Being Me…

and discovering that that is quite the roller coaster ride. Wanna come along?

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Thoughts on 2017

Areas for goals (a work in progress)

  • Mind
    • Read a book per week.
    • Take online each semester.
  • Body
    • Lose 50 pounds.
    • De-stress daily.
    • Learn to meditate.
  • Spiritual
    • Join a church.
    • Spiritual disciplines
    • Have a more spiritual life.  Set a better example.
  • Self-Care
    • Develop a self-care routine.
    • Learn to handle stress better.
  • Financial
    • Set up arrangements for S and A.
    • Work on retirement.
  • Character
    • What is important to me in life?
    • What values do I want to have?
  • Relationships
    • Marriage
    • Kids
    • Other family
    • Friends
  • Parenting
    • Proactive
    • Active in school life
  • Social
    • Friends
    • Work
    • Family
  • Quality of life
    • Where do I want to live?
    • What do I want my daily life to look like?
  • Life vision
    • What do I want to be my contribution to the community/world?

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September Goals


  1. Plan one outing a month for each child.
  2. Plan family game nights again.


  1. Update personal development blog.
  2. Blog more frequently.
  3. Do one thing every day for me.


  1. Go out with friends once.
  2. Call Carol weekly or so.
  3. Call and check on Dad.


  1. Be more readily available.
  2. Improve my focus.


  1. Exercise 5 times a week
  2. Eat more fruits
  3. Eat more vegetables
  4. Lose 5 pounds.

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Wow time really flies by

I just realized that my last entry was at the beginning of this month.  Sigh.  I started this blog hoping that it would allow me to vent, get my worries out, and just share my experiences as a special needs Mom, student, etc.  Apparently, I am not doing much sharing.  I can do better – and if I do, I expect that I will get more out of this.

Anyhoo.  What’s been going on in Me-land?  Well, my son went to see the pediatric neurologist that sees his sister.  The kind Dr. (we LOVE him) said that based on what we told him about ourselves and the tabs that he has kept on our son over the years, he doesn’t see any indication of autism.  He thinks that need for social help is basically shyness (much like me and his father).  He said our son may need medication for social anxiety later in life (again, like his father) but other than that, he doesn’t think we should treat him any differently than any other child.

I talked to school after this; they said that based on their concerns (and ours) over his difficulty in socializing, they will continue his IEP as is.  That’s a relief – he does need extra guidance.  And if it helps him, I’m thrilled.  I wish that I had had someone to help me when I was that age – I was INCREDIBLY shy.  Anyway, I’m relieved with both the results from the neurologist and the school.  I intend to work with Alex on conversational skills at home, in the hope that it will help him outside the home.  I have seen several “conversation starter” ideas on-line and I think I might use some of them.  LOL, maybe it will help my husband as well.

As for school for my husband and myself – our classes are going well.  I think that it is really helping keep us motivated in other areas as well.  I think that we are finally working our way out of the pit of depression that we’ve both been in for a long, long time.  I am thoroughly enjoying my writing class on Coursera – I think that it is helping me at work and in my blogs.  My husband is taking some work-related courses and his boss told him in his recent review that he might be able to use those courses as “improvements” for work, and to justify a pay raise for my husband.  That’s ALWAYS good news!

My daughter is doing well – she also had a trip to the neurologist.  She has stabilized again, so he isn’t modifying her medication at all and says that he doesn’t need to see her again for four months, provided nothing changes.  He is going to try again to get genetic testing done because he things it would be worthwhile exploring why two healthy parents have had two children with neurological issues.  So…we shall see.  I’ve got the form for the blood work; now I just need to make arrangements to get it done and get my daughter back to school afterward.

All in all, I think this has been a good October.  The weather is delightful now – crisp, clear evenings and (mostly) sunny days.  The woods are patchwork quilts, draped around this area.  Birds are gathering in flocks and preparing for flight.  I just LOVE this time of year.