July 2014 archive

Today Was A Bad Day

Full disclosure: yesterday was a bad day.  I started this last night, but didn’t want to finish it until I had some more time to reflect. My favorite part of authoring BigCalfGuy is sharing in Jake’s successes and triumphs. That being said, I would be doing a disservice by not sharing in our failures and …

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It Took A Village For Me To Get Away

I’m often amazed at the sheer amount of planning and preparation that goes into doing anything around our house. The volume of items to be checked off various to-do lists, the angles that need covering, and the back-ups to the back-ups. Beth and I just got back from a mini-vacation; vacation for me, work conference/vacation …

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

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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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#ad Ozeri Epicurean Digital Kitchen Scale

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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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A Bigger Issue Than I Thought

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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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Where Are My Musical #AutismParents At?

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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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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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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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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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