Well, That Just Sucks Quite A Bit….

October 13, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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What sucks more than a(n apparently former) friend not talking to you at all?  That would be a(n apparently former) friend talking to you and being all cold and keeping you at arm’s length and not even saying good bye….

Sorry for whatever I did – Wish you’d just tell me – That just kind of… sucks.

Winter In West Des Moines Iowa 2007 – Reliving The Nightmare

October 8, 2008 by · 1 Comment
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Here is a video I took while driving from Charlie’s daycare to my home in December of 2007.  This is what it was like during MOST of the 15 months I lived there, due to what everyone told me was the worst winter there since 1929 or something.  HIDEOUS NIGHTMARE FROM HELL!

And this wasn’t even the worst part.  This was just one of the first snows that I thought would come and go.  I had no idea I would see no relief until the next APRIL.  And even then it snowed two or three times in April.

Anyway, one of the most amusing things about this video is the white pick-up truck coming towards me from the other direction with a red snow plow attached to the front of it after I make a right turn.  Apparently just about anyone can make money in the winter by attaching a snow plow to the front of their vehicle and scraping out parking lots and things.  I found it an iconic testament to the misery of living there…

I’m not sure why, but it seemed like something out of a David Lynch movie or something.  Anyway, here is the video:

Charlie Update – Preliminary Diagnosis

October 6, 2008 by · 1 Comment
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Charlie finally had his long-awaited appointment, today, with a neurodevelopmental specialist at Children’s Hospital in Seattle.  He said that Charlie is definitely “a very interesting case.”

His preliminary diagnosis is:  Mild Autism with ADHD causing his Developmental Disability and Behavior Problems.  (Charlie was diagnosed as Developmentally Disbaled, i.e. 25% or more deficient in at least 3 areas of development, approximately 2 years ago by a qualified professional).

An official diagnosis can’t be made until after further tests, which are booked out for MONTHS.

Plan of action?  Can’t act until an official diagnosis is made.

In the meantime?  I’m still going insane.  He still struggles.  Donna helps a lot both practically and in moral support.  Nicholas is supportive in moral support for me and tries to get me to take some time for myself occasionally.

I personally believe the autism and ADHD caused the Developmental Disability and that his IQ is perfectly fine, if not above-average.

Until more testing is done and I have a plan of action, I guess that is it.  I registered AllAboutCharlie.com and plan to document our past, current, future struggles and successes and any progress and new info in the near future.  I’ll make an announcement on here when it is up – maybe in a week or so.

Joe Biden Quitting Vice Presidential Candidate Role – Hillary Clinton Taking His Place?

September 23, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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Online Voter RegitrationThere are rumors all over the place!  Possibly October 5th, Joe Biden will step down as Barack Obama’s vice presidential candidate, leaving the spot open for Hillary Clinton – which is the other rumor here.  Who would take his place if he did?  Rumors LOVE to point to Hillary, of course!

I think it’s probably unlikely, as I think it would come off as a bit sensational and irresponsible.  But stranger things have happend.  This has been one crazy (and exciting) presidential race!  I’m very curious to see what happens.

Which reminds me, I need to mail in my voter’s registration form!  In fact, I may walk it in.  And get my driver’s license updated with my new address.  I don’t want to take any chances.  I want to VOTE this year!!!

RELEVANT LINK: Online Voters Registration Form

wow – had to sign in again

September 22, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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Has it really been nearly 20 days since I updated?  That’s bad.

My post tonight was going to be about a voice – la vocce.  I made a post a very long time ago when diary x was still around called “As soon as you sound like him, give me a call….”  Which is a line from a Starsailor song.  But was also about how much I’m turned on – intellectually and in all other ways – by a certain tenor of voice.  It’s hard to describe – the voices I love all sound different – but they all have this undercurrent of – I don’t know what – that ties them together in away – and attracts me terribly…

Such as Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, James Walsh of Starsailor, David Bowie, Brad Anderson of Dark Energy – and newly, Brian LeBow of LeBow Media Voice Over talent.  😉

I don’t know what it is about a certain tenor to a male voice that is so attractive to me, but there you have it.  Some got it – and some don’t!  If you’ve got it, flaunt it – I’m a sucker for it.  🙂

Updating – Twitter Style

September 3, 2008 by · 1 Comment
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Wow – you know it’s been a long time since you updated your blog when you go to the admin screen and have to log in because your blog forgot about you.  oops

I’ve been Twittering a lot lately – so blogging in short bursts here.

Charlie had professional assessment – Hears just fine but does not process what he hears in his brain correctly.  Any auditory input gets garbled before it can be understood correctly.  Additionally has sensory integration problems (which we all know).

Charlie has weekly sensory integration and occupational therapy appointments now.

Charle has an appointment with a neurodevelopmental specialist on October 6th to diagnose what might be going on with him, neurologically – and to possibly rule out suspected autism and ASD – though I strongly suspect a diagnosis of ASD from his symptioms – or at least PDD with learning disability – or auditory block – or something…..  I wish I knew……

Charlie started special ed 1st grade today – I really like his teacher so far.

Charlie has behavioral psychologist appointments regularly with a private pschologist.

Charlie has speech therapy through the school district.

I have been working my butt off on Blog Solace (stay tuned for the hosting and the plug-ins packages – it’s about to seriously ROCK!)

I have been working my butt off on some partnership projects I can’t officially take credit for, since I was subcontracted – but it’s been an awesome experience – each of them.

I feel like I’m getting a cold – rah.

I have become throroughly addicted to Twitter and following/being followed by people in same/simliar/complementing lines of work.

I have become even more mad for WordPress, if that’s possible.

Relationship with Nicholas remains steady and rocky and completely over and completely renewed, depending on the time of day or something.

New friendships fall away, sadly, because of just above.

I’m now a CSS Goddess.

Goddess rhymes with WordPress and CSS – especially with the French pronunciation of God-Dess`.

Lately I crave apple pie cheesecake, though I’ve never had it.

I’m tired and should really go to bed.

I have bloggorrhea…..


Christian Bale

August 25, 2008 by · 2 Comments
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Turns out I’m not in love with Christian Bale – I’m just jealous.

I wish I could make my living being completely closed off and unemotional.  I mean, it’s second nature to me anyway.  It started out as a hobby/defense mechanism and just kind of took hold.

I could do it on film – I’m sure I could.  Why does *he* get to be Batman???

Train Ride!

August 24, 2008 by · 1 Comment
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Charlie and I went out and about this morning before the rain started.  We went to the Railway Museum in Snoqualmie, then took the train ride to North Bend, then over to Snoqualmie Falls, then back.  Here are the pics we took:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/11740720@N04/

One of the Stupidest Things I’ve Ever Said…

August 23, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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“People today wouldn’t get ‘subtlety’ if you hit them over the head with it.”

I Shut Up A Group of LoudMouth 15-year-old Girls In The Movie Theater Today…

August 23, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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…. ask me how.

Actually, you don’t have to ask, I’ll just tell you.

There were about 3 or 4 of them, and they were talking through the previews and into the beginning of the movie in a normal-to-loud voice about anything and everything. You would have thought they were in a mall or or something. A couple of people were shushing them, but they were shushing right back and continuing to talk.

Finally, at a quiet moment in the movie, I said (in a voice loud enough for the whole theater to hear, in my sternest “mom voice”), “This is NOT your living room.” I made sure to say it with directness and not anger.

One of them said, “Sorry…” and not a word was heard from them the whole rest of the movie. It goes with my theory of being direct but not angry at people and fighting with strength but without malice.

Oh, and the movie? “The Dark Knight.” hehe…. I felt like Batman! 🙂 hahahaha…

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