These last few years I’ve been spending a lot of time figuring out this whole autism thing. I mean, living on the spectrum all my life you’d think I’d have it figured out by now, but it’s been only the last few years that I’ve known about it or had the time to really look into what that means.
A lot of my discoveries and worries end up on here, so feel free to peruse if you’re curious… though be warned: I’m exceedingly verbose!
One of the things that comes up regularly is this idea that being autistic makes it hard to have friends… and that’s not entirely my experience. For me, it’s easy to make friends (or I suppose I should say “acquaintances”) because I am a bit of a mimic. People are always telling me “we get along so great!” But, in reality, without even meaning to, I’ve basically just copied everything they’ve done so they identify me as “their kind of people.”
But what am I supposed to do if I don’t like this person whom I’ve now convinced that we’re identical?
Continue reading “Thursday Thoughts: What if you don’t like someone?”
This weekend, if we were sharing coffee, it would be the blonde roast that was a gift from my student, and we’d be curled up in our PJ’s. A kind of slumber party version of the Weekend Coffee Share. And a short post at that.
Not much has happened over the last couple of weeks.
Continue reading “Weekend Coffee Share: Is it really over?”
Welcome! Pull up a chair, grab you a cup of whatever caffeinated beverage you’re craving, and let’s chat a while.
This week, my “coffee” is actually a tea. During the earlier camp Nano, I joined a tea swap, and now I have a ton of interesting flavors to try out. I’ll be taking some of them with me when I go on “vacation” next week.
It’s really more of a “stay-cation,” but it will get me out of the house nonetheless.
But that’s not what we’re here to discuss. We’re here to review this past week and then talk about things to come!
Continue reading “#WeekendCoffeeShare: Summer’s flying!”
For those of you who are part of the writing community on Twitter, first of all, Thank You!! Thank you for all your support that you give one another and being such an amazing example of what we can accomplish when we try to support one another instead of trying to tear each other down!
This past weekend’s #JustAddTea chat was all about celebrations, and while it did include how to use celebration in our works in progress (or WIPs, for those of you in the know), it began by emphasizing our own successes, both big and small.
This is a thing we should all do a little more.
Continue reading “That Friday Feeling: Focus on the Positive.”
Well hello there Rewinders! If you were here with us last week, you’ll know that I was busy fixating on a boy. And yes, definitely a boy, age notwithstanding. The thing is that I was fixating because he changed his behavior in a drastic way, and I didn’t understand. I wanted clarification of what I had done to cause such a drastic reaction in the first place, but I’m not worried about it… not the way I think he might be still.
Continue reading “#DSFWeeklyRewind: Warning Signs”
Good afternoon Rewinders! I seem to have a pattern of good weeks followed by bad weeks. If that’s really true, this coming week should be phenomenal!
The short version: I am so awkward that I managed to show my crazy (as one of my co-workers would say) to the gentleman that took me out last weekend, and now I’m being ghosted.
Or at least I’m 97% certain that’s what has happened. I’ve been kind of fixating on how to fix it, which of course always makes it worse, right?
Continue reading “#DSFWeeklyRewind: Can I get a Do-Over?”
Good afternoon Rewinders! This week has been hectic but in a good way. I’m definitely thankful for my work friends and my kiddos this week. They have (even if they don’t realize it) given me ample validation that teaching is, in fact, my calling and that I am, in fact, relatively good at it.
If we work our way backwards, today (Sunday) has been all about the writing side of things. The Twitter Chat was about distractions, and thus it was also the theme for my weekly #ThinkBIGSundaywithMartha post.
Continue reading “#DSFWeeklyRewind: Recognition, finally!”