Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Busy is a four letter word....

so are SLOW  and DOWN....
and I'm concentrating on those next week.

The picture would be more accurate if I had a kid
on my hip, car keys in one hand, a bottle in the other
and a burp cloth over my shoulder,
but this was all I could find.

Things should slow down soon and will probably
get down right boring around the middle of May
when Ashley & Daniela go to Mexico.

My family has been understanding so far, and
hopefully I'll make it to the end of the week.
If I've ignored you lately, give me a call next week,
send me a text or an email, and I should have
time to actually answer it.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Getting to and from work

what a hassle.....maybe I should just quit going
and stay home instead.

Week #1  M59 Closed  - 
 I have to find a way around to get to work.
      Head on collision - both drivers taken to Ann Arbor.
One by med flight.
      The third vehicle that rear-ended the vehicle
and caused the accident no one wasn't injured.

Week #2   Latson Road closed due to motorcycle fatality and
I had to take another detour to get to work.
That was after I turned left and went through
the gas station.  The cop hopped out of his car
like he was coming after me.  I don't know
what he expected me to do I was already in the left turn
lane ......the accident scene wasn't right at the intersection
so I didn't think it was the wrong thing to do.
Apparently the cop thought I should have done something else.

Week #3  Due to high winds there was a large tree down
across Latson Road and the traffic light was out. 
Traffic light out at that busy intersection at
      rush hour was pure mayhem.  Ugh!

I'm dreading next week and what it could bring.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Book List for Autism Readers

See my post below for the first 63 books I read on Autism and check out the list for book I've read since April 2010.

64) Dancing in the Rain:  Stories of Exceptional Progress by Parents of   Children with Special Needs.
65)  Precious Treasure by Elizabeth Matthews
66) Expecting Adam:  A True Story of Birth, Rebirth and Everyday Magic by Martha Beck
67) Changing the Course of Autism by Marlene Targ Bill
68) Child of Eternity by Adriana Rocha
69) A Mind Apart:  Understanding Children with Autism and Aspergers Syndrome
70) Freeing your Children From Anxiety:  Powerful, Practical Solutions to Overcome your Child's Fears, Worries and Phobias by Tamar Chansky
71) Lucy's Story:  Autism and Other Adventures by Lucy Blackman
72)  Autism and Play by Jannik Beyer
73) Three Times the Love:  Finding Answers and Hope for our Triplets with Autism by Lynn and Randy Gaston
74) The Only Boy in the World:  A Father Explores the Mysteries of Autism by Michael Blastland
75)  Boy Alone - A Brothers Memoir by Karl Taro Greenfeld
76) Unstrange Minds:  Remapping the World of Autism by Roy Richard Grinker
77) The Boy who went Away by Eli Gottlieb
78) Autistic Thinking by Peter Vermeulen
79) Look Me in the Eye:  My Life with Asperers by John Elder Robison
80)  House Rules by Jodi Picoult
81) A Pebble to Polish by Janet Lord Leszl
82) Healing the New Childhood Epidemics; Autism, ADHC, Asthma and Allergies: The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A Disorders
83) A Child's Journey out of Autism:  One Family's Story of Living in Hope and Finding A Cure by Leeann Whiffen
84) When Snow Turns to Rain:  One Family's Struggle to Solve the Riddle of Autism by Craig B. Schulze
85)  The Normal One:  Life with a Difficult or Damaged Sibling by Jeanne Safer
86) How to Be a Sister:  A Love Story with a Twist of Autism by Eileen Garvin
87)  The Horse Boy:  A Memoir of Healing by Rupert Isacson
88)  A Friend Like Henry by Nuala Gardner
89)  Functional Behavior Assessment for People with Autism.  Making Sense of Seemingly Senseless Behavior by Beth A Glasberg.
90) Without Reason:  A Family Copes with 2 Generations of Autism by Charles Hart
91) Between Their World and Ours:  Breakthroughs with Autistic Children by Karen Zelan
92) Sowing my Tears Reaping His Joy by Marion Ferguson Witcher

I really thought I'd read over 100, but this is all that I can easily find at the moment.  I'll see if I can come up with any more.  It would be much easier if I'd just write them down as I read them, but no.... I'm scouring the bookshelves, the paperback swap club's list of swapped books, and the order history from the thrifty book website.  I like to do things the hard way, if that's not obvious enough for you to see.

I chose such a thick book this month, I'm not sure if I'll get very many autism books read besides that one and one or two more.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Easter in New Mexico

I haven't been having the best of luck posting things
to my blog lately. 
I literally tried for hours to get an Easter video
of Daniela to upload to my blog.  Ugh!
The frustration factor finally succeeded in making
me give it up.

Now it's not cooperating with pictures of Rowyn
taken on Easter.  I don't know why I can't increase the
size without getting such poor quality....
perhaps some on them were taken on their phones????

Anyway, this is Easter in New Mexico,
don't the girls look beautiful?
And the mountains and flowers too?

Monday, April 2, 2012

Autism Awareness Month

For Autism Awareness month I'll be choosing all my reading material from my Autism Bookshelf.  Yes, I do have one entire bookshelf dedicated to books on the subject.  See my old post here, which at that time there were only twelve books on the shelf, but currently I have  twenty three.  I will take a picture of my current contents on my shelf sometime this month.  Some books have come and gone; recycled through and others have been passed on to my oldest daughter to read or add to their Autism Support Group Library.  Then there are the ones I want to keep, to read again.  I will also take the time to add all the books I've read this past year or two to my book list of everything I've read on the topic.  Here's my old list of sixty-three books.  I have no idea how high the number will be by now.  If you have any book suggestions, I welcome them whole heartily.

For my first book to read this month I chose, "Healing the New Childhood Epidemics Autism, ADHD, Asthma and Allergies.  The Ground Breaking Program for the 4-A Disorders by Kenneth Bock, M.D., and Cameron Stauth.

Are you doing anything special for Autism Awareness this month?