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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

My Tired Working Woman With Kids New Years Resolutions

The New Year is upon us - can you believe it? And like any self-loathing self-respecting woman, it's time to come up with a list of stuff I really wish I had the willpower and time to accomplish. Then I get to feel bad about it for the rest of the year.  

Well, here goes:

  1. I'll develop a daily plan and write it down in a notebook, and then try my very hardest not to misplace that notebook. 
  2. I'll spend at least twenty minutes outside in the fresh air every day. Okay, most days. Maybe just an occasional day. At the very least, I'll be sure to mention to my coworkers and family what a beautiful day it is outside as I glance out the window.
  3. I'll stop avoiding things that should be done. Like Jason Momoa. Yeah, I went there.
  4. I'll be conscious of every single bite I put in my mouth and remind myself frequently that I could just spread it on my thighs with a trowel and likely have the same effect. 
  5. I'll stop cursing at my cats. It doesn't phase them anyway.
That's all I've got for now. What about you? What's on your New Year To Do List?

Monday, December 25, 2017

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

What I've Learned In 15 Years Without My Mom

Fifteen years ago tomorrow, on my parent's forty-fifth wedding anniversary, my Mom went to the Emergency Room with what she thought was a bad case of the flu and never came home again. 

I got the call on Christmas night. We'd spent the previous few days teetering between hope and worry as she underwent surgical procedures, got worse, got a little better, got worse again. In the wee hours of Christmas night-into-morning, she breathed her last breath.

I was a brand new mother back then -  Anna was twenty months old. David wasn't even conceived yet. And as I stood there watching them lower her casket into the ground on New Year's eve, I knew the person who loved me most in the world was gone. I wasn't sure how I felt about any of that.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

10 People Who Know How To Christmas

Are we feeling the holiday spirit? If you're not quite there yet, then I've got a collection of people who can show you the way. Check out these daring holiday decorators!


Monday, December 18, 2017

A Teacher Forms An iPad Band With His Special Needs Students - Just Listen!

The students of P.S. 177 in Queens, NY have music in their hearts - but learning disabilities like autism can make it difficult to learn or play an instrument. Teacher Adam Goldberg found just the right instrument to channel all that unused creativity: an iPad. Check out their story!

Friday, December 15, 2017

Let's Feel That Holiday Spirit With These Hilarious Homemade Christmas Sweaters!

This is going to be quite the festive array, I assure you. We'll start with this one:

Makes me itch just to look at it.

And his one is bound to invite comment:

Thursday, December 14, 2017

45 Years Ago Today, We Took Our Last Steps On The Moon

I'd like to share with you Astronaut Gene Cernan's final words as he stepped back into the Lunar module:

"Bob, this is Gene, and I'm on the surface; and, as I take man's last step from the surface, back home for some time to come – but we believe not too long into the future – I'd like to just (say) what I believe history will record: that America's challenge of today has forged man's destiny of tomorrow. And, as we leave the Moon at Taurus–Littrow, we leave as we came and, God willing, as we shall return, with peace and hope for all mankind. Godspeed the crew of Apollo 17."
Learn more about the Apollo 17 mission and its legacy here.

This was the age of dreamers and do-ers. We need to get back to that time. We really do.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

My Worst "Best Christmas"

December of 2000 was - and I know this sounds bizarre - my worst "Best Christmas."

That seems like a bit of an oxymoron, but when anyone waxes nostalgic and asks about my favorite Christmas memories, Christmas of 2000 has got to be at the top. That Christmas, after 5 long years of infertility, treatments, invasive procedures and petrie dishes, I was pregnant. 

Monday, December 11, 2017

What Can An Autism Therapy Dog Do For A Child On The Spectrum? Just Watch!

Therapy dogs come in all shapes and sizes, and are used for a variety of physical and mental health support. It's only been within the last few years that we've seen autism support dogs, and oh, are they ever making a difference! Just watch the video below to see the joy and constant comfort that Chester brings to Max, a child with autism.

Friday, December 8, 2017

It's The "What The Hell Is That?" Holiday Gift Edition!

The holidays are upon us, and if you're like me, you're wading through stores and sorting through websites in search of the perfect gift for that special someone on your list. Well, look no further! I have all your shopping needs contained in this one little post. Along with a whole lot of weird.

How about a denture bracelet? It's the must-have accessory of the season! 

But wait! There's more!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Need A Toy For A Kid With Autism? Check Out These Terrific Ideas!

Every year at the holidays, family and friends ask me what sort of presents they should get for David. Not so much of a problem now that he's old enough to appreciate and use a gift card, but when he was younger it could be a real head-scratcher. It could also be tougher when they didn't ask - because they were very likely to buy something that wouldn't get played with.

David, like a lot of kids with autism, doesn't always play with the same toys as the other kids. He also favors toys and DVD's geared toward younger kids more often than not. And sometimes, it's the odd things that aren't even toys that get his attention. One year, we bought him his own vacuum cleaner (he was obsessed with them). This year, he's fourteen and the present he wants most from Santa is an electric crayon sharpener. You read that right. And he's getting one, too.

If you have a child on the spectrum (or plan on buying a present for one), I've found two terrific videos you should watch. The first was made by therapists who work with kids on the spectrum and the second is from an autism dad who has a daughter who is low-functioning, and discusses the best sort of toys for kids who are lower on the ASD spectrum. You'll find lots of great ideas!

Friday, December 1, 2017

This Shall Be A Sign Unto You - That It's Friday!

It's Friday, and I'm ready to laugh. How about you? Well, sit back, take a load off and get ready to guffaw at today's collection of signage.

In a doctor's office:

"Honey, maybe we'd better keep looking . . ."