That headline kind of writes itself, doesn't it? But unlike our poor psychic friend, I know just what's ahead - a weekend! And then a week off the day job for me as I try to find my house under a pile of clutter and laundry, put up Christmas decorations, and edit a book. This time last year I was heading to Dublin. This year I'm home doing laundry. Oh well, you can't win 'em all. Anyway, here's all the news that's fit to print (and some that's not, really) for today.
It's very easy to dismiss someone who's higher on the spectrum. They can often hold jobs, do average-to-well in school with some accommodation, and overall don't seem as "disabled" as people who are further down the spectrum.
While that's partly true, that doesn't mean being a high-functioning autistic lets you blend right in and function as an adult without any issues. I speak about this because I've got a son who just turned fourteen. In four short years, my son will be an adult, legally and physically. But his emotional state and social capabilities lag far behind that physical age.
Saturday is Veteran's Day, but it's also my son's birthday. It's also the first birthday he'll be spending away from me, since it falls on his Dad's weekend. I'm bummed, but we'll celebrate when he gets back. It's just hard for a mom on a birthday when she can't wrap her arms around one of the greatest joys of her life.
But I'm not here today to whine and moan about my kid being away, or my kid getting older. Both are unavoidable facts of life.
It's so easy to fall in love with someone in the movies or on a favorite TV show, isn't it? They always look great and say the best lines and go to the most amazing places. Their house looks just like it ought to look and their love interest is almost as good for them as you are. Almost.
So here, in no particular order, are ten TV and movie characters I've fallen madly in love with. Because I'm sure you're just crazy interested in this. Or you want to ogle some mancandy. I'm not here to judge.
I wanted to share this story with you today about the Prior's Court School for the Autistic in Berkshire, UK. They've put together a marvelous vocational program for their students on the autism spectrum.
You can find a great write up on the bakery (courtesy of the BBC) HERE.
More information about Prior's Court can be found HERE.
And while I was checking out all the buzz about Prior's Court, I found the video they made for this year's World Autism Awareness Day and got even more impressed and inspired. Check it out!
Or, more accurately, I had one-sixth of an hour, but it was a doozy.
It all started with me wanting to be healthy. Which just goes to show you, that's a dangerous idea.
I was sitting at my desk at work - and this is a new desk, you understand because they moved me a few weeks ago since they're doing construction on my floor. So this new desk is right next to a conference room we've nicknamed "the fishbowl" because it's the only conference room on the property that has solid glass walls and doors, floor to ceiling.
So I was at my desk and realized I needed to use the facilities, and as I got up, I decided to try a healthy stretch I saw on some video somewhere. You can do at work and it doesn't really look like a stretch so you can do it easily - except I backed into my candy dish doing my healthy stretch (how's that for irony).