Friday, February 14, 2020

Lincoln's Birthday






February 12, 2020

Yesterday, Doug; being the hilarious guy that he THINKS he is, pointed out to DC that today is Lincoln's Birthday. DC looked at me as if I was trying to hide a holiday from him....

DC: Lincoln's Birfday!


Me: It is not a holiday. You have Monday off for President's Day which is for Lincoln and Washington's Birthday.


DC: Presents Day!!!!


Me: No. President's Day. You get the day off, that's all. No gifts, No going out to eat. We are going to Mystic for President's Day (as if I haven't heard about Mystic AND Valentine's Day - we can't forget Valentine's Day- all week)


DC:


Doug: (leaves me to deal with Lincoln's Birthday)


After hearing enough about Lincoln's Birthday last night and this morning, Doug got a phone call from DC at 7:30 reminding him and it is Lincoln's Birthday and wanting him to explain to him what we are going to do today in honor of the holiday..


Me? I had only two words for Doug which can also be summed up with only one finger.
#NotAnOutToEatHoliday #NoGiftsOnLincolnsBirthday


Doug ended up bringing DC a cake. He was happy with the cake as his Lincoln's Birthday celebration. I caved and gave him some skittles and a five dollar bill and tried to explain who the man on the bill was. 

He did not care about anything but the cake...

If you think that he will not be expecting a cake next year, you are very wrong.

Very, very wrong.

Happy Lincoln's Birthday
Happy Valentine's Day
and
Happy President's Day


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In case you are new here: 
“I tell stories, most of the time; single individual stories about this or that. Some may be written with humor and some may come across as “Oh, look at the cute thing DC did or said” (he does crack me up at times) but my object is always to make people understand how his mind works, never to "make fun of him"

It is difficult to explain “his” autism to anyone without resorting to 1000 examples and 1000 stories. So I tell 1000 stories to make clear that there are other sides to autism than the characters seen in TV or movies."
This blog is used for shorter posts, off topic posts and also for longer Face book statuses. Please visit my official blog site at: Taking it a Step at a Time 


Sunday, February 9, 2020

The "Snow Ball"





Thursday Morning - February 6, 2020

DC and I discussing the “Snow Ball” that he will be attending on Saturday. Although he does rename most dances; this particular dance is officially called a “Ball” so you know he’ll be wearing a suit.
Me: Which suit are you going to wear?
DC: Blue. Have good taste.
#humble


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Saturday Morning - February 8, 2020

DC came home sick on Thursday. (Oh no! What if he can’t go to the “Snow Ball” on Saturday?).
I kept him home on Friday - no fever but he was coughing and very stuffy. All day while looking as if he could not keep his eyes open and with that red stripe under his nose that shows up immediately when he’s not feeling well or is having an allergy problem - he told me he was “feeling well” and “going to the ball”.

 All . Day . Long....

He looked worse as the day wore on. So I started getting him ready for the fact that he might not be able to go to the “Snow Ball”.


I didn’t want to say outright that he couldn’t because that would make the day that much worse for him (and me). But I was 99% sure that he would not be going.

By the time I got him to go to sleep for the night, he looked so awful that I was absolutely sure that there was no way he’d be well enough to go.


I mean, Doug moved AND sat in his chair in the kitchen and DC not only did not say a word but I’m not even sure he noticed! (See: "You're In My Spot")


Well, this morning he woke up looking like the picture of health! I was shocked and said “Oh my god, you look amazing!”


So fingers crossed that there is no relapse today because I told him he looks amazing and he’s reminded me of that at least 50 times (it’s only 10:30). He’s convinced he’s going so I’ll just be over here #HoldingMyBreath


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Saturday evening, February 8, 2020

Phew!



They had a fantastic time and I am still completely amazed at his turn-around!

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Sunday morning, February 9, 2020

After hearing about the "Snow Ball", "Going to the Snow Ball" and "I am feeling well" ...... Snow Ball, Snow Ball, Snow Ball for two days...
DC has moved on to screeching "Hooray, Hooray, It's 'Valentime's' Day"
Me: It's not Valentine's Day. Valentine's Day is Friday.
DC: "Hooray, Hooray, It's 'Valentime's' Day"
Me: You're just not going to give me a break, are you?
DC: No.
#Honesty #MovingOn


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In case you are new here: 
“I tell stories, most of the time; single individual stories about this or that. Some may be written with humor and some may come across as “Oh, look at the cute thing DC did or said” (he does crack me up at times) but my object is always to make people understand how his mind works, never to "make fun of him"

It is difficult to explain “his” autism to anyone without resorting to 1000 examples and 1000 stories. So I tell 1000 stories to make clear that there are other sides to autism than the characters seen in TV or movies."
This blog is used for shorter posts, off topic posts and also for longer Face book statuses. Please visit my official blog site at: Taking it a Step at a Time 

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Moving Into January in "Slowly Motion"







Me (at lunch at DC's job): DC, slow down. You don't have to eat so fast!
DC picks up the fork and swishes it in the air (sort of like "here comes the choo choo", but slower) towards his mouth.
Me: What are you doing?
DC: Eating in "slowly motion"
#AlrightyThen    - January 3, 2020


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DC stomps up the stairs shaking the house. 

He comes back down the stairs the same way (this is the same guy who tells me that he's nervous every time our neighbors run up and down the stairs - "Mom! I heard a noise! I'm nervous about the noise")

Me: (when he gets back downstairs) DC, you have to walk softly up and down the stairs, you're shaking the whole house.


DC: I'm sorry Mom (and he starts back up the stairs to do it more quietly)


Me: DC, you don't have to do it again. Just try to do it a little more quietly the next time.


DC:


Narrator: But he couldn't not do it again....
#WalkSoftly   - January 9, 2020


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In case you are new here: 
“I tell stories, most of the time; single individual stories about this or that. Some may be written with humor and some may come across as “Oh, look at the cute thing DC did or said” (he does crack me up at times) but my object is always to make people understand how his mind works, never to "make fun of him"
It is difficult to explain “his” autism to anyone without resorting to 1000 examples and 1000 stories. So I tell 1000 stories to make clear that there are other sides to autism than the characters seen in TV or movies."
This blog is used for shorter posts, off topic posts and also for longer Face book statuses. Please visit my official blog site at: Taking it a Step at a Time 

Friday, January 3, 2020

And the Week After



Christmas was over.....


DC had to go back to work this morning and I was dreading it. 
I do believe he is coming down with a cold or maybe it was all of the "Christmas Cleaning" I did over the last few days (you know, the cleaning where you actually move things and clean the 6 months worth of dust built up behind them?) - Dust was flying!
He was not happy last night when I mentioned that he should maybe stay home today. Not happy at all. 
After reminding me that Christmas was over - he jumped right into "Going to work tomorrow" - "Nose is much better" (over and over).
So he went. He really does seem okay and if it were spring or fall, I would say it was allergies, so I am blaming the flying dust. We shall see...
He was tired though and I was expecting a rough morning, but (knock wood) he was great.
Happy Day After Christmas! 
          #IAmGladThatIAmOffToday   - December 26, 2019

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“Mom, it’s almost ‘Valen-times’ Day.”Moving on.....  - December 27, 2019
Shocking, Right? Mr. Calendar skipped right over New Years and went straight to Valentine's Day! 

Well, that omission was corrected shortly afterwards. As soon as he realized his error, I never heard about Valentine's Day again, only New Year's Eve.

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There was also some confusion on his part (and mine) about what day it was.


DC is adding to my confusion over what day it is by insisting that he is going to work tomorrow (Sunday).He stayed home Friday because he wasn’t feeling well and now he is convinced that today is Sunday. Usually he is the one I can count on to keep me on track during the week between Christmas and New Year when I can’t figure out what day it is... 
#WeAreInBigTroubleNow - December 28, 2019


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There is a whole basket of Christmas candy in the kitchen. All kinds of candy.Mostly DC candy,so there are more jelly beans than anything else (YUK!).I REALLY wanted some chocolate.Just plain old chocolate. After digging through the basket and not having any luck, I came across a bag of Ghirardelli Squares, Holiday Assortment. 
Digging through the bag for chocolate, I found:
- Eggnog (yuk) - not chocolate-
Pumpkin spice (yuk - as someone who loves Halloween one would assume I would love pumpkin spice ....  I don’t.
I don’t like anything pumpkin flavored (including pumpkin pie) - not chocolate-
Peppermint (yuk, again) - also not chocolate
         #WhoDoesThat #BetrayedByGhiradelli #WheresTheChocolate 
         Is chocolate not a holiday flavor? Not happy.
- December 28, 2019

DC on the other hand was happy not to have to share.
Each time he took one of those squares he would Announce the flavor and then say "Yuk" as if to remind me that I did not want any of "his' candy.

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New Year's Eve came and went without much hoopla. DC, of course wanted to go "out to eat" (which is what we usually do) but I had (have) a head cold and really was not in the mood, so we opted for take-out. 

As much as DC loves to go "out to eat", he loves when he gets to have "out to eat" food at home.

Bring him wings and he is happy.

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On New Years Day, DC waited patiently to put up all of the new calendars. When I say "waited patiently", I mean after he shoved the first one in my face the moment I opened my eyes and I told him he needed to wait a few minutes....

We have far too many calendars.....




Calendars up, tree came down - we are done.

Happy New Year!

(Did you know that Valentine's Day is coming soon?)

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In case you are new here: “I tell stories, most of the time; single individual stories about this or that. Some may be written with humor and some may come across as “Oh, look at the cute thing DC did or said” (he does crack me up at times) but my object is always to make people understand how his mind works, never to "make fun of him"

It is difficult to explain “his” autism to anyone without resorting to 1000 examples and 1000 stories. So I tell 1000 stories to make clear that there are other sides to autism than the characters seen in TV or movies."

This blog is used for shorter posts, off topic posts and also for longer Face book statuses. Please visit my official blog site at: Taking it a Step at a Time 



Thursday, December 26, 2019

And So It Was Christmas....

We had finally made it to the "Main Event".

My worries over DC getting so overly excited that he would not enjoy the day were for nothing.

He was fabulous! 

We last left you on Christmas Eve "Eve" over on the other blog 

As you may remember, DC began calling the restaurant we would be going to on Christmas Eve "The Place" because he had given up trying to pronounce the name.

Christmas Eve was finally here. I had already talked him into sleeping in his bed (he's been on the couch since last Christmas) because Santa would not come if he was sleeping in the living room. He was a little apprehensive about that but agreeable.

We went to pick up 'Grandmother' and we were off to have dinner at "The Place".




DC was in his glory. All of his favorites AND 'Fam-a-LEE'.

We skipped dessert at 'The Place' and headed home for cake, cookies and the opening of the Christmas Eve Gifts.



Christmas Eve gifts are normally a few gifts from me, gifts from Fam-a-LEE and a few friends. 

But there seemed to be an awful lot of gifts....

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The Christmas Eve band-aid haul.
I’m sure there’s more to come tomorrow.
His arms are already covered.

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DC went to bed (not to sleep, though) pretty early on Christmas Eve.
Unfortunately he was wide awake around 3:30 (so was I for some reason). I was a little bit concerned that he was getting sick because he was up so early.
Yes, he was excited about Christmas but this was REALLY early, even for him. I finally gave up getting him to go back to sleep at about 5:45.
He seemed fine (fingers crossed because he does not really ever tell me when he doesn’t feel well) but time will tell. In the meantime, Santa came and all is well with the world.
(Santa brought him 18 markers - one more than he’s been asking for; a bonus of sorts.... also because they just happen to come in a pack of 18)
            -   I think I may have predicted that back in early December. 




And yes, there would be more band-aids...

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We had a quiet day at home as has been our tradition over the last few years and then out for Chinese food for dinner which has also become a tradition.


DC: "Just like A Christmas Story Live!" (Everything is Related, you know)

It has only been the last 3 years or so that we were actually able to stay home on Christmas Day and if I get a vote (I do), I don't see that changing anytime soon.

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Merry Christmas!

(It IS looking like he's catching a cold....)

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If you are having trouble following our December posts because I keep bouncing from one blog to another, here they all are in something close to "in order" :

Christmas List Negotiations (aka 17 Markers)

Hey Santa, Don't Pass By The Older "Kids"

Christmas Preparations - Wins and Losses

Christmas, The Schedule and 'Fam-a-LEE'


The Christmas Countdown Continues
Still Counting The Days Until Christmas
These two cover the same time period in different ways 

And So It Was Christmas 

And The Week After

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Monday, December 23, 2019

Still Counting the Days Until Christmas

My Christmas cards have not arrived (yes, I could have ordered them earlier).

There were also certain stamps that I wanted that were not available at the post office, so I had to order them on-line - so when the cards do arrive I will still be waiting on the stamps... 

Meanwhile, all of the cards we have received remain unopened because..... that's a thing with me
😂😂😂 Go ahead, laugh, I know!).

December 14, 2019

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DC received a letter from Santa a few days ago. After he read it, he hung it on the refrigerator. This morning I saw him writing on a hanging paper and thinking he was adding something to the grocery list, I asked him what he was writing.
DC: “Last Name!”
Apparently this was bothering him.... #FirstANDLastNameAlways


December 15, 2019

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He was able to go to "Straw"Bridge, his Camp party and his Work party so were are now officially talking about Christmas Eve and Christmas (with a few twists)

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Taking a short break from "reminding" me about Christmas Eve... DC woke up this morning with "Happy Thursday" (not anything he's ever said before)
I guess every day is a holiday in December.
(I did get a "days until Christmas eve" countdown very shortly afterward)
#HappyThursday

December 19, 2019

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Closer and closer - Now we would really only be talking about Christmas Eve and Christmas ......

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(Counting on fingers)
“Monday: Go to work - Come home if Doug feels better (Doug is not feeling well and he’s worried he won’t see him today)
Tuesday: Christmas Eve see Grandmother, go to “the place” (restaurant - he’s given up trying to pronounce the name)
I Want Presents! (He knows he can open a few gifts on Christmas Eve)
Wednesday:  Christmas Santa will come - 17 Markers.
Thursday: Back to work”
We are now officially scheduling for after Christmas.....
#MovingOn


December 23, 2019

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My Cards arrived and so did the stamps on December 23rd.
I should have made the New Year Cards



Happy Holidays!

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This blog is used for shorter posts, off topic posts and also for longer Face book statuses. Please visit my official blog site at: Taking it a Step at a Time