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  • The Never Ending Therapy of The Vince Guaraldi Trio
    on Dec 6, 2016 in baking grief mom Mommyhood
    I spent my lunch hour yesterday searching for something that would be perfect to take to the twin mom's Bingo party tonight. Unlike funerals where one would search the "freezes beautifully" section of food.com I was looking for "something that moms w...
  • Terrorists and Coconut Oil
    on Dec 1, 2016 in autism Mommyhood parenting
    I had one of those days at work where you look like crap and people keep asking if you if you're okay. People asking you if you're okay when you are not actually sick is code for "You look like shit, what's up?" The what's up is I didn't get sleep fo...
  • Wet Like Fish
    on Sep 4, 2016 in autism Parenthood parenting The Twins
    I always think, wrongly, that giving the twins a shower instead of a bath will be easier. Time-wise, it IS easier. I can get them in and out of the shower in under ten minutes. But if you haven't ever put into a shower and TRIED to bathe a 12 year ol...
  • Pastimes of My Poorer Self
    on Sep 2, 2016 in hiking mushroom
    We wandered over to South Carolina yesterday, in search of Jack in the Box (found) and something to do (also found). We ended up at the botanical gardens on Clemson's campus. We decided that with nothing better to do that blistering hot day, we'd go...
  • Half Runner Beans and Broken Hearts
    on Aug 27, 2016 in Family grief indiana traditions
    The end of August is the herald of heartache in my life. For 11 years it's been a bittersweet time, as within a 48 hour span I am handed the anniversary of my beloved niece's birth and the death of a close friend. Add to that the events of last year...
  • History Lessons
    on Aug 20, 2016 in Family georgia home sweet home
    We grow up learning the history of our state from a very early age. Even though I've been a Hoosier ex-pat since 99 I could still pretty accurately tell you the story of the Pigeon roost massacre, the Battle of Tippecanoe, the New Harmony community (...
  • Love Comes Walking In
    on Aug 11, 2016 in Friends
    Yesterday I had a deja-vu of the very early morning sort. It was the kind of moment with sights and sounds and textures and regret.When I was in school I had a friend who was also in band who lived somewhat near me. It was walking distance, the next...
  • The Lessons Of The Past
    on Aug 9, 2016 in #autismsucks autism
    Autistic children do better with a routine. This is a pretty well known fact, and truthfully it's rather like CANNON in the world of Autism. Just as you know Darth Vader didn't say "Luke, I'm your father." (Or you should know because my God don't you...
  • It Never Stops
    on Aug 8, 2016 in #autismsucks autism Mommyhood
    Two of my babies are 12. They are still, and may always be in some ways, babies. On Saturday at the train event, at one point both Miles and Charlie climbed up on a truck or tractor and then held out their arms to me to rescue them. A toddler might h...
  • Trains, Trucks and Tractors REDUX
    on Aug 7, 2016 in Family Family Traditions trains
    We decided to burn our last Saturday before school in the swealtering heat at the Southeastern Railway Museum in Duluth. It was the Trains, Trucks and Tractors weekend which we haven't been to since God was a boy. I'm required to say things like that...
  • The Safety Dance
    on Aug 3, 2016 in dreams horror show sleep
    I loved horror once upon a time. I loved the suspense of well written horror. I love the jumps and shocks of scary movies. I've been known to indulge in some pretty gross movie-wise stuff with my birthday twin Nikki so I can say that I definitely hav...
  • I'm Much More Me
    on Aug 2, 2016
    I'm sentimental and emotional by nature. I pretend to be tougher than I am to make up for that. I once did this assessment of my "emotional" work nature and basically it said I was super over sensitive, however, I was someone who would hide that I wa...
  • With Clouds That Climb To The Sky
    on Aug 1, 2016 in clouds home sweet home indiana
    One of the things I miss most about not living in Indiana (besides the people I love) is the sky. If you never lived in a flat place where you could see forever you won't know what I mean. There is sky so big you can watch a storm roll toward you for...
  • Peaceful Sometimes
    on Jul 28, 2016 in autism Family Mommyhood
    Sometimes, just sometimes, Miles and Charlie are just little boys. Autism isn't raging, no one is out of control. They're still little tiny boys trapped in giant bodies, but they're not a burden or something to deal with. They're just my little guys.
  • You Must Be Ever Watchful
    on Jul 25, 2016 in #autismsucks autism
    Autism parents don't ever get a break. I just sat down, on a so called break after work, and see shredded little toe separator thingys that I have owned for at least ten years. They've been shredded into oblivion - a victim of Autism's love of shredd...
  • The Long Dark Potty Training of The Soul
    on Jul 23, 2016 in autism miles potty training
    It's back to potty training.Miles has been, well, just unbearable for a while. Weeks/days whatever. He's bored he's unhappy, he's pooping every ten minutes and DEMANDING to be changed and if you don't he MELTS DOWN.Autism parents know very well that...
  • Flirting With Grandpa
    on Jul 22, 2016 in aging The Downward Spiral
    I was minding my own business watching Julia do her thing down on the floor at Gymnastics when I realized the older gentleman near me was talking to me.We sat and chatted, about kids - he was there with his granddaughter. We talked about sports for k...
  • Happy Birthday DadYesterday was Dad's birthday. He was surprised, last year, that he made it to 70. "I made it," he whispered hoarsely into the phone when I called. My dad used to like to tell this story of how when I was 9 months old he sat holding me on his kne...
  • Death Will Tear Us Apart
    on Jul 17, 2016 in grief
    I joined a few grief groups on FACEBOOK after Mom and Dad died. I'm not sure what I joined when, but I know I was seeking words that made me feel better, helped me understand the loss I was feeling, gave me tools and language to express the way I was...
  • The Duplicity of Being Me
    on Jul 9, 2016 in Family Mommyhood parenting
    I think it's a normal state of being, wanting two divergent things at the same time. Things which are mutually exclusive can both be desireable and I suppose that the trick is to to realize that sometimes, just sometimes you have to live with that fa...
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