Friday, October 24, 2014

6 Ways My Son Is Like Sheldon From The Big Bang Theory

I've seen a lot of Autism Parents do a post like this so I have no idea who to credit. But I just wanted to mention that I did NOT come up with this on my own. Thank you to all the people who wrote a post similar to this because it gave me inspiration! (If interested, I also wrote about what living with someone with autism taught me here.)

My son Tommy has Aspergers. He is a lot like Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory. Here are the ways he's like Sheldon, illustrated in GIFs. (I love GIFs.)

1. I've had to remind him from the time he was tiny that it's polite to ask people how they are doing. Otherwise he'd either just stand there and stare, or leap into a subject he's interested in. For instance, if he met you, he'd either stare or launch into how cool he thinks cumulus clouds are. But then he'd remember, oh right, social skills, even though social skills irk him.

2. He takes things literally. So if you say, "Give me a minute," he expects that it'll take no more than 60 seconds. Otherwise he's all, "This is more than a minute." If I say, "I'm having a ball!" he'll say, "I don't see a ball anywhere."

3. He prefers to be online rather than have to interact with people. Online he doesn't have to worry about social skills and if he's making proper eye contact or if he's freaking someone out by rambling on about tornados and how many people a tornado killed when it hit Oklahoma. He plays Mario Kart 8 online, and various other video games. He's looking forward to having a Facebook account when he turns 13. But yes, I will be monitoring it. 

4. He's obsessed with building online followers. Right now he only has a limited Wii U account. He's not 13 yet, so he can't do much, but people can follow him and check out his postings and drawings. He's always thrilled when he gets another follower and asks me constantly how he can get more. He wants people to like him and he knows that's more likely to happen online because he's socially awkward in real life.

5. He's blunt. If he's not interested, he'll either tell you or look extremely bored. Or he'll cut in and start talking about a subject he enjoys. He's gotten better about this, but sometimes I still have to remind him to listen to others and not say, "I just don't care about that." 

6. He doesn't like change. He's better at handling it now, but when he was little, the slightest change in his classroom would throw him off. His teachers would tell me it was like he'd scan the room the second he entered, and if something were different, he'd obsess about it. If I get something new for the house, he notices right away. If I make dinner but use different ingredients, he knows and he's not pleased.

And yes, Tommy likes Sheldon. Sheldon cracks him up.

And like Sheldon, Tommy is awesome.

**I'm guest posting today over at The Inklings Of Life! I'm telling you why it's okay to take Halloween candy from your kids.**

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Things That Annoy Me Thursday: Gone Girl

Okay, so when I read Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, I was riveted.

I ignored Tom.

I ignored my children.

I just wanted to read.

I wanted to find out what happened to Amy. Did her husband Nick kill her?

"Mommy, Tommy shut me out of his room. It's RUDE," Natalie whined at me, and all I did was hold up one finger as I flipped a page.

"And now you're rude," Natalie said when she realized I was going to do nothing.

I think Tom asked what was for dinner. Again, I held up a finger. I might have said something like, "Berries," because I was distracted.

The book had a hold on me. I wanted to read, read, read. I didn't want to do pesky things like clean or cook or break up fights.

When I got to the end of Gone Girl, I was stunned. I did this:

I mean, of course I didn't do that. I sort of wanted to. I just couldn't BELIEVE the nonsense I was reading.

"I don't understand!" I bellowed.

"Me either," Natalie said. "Why won't Stampy Cat come to my world?"

The book upset me for a couple of days. As I shopped for groceries, I thought, "But why, Nick?"

As I cooked dinner, I thought, "Amy, you and Glenn Close from Fatal Attraction would have lots to talk about.."

I do recommend the book. But it'll probably upset you.

And the movie?

Is pretty close to the book. Gillian Flynn wrote the screenplay.

I found myself upset all over again as I watched the movie.

"Amy! For heaven's sake!"

"Nick! Why?"

So go read the book. Go see the movie.

But prepare to be annoyed.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Hey, It's Okay Tuesday!

I got this idea from Glamour magazine. They have a section called Hey, It’s Okay and will list a bunch of things to be okay about. You're welcome to join in and do something like this on your blog. Doesn't have to be on a Tuesday either. Just make sure you link up and that the post you link up is a Hey, It's Okay Post. Grab the button if you'd like!

--To be flattered that my post The Pity Flowers was shared on the Military Spouse webpage. The magazine is full of all sorts of helpful information, so I was pleased when my post was asked to be placed there. You can check it out here.

--To think it was funny when Tom said, "Please no more reality shows. It's sad that I know Mady is the favorite on Dance Moms. It's something a man should not know."

--To might see Fury with Tom. He loves World War 2 films. I like some of them. But I get attached to characters and when they die, it upsets me. Tom is all, "That's war, sweetheart." I know! But sheesh! My nerves!

--To enjoy the show Blacklist. I just started watching it with Tom.

--To be taking the kids to Tom's squadron Halloween party on Friday. These sort of things make me nervous, because I'm shy and I never know what to say. I'll probably just make excited comments over all the desserts.

--To have written a review for Chick Lit Central about Driving With The Top Down by Beth Harbison here. Go read the book. Or any of her books, really. And go check out Chick Lit Central. They review all sorts of fantastic books over there and are the reason why my library waiting list is so long.

--To be watching the new season of True Tori tonight. Sorry Tom.

--To have bought Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella. Do you like the Shopaholic series? Becky is back in this new book, out TODAY! I love, love, love Sophie's books. I laugh more at her books than any others so far, which is why I actually buy her stuff. No waiting at the library!

--To be happy that the other lady on Etsy came through and made Natalie's Halloween costume. I'm still waiting on getting my money back from the other one.

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