Friday, December 28, 2007
Still Alive...Still Kickin'
I feel like I'm blogging annually now. What's up with that? I need to blog more, possibly bi-annually?
Still in Michigan. It's snowing outside - again. I'm tired of snow. I'm really not digging the snow. The snow that had fallen a few weeks was just starting to come off the ground. DJ's not feeling the snow either. He likes the first snowfall or two. Then it's all over for him.
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
The Things Kids Say
As you know, we're new to Midland. We're new to the neighborhood, new to the schools. First impressions are really important!
Anyway, I swear the school thinks we are white trash - seriously. A few weeks ago, DJ comes home with one of his tests. He was supposed to write a sentence for each of his spelling words. Of course, I read each of his sentences. One of his sentences stuck out. "I beat meat." Mull over that for a second. I know I did.
Fast forward to this week. The other night, BFF came over for dinner. I totally forget what we were talking about, but DJ says in the middle of the conversation, "Call my Mom, 'Sweetcheeks'." Of course he did, because BFF's an ass. And of course he shared it with our friends because, well, he's an ass. DJ's also calling me Sweetcheeks. Can't wait until that shows up in a sentence.
Just when you thought it couldn't get any better....Picture Thanksgiving dinner. Picture family sitting around a table sharing a very good meal (I know it was good because I cooked it). Picture my son calling me, "sex fiend". Yes. He did. What the hell?? So I ask him where he heard it from. He tells me "Spaceballs". What's up with that? I don't remember that part in the movie. Of course I explained to him that it's not nice to say and all that, but my kid barely remembers to put on shoes when he goes out the front door. I can't wait to see this week's tests.
Saturday, November 18, 2006
It's Been a Loooooong Time...
Yep, I guess it's been awhile, eh? A long while, even? I've still been reading all of my links, just haven't commented any. I've also thought of plenty of things to say over the past year, just haven't wrote anything. Sucks, eh?
I guess my biggest news goes hand in hand. First and foremest, I moved - a whopping move. I moved to Michigan in August. Why? Plenty of resons. First, I was having tons of problems with placement for DJ. His program ended at the end of the school year and the Philly School District (those bastards!) wanted to send him back to The School From Hell! No way. Not on MY watch. I had major plans to homeschool him - on top of work, on top of my own school. I know, crazy talk, right?
It's beautiful here! There's grass. Grass is luxurious commodity in Philly. Not here, it's everywhere!
The house I live in is more than double what I had in Philly. The best part about it: there's a separate living area (complete with kitchen, bedroom, living room) on the bottom floor where Pops is now residing.
DJ is excelling in school here. He's mainstreamed - can you believe it? He also made tons of friends here. He has the girls swooning over him, too. I'm not sure how I feel about that, yet. I'll have to ponder that a bit and get back to ya.
The only bad news....I'm unemployed. Eh, but you have to take the bad with the good. Thankfully, I'm getting money, because, well, someone has to pay the rent and all. But that's a story for another day. And another day will come, I promise!
Saturday, December 10, 2005
Ten Things About Me
Thanks a lot, Irish:)
I don't think I have anyone to tag, because just about everyone has been tagged, but I'll give it a try! If you've already been tagged by someone else, my apologies:)
I promise, a more detailed post later on. I know I'm behind!
Friday, December 02, 2005
Autism vs. the Holidays
MAKING THE HOLIDAYS HAPPY FOR CHILDREN WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS
Wednesday, November 30, 2005
A Special Needs Parent's Wish List
Ok, this is awesome, and I just had to pass on. We all need this!
I just found out this is an article on About.com. If you wish to read the article, please go here. This is a great article written by Terri Mauro and I'm sure all of us could use some (if not all) the wishes on this list!
Sunday, November 27, 2005
I Survived Black Friday - Barely
I dragged my body out of bed at 4:30 am on Friday. I wound up taking a 20 minute shower to get all the sleepies out of my eyes. DJ didn't really ask for a big present this year, instead, I found one for him. How cool does this laptop look? I was hoping either Walmart or Toys R' Us would sell it a bit cheaper first thing in the morning.
I pulled into the Walmart right up the road at 5:10am, and proceed to pull right out. There was a huge line to get in the store. No way. I drove to the one about 15 minutes way in another city. I swear no one goes there. I was even able to park out front of the store! They didn't have the laptop, but they did have the Darth Vader Voice Changer (for almost half off, I might add). I threw that in the cart along with the batmobile, some action figures from Star Wars, Fantastic Four, Power Ranges, etc (all half off as well). Cut me some slack, my boy wanted nothing to do with action figures before now! I went a little crazy- just a little.
Then I decide to brave Toys R' Us. I pull into a full parking lot, but at least there were a few spaces left. I thought, how bad could it really be? Are you laughing, yet? Real bad. No shopping carts were left, but I figure I'm only really looking for the laptop and how heavy could it be. They didn't have the laptop either. But I did find some cute board games. He didn't play board games until this year either. I know, my boy lived under a rock for seven years. His whole life revolved around the TV and his gamecube. But that's another story.
I figured I'd check out their Gamecube games anyway, because they do run some good sales on them. There was line to get in the R' Zone. You have got to be kidding me. The salesperson told me you went up to the register and told them what you wanted - no browsing. Ummm, kay. I don't want a game that bad. But, the line to check out went around the whole store. Nope, no way. I didn't want the board games that bad and they weren't even on sale. I could get them another day. As I'm walking out, I look at the cashier area. They only had 2 cashiers working. On Black Friday. That was smart.
When I got home, DJ was awake. I think he was a little bleary eyed because when he asked why I was out so early and I told him I had to go get bread, he just nodded. He's so cute.
For lunch, we went out with a former co-worker of mine to get some dimsum. She adores DJ and DJ thinks she awesome. As we were getting ready to go, DJ decided he had to put cologne on so he could smell good for her. What a stud. After we were finished eating, DJ said we had to hurry up. Of course, we ask him why. He tells us he has a hot date. My former co-worker just looked at each other. We were about to ask him what was going on and he says, "And her name is TV. She doesn't like to be kept waiting." What do you say to things like that?
Monday, November 21, 2005
So Proud I Could Cry
My baby big boy makes me so proud. I stand in awe at his accomplishments. Sometimes I want to call up his former kindergarten teacher and just tell her that NONE of her predictions came true, then slam the phone down on her.
DJ's been reading so much as I've mentioned before. I can't him into chapter books though. I don't really know if he's ready for them. He says he doesn't like them. I think because they don't have any pictures in them. This weekend I decided to try to get him to read some Harry Potter because, well, who doesn't love Harry? I pulled out the Sorcerer's Stone and he read about a paragraph, then told me he didn't want to read it. I told him it wasn't a problem. I don't want to push him into anything.
Instead, he comes in the living room with Goblet of Fire. 700+ pages, baby! He read the first chapter all by himself. Oh. My. God. I really didn't know if he could do it or not. He proved me wrong. Totally proved me wrong. Right now, I feel like DJ can do just about anything. He read me another few pages this morning and took the book with him to school this morning to read on the bus ride.
Saturday, November 19, 2005
Floam Me, Baby
Last night, PIC and I went to AC Moore. DJ wanted to come with us once he found out paints are sold there. I originally went there for embroidery floss and some yarn. I have no idea how to knit, but I really want to learn:) I wound up buying this picture I saw weeks ago. DJ found lots of things he wanted but I reminded him of the paints, which were affordable, compared to the $50 build a pirate ship he really wanted.
We found a cute little paint set. It was The Lion King, but for some reason DJ wasn't too happy. I asked him what was wrong and he said he really wanted Floam. I asked him what Floam was, because I had no clue. I looked a PIC for some guidance, but she just shook her head. No help there. DJ couldn't really explain it. I told him if we see it, we'll get some (not). As we were walking back towards the front to pay for our purchases, I saw Floam and hurried DJ up. He and I were talking about it all the way to the cash register. I assured him I would keep looking for it (I'm thinking - Chrismas present) and as soon as I found it, I'd buy it for him. Well, a nice saleslady heard us talking and says, "I know where Floam is." DJ got really excited. I felt like wringing her neck.
After dealing with Asperger's for 2 years now, I know what I can and can't do. DJ still has meltdowns - very infrequently, and I damned sure didn't want a meltdown in the middle of the store. I knew if I told him no, there would be a meltdown. DJ seems to understand some things, such as not being able to find it, and me going to look for it at another store is ok; but the store carrying it and Mommy NOT buying it after he worked himself up over (and Mommy promising she'd buy it after she "found" it) it is not ok. Don't ask me to explain it, I can't. It's Asperger's and it doesn't have to make sense to me. It just has to make sense to DJ. Them's the rules.
PIC looks at me with this wild look in her eyes and she's mouthing to me, "I don't believe this." I just shrugged my shoulders and followed along after the overly helpful salesperson. Dom got his Floam and was a very happy camper. I was glad there was no meltdown.
Friday, November 18, 2005
Spoilage - Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire
PIC and I went to Harry Potter last night, or this morning. It gets very confusing:) We were so hyped - evidently since we were going to a 12AM showing that wouldn't be done until after 2:30 on a work night. DJ didn't come along and I'm glad he didn't it. It was PACKED. We got there a little over an hour before it started and they were already seating. Over half was filled already. Five sold out shows in one theater. It was crazy.
You could tell everyone was excited. PIC and I were psyched. Then the movie started. To be honest I was disappointed in the movie. First, no Winky, no Dobby. Totally deleted the whole SPEW storyline - which I didn't miss, but where are the house elves? No wand was picked up by Winky or anyone after the Quidditch game - the ONLY Quidditch game. Actually, it wasn't even a game! Another missing person - Charlie Weasley. It was crazy. I didn't feel the character development either. Luckily I read the book so I understood more of what was going on. PIC didn't read the book and had no clue why people were acting the way they did. In the movie, Cedric Diggory wasn't portrayed as a really nice guy. It was assumed HE made the Potter Stinks badges. I had to set PIC straight about that. They got rid of the whole Veela storyline too. Rita Skeeter? A tiny part. That's it. The maze at the end, huh? I thought Voldie was a joke. Really.
There were things I did like in the movie, though. I loved the portrayal of Viktor Krum - everything I imagined. Fred and George were hilarious - of course! The dragon part of the Triwizard Tournament was great, as was the underwater challenge.
Why, oh why, couldn't they have done either the two parter or a longer movie with intermission. The book really deserved it. But, because it's Harry Potter, I will go see it again with DJ AND it will sit on my dvd shelf when it comes out.
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