Pinned

Pinned

Out of all the things I want for my son (other than the ability to choose mommy’s winning Powerball numbers of course), I want him to experience tolerance.   It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that he has issues, and even though his distractingly good looks deceive (you’re welcome J.R.), his desire to […]

Boomerang

Boomerang

I’ve written many times about this idea that I am lots like my seven year-old son who has autism.  I think I really get him sometimes (except when he decides to empty the contents of the tub onto the bathroom floor, causing me to start screaming “UGHHHHHHH I JUST DON’T GET YOU!”).  Like J.R., I don’t like […]

Dear Kristi

DearKristi

Ever wish you could turn back time and and speak to the younger (and less wrinkly) you?  I do.  Every day.  Since I can’t do that, I wrote this letter.  Now about getting my hands on a time machine…hmm… Dear Kristi, Listen chica, it’s 2006 and that mousey brown hair color is only accentuating your […]

Asterisks*

Askterisks

Seeing as there is no way in hell I am going to be able to maintain any typical New Year’s Resolutions, especially scream at kids less, I had to really think long and hard if I was to come up with any kind of list.  In the midst of jotting down not completely impossible resolutions such as: quit thinking […]

No Guts, No Glory

NoGuts

Even though I hold a master’s degree (in Information Studies no less) you probably know me as the biggest airhead alive, and I’d have to agree!  Not convinced?  I’ll give you an example.  For YEARS I thought the Chili’s low calorie menu read GUTLESS CHICKEN when it really reads GUILTLESS CHICKEN.  I’m now convinced my extended brain […]

How Far?

Howfar

  I’ve noticed lately that my favorite expression has become (next to God help me, of course) the apple doesn’t fall very far from the tree. In order to avoid incriminating myself I won’t go into specific reasons why I’ve been referring to the adage, but completely unrelated to all of my gossiping I had an epiphany.  It’s […]

Short (But Willing to) Change

Swim

The other day we celebrated my “typical” son’s birthday by taking him to see a Cars 2 exhibit with some friends.   We pulled J.R. out of school so he could come along too.  I figured he’d enjoy the event for about four seconds, but having him home from school meant not having to rush back by 2:30 p.m. […]

Get Real

RealAutismMug

Am I the only one in America who is wondering how The Oxford English Dictionary, Inc. hasn’t sued The Real Housewives franchise? Real? Ha!  The nerve of them, using that term so loosely! Don’t get me wrong, the Miami edition of Housewives had me hooked. Speaking of the O.E.D, the “real” blonde’s butchering of the English language (not to mention […]

Well (And Aware)

WellAndAware

Just how does a “seasoned” autism mom spend her Autism Awareness Month? Glad you asked! For the past few years one of my closest friends of mine and I had pretty much gone into hibernation for the entire month of April. She too has a son diagnosed with autism, but neither of us felt particularly […]

Lovesick

Lovesick

One of the perks of J.R.’s autism is his out of whack (as in super-immune) immune system.  For some reason the kid RARELY gets sick.  I honestly think it’s God’s way of throwing The Vannattas a bone, because when a bug does penetrate his candy-coated shell, LOOK OUT!  The worst part?  My memory constantly fails me.  I […]