Jul 23 2014

Florida is weird, but cool. Early observations:

Beth’s in Orlando at a conference, and I’m tagging along.  Not a bad gig for me, huh?   So my role is to hang out while she’s in class, not get arrested, and not spend ALL of our money.  Not wanting to rely on shuttles and taxis, I rented a car.  I’ve done some exploring, …

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Jul 21 2014

Jake’s Success @ the #Autism Retreat

At St. Joseph’s College in Standish, there’s a rock wall that’s gotta be about 25′ tall in the campus center.  It’s a part of the activities available to the attendees of the Autism Society of Maine’s annual retreat. There are several routes up, and there are Easy buttons at the top of two of them. …

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Jul 19 2014

#Autism Retreat Weekend 2014

The Autism Society of Maine, or ASM, hosts a family retreat weekend every year where the families of those with autism can come together.  There is an amazing array of respite workers who whisk our kids away and give us, the adults, some … well, adult time.   How it works is this:  We’re put …

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Jul 16 2014

I’m A Little Nervous About Jake’s Upcoming Dentist Appointment

Jake’s never much liked going to the dentist. Not many kids do, but Jake especially doesn’t.  I suppose you could list the reasons: He’s got some oral defensiveness He doesn’t like other people all up in his space It smells weird You can’t help but hear/feel it when someone’s using that vibrate-y toothbrush thing or …

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Jul 14 2014

#ad Ozeri Epicurean Digital Kitchen Scale

Form follows function.  I’ve always held this to be true.  It means that how a product looks is secondary to how a product works.  If it doesn’t do the job, it doesn’t matter how pretty it is.  Make sense? This Ozeri Epicurean Digital Kitchen Scale manages to work very well and be gorgeous at the …

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Jul 13 2014

A Bigger Issue Than I Thought

Jake and I took a trip to Bangor on Saturday; just the two of us.  He had a dentist appointment.  More on that in the next post.  We went out to lunch afterwards, and grabbed some things at WalMart on the way home.  Simple trip.  Jake loves to drive the cart, but it was crowded …

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Jul 12 2014

Where Are My Musical #AutismParents At?

And yes, before you jump all over me, I recognize the grammatical heresy in the title.  I just think, “Where you at?” is funny.  Sue me. Jake is musical.  We’ve discussed this before in past posts: Jake Rocks Metallica! My ever evolving son, who just happens to have ASD. But here’s the thing I need …

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Jul 11 2014

6 Tips For Taking A Kid With Sensory Needs To The Movies

It’s summer! That means it’s getting hot and humid outside. Some of us love that, and some of us don’t. Even those die-hard sun worshippers need to come in out of the heat once in a while, and when they do, they turn to the movies. Summer blockbusters can be an exciting part of anyone’s …

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Jul 10 2014

Wow, Did That Suck!?!

I have a lot of problems.  One of my favorites is that I’m a closet “Type-A”  I don’t have to be in charge, and I don’t have to plan everything down to the smallest detail (like my wife), but I do create a largely unattainable ideal of how things “should” go in my head.  Inevitably, …

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Jul 08 2014

Our Family Bingo Road Trip

I don’t do well with down time. Never have. I don’t really do ‘open-ended’ play. I’m not the type of guy who sits around. I need something to accomplish. Sunday, I got home from work earlier than expected, and needed something to do BESIDES laundry and vacuuming, my hobbies. I didn’t want to spend a …

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