Month: August 2013

The Post Where I Pose a Question

Does the Internet ever annoy you? Because it sometimes annoys me. Clearly, I am enamored with the the Internet on many levels. I love the accessibility, the convenience, the endless possibilities for research and sharing and shopping and blogging. But sometimes it just seems too……. ……..omnipresent. Don’t you think? I will acknowledge that my annoyance with the net probably says…

When did healthy eating become so complex?

This was the kind of week which makes a person want to gaze at the universe and ask, “Really?” And not in a hopeful, expectant kind of a tone either. It’s more a question asked with chagrin and a looming sense of foreboding that the universe is going to say, “Yeah, really.” And perhaps also, “Deal with it.” So naturally, I…

Back-to-School Quarantine

Everyone within the sound of my whine knows I look forward to back-to-school time with the same intensity that a dehydrated, lost wanderer in the desert yearns for water. I need the replenishing eau-de-vie of a structured school schedule. The guys and I need buses and teachers and aides and occupational/speech/behavior therapists to help restore order and vitality to our…

Indicators of Uniqueness

I recently stumbled across a list entitled “You Know You’re a Special-Needs Mom When…” It was a giant list of esoteric situations, and it got me thinking about my own strange list. I’ve been mentally composing it all week. You know you’re a special-needs mom when…* two different buses arrive at your door just minutes apart to ferry two different children…

A little existential musing, no big deal

A dear friend of mine has a blog that I devour on a weekly basis. I love it because she lays it all on the table with refreshing honesty. Recently she mused about this idea: if you could change one thing about your past, would you? I’m pretty sure she and I are psychic wonder twins because I had been…

Keep Calm and Carry On

I have a son who turns into a feral animal circa 7:00 PM daily. He loses all rational speech. His eyes  start rolling around like a spooked horse.He becomes so wound up and freaked out and irrational that only the following things work: quietly coaxing him to come down off the six-foot fence bordering the neighbors’ yard, picking up all…

We are now boarding the flying school bus

If you want the first day of school to be all “Look at us, Pinterest!” then consider these tips: A) When Larry the bus driver for your special-needs nine-year-old calls a week before school and tells you he will see you promptly next Tuesday morning, go ahead and assume that he actually won’t because he will quit the day before school…

Home Improvements

We got a few areas of the house measured for new carpet this weekend, which set me spinning like a top thinking about other minor improvements I’m going to tackle in an effort to undo the years of damage wrought by our boys. Like moving the furniture around, because it always looks better when I move it into a new…

Stay Classy

I took Henry to a large destination-type sporting goods store, which (in case you were wondering) is a big place that sells sweat pants and team jerseys next to an indoor Ferris wheel. Jack came along for the ride and was enjoying himself immensely…until he wasn’t. One minute he was scampering around gleefully watching two preteens jumping and stomping on…