Routine: a love-hate relationship

Want a clean home? Devise a housekeeping routine and stick to it. Struggle to fall asleep or wake up tired and unrefreshed? Sort out your bedtime routine. Finally decided to complete Couch to 5K? No, me neither, but I bet if you did then the key to progressing from beginner to runner would be thatContinue reading “Routine: a love-hate relationship”

Driven to do things differently

Several decades ago, I took driving lessons. They did not go well. I remember crying silent tears at the approach to a roundabout one foggy November evening, when having to contend with the glare of lights and rain as well as mirrors, signals and gears was more than I could cope with. The experience wasContinue reading “Driven to do things differently”

Small talk: a big deal

“Bit chilly today, isn’t it.” OK, remember: answer in agreement as it’s not an actual question; reply straightaway with a comment that includes the words ‘glad’ and ‘coat’, then follow up with a related statement/invitation such as ‘I know! The forecast said it was supposed to be warm all week!’ with a tone conveying mildContinue reading “Small talk: a big deal”

Look into my eyes: part I

Eye contact seems to be a REALLY BIG DEAL for a lot of people, particularly those in positions of authority. Not staring directly at their pupils? Clearly you aren’t paying attention. Avoiding eye contact when they’re talking to you? Makes you look shifty – what are you trying to hide, eh? The diagnostic criteria, theContinue reading “Look into my eyes: part I”

Let’s play Bingo

The appointment had started well enough. There I was, sat opposite the GP, explaining how my eldest had recently received an autism diagnosis and the assessment process had led me to realise that I, too, was very likely autistic and had therefore been assessed by the same privately funded centre (and this was all extraneousContinue reading “Let’s play Bingo”

Are you sure?

… One of the stranger responses I’ve received when mentioning that I am autistic. At that point I had actually received an official diagnosis (more on that and dismissive GPs another time) so yes, I was sure, but still. What are they implying by asking that question? “You don’t look autistic.” Probably this, or somethingContinue reading “Are you sure?”

A case of mis-taken identity?

Imagine you are a koala in a child’s story book, hanging out doing typical koala-y things with eucalyptus when the child jabs you with her finger, exclaiming ‘Look! A cute, furry bear!’ Now, you probably do look quite like a bear to the untrained eye – you have fur, paws, cute teddy nose – andContinue reading “A case of mis-taken identity?”

This was supposed to be about something else.

I forget what, but probably one of the hundreds of brilliant ideas I’ve already had this week (it’s Tuesday). However, having decided that I should try following some instructions to set this up properly, instead of blindly rushing straight to the interesting parts without a plan or an end goal in mind*, I signed upContinue reading “This was supposed to be about something else.”