This one had been recommended to me personally as well as popped up in autism groups: Jenara Nerenberg's Divergent Mind: Thriving in a World That Wasn't Designed for You. Especially when it was backordered when I tried to get it, I was really excited to read it--recommended by neurodivergents and hard to get? It must … Continue reading Autism Book Shelf: Divergent Mind
A Lifetime of Socially Acceptable Obsessions
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
Sorting Through the Noise
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
Masking & Anxiety & Living That Pandemic Life
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
Picky Eaters Forever!
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!
Flirting? Nope, Don’t Get It.
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.
A Bit of Limbo: Between Self-Assessment and Professional Diagnosis
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
Numbers Part 1: Math
Sometimes I can tell a migraine is coming on when the world seems a little brighter and more colorful, sometimes there's a nausea that seems tied to my head, and other times, I have an intense urge to count and roll loose change. I can find calm in dumping the change from my Darth Vader … Continue reading Numbers Part 1: Math
Social Skills: D-/F+
"Does she hate me?" My partner Tom hears this a lot, and I swear it's usually not the case. No, the fact of the matter is that I most likely just didn't give that person what they needed, what they expect to give and get from new people they meet. I didn't seem interested in … Continue reading Social Skills: D-/F+