Thursday, May 21, 2009

Thursday Thankfulness

Asperger's, autism, book recommendations, childrens theater, friends, gardening, outings, Pokemon, school, thankfulness, tomato plant, exercise, parenting
I know it looks like I've been slacking, and that's probably because I have. After being cooped up for the fall and winter (which to me all equates to 'winter' once it drops below 40 degrees) I've been like a big kid, wanting to be out in the open air as much as possible. So you'll probably notice that I've only been posting a few times a week. That'll change come the fall, but I will definitely keep up my Thursdays - they're good for morale! This week I am thankful for:

My tomato plant which is not only still alive after the transplanting, but growing at a frightful rate! I would have felt awful if I'd killed it. Now we just have to figure out what to do when it starts to reach the ceiling, as my father-in-law wisely pointed out. I'm envisioning some sort of Jack and the Beanstalk-esque post coming before the end of the summer.

I am thankful that Gus's field trip was a success! Monday, we went on an epic journey, to the wilds of Queens, NY to see a production of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Originally, the whole family was going to attend the trip, but MM decided to stay home with her dad instead of taking the 2+ hour bus ride each way. So I had the rare chance to spend some time with Gus. The show was a blast. I never got the name of the actress who was playing Alexander, but I have to say it was exhausting just watching her. She never stood still for a second on the stage - I've never seen an adult with that much energy (and living with my husband, that's saying quite a bit)! And she had to sing! I don't know how she didn't pass out, but she was amazing. The show held lots of laughs and was totally worth the ride. The trip back was entertaining for me as well. At one point, Gus was seated behind his friend who is also a Pokemon expert. I had brought one of Gus's Pokemon encyclopedias to keep him from getting too antsy on the trip. The boy in front started passing back notes about the Pokemon DS game and then would ask Gus to turn to a specific Pokemon in the book and then pass the book through that space between the window and the seat. Then I'd hear, "Aw, that one looks great!" or something similar. This went on for well over half an hour. Hilarious! More importantly, I got to see Gus bonding with a friend. Priceless.

I am thankful that it's nice out so that I can go for a bike ride as soon as I finish this post. One thing I've noticed is that I've got a lot more patience when I a) do something for myself once in a while and b) get exercise c) get out of the house. It seems like this should be so simple as to be unworthy of mentioning, but any parent, especially those who work from home, can attest that it is often hard to pull yourself away and trust that the world won't stop turning when you stop turning the crank. I'm still not convinced, but the sun is out and telling me to be a little selfish. So if the world stops because I'm not sitting at my computer working, or doing laundry, or any of the other 3,950,242,538,408 things I need to do in the next hour...blame it on the sun. I'm out of here!

What are you thankful for today?


  1. What a wonderful post this is. Take some time for yourself. It will make you feel so much better I'm sure. Isn't the sun wonderful? I have a couple of questions. pffft what else is new. Anyway you say that this was a rare chance to spend with Gus. I don't understand that. Do you mean just you and him? Second one is the tomato plant...Jolly Red Gisant LOL. Is that the one that Gus bought you or is it the one that he accidentally pulled up or is it a totally brand new one? Sorry to be so nosy. LOL. It is so good to hear that Gus was having a good time with the boy in front. How wonderful is that. Excellent post my friend. Enjoy the sun :)

  2. Hi Thom! No worries about the questions :-) I rarely get one-on-one time with Gus because he's always in school and when he's not I usually have both kids (mostly my choice). But it's nice to once in a while get to hang out with just him like we used to. The giant tomato plant is the one he gave me and pretty soon it will need a new home so I think I will be taking the kids to buy some sort of fencing so we can bring it outside. Nice to see you!

  3. Thanks for the answers. I so appreciate it. I'll bet Gus is enjoying that tomato plant...I can't wait until you tell the tales giving it a new home :) Your kids have a great mother. You are awesome :)


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