Tuesday, August 17, 2010

I love Malcom in the Middle

"Lois: God, they're just boobs, lady. What's your problem?" 
 I just love this show! It is much like my life...or makes my life look better, I can't decide which :)

 Have you ever watched it?
"Lois: Drink your milk. "
"Dewey: It's lumpy. "
"Lois: Then chew it."

I don't know...I guess I just like the sick humor of it all

"Lois: Look at those Parker boys across the street. They may be healthy, but, honest to God, those are the ugliest little boys ever born. They look like boiled beets, don't you think? And those Henderson kids? They electrocuted their dog when they were trying to get free cable. How smart can they be? Just remember, any kid who makes fun of you is a creepy little loser who will end up working in a car wash.
Malcolm: This shouldn't make me feel better, but it does."

I guess I relate to Lois, the mom, the most

She is hot-headed and stubborn. Her kids see her as tannical figure, a crazed control freak, and indeed she is, but her behavior was caused by Francis' bad behavior as a toddler (wow, that is familiar!). 

"Francis: I'm working for a moron. "
" Lois: Of course you are, honey. Your boss is an idiot, your co-workers are incompetent and you are underappreciated. Welcome to the working world. "

Just my musings for the day :))

Monday, August 16, 2010

Passing on a couple great blog posts I saw today

1) This “In Their Own Words” essay is written by Lydia Wayman. Lydia is a 22 year old who “resides somewhere on the autism spectrum.”  Her three favorite things are her service cat, Elsie, her best friend and her mom. She recently wrote and published a book, “Interview with Autism,” for parents and caregivers about life on the autism spectrum. Lydia previously submitted a fabulous post called “Ten Things That I Wish You Would Accept, No Questions Asked.”

 2)This morning’s riddle – what do autism and a mullet have in common?
Adrien and Aaron are eight-year-old twins; Adrien is nonverbal and has autism. Since age four, Aaron has donated “every penny he has received” to Autism Speaks, starting with change he found on the ground. He is now taking his fundraising capabilities to a new level. He is going to shave his head the second week of October and is accepting donations. He hopes to raise $200.
(Here’s where a great story becomes even better.)
Their Uncle Virgil (pictured here) has offered to cut off his beloved 16-year-old mullet, IF Aaron is able to reach $5,000 in donations for Autism Speaks. And, he will donate his lovely locks to a worthy organization like Locks of Love.
In my opinion, everyone wins. Donate to Hairs To Adrien For Autism, benefiting Autism Speaks. Even one dollar will help. Check out his Facebook page and be sure to share it. And be sure to thank Aaron and Uncle Virgil for their efforts!

Rededication to this blog

Hello all,

I have neglected this blog recently, and I really miss posting here. Today, I am rededicating myself to this blog. I will find new followers and start following others. I will post on here, as you have seen me do before, my real life (pretty or not!). If you are just joining me, I hope you find something useful here! I am new to blogging, but I am learning every day.

My last blog post was in January and in February I had a car accident...actually, the person who hit me had the accident; I got the injuries! It has been a tough road to heal from the whiplash & associated problems. I am still going to the chiropractor seven months later. Have a lawsuit pending. So, that is about all I will say about that for now.

And, here is a report on Summer: Every summer I have the intention to work with my kids over the summer on their reading and math skills. We usually buy summer study books, flash cards, the whole shebang! And, as you might have guessed, usually the summer flies by and we rarely open the books. This year was similar, however, I decided several weeks ago that it was a conscious decision on my part to not push the kids and let them have fun this summer.

One of the reasons for this is our youngest will behaving surgery again (his 7th) at Shriner's Hospital and will be in a wheel chair for the first quarter of the school year. I wanted him to have some times to play all he wanted; run around, swim, and have fun. He will be having his heel cord lengthened (it is short now due to limb lengthening in 2008...he gained 1.5" in bone length, but the ligaments often don't stretch as well), and part of his femur straightened. So, he will be non-weight bearing for at least 6 weeks, hence the wheelchair. So, he has had a great summer, riding bikes, summer camps, going to the park, playing in the pool, etc.

Our second youngest (the one with autism) has had a great summer as well. In fact, he has grown a lot. He is nine. And, while it might be unusual for a parent of a nine-year-old to brag about these things, it is pretty amazing for him to be able to have done them: 1) he learned to ride a bike this summer. No training wheels, no crashing...he just took off & hasn't stopped since! He has had bikes for a long time now, but something just clicked this summer. 2) He also learned to tie his shoes!! He is very proud of that and now has to wear "tie" shoes everyday. 3) He is no longer in pull-up/good-nights at bedtime! Which saves us LOTS of money and him lots of embarrassment! 4) He is starting to play some team sports at the local boys & girls club. And, that is a big deal for a kid on the spectrum.

The grandbaby has grown by leaps & bounds. She is walking, running, laughing, and doing a little talking. She is funny and happy! The teenager has moved back to the town we lived in for 13 years prior to moving to this one (3 years ago) and moved in with a long-time family friend so she can go to school (community college) there since she took & passed her GED this spring.

Lots of changes and adjustments in our family. Fibromyaglia is mostly stable. Was diagnosed with type II diabetes last month. However, I also lost 30# after my diagnosis...still working on losing the rest!

That's all for now. I will try to post some "catch-ups" soon.