Single Motherhood


Friday, February 27, 2015

Fun On A Friday - Today's Topic: "And That's Why I'm Still Single"

I went out for happy hour with some friends on Wednesday (control your shock, please. I actually went out) and the craziest thing happened.

I walked into the bar, and a few guys sitting at a table turned and looked at me, and two of the guys kept on looking. I mean, didn't turn back around and watched me walk on by.

I wasn't sure if I should be flattered and play with my hair while tugging the neckline down on my shirt or terrified because they might be serial killers looking to make me part of their next human skin suit. I had no idea how to react. Seriously.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why I'm still single. Among other things. Things like these:

Thursday, February 26, 2015

This Was One Of Those Weird Autism Mom Moments

David has been a real exercise in parental patience lately.

He's always had a wonderful, sunshiney personality, and that hasn't changed. What has changed, however, is the level of testosterone flooding his system as he edges closer and closer to puberty. He's starting to get a soft furring on his upper lip, and his already broad shoulders are getting broader as his height climbs higher and higher. The voice hasn't dropped yet, but it's coming. Oh yes, it's all coming.

And along with that, come the mood swings. Having autism also means having poor impulse control, and when you add in a burst of testosterone-fueled rage to his difficulties with communication, you have a recipe for epic sibling fights and angry refusal of parental authority. He's argumentative, he's yelling a lot, and sometimes, he's punching and throwing people around. It's been a trial, but we're muddling through and the good times far outweigh the occasional outbursts.

Normally, when he's being corrected and facing the consequences of his bad behavior, he'll get very remorseful and spend the next few hours apologizing over and over, or hide in his room and sulk for a while.

This last weekend, he started doing something else. He started writing me letters.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

My Latest At Moms Magazine: 5 Life Lessons I Learned While Shoveling Snow

Here's my latest from Moms Magazine!

Mostly Wordless Wednesday: And This Is Why We Don't Have Birthday Parties Anymore

This is the face of kid with no attendees at his birthday party.

This is the face, sometimes, of autism.

Luckily for this kid the story had a happy ending.

Despite the other kids and their parents who clearly don't think empathy is a lesson you should teach your children.

I never had that happen, thank God, but every year the attendees were less and less.

And this year, he started middle school.

So I didn't take a chance. I told him that once you go to middle school, you don't have parties anymore. 

We went to the movies instead, and shopping at the Lego Store. 

His dad took him to an indoor waterpark with his sister. And it was all good.

And he probably won't ever have a big birthday party again.

But he also won't wear this face, and I'll do anything to keep him from wearing that face.

Monday, February 23, 2015

The Oscars Are Over, But I Still Have Some Movies For You

One of my favorite pastimes is surfing Reddit (and if you're not checking out Reddit, you should. If you're already a Redditor, you're checking Reddit on an hourly basis). 

Last week they had an awesome thread. Started by user Mechastewart, the topic posed was this:

Add "ing" to any movie title. What's the movie about now?

Good God, these were hilarious! Here are a few of my favorites:

Friday, February 20, 2015

Fun On A Friday - Let's Go To The Grocery Store!

Before we go shopping, let's check out the local ad, shall we?

Looks like somebody forgot an "r"

Oh, good. They obviously cater to Moms: