Thursday, August 27, 2009

Thoughts on My Thoughts

Clearly, I've confused and baffled all my readers with my thoughts. I suppose it's because some of my thoughts weren't clarified enough, like who they were specifically about. That can be a problem when one's blog is about one's son who has Autism, and you mention a change in underwear for instance. That is confusing to be sure. I have to say I got a certain guilty pleasure out of the comments I recieved here and on Facebook, considering their humorous nature, which sometimes was intentional, but often not. So, I feel it is my duty to clarify my thoughts, plus, it makes for yet another easy blog entry! That's two in a row, baby! (I've been following up a lot of my sentences with "baby", I don't know why, it just feels right)

(just to clarify further, because clarification is what I'm all about, baby, my original thoughts are marked with an asterisk, and my thought on my thought, or clarification, if you will, is italicized! Clear, baby?)

*underarm hair suddenly appearing...a real shocker
Yes, this was about Casey, I have had my own for quite sometime, although I do discover it occasionally which brings about feelings of surprise when I've forgotten to shave for awhile

*how can one get their boy to stop, well, touching themselves, unconsciously, or conciously out in public?
I know this is a "guy" thing, but most guys don't walk down the street with their hand clearly exploring their nether region. This is the point I'm trying to make. If they did, everything would be okey dokey.

*why haven't I ever attempted to teach Casey to cook so he doesn't have to grab a chip or cookie whenever he is in need of something? Seriously, because one time he took cold pizza out of the frig, on his own, placed it on a plate and put it in the microwave! He's got the potential to learn! What's wrong with me?
this is more than clear, I suck.....

*What's wrong with me in general?
I was hoping I'd get more comments addressing this one, but you all failed me, as I fail Casey daily...

*I promised his teacher we would go over specific lessons this summer. Did I? Barely.....
sigh, again, I suck....


*To stay on the pill or get off it, one girl's story......(that one would be all about me, probably not the proper forum here in this blog, but it's a thought I've been having)....
ya know, sometimes my male relatives read this, so, what was I thinking? Well, I'm not takin' it back now, it's out there for all to see, enjoy, and reflect on. Hopefully my 84 year old father-in-law will comment soon!

*we went to Chicago for the weekend and it was great and he was great....
I want share the photos but I don't want to bore you...I guess that's the chance you take every time you read my BLOG!

*working full-time sucks when there's a 3 week window between camp and school starting...
what more can I say, I think you can all tell how I feel about this thought....

*can I lose 20lbs by Oct. 10th?
NO!

*will any of his school clothes from last year fit and do they make elastic shorts and pants in men's sizes?
thanks to so many of you for telling me that there are indeed men's spandex pants and shorts, but could you tell me where to get them for God's Sake? Egads....

*a change in underwear style...
no, I have not joined the "thong nation" nor plan on it (sorry R.) Casey changed his underwear style thank you, and not to thongs.

*sudden and much welcomed return to watching the Pee Wee Herman show after a couple of months of watching Blue Clues and having to discuss several times why Steve had to go to college.....
this might show up later as a blog entry....

*his disdain for his daddy's well intended every other day work outs and how I suddenly have had to accompany them....that was my time dammit!
I didn't have to go last night after Bill read this, and that was my main goal in sharing this thought!

I got so many good responses on this original post that I'm beginning to think that all my posts will just be lists of thoughts...it couldn't be anymore dull than my full bodied posts, baby!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Thoughts

Yet another huge gap of time in my blogging....I truely don't know why I do this, I love blogging. Guess I'm just busy or whatever. I think of things all the time and go "Oh, I should blog about that." but clearly I don't. So, I am going to jot down some of the thoughts I have that I think I should blog about. I'm not going to go into detail about them, just jot them down, then perhaps, refer to them later as fodder for future entries. Please leave your thoughts, on my thoughts!

*underarm hair suddenly appearing...a real shocker

*how can one get their boy to stop, well, touching themselves, unconsciously, or conciously out in public?

*why haven't I ever attempted to teach Casey to cook so he doesn't have to grab a chip or cookie whenever he is in need of something? Seriously, because one time he took cold pizza out of the frig, on his own, placed it on a plate and put it in the microwave! He's got the potential to learn! What's wrong with me?

*What's wrong with me in general?

*I promised his teacher we would go over specific lessons this summer. Did I? Barely.....

*To stay on the pill or get off it, one girl's story......(that one would be all about me, probably not the proper forum here in this blog, but it's a thought I've been having)....

*we went to Chicago for the weekend and it was great and he was great....

*working full-time sucks when there's a 3 week window between camp and school starting...

*can I lose 20lbs by Oct. 10th?

*will any of his school clothes from last year fit and do they make elastic shorts and pants in men's sizes?

*a change in underwear style...

*sudden and much welcomed return to watching the Pee Wee Herman show after a couple of months of watching Blue Clues and having to discuss several times why Steve had to go to college.....

*his disdain for his daddy's well intended every other day work outs and how I suddenly have had to accompany them....that was my time dammit!

...and so on. So you see, I have lots I could blab about, I just haven't and well, I need to get my shit together!
Thanks for listening!

*

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Back By Popular Demand and This Summer in a Nutshell


....or so I'd like to think as much. My friend teased me in my own comments section no less, that the woman who wrote the "Julie & Julia" blog, now made even more famous by the wonderful movie by the same name that is out now, never missed a day of blogging. And I have missed, well, several. No way to get one's blog made into a movie she reminded me! Well, that whole thought is a bit moot, even if I wrote 4 entries a day! But, it does remind me how much I love my blog, and how neglectful of it I've been, if not in relation to the movie companies, but more in relation to my own sanity!

Many factors have contributed to this neglect. Summer in general has proven overly busy for me, us. I can't even remember if I ever mentioned this, recalling only my crappy attempt at poetry as the last thing I posted, but Casey has been going to a summer day camp for the second year. The camp is for kids 9 to 14 and 11 months (weird), who have any variety of disabilities, be they physical and/or mental.

Last year he was the youngest there, and seemed most of the kids were boys who were in there teens, likely at the 14 and 11 month mark, and Casey seemed really little next to a lot them. This year, they were all gone, replaced by more, but not so intimidating big boys, considering Casey seems to have grown about 4 inches since last summer and put on about 20lbs (gulp). There are also several young ladies of various ages, who Casey seems to reference more than any of his fellow male campers.

The counseling staff is made up of a group of college age kids, most going to school for education and special education degrees. One woman was a parapro for years which adds to that secure feeling I have when leaving him with the camp. He really seems to have clicked with them this year, giving them all "Toy Story" related nicknames.

They have done so much stuff, from water parks, to a trout farm of all things, to ceramics painting, to Chuck E. Cheeses. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, they stay around the area and swim in the indoor rec center and have theme activities. Yesterday was "Hawaii Day" for instance. Casey came home with a grass skirt he had made out of yarn and strips of paper and a lay with his name in Hawaiin on it.

It's funny when I pick him up, he's very ready to go, as is apparant when I'm signing him out, chatting with the counselors, and he's already gotten his back pack and is getting into the car.

The conversation in the car on our way home is well, very limited. Not many details of the day are offered on his part, and at first I would dig, dig, dig, but it would only serve to agitate him. I finally wised up towards mid camp and just let him tell me what he wanted, considering it was a long day of activities and he just always seems burned out, but in a good way.

This could be taken as a sign that he's not enjoying it at all, which occured to me at one point early on, but, when he comes home and wants to see his schedule the camp so kindly supplied for each week, so he can see what's going on the next day, I have to think, things are going pretty well. I never get a fight in the morning, and last week, he was actually sad that it was Friday (unimaginable to me) because he didn't have camp all weekend! Guess Bill and I just aren't that fun!

So, as you can gather, the whole camp experience has been a success! Friday is our last day, and then we have 3 whole weeks to fill before going back to school, which poses many challenges. Namely, work for both Bill and I!

My mom is coming in to help out for several days next week, and then that Friday we're going on a family trip to Chicago which hopefully will be fun! But then 2 more weeks to follow! Oh well, I'll stress out when it comes I suppose, finding taking things day by day sometimes is best for my psyche!

I also haven't been posting due to my irrational and well, embarressing addiction to Farm Town, a stupid game on Facebook, where you maintain a virtual farm, while having friends be your "neighbors" who come over and "harvest" for you, and you for them. Your goal is to get to certain levels so you can buy new things for your farm ie houses, fences, ponds, rivers, etc.. I'm up to 27 and can buy rivers now.....boy, I've accomplished a lot this summer huh? My addiction is wearing down, although I still have in head that I want to reach level 34, the highest level. I don't know why, just do.

And, along with nightly bike rides, and weekend trips to Indy and trip to Kings Island, and blissful nothingness, the summer is slowly creeping by, and I'm loving it. The thought of school starting, although it will alleviate child care issues, is daunting and sad when I consider he is going to be a 6th grader.

Oh well, I'll just take that day by day too.......