Prepare to enter the wild and wooly world of an adult with Aspergers Syndrome, a form of autism characterized by intellignce, quirks, social difficulties and downright strange and oddish behaviours.

People with Aspergers generally are high functioning in everyday life but have great difficulty connecting with others due to the inability to read faces, body language and subtle verbal clues. They also tend to take words literally and have a hard time multi-tasking.

Oversensitivity to touch (clothing has to be soft and often the tags removed), light (do not leave home without the sunglasses), sound (loud noises and noisey places are avoided), taste (many Aspies have quite a limited diet and are frequently very picky eaters) and smells makes the everyday existence more of a challenge.

Fasten your seatbelts and come on in...
To find out more about what Aspergers is..please check out my earliest blog entries

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Not a good week

Other than my creating the Magritte replica art in Lego, this week has kinda sucked.
On Monday I found out my son had been brutally teased for having one hand. There have been meetings at the school, with counselors and his therapist, and overall trying to deal with the pain of being teased, both mom and son that is.
My son seems quite depressed, like a spark has been stepped on. He's wounded and I can see and feel it. I'm working on keeping him upbeat and involved. We've been doing more errands, shopping and going for walks.
He waited four days to tell me about it. He must be embarrassed, emotional or just having a hard time thinking about it. It's heartbreaking when someone hurts your kid...and I can't protect him and this is his battle alone as I can only prepare, support and help him repair.
It is hard to talk about. Sucks

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Voodoo Donuts Tres in Eugene, OR

Ah, I should have taken more photos of the interior for my first visit here. I guess I'll have to go back! It's a small store that is packed with fun, creative memorabilia. There's the large black sasquatch, the pedal bike with delivery box, cool posters and wall hangings, stacks of the fabulous Voodo Donut pink boxes and of course, a few dozen varieties of donuts.
My son and his teen friend loved the three vintage video games and stole all my quarters. It's a fun place simply to look at the eclectic collection!
Being gluten free, I wasn't able to sample anything but my son thoroughly enjoyed his pink with sprinkles and purple sugared donuts. My son's friend was a little less impressed with his bubblegum, marshmallow pink frosted with a genuine piece of bubblegum candy on top.
I saw donuts sprinkled with fruit loops and Cap'n Crunch, shaped like voodoo dolls and keys, filled with various jellies and frosting along with the good old fried donut with chocolate frosting.
It Is a fun experience!!! I want to go again!!!

Friday, October 14, 2016

What Does God Look Like?

Here's a clue...there are no wrong answers here.
Lately I've been picturing God as a beautiful Middle Eastern woman in a white hijab. Being raised in the Catholic church, God was portrayed as the male, white bearded, old man.

Personally, I believe God is how we picture Her or Him, if you choose. God is neither, either, both or genderless, as He is in a category all by herself. Calling God "it" to avoid a gender doesn't seem right, so I will interchange the pronouns to try a little rigid thinking expansion.

I don't want to be one of the automatons, the millions of cogs that perpetually turn and churn the same old, same old ideas and beliefs that were inherited from my parents or heavily impressed upon me by a dogmatic, strict doctrine. I want to think for myself.

When I think of God, there is a feeling as well as an image that changes periodically. Just because the "face" changes doesn't mean my respect or love ever changes. Maybe God appears differently to different people. After all, I believe a small piece of God lives within each human being, animal, tree, plant, rock, drop of water and breath of fresh air. Maybe as we grow, mature, evolve and transform, so does our image of what God looks like.

I've been listening to Joan Osborne's, "One of Us". I love the song and it puts me in a place to question and examine my beliefs. In the song is a line "What would you ask if you had just one question?" For years, I had surmised that I would ask "How am I doing?" Funny, because now, at 53, feeling wise and slightly weathered from storm after storm and battle after battle, I actually could not think of a single question I'd want to ask.

Maybe that's faith...or trust...or just knowing that everything is going okay and God has my back as well as each of my future steps mapped out.

I've spent oodles of time thinking of God. I thought it might be time to share my thoughts.

What if God was a beautiful maiden in a white veil? Would He love me any less? Nope

Be well.

Think for yourself.

Believe what works for you.

It's all good.

Believe in yourself.

Eugene vs Corvallis, Oregon

I visited Eugene today. I was surprised by how eclectic and vibrant was the city's energy. The slow pace of Corvallis was no where to be found. Even the kindness and patience was completely missing.
My artist side loved it whilst my everyday side was completely overwhelmed trying to keep up and take it all in.

Monday, October 10, 2016

More Pics, Bridge of the Gods

Bridge of the Gods...WILD ❤

There is pure magic abounding when you get to a place you never thought you'd ever be fortunate to visit! Here I am at the Bridge of the Gods!! And yes, I crossed it into Washington, took a few pictures and recrossed the narrow metal grating back to my homestate. It was Fabulous and Breathtaking! The views of the Columbia River and the mountains were stunning and my favorite sights thus far.
I hadn't heard of the bridge until I watched "Wild" with Reese Witherspoon sometime last year. I remember my heart singing when I heard the name, Bridge of the Gods. I looked it up on the map and thought surely a place I will never get to visit because it was two thousand miles away. Yesterday, on a pure whim, I looked up the distance from my new home...less than two hours! I emailed my girlfriend and asked her if she'd like to go on a road trip. She said sure.
Oh my, the scenery along the Columbia River Gorge is breathtakingly spectacular, I kid you not!!! We even got to see a paddle boat on the river.
You may remember my previous posts regarding high anxiety over bridge crossings...well, none of that was evident today as it was pure thrill and excitement.
My new goal is to walk across the bridge!! It's not too long and it's road surface is entirely that metal grating so it will be a challenge. The bridge is narrow with no walkways but I saw a group walking across so it's allowed. I can only imagine the experience of seeing the sights and taking photos from mid bridge.
If you are planning a trip to visit, it is a toll bridge and it cost 2$ each way to cross. I continue to feel the exhilaration!!!
What a glorious day!!!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

No complaining

A very odd couple of days, indeed. For the second day in a row, my son has performed his chores and tasks without a single complaint, whine or lament. He even took a bath without a typical, full strength rebel yell!!! I thought yesterday was a pure anomaly....he's vehemently complained ever since I've known him, lol. Now, he appears to have changed in most pleasant ways.
Definitely had to write this down for the record!!!