Too Many Thoughts In My Head

October 29, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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I swear, I need a brain catheter. I have so much in my head that I need to get out, but I don’t have time to blog it all. So I usually wind up not blogging at all, and it all gets mashed up in an internal traffic jam.

I guess I’ll do one big update today, then just commit to blogging in bits here and there as the mood strikes me. That’s what I used to do on Diary-X, but for some reason having an actual blog, in this format, makes me feel like I have to write little essays and keep it formal and limited.

But hey, it’s *my* blog, right? What I really want is to be able to do little silly, simple updates whenever I want, so that’s what I’m going to do. I’m also going to change the layout & format a bit in the near future. But I digress. Here is my big update!

CHARLIE

First and foremost on my mind lately is Charlie. He is 7 (and a few months)-years-old now and in the second grade. He is in a program called “Cascade,” which is a “special education” program for kids with severe behavior and emotional problems due to developmentaly disability, health impairment or other issues. He was recently re-evaluated, and his official diagnosis has changed from “Developmentally Disabled” to “Health Impaired.”

Actually, I’m not even going to go into it much about Charlie. It’s too hard/emotional and there is too much to explain. He has problems that are organic and he is still undergoing testing. He will be evaluated again at Children’s Hospital early next year, and I expect their diadnosis of ADHD and ODD with possible Autism to change to Autism with ADHD & ODD. (ODD is Oppositional Definace Disorder)

He is really good at reading & writing, which I suspected he would be, even though his speech cognition (how well he understands what is said to him) is only 16th percentile (to be average would be 50th percentile). This is something that happens sometimes with autistic people, even in extreme cases. They can’t communicate verbally, but they can write like a college professor. Charlie, fortunately, only has the verbal impairment to a smaller degree. And I have it a bit myself. I definitely communicate better in e-mail than I do on the phone or in person. I’m really not surprised he is doing so well with reading.

Anyway, he is getting tall and is a bit lanky, as his meds surpress his appetite quite a bit. He loves to draw and build elaborate cities with his GeoTrax sets and really likes Wheel Of Fortune. I’ll post some pics in the next day or two and maybe a video or two. He chose the costume of fighter pilot for Halloween so he could be a Blue Angel.

WORK

Work is great when I can do it, but Charlie is only in school 28 hours per week, and it is really hard to work when he is home. I try to work after he goes to bed, but I am usually so exhausted by then that I make stupid mistakes and it’s not usually a good idea!

My plan was to turn Blog Solace into an actual business with a registered business name and everything, but it turns out it is better to stay individual. So I am turning Blog Solace into an overall blog help site while still offering my services on that site and SherryDedman.com as an independent contractor/individual. I keep improving my skills and getting more development jobs, so my rates keep going up, which is good. I just wish I could devote more time to it.

I would definitely be a work-a-holic if I didn’t have Charlie to look after. I really love what I do and plan to expand on it as soon as I can, teaching classes and possibly writing an e-book or two, if not an actual book for publication. I like the idea of the e-book, though, because it can be updated regularly – tech books get out-of-date really quickly.

LIFE

Life lately is pretty much just Charlie and Work. I’m not dating (I haven’t got the energy or emotional reserve for it right now, not to mention the time). I’ve fallen behind in my exercise habits, so I cancelled Netflix and got a monthly membership to 24-Hour Fitness for the same price and plan to start catching up on that. I have no travel plans and wow, I guess life is pretty boring, recreationally-speaking.

I guess a lot of what is on my mind is plans for Charlie, plans for my site/blogs, travelling I’d like to do, some development plans I have, etc. Oh, and I would love to work on my novel durning NaNoWriMo – I got a good start on it last year! At this rate, I’ll have it done in 2015. LOL


Just A Little Update, Yet Again

February 9, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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I should really keep this blog updated so I don’t have to do these big updates!

CURRENT EVENTS

Today is the 62nd anniversary of my Mom’s birth. Donna gave me flowers, and we went to lunch in Seattle. We always celebrate Mom’s birthday one way or another since she died and try to be extra-nice to each other. I’m sure she’d be pleased; she was always pleading with us to get along when we were kids! Anyway, Happy Birthday, Mom; we miss you!

CURRENTLY READING:

I started on a book called ‘Labyrinth’ but have had almost no time to try to read it. I haven’t read enough to form any opinion of it yet.

CURRENTLY WORKING ON:

Everything! Business is booming, which is wonderful. I now have a base of regular clients and new work coming in all the time. I’ve been learning PHP/MySQL which really helps increase the number of projects I am qualified to take on. Soon after that I am planning on developing my first WordPress theme from scratch. I’m not the greatest designer there ever was, but I think developing a theme from scratch will teach me a LOT and improve my skills/offerings that much more.

CURRENT MOOD:

Lot’s of inner/spiritual improvements going on. In the last year, I’ve truly gone from simply trying to survive to actually feeling optimistic about life and hoping for things I’d kind of given up on. I’m actively working on the things I need to do to make positive changes and to truly be able to thrive and not just survive.

CURRENT RELATIONSHIP STATUS:

Life being totally single isn’t the most fun thing in the world, but it’s better than being in a bad relationship. I feel I’ve left behind constant stress, bad feelings, distrust and low self-esteem by standing alone and not running back to the “band-aid” relationship I had for so long with the person I was seeing after my divorce. That relationship coming right on top of my divorce left a very bad taste in my mouth for very long time. But I’m slowly but surely beginning to find that that is not all there is out there. And my “Relationship Status” has gone from “Single, Not-Looking” to “Single, and Slowly-Maybe-Opening-Up-To-New-Possibilities.” 🙂

FUTURE THOUGHTS:

All of my plans for my business are coming together with all kinds of exciting things in the works. I’m even branching out soon to Video Tutorials for my blog on Blog Solace for some of the more advanced WordPress plug-ins. This should bring in quite a bit of new traffic.

The trip to San Francisco is still on, but now Donna is planning to come with Charlie & Me for the first 3 days or so. It will be really fun to visit, *with her*, all our old stomping grounds and meander down memory lane. And meeting Brian is a must! If he has time for us between all his acting and VO gigs. 🙂

Anyway, the future looks bright – Exciting and promising possibilities . . .

WRAP-UP

I’m not really feelin’ a wrap-up. Life is fluid; it keeps moving and changing. Here’s to the next event on the horizon!


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…..

 


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