lively discussion on the topic, "Worst Response to 'I love you.'"

Eric Foreman from "That Seventies Show" comes immediately to mind - remember this gem?


There were so many great, painful responses on that thread. These are a few of my personal favorites:

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Mostly Wordless Wednesday: My Dynamic Duo

He chose his costume first
And hers was a no-brainer
There they are, my dynamic duo
Not too many of the trick-or-treat years left
He's walking without her this year
Because she's going to hang with a friend
She's a teenager, and she does that now
So I'll just savor this picture
And know that they really are my dynamic duo
Perfect counterparts
And perfect siblings for each other

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

My Great, Big, Beautiful "I've Got A Book!" Post

Yes, you read that right!! 

I finally got my ass in gear and published the book that everybody keeps telling me I should have written. So here it is:

This is a collection of blogs (from three different blogging platforms across the years) along with some insights from my personal journals spanning the decade that I've been parenting this amazing child (and his equally amazing sister) and navigating the joy and pain and all-around craziness that makes up a world lived with autism.

I have two reasons I finally got this together: first, I've always told myself I would and most importantly, I'm trying to give my beloved David a birthday he'll never forget.

And Today In The News - Why Is There No Accompanying Video?

Full article here

Monday, October 27, 2014

Once Upon A Time, Season 4, Episode 5 Recap: The "And That's What You Get For Screwing People Over" Show

[Photo courtesy of ABC Television]

We begin in Storybrooke, with a short scene between Elsa, Emma and Hook that lets us know that Hook still likes Emma and still spends time with Henry just for fun. See, you Captain Swan shippers? It's all warm and wonderful and they even let him ever-so-slightly brush his upper lip against her cheek. Happy now?

During the scene we also learn that (a) Emma badly abuses her power as sheriff, detaining Will Scarlet without due course and refusing him even the decency of a nutritious meal and (b) she does know the Snow Queen after all because Sidney Glass snapped a picture of her arguing with the woman when she first came to Storybrooke - something that Emma has no memory of.

Welcome To Ellie's World - Always A Bridesmaid, Never A Bride

Have I told you all of the amazing stuff I almost did?

If you're a real-life friend (or a selected online friend) you've got the inside scoop on all the stuff I very nearly got to do, or sort-of did. I detail that stuff on my private Facebook page on a regular basis, and that, my friends, is the problem.

See, I have this thing called "Fluctuating Luck." It's not bad luck, exactly. It all starts out great, looks like it's going to build to something awesome, and then...well, it just sort-of goes nowhere.

For instance:

Did you know I was almost on TV? This time last year, I was ambushed by a film crew (courtesy of a good friend) and made the subject of a makeover show. For a week, my life turned into a circus as they invaded my house, interviewed me and my kids, ripped through my closet and tossed out my wardrobe, took me shopping for new stuff, set me up with a personal trainer and a "life coach", and then set up a huge party for my friends and neighbors where they did the big "reveal" of the glamorous new me.

It was awesome. This was a brand-new show that was getting pitched to the network, so they didn't have an air date, but it was tentatively going to break sometime over the spring or summer.

Guess what?

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Movie Review: The Book of Life

[Photo Courtesy of 20th Century Fox Animation]

The Book of Life hasn't had a whole lot of marketing. In fact, unless you saw a preview for it at the movie theater, you may not even know it exists because they're sure not advertising it much of anywhere else.

Luckily for us, I did catch a preview a few weeks back and it looked so amazingly beautiful, I decided we would go if we had the chance.

Friday night, Anna was sleeping over at a buddy's house and David and I were on our own, so off we went.

The movie stars the vocal talents of Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana and Channing Tatum, along with a huge cast of others (including Ice Cube and Placido Domingo!) in a storyline that's not anything much beyond a "B" as far as innovative, refreshing or quirky, but the animation...

Oooooh, the animation!! So vibrant and colorful and visually captivating. I actually had to remember to close my mouth a couple of times, and David was thrilled by all of it.

It had some good belly laughs, some sweet songs (but not such a large amount of them that you could call it a musical) and a strong message about the importance of family and friendship.

David and I both give it an official "thumbs up." See it this week before it fades into obscurity in the Wal-Mart $5 DVD bin. This one is worth paying the extra for and seeing on the big screen.