One tiny ray of hope.

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This winter has been ENDLESS.  I sit here in my cozy living room this morning and watch yet more snow fall outside.  It’s crazy windy and icy pellets are dashing themselves to death upon the windows.  Good.  Die, you little bastards.  It seems like forever since I’ve been able to go yard saling.  Sneaking out […]

I found myself in a hairy situation.

Miss Thang getting her cookie making on.

Ask any parent of an autistic child about getting their kid’s hair cut and be ready for some epic eye-rolling, chest-clutching and possibly some weeping.  I’m sure that out there somewhere in the world, there’s an autistic kid who doesn’t mind getting their lid done, but I’ll be damned if I’ve ever met one. I […]

The one where the mail kind of breaks my heart for a minute.

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Hallee’s been diagnosed with autism since she was very small.  Before she was two she was receiving OT, PT, speech…you name it.  I was very lucky to have an RN mother who saw some very early red flags and convinced me to get her evaluated.  So here we are, with Hallee approaching 18.  Autism is […]

When secondhand becomes my second choice.

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Goodwill came into my life for the first time in 1997, when my oldest daughter Hallee was born.  I wanted a baby swing and got my doors blown off by the price at Toys R Us.  A neighborhood mom mentioned Goodwill and all of the great deals she got there and I immediately recoiled.  Eeewww…used stuff? […]

I’m officially over winter.

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Remember when snow was fun?  Yeah, me either.  When it’s -10 and howling winds, it’s not like I can send the kids outside to play and it’s.  getting.  old. I lived “away” for lots of years.  I lived where it was hot and snow was something that people sprayed on their windows out of a […]

My autistic kid won’t be the reason yours ends up with measles

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Let me preface this by saying that I am fairly liberal.  I am pro-choice.  I voted for Obama.  I am a firm supporter of same-sex marriages.  I believe that everyone should have access to affordable health care.  But what I don’t and won’t accept is the anti-vaccination movement. I have been a parent of an autistic […]

Super Bowl commercial fail.

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Some of the commercials that come out of the Super Bowl are pretty awesome. Some of them are funny, some of them are tear-jerkers..and some of them should never have seen the light of day.  Example… So they’re saying accidents don’t happen if you have their insurance?  If you have their insurance your kids are automatically safer? […]

Yay sporting event with $4m commercials!

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So here’s the truth.  The Super Bowl holds zero interest for me.  None.  Not sure how or when this came to be, but there you have it.  My mother loved sports..I grew up with Arthur Ashe and Wayne Gretzky posters on my walls.  My sisters and brother love sports…to a probably unhealthy degree. (freaks)  And then […]