Make Room for the Giant

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2018 has come and half gone already. I was shocked to realize that my reading goal of 20 books is slowly losing space. But considering I started off the adventurous, maybe the next books will be easier.

That being said, you’re problem where the title of this blog came from. No, it’s not the title of the book. It’s in reference to it’s pure size.

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This book is in no way short. Almost 500 pages of hidden (not secretive) history of Autism, it’s impacts on early children diagnosed, parents of those children and eventually the growth of something called neurodiversity. This is a fairly new term that explains the idea that autism doesn’t need a cure to fix a problem, but that autistic people have a different set of neurons providing a creative and sensitive outlook on life.

Despite its length, i enjoyed this book. I discovered how the beginnings of this condition confused many people, leading to bad insights like “bad parenting causes autism and therefore you should send your kid away.” It’s just horrible some of the things they thought and put families through. It really opened my eyes to the struggles related to autism.

My favorite chapter is the one about finding autistic mind can truly open up a world of creativity. Especially the beginnings of science fiction. People formed what would be considered the first fan clubs over the early fantasies and thoughts about space, astronauts and aliens. Let me tell you as another fan-girl, it was awesome!

So if you need a long book but want to be entertained and educated, pick up a copy!

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The Missing Reading Records (sept 2017-april 2018)

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Wow. In working through this bog with a small child pushing buttons of the keyboard I realized I have not written in my book reading section in several months.  And I have actually read several books. So here’s a brief summary of the things I have read since my last post:

KETOGENIC COOKBOOKS: For my pcos diet I have picked up several of Maria Emmerich’s cook books on this Diet. They are organized in a lovely simplistic manner and include meal plans I can actually follow. My favorites are the quick and easy Keto book as well as the easy dairy free one. Not an easy diet, but well worth trying if you have hormone issues.

Allie and Bae by Catherine Ryan Hyde: an easy read a out an older lady and a younger teenager caught in unfortunate circumstances and how they survive by thriving with each other. We read it for my church book group, i recommend it if you need a filler, it’s not jaw dropping but I really needed support and encouragement and this book has definitely elements for that at any age.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle: short but so jammed packed! Yes we read it before the movie came out. I had never read it…which was unfortunate cause it is my perfect book. Science, fantasy, love, faith…agh! I can’t rave about this book enough. I won’t be seeing the movie right away though. One because I have a kid but more for reason two that I don’t want to ruin any quality it has by my read and I don’t want to ruin the book by analyzing the movie. I have respect for both genres and therefore will take some time.

Highly sensitive person and Highly sensitive child by Elaine Aron: I was given the Child book before as a recommendation as I noticed some things going on with Austin and wanted some answers. But starting that book cause me to look st myself as realize I have sensitivities I have adapted for adult living. Both these books were great for that!

Well that’s the completed bunch so far. I’m almost thru another couple books but life jumped in the way and movie season is upon us. Hopefully updates will come more often. Hopefully the blog posts will too

The Mean, Green, 2018!

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Welcome everyone to the New Year!

I know its a little behind. And there are always excuses for this. But I am honestly going to work on a more regular schedule for this blogging. We shall see where that goes.

To Recap: 2017 was both awesome and crazy of a year. Our kiddo turn 1 in August and he had many first events including giggling, crawling, walking and running. Yep-we’ve got a toddler folks! He’s still adorable as ever. Now he just makes your heart jump out of your chest as he runs down the hallway or tries to climb the sofa or recliner. Slow down kid!

2017 was also the beginning of me finally getting a chance to address my health. As previous posts have indicated… I have PCOS or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. It is a hormonal disorder where my ovary look like they have theese “cysts” (and some women can have actually cysts) causing me to not release an egg each month (aka not ovluating.) This is why conceiving was so hard and emotional for me.  It is also what causes my excessive hair growth, my overweight-ness despite working out a lot in previous years, trying the “nth” number diet only to lose little weight. BUT this year i actually lost 56lbs following my OBGYN’s suggestions to give up gluten, sugar and now going ketogenic. I’m meeting with her right before Lent to suggest some of the things I am going to talk about now.

So — for 2018 here are my goals (not resolutions, but going to accomplish things)

  1. get out of Debt: Shawn and I have a plan for this and prefer to keep that between us as much as possible. I admit I have spending problems but lets face it… one of the FEW girly things I enjoy is shopping and the thrill of something new and fun
  2. Get On with PCOS — while I have been doing a lot, I want to keep this momentum going. mostly because if Shawn and I want to consider any future children (which is a discussion best kept between us as well), I will need to be healthy and have a better grasp on my PCOS issues. I know things now, have a lost enough to make a differnce. My specific goal is to lose the additional 60 pounds to reach my “ideal weight” and go more gluten free/dairy free/unprocessed as much as possible. I don’t want to be on anyone’s “high risk” any longer. WHY? – for the sake of my son. I want to be here when he’s 30 or 35 or whenever. I want the most out of life with him and Shawn. Managing my PCOS also includes emotional health, physical health and pyschological health. While pregnant, I played the “pregnancy” card for a long time. Because I couldn’t get a grasp on myself. It made me bitter…and that sucked. I want more than that.
  3. Get going on work goals — I prefer not to discuss too many of these details either. But I have some very specific things I want to reach at work. Since I worked hard to bring myself up from being out on leave last year. I want 2018 to only look 10x better than 2017.

 

What are your goals? Do you get specific, general, or don’t even plan? Share with others about goals you have met and goals you are struggling with. Reach for it!

 

Life Happens

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So here it is. January 2nd. I had planned and outlined this wonderful idea (at least I THOUGHT it was wonderful) where I would write and talk about traditional Christmas carols or holiday songs and then go through the 12 days of Christmas with the song and it’s history.

And then life happened.

On December 11th, I got in a car accident. Someone turning left out of a driveway didn’t see me and hit my husband’s car. I wasn’t seriously injured (only the strongest stiffness I ever felt) and my son not his seat were not in the car. But the accident still totaled my husband’s Impala. So we spent a week handling the claim, week getting a new car and then celebrating Christmas and New Years.

So yeah, life happened.

And while it made holidays with my family much sweeter…i am sad i didn’t get to explore holiday songs.

Staying Warm

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Moving on…this week should provide for an exciting mix of songs. Not only is Chanukah starting this week… but I may start looking at a few more non traditional songs.

For today though, here is the last of good ol’ Christmas songs.

Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire

I personally like the Nat King Cole version of this song. And occasionally the parody versions are ridiculous and silly. But I think it just gives you that warming feeling of snuggling up with a cup of coco and smelling Christmas from the tree. After all, it’s official name is “The Christmas Song”

The wiki has a ton of information about the many renditions and singers so I’m just going to leave this here:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Christmas_Song

…and have a merry Christmas!

Second Sunday in Advent

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This weeks theme is peace. At least the way I remember it growing up.

Sadly enough, there are not enough songs specifically about Peace on earth. Grant it my favorite Disney movie talks about peace in the opening credits it’s a layover for silent night.

So I decided to look at another trans siberian orchestra song.

Prince of Peace.

This is one of their solo peices that adds in Hark the Herald Angels sing. But it’s the story of the nativity from the eyes of a mom. At least that’s how I see it. “A mother lays her newborn”… and it’s the soft beginnings of the one day prince who will bring peace to the world. Here at the lyrics and hopefully on this second Sunday of advent we can remember a little something that we all need.

“The Prince Of Peace”

In the middle of a forest

There’s a clearing by a stream

Where a mother holds her newborn

And the child begins to dream

And he dreams of hopes unspoken

When the tears of man will cease

And his mother holds him closer

For he is the Prince of peace

Let the bells ring out these tidings

Let it echo across the land

That a king is born in Bethlehem

And his kingdom is at hand

Let the world rejoice together

As it looks upon the stars

Knowing every man’s our brother

And that every child is ours

Hark, the herald angels sing

Glory to the newborn king

Peace on earth and mercy mild

God and sinners reconciled

Glory all ye nations rise

Join the triumph of the skies

With the heavenly host proclaim

Christ is born in Bethlehem

Hark, the herald angels sing

Glory to the newborn king

In the middle of a forest

There’s a clearing by a stream

Where a mother holds her newborn

And the child begins to dream

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Caroling caroling

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While Christmas bells are ringing… I’m moving on from Santa to decorations. I know for me holidays get started when the tinsel is hung, the tree is lit and the lights trim the houses on the streets. And this song also is one of those simple songs I pictured singing around the piano

So #9 Deck The Halls

I found out that this is originally a Welsh carol meant more for New Years. I was reading the wiki and found some interesting comments, mainly this paragraph:

“Originally, carols were dances and not songs. The accompanying tune would have been used as a setting for any verses of appropriate metre. Singers would compete with each other, verse for verse—known as canu penillion dull y De (“singing verses in the southern style”). Consequently, tunes originally used to accompany carols became separated from the original dances, but were still referred to as “carols” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deck_the_Halls )

Set deck the halls is a good childish dance that despite its monotone characteristics, can be an enjoyable little too