You Had One Job

You hear stories all the time, especially in the information age, of teachers who TRANSFORMED SOMEONE’S LIFE. Frequently these people get movies, or miniseries or at least some 90 minute program on Lifetime.  These miracle workers who turn people’s miserable existence around are not the subject of my story today. Nor are the good teachers….

The Gruesome Reality of Special Needs Pareting

This post is going to have some gross things in it. You know that commercial for the pregnancy test that has the “bent” stick so you don’t get pee on your hand and all the old hens always cluck that if you aren’t ready to get pee on your hand you’re not ready to have…

She Was Right There

My Mom died two years ago. I can say with confidence that I’m in a much better place about it than I was in the months or even year after it happened. I’m a functional adult again and that’s a good thing. This morning though, between my 5:45 “Get Louis out of bed” alarm and…

Where Do You Get The Time

I’ve decided that I am completely amazed people who marathon shows. It’s become commonplace to hear people tell me “I watched the whole season of Random Hot Show with Violence and Nudity this weekend, did you see it?”  Me “That was 22 episodes.” Them “Yeah it was awesome.” Even the programs that are only ten…

So I Had This TERRIBLE Day

My Monday started out brilliant. I mean, it was DAMNED good. Some time after lunch it blew up all to hell and ended up with me laying in bed in my husband’s arms crying and eventually falling asleep because I was so stressed out with this thing called LIFE. Electric word it means forever and…

Secret Gerbils and Toejam & Earl

When I was little, around 10 probably, I really wanted some gerbils. Or hamsters. I wasn’t picky. I wanted little furry creatures that would run through tubes of my own devising and be cute. Mostly this was due to some really good marketing by the company that made Habitrail which was the happiest of all…

Liberation

We’ve been without a vehicle that would hold all six of us for several months. This has led to a bit of atrophy on the part of “together” time. We can’t go out as a family, even to just go to the park or to grab a bite to eat required two trips. Trip one…

Keen About A Spoon

So there I was, this evening, telling this story about how my sister in law put my parents’ entire home into storage. She comes out quite well in the story, being the one who did an insane amount of work while I sat at home and grieved the inevitable fate that was coming. When I…

The Time You Spend

It always sounds trite, the way people like to blather on about how the most valuable thing you can give your children is time. I mean, of course it is. Time is the thing that never ends except is also running out for all of us. It’s precious. I know that this is true, this…

Their Stupid Marketing Works

Once upon a time I had a real commute to work in the morning. It involved a to-go cup of coffee, loud motivating tunes , a bit of road rage and the interstate. One of the mantras I held true to making sure this commute was a success daily was that YOU HAD TO LISTEN…

Super Death Day Super Blue Blood Moon

There are days of the year that stick in my mind like gunk under a shopping cart wheel.  They cause my nerves to rattle and shiver in ways that you wouldn’t perceive if you weren’t the one pushing me along the grocery store aisle. But they are there, lurking in my psyche for the right/wrong…

Flying for US

We had the opportunity through our local Autism Support Group SPECTRUM to attend an event called TAKING FLIGHT which is a special program Delta runs to help special needs families with how to fly and what services they offer. I’ve always preferred Delta when I fly – I suppose it’s because I’m in ATLANTA but…