Life With A Side Of Autism


Thursday, October 8, 2015

Happy Virgiversary - You've Come A Long Way, Baby

Yesterday was the anniversary of me losing my virginity.

I'm not going to say how many years, exactly, but I will tell you I was in college, and it was October 7th. I don't remember the date because it was so life-changing, or anything. I just have a weird mind that remembers obscure dates for everything. 

I can tell you I graduated high school on May 24th and college on May 12th. I can tell you an ex-boyfriend's birthday was January 2nd, and one of my tenth grade boyfriends and I celebrated our anniversary on June 6th. I don't know why this stuff sticks in just does.

So anyway. 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Mostly Wordless Wednesday: This Should Not Have Happened

Her name was Carrie.
She was younger than me
She was a wonderful person 
A genuinely kind and decent human being
She had a good job
She had a husband and children who loved her
She had friends, many friends
And she also had breast cancer
Last Wednesday was her last day on earth
But not the last day I'll think about her
Not the last day she'll be missed
F**k cancer

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Have You Ever Tried To Drive Someone Crazy? Or Had It Done To You?

Years ago I worked for a woman I'll call Mary. 

I hated Mary. And so did a lot of other people. She was nuts. I mean, quite literally, she was nuts. The problem was, Mary - while horribly unpleasant to work with and work for - was really, really good at her job.

Not so good that they couldn't replace her with a decent human being of normal temperament, though. Preferably that didn't scream at people like a vicious harpy and didn't demand that you do tasks in bizarre, anal-retentive fashion that created four times as much work for everyone. But for some reason, the higher-ups (who didn't have to interact with this woman on a daily basis) were blissfully unaware that she was a walking nightmare to her underlings (despite the intervention of HR on several occasions and them sending her to special "constructive communication" classes...)

Anyway, we loathed Mary. We really did. And since we all hated her so, we decided to have a little fun with her. 

It was just little stuff, and nothing she could really prove. But we decided to gaslight the girl, and oh, was it effective. 

Monday, October 5, 2015

Once Upon A Time - Season 5, Episode 2 Recap: True Love's Near Miss

When last we left our heroes, they were face down on a diner floor wearing strange clothes with no memory of how they got there - or in other words, any Saturday night in college. Well, for me, at least.

Anyway, we're back now and ready to start figuring out (again) how they lost their memories (again) and I'm sure there's a surprising explanation (again) and it'll all wrap up neatly by the mid-season hiatus (again).

So we open with Leroy and the dwarves in a van (Sneezy statue is strapped to the roof) rolling along to the town line. Leroy wants a volunteer to step over, and like a total a-hole, he sends Dopey because he's the handicapped dude. Regina, David and Snow show up just as Dopey steps across the line and turns into a tree.

Resource Monday: Helping Your Child Manage Stress

I came across a great article in Psychology Today about a useful acronym that helps your child deal with stress. The acronym is ACCEPTS. Have your child seek out these avenues to help diffuse stress:

Pushing Away

Head over to  the article for clarification on all of those items and how you can teach your child to apply them - it's great advice!

My son has always had a problem with impulse control and getting overloaded when he's upset. When he was younger, we played a game based on one of his favorite TV shows, Disney's "Special Agent Oso." Oso was a cute secret agent bear who had to help a child with a task in every episode (brushing teeth, tying shoes, etc.) and he always had "three special steps" to complete. They included a jaunty song about those three special steps, so I hijacked it and taught David to self-regulate to a degree by remembering his "three special steps:"

Friday, October 2, 2015

Laughter Is Always The Best Medicine

I'm feeling a little under the weather today (and on top of that, we're getting splattered by a hurricane), so it's a pretty crummy day all around. And what's the best thing to do on a crummy day?

Let's laugh it off!

We'll start with this poor guy - he shouldn't have slugged back a soda before going live on the air:

And then there's this poor bride:

Thursday, October 1, 2015

I Started To Post This On Tuesday. Really.

I'd like to tell you all about how organized and goal-oriented I am. I really would.

I spent yesterday in New York, meeting with my editor and agent, digging right into my first round of edits and rewrites.

It was invigorating. It was amazing.

I wrote at the train station. I wrote on the train. I talked out loud to myself endlessly on the drive home from the station, hashing through things, and then I got home and I wrote some more. 

And you probably think I'm so damn amazing, but I'm here to tell you, folks...don't hold your breath. I am the world's biggest procrastinator.