Feeling Hawkish

Me: (jogging Sunday morning) Me: (almost home) Me: (can’t wait for breakfast) Me: (pancakes pancakes pancakes) Me: (aw yeah) Me: (and they’re that overnight-oat kind) Me: (so they’re practically already made) Me: (I just have to get home and fry those bad boys) Me: (hungry hungry want them pancakes) Me: …hang on what’s this now?Continue reading “Feeling Hawkish”

We’re Mules, Not Horses

Me: (notices that several recent posts have been about animals, either literally or metaphorically) Me: (has zero problems with this) I mentioned in a previous post that I’ve been hearing a bit about autistic burnout. It’s been hard to find more than anecdotal information about it, because there aren’t any big studies or even thatContinue reading “We’re Mules, Not Horses”

Nutty Crows

The day before the first day Me (texting): hey listen as long as you’re picking up crickets can you check out how expensive dry dog food is? I read that crows sometimes like kibble if it isn’t too big. Spouse: Sure. Spouse (ten minutes later): The clerk recommended a kind that’s only $6.50 a bag.Continue reading “Nutty Crows”

Leaning in or burning out?

“Hold that thought,” I said to my spouse. He was in the middle of a sentence, and I felt bad about cutting him off. But it would only be for a few seconds. And we were chatting rather than talking about something emotionally urgent. If this had been a serious discussion, I would have quiteContinue reading “Leaning in or burning out?”

Rye Crows

As I mentioned in a previous post, Monday is “details” day. So instead of posting about autism, aphantasia, or other neurodivergent news, I’m going to chat about something I’m passionate about. One of my special interests is birds. I don’t have a house or a yard, but I’m lucky enough to have an apartment withContinue reading “Rye Crows”

The Bitter Autistic Wish List

1. When someone tells you they’re autistic, just nod. A friendly smile is nice, if you can manage it. 2. If you have a personal positive experience with autism that can be expressed in a single sentence – go for it. “Oh, great – so’s my sister” works. So does, “Oh, hey – I justContinue reading “The Bitter Autistic Wish List”

Coffee, tea, or empathy?

Someday, when it’s safe for all involved, I will be able to visit my lovely father-in-law and his lovely wife again.  And when I do, I will bring my coffee kettle, the coffee scale and beautiful glass Chemex coffee-pour-over jug my kiddo got me for Christmas, the coffee grinder my kiddo recommended I get, andContinue reading “Coffee, tea, or empathy?”