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Blog:Triple AAA- My Mood Diary

I have to share this tiny insight, as I’ve been giving myself hysterics all day about it.  Last week was a total fucking atrocious mess, I gave up on everything on Tuesday afternoon and basically threw myself face first into a bottle of vodka.  As I am a recovering alcoholic, this is generally a bad idea.  I mean, it’s a bad idea for most people, plus vodka isn’t all that nice, really.  But for me,

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Blog:The Unabashed Autist- Don't you see what's happened? I've become George!

The gym got new treadmills, and they’re fabulous.  I didn’t know the old treadmills sucked until I ran on a new one.  The deck is so wide and smooth, it felt like running in grass.  I listened to In Your Dreams by Stevie Nicks in order twice through.  I ripped it from the CD into FLAC files and loaded it on the DAP I got on MassDrop.  I listen to an album with various headphones

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Blog:Neuro Wonderful- Send me a color

kara-lesbihonest:

red: how was your first kiss? what do you love about yourself? when’s the last time you warmed your hands in front of a fire? would you rather watch a sunrise or sunset? what’s the best thing about summer?

orange: what makes you feel warm inside? what’s your favorite halloween tradition? what’s the last thing you learned? when’s the last time you felt obsessed? what’s your favorite article of clothing?

yellow: if you could

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Blog:Neuro Wonderful- Ooh, yellow please!

Blog:Neuro Wonderful- Ooh, yellow please!

yellow: if you could have any view from your bedroom window what would you choose?

– Some nice coastal forest. That’s the dream.

what’s your favorite thing to do on a sunny day?

– Find a shady spot, sit and make art outdoors! Or, reading in a shady spot. Or, sitting by my plants on the balcony and feeling warm.

what do you consider lucky?

– I feel like I’m kind of lucky? Like

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Blog:Neuro Wonderful- orange :>

Blog:Neuro Wonderful- orange :>

orange: what makes you feel warm inside?

– When someone I trust takes care of me. Like, brings me a cup of tea, or puts a blanket on me if I’m cold, or asks what they can do to cheer me up.

what’s your favorite halloween tradition?

– Costuming!! I just love everything dressing up and roleplaying.

what’s the last thing you learned?

– Does learning of the existence of The Raveonettes count? If

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Blog:Neuro Wonderful- red

Blog:Neuro Wonderful- red

red: how was your first kiss?

– Very sweet and innocent. It happened at my 13th birthday party. 

what do you love about yourself?

– Yikes. I should work on this one. I like how I don’t really freeze in emergencies. I stay calm in the moment and then freak out as soon as things are settled.

when’s the last time you warmed your hands in front of a fire?

– On the solstice, in

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Blog:Neuro Wonderful- Green for the Color Ask :)

Blog:Neuro Wonderful- Green for the Color Ask :)

green: what’s your favorite thing to do outside?

– Just be outside. Lots of wandering. Then sitting and staring at water or flowers or something for a while. Then more wandering. Reading in a shady spot. Making friends with birds. Plein air painting. Gardening. 

do you like camping?

– Noooo.

what would you spend $1,000 on?

– Practical stuff. Boring life stuff. Maybe a few new clothes, ‘cause my wardrobe has been really sad for

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Blog:The Silent Wave- Autism, introspection, and fulfillment

I’ve decided to escape the confines of the office environment for a little while.  In what may or may not be a bout of internalized ableism (although my jury is still out on my own), I feel I’ve earned it, having gotten done yesterday not only everything on yesterday’s to-do list, but everything overtly planned for today, too.

There is always more work to be done, some of which has occupied a longer-term to-do list

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Blog:Pharaohs World!- Growing up different

I can’t honestly say that I knew, even thought I was Autistic when I was growing up. 

Autism wasn’t a word I’d ever heard and nor had my parents. I was just me and given that each family member had their own set of idiosyncratic behaviours, being different just seemed pretty normal. Well, our kind of normal. 

We never gelled as a family. We were never close or “cuddly”. We got on with each other

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Blog:The Silent Wave- Autism is not psychopathy, and autistic people are not psychopaths [Mental Health Monday]

The word “psychopath” has come up in connection with the Asperger’s/autism spectrum.  In my filtered world, the “filter” referring to the fact that much of my knowledge of current events is pre-sorted, biased toward points of view with which I tend to agree, via the tool that is social media, the connection of the two terms is usually used in the context of rebuttal of some dastardly news headline of some violent crime or research

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Blog:The Silent Wave- The problem with the Empathizing-Systemizing theory

Trudging further along the path of autistic self-discovery can lead one in so many different directions.  Sure to be a stop along the tour, however, is a concept known as the Empathizing-Systemizing Theory, a hypothesis (and only a hypothesis), the brain-child of researcher Simon Baren-Cohen.

As far as researchers go, Simon Baren-Cohen is one of our most allied, one of the autism-friendlier.  That’s not to say that he’s exactly autism-friendly, per se, especially in terms

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Blog:The Unabashed Autist- But I don't wanna be a pirate!

I’ve devised a new bribe to get myself to exercise.  If I run on my treadmill, I can watch music videos and interviews.  I just need to go a bit slower to prevent vertigo.  I don’t have a forgiving space to land in if I go flying off the back.  I have a credenza full of quilting supplies.  (It would probably only hurt my ego.)  I have an oddly shaped room over a stairwell, (which

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Blog:Married: With Aspergers- Is There Anybody Out There? – Insecurity

When you’re autistic you get used to being let down, to having your hopes dashed. You start out believing what people tell you, taking their words at face value because you can’t judge accurately how sincere they are and aren’t often aware when something is only a social convention and not meant literally.

Growing up, we autistics initially presume that our relationships with others are reciprocated as strongly as we imagine them to be. It

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Blog:Aspie Rude Girl- Grocery Shopping Disaster…

It’s funny how everyday things that most people find normal can cause me anxiety. Things most people don’t stop to think about, never mind understand what it is like for those on the spectrum.

Today it was grocery shopping for the hubby and I. My hubby had to to work the whole weekend and we were all out of food in the house, so it was up to me to go shopping. I knew it

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Blog:The Silent Wave- How it feels to live in my autistic world

Come, my pretties.  I’m picking up hitchhikers today, in the safest of senses.  We’re not climbing into my truck; we’re climbing into my brain.

My brain can be perceived as a map, with different towns representing concepts, subjects, and miscellaneous thoughts.  The roads between them link them together in unusual ways, with scenic winding routes and express, direct flights between towns one might not expect, but somehow manage to make sense.

It’s a busy place,

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Blog:Pharaohs World!- So the bullies win again

A while back I fell out with someone on Twitter. 

I blogged, they accused me of hypocrisy, I disagreed. 

I disagreed via private direct messages but they chose to take it onto their public feed. They invited their followers to make their views known. They encouraged bullying. 

They also threatened to post my direct messages to Twitter so I could be exposed by them. So Twitter could see my hypocrisy in action. 

I wanted those

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Blog:Pharaohs World!- My Top Ten Films (with a tiny bit of cheating)

So, here we are, at the start of a new series probably entitled “Things you didn’t want to know about me!”. 

My top ten films, in no particular order. My desert island blu-rays! 

Lord of the Rings Trilogy

Told you there would be some cheating. I know it’s three films but I don’t really have a favourite. I never enjoyed the book because I found it (them ?) far too dense and descriptive when I

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