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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Sometimes Your Brain Is Just Tired

I am a bad blogger this week.

Sorry, folks, but sometimes, your brain just gets tired. And so does your body. And they team up to smack you around a bit and you just have to step back and get a grip on things.

The day job has been picking up at a massive pace, I have a new book project to work on (exciting announcement coming after the New Year!) with a looming deadline, David has been having a string of bad autism days, and my house is getting a massive deep cleaning after a year of neglect while the previous books got written. On top of all that, my body is telling me I need to get serious about a bunch of minor (I hope they're minor) health issues that I've been ignoring.

Monday, November 27, 2017

The Amazing Things Happen Project - Showing The World Of Autism Through Illustration

A reader sent me this terrific link to a video with a lovely and well-researched illustration of what makes people with autism different - and how you may or may not perceive all those differences. Check it out:

The video is the work of animator Alex Amelines, and has won numerous awards and accolades at film and diversity festivals in conjunction with the Amazing Things Happen project - a project that animates the stories of people on the autism spectrum. You can find more information about how to take part here and you can also contribute to the project here.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Mostly Wordless Wednesday: Birds Of A Feather

Early morning, Amish Country
Caught a flock of geese
Taking a rest in a cow pasture
Circling and floating on the morning air
As I sip my tea
And start my day

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

10 Amazing Staircases That You Really Need To See

Some time ago, I came across the pic above, labeled as "Stair Porn." It's just so beautifully fluid - I saved the pic because I thought it might be an interesting pic to share at some later date.

Then I came across another cool staircase pic, and another a few days later, and pretty soon, I had a blog post. So here it is and just because I think staircases are beautiful and cool.

This one I saved because it looks like the cover of my book. It's the staircase of an abandoned castle in Poland, from what I've been able to find in my research. It's beautiful!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Fun On A Friday - Let's See What's Going On In Today's News

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.

Thank God this all got sorted out:

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Typing This One Through The Tears

My daughter is currently laughing at me and I'm wiping my eyes and blowing my nose.

David just stood in front of me and grabbed me by the shoulders to tell me something and I realized he was looking me in the eyes. As a matter of fact, I had to look slightly up to see his eyes.

My baby is taller than me.

Anna thinks I'm an absolute blubbering psycho but I can't possibly put into words how this feels. And she wouldn't get it anyway - not until she has a baby of her own to tower over her someday.

Another Mom milestone of many, and a big one.

I'll be over here with the Kleenex if you need me.

Monday, November 13, 2017

The Challenges Of High Functioning Autism

I came across this article last week regarding some of the challenges that face a person with high-functioning autism.

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.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Fun On A Friday: How About A Nice Cup Of NOPE

There's just nothing like a healthy dose of NOPE to kick off your weekend! Here's what's noping around my head today:

Best served with biscuits:

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Fourteen Years Of Sunshine

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. 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

The 10 Movie & TV Characters I've Fallen Hopelessly In Love With

 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.

1. Rick O'Connell The Mummy

There will never be anyone more iconically heroic and impossibly handsome than Brendan Fraser in this movie. Never. 

2. Sawyer in LOST

James "Sawyer" Ford is a hard man to love, and you know he's going to leave you heartbroken. Loved the hell out of him, anyway.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Prior's Court School For The Autistic Opens A Bakery

Photo Credit: BBC

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!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Fun On A Friday - Time To Play "What Did I Just See?"

Admit it, you love that I put together these bizarre collections, don't you? And these are the cream of the crop - you don't even know the stuff that I've passed over [shudder].

Anyway, here's a collection of bizarre stuff that made me scratch my head and wonder what the hell I just saw. Happy Friday!

Continuing on the car theme (those are Barbie legs - click for the detail): 

Thursday, November 2, 2017

The Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Ten Minutes

I had a day yesterday.

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).