January 2014 archive

Friday Dopamine Dump

Yes, I’ve blatantly stolen the title from www.thechive.com, probably my favorite website, but I think they’ll forgive me just this one time. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that plays an integral part in the brain’s system of reward and pleasure. It’s been the week from hell.  I wanted to end it with a reward, and maybe …

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Checking In…

Hey, It’s been a while, thought I’d check in. Things are relatively quiet on the home front tonight.  Nothing big and major and pressing to discuss. There was an article I saw someone link to on Facebook about these two candidates running for office in Illinois.  One was a Republican who insists that autism and …

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Choose Your Heroes Wisely

Thank you, Justin Bieber, for reminding my kids that just because you sing a catchy song, doesn’t mean you have what it takes to be a hero.  Even little kids are watching.   My kids, at least, are watching not only what you say, but also what you do and how you carry yourself; how you …

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Walk For Autism – A Worthy Cause

Our involvement with the Autism Society of Maine (ASM) happened by chance, but I’m so glad it did. Jake was almost three years old, and it was early April.  We had just gotten our diagnosis.  I remember I was at work at Millinocket Regional Hospital, in the PT department, when I got the phone call.  …

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I Have A Crush On Gillian Flynn

I have a crush on Gillian Flynn. There, I said it.  Not personally, of course; I’m married.  But she’s a heck of an author. Granted, I’ve only read 1 ¾ of her books, but I can’t get enough of this woman. Has anyone else had this experience? I read Gone Girl, because I’m a student …

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Want To Know How To Save A Life? Keep Reading

I’m not going to go so far as to say that we “almost lost” Olivia, but things, as they say, almost got real the other night at dinner. I had whipped up quite possibly the best green bean casserole ever, and had paired it with some white rice and roast split chicken breasts. These breasts …

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Modern Dad

Subtitle:  Betsy Freakin’ Ross! I love being the modern Dad.  I use Dad in capital letters because it’s a title, a name, a calling.  It’s the job I can’t quit, because I can’t afford to fail.  I love it. I think it’s super important to be an active part of my kids’ lives, and that …

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Kindle Battle

Jake never ceases to amaze and astound me. Sometimes I think I have a glimmer of understanding as to what’s going on in his head, and other times I realize I’m just an outsider looking in. Our newest obsession is Olivia’s Kindle Fire.  He wants to play Bad Piggies. Here’s the thing:  he already has …

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Bachelor Merit Update

Jake’s been working hard on his Royal Ranger merit.  His first dish-scraping, dishwasher-loading experience was fairly distressing, but we’ve overcome.  I got him some rubber gloves, and he needed fewer verbal cues (can you tell I’m a PT?) to get the job done. Somehow, I think I’ll always be stuck in that phase of life …

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Evolving

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Making A Man Of Jake

Jake is a Royal Ranger (look it up). It’s kind of like Boy Scouts for church kids. He’s currently working on a bachelor merit. It’s pretty funny. His first challenge was to help with cooking three times in a week. Jake panics when things steam or boil, so it wasn’t super easy. He comes running …

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Disillusioned By Your Resolution?

It’s Resolution Season again! The gym at the hospital where I work is bustling – just like it is every year at this time.  In six weeks, it’ll be back to it’s usual operating status. Why? Everyone looks to the New Year’s Resolution as a sure fire way to change their life, but it’s hard, …

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