Life With A Side Of Autism


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

London Diary Day 2: The Royal Observatory Was A Royal Pain

Day 2 in London began with such promise! We didn't get up quite as early as I'd like - Anna was having a serious issue with jet lag and she's never great with morning to begin with, but eventually we made our way to St. Pancras Station for a hearty breakfast at a great little Italian place called Barzetti. They were one of the few places you could get a real, sit-down breakfast (vs a pastry) and Anna wanted eggs. It turns out it was a terrific decision. I had the Uova al Forno Con Pancetta, which was Two eggs baked in a rich tomato sauce with mozzarella, parmesan, vine tomatoes and topped with pancetta. It was served with crusty brown bread and it was amaaaaazing. Take a look!

Monday, April 24, 2017

My London Diary, Day One: High Tea On The Thames

Our first day in London began with an hour and I forget how many minutes long queue for customs and passport control that I would like to never repeat again in my lifetime. We had filled out our landing cards on the plane, but that did nothing to expedite the process. This is the world we live in, I suppose.

The cool thing about the endless queue (and yes, there was one) was that it was truly a melting pot unlike anything I'd ever seen in my melting pot of a country. I think every nation on earth was represented in that queue and the writer in me was fascinated watching them all speak and interact and gripe about the queue. I wanted to know all their stories. But mostly, I wanted out of that line.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Fun On A Friday - Time For "Today In The News"

It's Friday and I'm ready to rock it. But first, let's check in with the local news to see what's on tap. We'll start here.

Australia. Of course.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Saturday, I March For Science - And Here's Why

I had planned to start my London Diary today, but I'm holding off to next week because I think this is too important. On Saturday, I join thousands of others all around the world who will be marching for science.

Those of you who follow me know I'm a theatre girl. And a writer. I'm as far from a scientist/engineer/mathematician as you can get. I was raised by a fundamentalist evangelical mother and an engine mechanic father in a small town in the southwest, surrounded by a lot of camouflage wearing, gun-toting people.

And while I am a meat-eating, kale-despising girl who really has no use for homemade granola or Birkenstock sandals, I can see that we're on a planet in crisis, one that's at a turning point. Legislation has paved the way to reversing the damage we did to the ozone layer, many of our wild and free places have been sheltered, our water and soil has been tested and in some places, purified - but not at the levels we need to have any sort of legacy to pass on to our kids. The current administration has already peeled back many of those protections and is targeting more.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Mostly Wordless Wednesday: In The Place Of The Silent Stones

Five thousand years is a long time
Some say, they're just rocks after all
But you can't help but feel the history
The majesty and awe
The wonder that repeats through generations
The commonality that unites us
The feeling of the sacred
No matter who or what you worship
Ancient things carry great power
And we are all a part of it
I stood among the giants
In the silence
Breathing it in
Just content to be

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

My Flight Got Bumped By A Day - And I Am Incredibly Grateful

We were supposed to have gotten in from London yesterday afternoon, but things did not go as planned. Instead, we were deplaned, sat in an airport for hours, then shuttled to a hotel, given food and room vouchers, and stuck in London for another night. It was quite the frazzling experience, and I am sincerely tired of airports. I don't need to see one again anytime soon, thanks.

Monday, April 17, 2017

I'm Not Looking To Cure My Son's Autism, Thanks

A few years ago, I sent out a Facebook blast to my family and friends to let them know I was taking part in an autism fundraiser - one that I participate in every year. This particular event raises money for autism research, which I think is a very worthwhile cause. Every bit we learn about autism gets us valuable therapies and innovations that help people live their lives to their fullest potential, and I'm all for that.

One of my family members shared the post and added this tidbit:

Please support Ellie and help us find a cure! Autism is a terrible curse and we need to help these children!

I didn't lash out at my family member, even though I really wanted to. There is so much wrong with that sentence.