Life With A Side Of Autism


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Mostly Wordless Wednesday: Don't Mind Me...

Don't mind me
I'm just staring wide-eyed at a fixed point of nothingness
I've been in this position for nearly ten minutes now
Looking like I'm ready to pounce
On whatever ghost or invisible alien
Is standing in the corner there
But don't let that distract you
As you try to type without looking over your shoulder
Good luck with that

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

I Went To Target And Someone Made Me Feel Uncomfortable In The Restroom

I went to Target with my daughter last week, and since it was right after dinner and I'd had three iced-teas with my mexican food, I made a pit stop in the restroom first thing while she went on ahead to check out the swimsuits.

I was alone in the restroom. There were two large handicap-access stalls complete with baby changing tables, and two regular stalls. I headed all the way down to the furthest single stall, up against the wall, and I sat down to take care of business.

That's when stuff got weird.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Once Upon A Time – Season 5, Episode 20 Recap: O Captain! My Captain!

The episode opens with Regina letting the others know she trusts Zelena where Hades is concerned. This goes over just about as well as you think it would. She snarks at Killian, he snarks back and Emma intervenes to remind them they're all in this together. Into this kerfuffle (oooh I love that word) strolls Hades to ask them for help. Rumple and Pan left him a ransom note offering Zelena in return for Hades tearing up his contract with Rumple.

Hades offers Emma a deal: he'll remove all the names from the headstones if she'll help him. Emma agrees, of course, and Hades stares at her intensely with his mouth hanging open. Why does Hades always have his mouth hanging open? Is it an allergy thing? Dramatic effect? It's getting on my nerves.

"I want more than a future in a regional center making refrigerator magnets"

This week I wanted to share an article from The Washington Post entitled, "Want To Know What It's Really Like To Have A Child With Autism?" Author Katherine Osnos Sanford puts it all out there in a frank and poignant way, painting a picture of what really keeps us up at night.

Katherine's daughter, Mae is mostly non-verbal and autistic. Like all children on the spectrum, she struggles with sensory issues and can't always process the world around her in a calm manner. My David is fairly verbal and has adapted well to his sensory issues, but he still has them, and they still overwhelm him at times. I may not have all of the struggles that Katherine has, but I relate oh-so-much to so many points in this article.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Signs Point To Friday - Let's Have A Laugh!

Just in case Grandpa isn't smelling too fresh...

It's Friday!! Yeah, baby!

I am SO ready for this work week to come to a close. And then I get to chill at home cleaning house, doing laundry, mowing, weeding and then writing until I drop! Yay! Soooo relaxing!!


Anyway, it's Friday, and for that I'm grateful. So let's usher the weekend in with a hearty guffaw and a collection of signage that's sure to catch your eye.

Let's start with this one, outside a local bar:

Thursday, April 28, 2016

What's Your Bizarro Moment?

Once, a few years back, my kids and I were coming home from an outing. As we exited the highway, we came down the exit ramp and at the stoplight ahead of us was an old AMC Gremlin - avocado green, with an enormous guy sporting a ponytail behind the wheel. He had these little prism things hanging from his rearview mirror, and they gleamed in the sun, blinding the crap out of me.

I told my daughter this was a classic car (all while madly adjusting my visor to block the eye-raping prism backlash), and when the light turned red, he went right and we went left.

We continued without incident to the next light, two blocks down, and pulled up right behind an avocado green AMC gremlin, complete with chubby ponytail guy and glittering prisms hanging from the rearview mirror.

How, I do not know.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Mostly Wordless Wednesday: Making His Own Avengers

What's going on here? I ask
Why is Flynn Rider giving the Green Lantern a piggyback ride?
He got bitten by a goblin, he replies 
And Mike Wazowski is being the lookout
To make sure the goblins don't come back
Flynn is a good friend and he's helping
And Green Lantern will give them all a ride in his car
Once they cross into Mordor
He plans their whole journey
Across the dinner table
Down the chair
Around the cat's water dish
Then up to the windowsill
Meanwhile, his sister is watching the Kardashians
And all I can think is
Well, at least one of them is using their beautiful mind right now