I'm still writing from a place of self-assessment. Three months ago, I called and got myself on the waitlist at the AARTS Center at Rush, and then one week ago I called to check in, leaving a message that has not been returned. That's frustrating. I was told it would be 6-9 months before I … Continue reading While I Wait: The Consideration of Labels
In my research on neurodivergence, I've focused quite a bit on its presentation in girls/women/XX, because that's what I was and am, even I haven't experienced textbook gender roles. The term "The Lost Girls" keeps popping up, referring to girls born before experts started studying or identifying them as being on the spectrum. Even though … Continue reading Lost Girls Represent
My mom sent me some images, pages out of my baby book. I don't know if they still do baby books or if it's ever been a universal thing, but it's a book full of prompts for parents to record their child's development. For example, there's a grid for first through fourth years, likes and … Continue reading The Writing Was on the Wall; We Just Couldn’t Read It
Every once in a while, something happens and you're allowed to be really focused on the news. It's "current events," after all--responsible adults respect those who are aware of what's going on in the world. When there's big news that affects your community, no one will think twice about you watching live feeds, keeping a … Continue reading A Lifetime of Socially Acceptable Obsessions
I called in sick today. Since we're working from home and I can technically work from bed, I could have been somewhat effective. But I felt all head-coldy and hadn't slept more than a few hours the past couple of nights, so I figured I might as well take the PTO that I am privileged … Continue reading Sorting Through the Noise
I have 16 drafts in here waiting to be written or finished. When I first set up the blog, I opened the drafts--some only as titles and some with a bunch of notes--because I have so much to research and examine and make sense of, and I make sense of things mostly by writing about … Continue reading Masking & Anxiety & Living That Pandemic Life
Last Friday I had to go in to the office, which was a little weird, since I've been working from home since March--it's a COVID safety measure to reduce the number of people in the building, and I am A-OK with it. This trip to the office was for a meeting with a printer rep … Continue reading Businessing
I just finished my lunch, a bowl of plain quinoa with some vegan butter. I am fully aware that this is the modern version of buttered noodles and I am completely at peace with that. I have eaten well more than my--well, who's to say what a fare share is anyway--of plain or buttered noodles … Continue reading Picky Eaters Forever!
Okay, so I thought this one was going to be easy and fun, but it turns out the nuances of flirting are really hard to examine when you are unable to experience them. The realization that I'm on the spectrum has led to a lot of "Oh, that's probably why..." moments. One of the most … Continue reading Flirting? Nope, Don’t Get It.
It's been about a month and a half since I took my first neurodiversity quiz and began researching autism, particularly in women. In one sense, I'm very comfortable with the "autism" label, like if a professional told me I am autistic with a side of OCD, I wouldn't be upset. But at the same time, … Continue reading A Bit of Limbo: Between Self-Assessment and Professional Diagnosis