Life With A Side Of Autism


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Sorry Folks, I'm Mostly Brain-Numb

I am seriously running on fumes between my ears right now. I'm blazing through the 2nd revision of the sequel to my YA novel and the deadline is looming. To make it worse, the day job is running me ragged lately so I'm pressured all over the place.

I need a week off. Or a month off. 

Anyway, I'm probably going to put some reruns up on the blog for the next couple of days until I can get a grip on this deadline. 

I am a bad blogger this week, and a tired human being. Sorry.

I'll do better next week, I promise.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Once Upon A Time – Season 6, Episode 4 Recap: New Hair, Same Old Rumple

Tonight we begin with a frustrated Rumple, who grabs some scissors and emerges from his back room with an ultra-short new hairdo only to run into the Evil Queen and Hyde, who are seeking a certain cameo necklace.

Rumple decides to kill Hyde just for asking, only to find that he can't - just as Regina can't kill the Evil Queen (plot point!).

Hyde laughs off Rumple's attempt and takes the necklace, reminding Rumple that their deal specifies that Rumple can't stop him. Rumple then reminds Regina that she promised not to hurt Belle, and Hyde reminds Rumple that he never made that promise, which applies only to Regina. Got it? Good.


Over at Emma's house, David is making a mountain of pancakes because he needs a fatherly bonding moment before his daughter starts waking up naked and sated next to the insanely hot pirate that he formerly loathed.

Yeah, baby

Friday, October 14, 2016

Happy Friday! Let's Check Out The News!

Great news!

It's Friday! Hallelujah! And while we're all sprinting toward the weekend, let's shake open a newspaper or switch on the TV and see what's going on in the world around us.

Hey, if you need money for the weekend, you can apply with this guy. I'm sensing there's some history here...

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Heritage vs Culture: Americans Do This Differently

Anna and I were having a discussion over the weekend about Columbus Day and its origins. She was feeling a little conflicted because she's got both Italian and Native American blood in her veins. Columbus, as you know was a masterful explorer, and especially around the Philadelphia area, he is celebrated with a lot of revelry.

But there's no denying that Columbus was also a sonufabitch, enslaving, murdering and raping indigenous people everywhere he went.

Heritage is both a priviledge, and sometimes, a burden. Columbus is certainly not the perfect representation of all Italian people (who have made tremendous contributions to the public good across recorded history), but to ignore his crimes in the name of cultural pride is wrong.

Speaking of cultural pride; that brings me to my next point in the heritage discussion. I've spent a lot of time hanging out in online forums across the years, most of which feature members from all over the globe. There seems to be some irritation from people in other countries when an American shows up for a visit and proudly proclaims, "It's great to be here! I'm Irish too!" Or, "I've always wanted to see Paris - I'm French, you know!"

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Mostly Wordless Wednesday: In The Time Of Colors

Cold in the morning
Just enough so that you feel cozy
Under that big comforter
Warm in the afternoon
But not overly so
Dappled sun on rainbow leaves
The smell of fireplaces
And scented pumpkin apple candles
My favorite season
Wish it could stay longer

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Our Legal System Is A Pain In The Ass

I spent the morning in court.

I've been embroiled in a "situation" for about three months now, and today I had to take a day off of work to drive to the county courthouse, wait two hours, and get an extension on the extension that I got before.

This is a civil case, by the way - nothing criminal going on. It involves the non-payment of a traffic citation for expired emission and inspection stickers that I didn't know was still unpaid. It's a long, convoluted story that involves a local magisterial court dropping the ball on mailing part of the citation and me not following up when I made payments to be sure they'd all been received and the gist of it all is the state decided to suspend my driver's license - something that has never happened to me ever before.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Once Upon A Time – Season 6, Episode 3 Recap: Oh! My Ovaries!!

This recap went up a little late because I had to watch that trainwreck of a debate. I think it was brilliant airing it right after this show. I will never complain about plot holes or convoluted timelines ever again.

Anyway....we begin tonight by flying over (or should I say 'under') the cuckoo's nest, down into the basement of Storybrooke's hospital, where Regina hopes to find a way to Hyde's cold, dark heart with some pasta, cheese and red pepper flake.

Alas, her evil self has already beaten her to it, and Hyde demands to be released if they want any information from him. Regina fumes, because she's forever one step behind her evil self.

Now we go to Granny's, where Henry shows up with the unofficial census of Untold Story visitors when in walks Ashley (a.k.a. Cinderella) with her toddler daughter, Alexandra. Henry spies someone new in Mennonite wear and while he's interviewing, Emma watches Hook be SOFA KING adorable with little Alexandra.