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Jan 28 2014

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Checking In…

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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 some forms of dementia are God’s retribution for the US allowing same sex marriages, while the Democrat was trying to avoid court time to settle his secretary/former lover’s claim that he ruined her life by pretending to be her online.  http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/01/22/chicago-gop-hopeful-autism-and-dementia-are-gods-punishments-for-lgbt-rights/  I was going to write a reaction post, but after considering the angles, I realized that this kind of ridiculousness hardly warrants a reaction.

I am kind of happy/mock angry with Stacie Johnston.  She’s been diligently working with Jake at Royal Rangers as he works towards the earning of his Bachelor Merit.  So far, he’s had to help do dishes, make meals, and this week – help clean the oven.  I imagine that my oven gets cleaned less than the average number of times/week or month.  After taking a quick poll of myself, I deduced it’s because without fail, I can ALWAYS come up with something better to do than clean the oven.  Every time.  Still, it was kind of fun watching Jake in his tighty whities (his default at-home uniform) and his yellow rubber kitchen gloves, furiously spraying Simple Green and scrubbing at the oven.  And, thankfully, it’s done.  As an added bonus, I even pushed the elusive “clean” button on the oven, so now the kitchen smells funny and is a little bit smokey.  We’ll see how that pans out.

I’m reviewing the quotes and notes I underlined and took, respectively, when reading Beauty Queens for this month’s Book Club in preparation for my review in a couple days.  I’m not sure how long I’ll continue with a formal “Book Club,” as it appears I’m the only one reading the books.  I may just write a summation/review of the books I read as I finish them.  Quick show of hands … did anyone read Beauty Queens besides me?  I didn’t think so.

Jake’s pretty psyched about Social Studies these days.  He even participated in today’s “how was your day” conversation at the dinner table.  He learned about two rivers and the area of land between and around them:  Tigris, Euphrates, and Mesopotamia.  It’s a good thing Beth was there with the leading questions and the inside scoop, or I’d still be scratching my head over what in the world he was trying to say.

Gabe died his hair blond.  It allowed me a good opportunity to review the usage of blond vs. blonde.  Blond is masculine; blonde feminine.  Unless of course it’s used as an adjective – then it’s always blond.  Who knew?  I remembered half.  Thank God for Google.com.  Nobody’s ever taken hair very seriously in my household.  If we don’t like it, we just shave it off – it always grows back.

Beth and I are trying to host a Sibshop this Friday, but we may not get to go through with it.  We only have two kids signed up, plus our own.  Our advertising materials were late to show up, but I think it’s more a factor of there being so few kids in this area who fit the profile.  We may have to regroup and host the event in a bigger city like Lincoln next month.  If you, or someone you love, is an 8-12 year old sibling of a kid with needs (like autism), have them contact either me or Beth in the next day or so.  Our shop is planned for this coming Friday.

I’m quite excited about the Super Bowl.  We’re having some friends over and the kids keep adding to the list of menu items.  We’re up to chips and salsa, jambalaya, nachos, Coke, root beer, Moxie, bacon-wrapped scallops, etc.  Honestly, I don’t care who wins, I just enjoy the chance to gather with some friends and overeat for 3 or 4 hours.

Walk fundraising is going well.  I’ve had a few big donations, and since it’s still very early in the year, I’m going to “up” the goal.  I suspected that $1000 was too modest, and I think I was right.  We’re almost at $400 already, and the walk’s not until late April.  Yay!  There’s still plenty of time to donate, or even join the team if you want to join us!  We’d love to have you.

Well, I guess that’s it for now.  I’ve enjoyed our chat.  Talk to you soon.

BigCalfGuy (Ry)

asm walk 2011 truck

I’ve always said that there’s no point in climbing up onto a tailgate with a bullhorn to welcome a crowd of hundreds of people to a charity walk UNLESS you can bring your kids (and nephew) with you. Weren’t our homemade t-shirts cool?

 

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BigCalfGuy

BigCalfGuy

I am a 38 year old, married, father of three amazing children; one of whom has autism. I fancy myself as more Atticus Finch than Holden Caulfield. Dynamite with a laser beam.

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