I Run Around

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Trottin’ Time

Getting closer to the turkey trot. It will be my first time running this race and boy is it cold outside!!! Winter is officially here this week and I’m wondering what the bitter cold will feel like on my cheeks as I run.

I bought a new hat and gloves for running. The gloves are nice but I have a hard time with hats. I’m really sensitive about how my ears are covered by the hat. And I like that hat to not move around too much as I move. I have a really nice knit hat that fits my requirements perfectly but it is horrible for the cold cold because it is not very tightly knit. It’s more of a fashion piece. So, even though my head is covered….it’s really not.

Over the weekend I got back to the gym and worked out each day. I could tell today because I was really hungry! Tonight I’m resting – had a long workday and catching up on lots of important paperwork. Tomorrow I would like to go back to the gym but I need to finish some paperwork and I have another long work day. We’ll see.

Time for bed!!


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What it has taken me 33 years to learn

The Justin McElroy Institute

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-You can be funny and kind or funny and cruel. The second one is easier, but the first one is worth it.

-Dip the french fry in the Frosty. Go on, try it.

-Habit is a powerful force we forget about until it’s turned against us. Be careful which ones you create.

-You will remember the most embarrassing crap you do in your life forever and in perfect clarity. Everyone else will remember the kindest things you do. It all comes out in the wash.

-If you’re doing a remote podcast, it’s worth it to record audio locally and mix it together. Trust me on this one.

-You’re the only one who can let go of your grudges. It’s worth it, I promise. They’re not doing you any good.

-Doing the good, brave, kind things can feel silly if you let your internal critic get in the way. Reminder: No…

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Blog Interview

Browsing my reader this morning I came across a blog interview challenge that is originally from Suzie81’s blog site: Suzie81 and decided to do the interview. You can too! Just copy and paste the questions below and link back to Suzie’s site.

1. Why have you chosen your blog name?

2. When you have an hour of free-time, what do you do?

3. If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what would it be?

4. If you could learn to do something, what would it be?

5. What would be the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery?

6. What is the thing that makes you absolutely unique?

7. What is your favourite blog?


My answers:

1. My blog name describes what I do – I run. I run around town, around the gym (on the treadmill), around work chasing people and I like to run in the park with my dog. I run around. 

2. If I have an hour of free time what do I do? It depends on what needs to get done. Sometimes I will browse the internet, write my blog, watch netflix or iTunes, take my dog out for a walk, get a tattoo, get a piercing, take a nap, take a shower, clean or do laundry. Or go to my parents house.

3. If I could stay a certain age forever, what age would it be? I like my age right now – 33. It’s just enough life to have gotten the hang of it and start being successful at life and I still feel like I have a lot of time ahead of me. 

4. If I could learn to do something what would it be? I like to be able to do a nice back bend in yoga, communicate in sign language, brush up on my french and ukrainian and maybe perform surgery or autopsies. I like dissecting stuff.

5. The first thing I would buy if I won the lottery would be more tattoos so I could finish my half sleeve. 

6. What makes me absolutely unique? Some stuff I can’t say on here, but it would be my tattoos since they are original from me, my desire to do the challenging stuff that no one likes – mostly meaning working with difficult people or animals, my aspergers.

7. My favorite blog – well all of the blogs I follow could be my favorites since I’m following them. But the one I always look for in my reader is Serenity and my urban autistic experience. I love it. I love learning about a mom’s experience with her autistic daughter, how they work with her and the challenges they face. It gives me a better understanding of what its like and I love the way she writes!

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Built to Dance, Or Wheelchair Bound: Serenity’s toe-walking and the hidden dangers behind it.

Serenity and My Urban Autistic Perspective

I was born in ’79, and was walking by the time I turned 1 1/2. I remember that even at a young age, sporting a cute little heel was like eating your favorite piece of chocolate to me, because walking on my toes just felt that good! I could walk, skip, and run, all while doing a balancing act on these toes of mine, and it never hurt, not one bit. I was also what you would call slew-footed, which meant that when I was walking flat on my feet, I was also walking like a friggin penguin. So, staying up on my toes took the ache off my ankles, and, it just felt better to do it that way. But, when I was 12, I decided that before I hit my highschool years, I really wanted to walk flat with my feet pointing front-wise. And so by the time…

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Serenity’s Way, Or The HighWay: Putting my foot down on disciplining Miss Thang.


Serenity and My Urban Autistic Perspective

Sylvester and I want to shield Serenity from every hurt, harm or danger that comes her way. To that end, we will always defend her Autism-favored behaviors, such as when she has her random fits. Sometimes, Serenity just can’t really express how she is feeling or ask for what she wants in detail, so the frustration festers until she hits a boiling point in her mind. the aggravation manifests, then Serenity turns into someone totally outside of herself. When this happens (and it is more rare, now) we let her go through the motions. People hat are around and don’t understand, we explain to them what’s happening. But, now, just like any other 4 year old toddler, Serenity is starting to show her tail. and I don’t hesitate to jump into action.

Serenity may be Autistic, but it doesn’t mean I have to deal with her toddler-size antics! Sly and…

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Love Blog

What do you love most about yourself? What do you love most about your favorite person? Are the two connected?

What do I love most about myself? My ability to eventually come to equilibrium. I say eventually because sometimes it takes a while. Somethings need to move around or change in order for equilibrium to settle in.

I also love my ability to make real work connections and examples with the information I tutor my students in. It seems to help them a lot, its fun to do and really makes sense of science. 

What do I love about my favorite person? Honestly, I can’t say that I have a favorite person. I love my students. I love the kind of connection you can have with them where you learn and grow together. You sometimes see them at their worst and definitely at their best. Seeing what they are capable of and helping them to realize that too. Going on their ups and downs with them makes me appreciate them more and my life more too. 

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This is autism


Last Monday, Autism Speaks told the world that autism is:
. . . living in despair
. . . fear of the future
. . . exhausted, broken parents
. . . lost, helpless, burdensome children

That kind of autism is not my autism. My contribution to the This is Autism Flash Blog.

I enjoy the sounds of the city around me, the strains of birdsong that I can hear even through traffic, the purring of my cat that almost but not quite manages to drown out all other sounds, the clicking of my keyboard while I’m typing. I hear the trains going past in the distance and I love getting sucked into that rhythm. When I listen to music, I become the notes, the melody, I can pick out the individual instruments and still hear how they work together to create a single sound. I sing along with…

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Good Morning!

Good morning everyone! 

During the night I heard a serious amount of wind blowing and thought for sure there would be a foot of snow on the ground but there was nothing. Not even broken branches. And it’s about 50 degrees out. Too warm for snow!

My industrial piercing is doing good. I took care of it in the shower last night and only had one bump from my cat when I was trying to clean her ears. Other than that its all good!

My dad is home from the hospital and doing okay. I talked with him yesterday and he agrees that he wants to get better. He said he doesn’t need counseling but I urged him to at least go and check it out. See what they have to say. It can’t hurt and it might be nice to have someone else to talk to. And I gave him a number of a naturopathic doctor in our area whom I’ve gone to before and may be able to help out as well. 

In addition to that I’m going to make cream for his legs. He has very poor circulation in his legs and as a result the dead skin doesn’t exfoliate the way it does for most people. It dries up and comes up in large chunks. And sometimes his skin cracks. So, I thought we could make a mix of plain lotion, tea tree oil, borage oil and aqueous silver. Those three ingredients have great antimicrobial and skin healing properties. 

Hopefully I get to the gym today. It’s been too long. With me being sick, then my dad, then working as much as I do it’s been really hard in the last few weeks to get there. 

Have a good day peeps!

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Is It Possible to Be Healed By Gems?

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Winding down

Its been a long week. My dad came home today. I had to go to work so I don’t know what’s going on there.

Tomorrow I wake up early and meet a co-worker for coffee and Al-Anon chat. Then I’m going to try to make it to TRX, have a few hours off then it’s off to tutoring. I’m going to stop at the piercing place after tutoring then it will be time to go to my parents. I have to help my mom clean up my dad’s room because it was a mess. Drinks spilled and left to stick to the floor, full ashtrays sitting around, laundry, other what-nots. I don’t know what mental state my dad is going to be in. Will he know what happened over the last few days? Will he understand? Will he think it was complications from his other medical conditions apart from the drinking? Will he understand that he was in serious medical condition? Will it matter to him?

I want to have a heart to heart with him. Take him out of the house for some dessert or something, where it’s just him and I. I can tell him I understand how hard it must be for him to deal with all the physical pain he’s in due to his other  health complications, how all the doctors appointments and pills are frustrating. I want to know how he feels, what he wants, what he needs. What is it that you see is the issue? How can you be happier and healthier?

I’m going to try to be open minded even if he says something I don’t like. It has to be his process, not mine. He may want to keep drinking. Then I would say lets look at something else we can improve in his life. What else can we work on. Perhaps improving a different area of his life will leak over to other areas.

Some ideas I have are yoga, talk therapy, flotation therapy, nutritional cleanses, seeing a naturopathic doctor, massage.

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