Friday, April 13, 2012

Letter To Those Offended By Curing Autism

To all of you who are diagnosed with an ASD and feel that a "cure" is demeaning, please don't feel that way. It sounds like you are independent and in a good place about your own identity. That is fantastic, and I don't think ANYONE who talks about cures, etc would ever want to take away the beautiful neurodiversity that you bring to this world.
But can you step back for a minute and put yourself into a parents shoes, whose child can't sleep, is having seizures, who screams at the touch of a blanket, and see that when they talk about "cures" they are talking about finding a way to make an independent life possible for their child? They want to take away the severe anxiety that keeps that beautiful child from experiencing the circus. Or even just a supermarket.

As parents and as adults with autism, we really have to stop circling this mountain of division and learn to embrace both ends of the spectrum.

Friday, March 30, 2012

I Wish This List Existed When I Started Gluten Free Living

If you are new to Gluten Free living, or know you need to take the plunge and are totally overwhelmed, this is a great lis to get you started! It's not nearly as hard as it seems :)

1. Chipotle. You can have everything there, including the chips, just NO TORTILLAS. They are my favorite on the run food.
1A. PF Changs/Pei Wei have an excellent, extensive GF menu including dessert!
2. Mcdonalds Fries, shakes, grilled chicken salads (and dressings which is a biggie)
3. Wendys: Chili and baked potato, fires (but here, you have to ask if the fires are fried separately from the other fried foods) chili cheese fries and all the grilled chicken salads.
4. Udi's pizza crust is GREAT! It's very crispy, almost a cracker consistency but it's really yummy.
5. Ian's ANYTHING. Chicken nuggets, fish sticks, etc.
6. Go-gurts
7. Schar hamburger buns, bread, and cookies
8. Udi's blueberry muffins and chocolate muffins MMMMMM so good!
9. Glutino's crackers
10. Bisquik GF pancake mix
11. Maple syrup
12. Betty Crocker Yellow Cake Mix-sooooooo good. You can make strawberry shortcake with this mix as well as super yummy cupcakes.
13. Enjoy Life Chocolate Chip Cookies
14. Bob's Red Mill is sa great brand and makes a:
      ~All Purpose baking mix and add a little cornmeal for breading fish and chicken
      ~chocolate chip cookie mix
      ~brownie Mix
      (virtually anything in the GF section made by Bobs Red Mill)
15. Amy's makes some really good frozen foods but avoid the mac and cheese
16. Quinoa/corn pasta: You want to try to minimize your corn intake, so use either quinoa or quinoa/corn blend (all corn in the US is Genetically Modified)
17. Breyer's Vanilla ice cream IS GF.
18. Rice Krispy Treats-You can make them fresh or buy them from the store
19. Wavy Lays or original Lays Potato
20. Scrambled Eggs all kind of ways
21. French toast
22. Steak and hamburger meat
23. Any Veggie
24. Any Fruit
25. Any Meat

Hope this lists helps you out!!!!!

Monday, March 26, 2012

The Girl in the Stripper Heels

So a girl is walking across campus late one night. She was visiting some friends in another dorm, and they were all dressed up to re-enact the Bella/Edward wedding. She had taken off her ridiculous white dress, but forgot to bring a change of shoes. Walking across campus in lucite high heels wasn't easy, and she definitely wobbled a bit, but it was late. No one was going to judge her.

But then Joe drove by her as she walked down the sidewalk. He got to thinking "why is this girl wobbling around outside, dressed in a short dress and super high heels? She obviously must be high and in that outfit, looking for sex. I must go investigate. I should also call campus police, since there have been some drunk girls passed out on the front lawn recently".

So he called campus police. In the call, he mentioned that this girl was a slut and a whore who was looking for a good time. The campus police said "stop following her, we will take care of it".

Joe didn't listen. He was concerned that this girl, obviously a slut, was just hanging around and it bothered him. It bothered him a lot. So he decided to take matters into his own hands. He got out of his car and approached this young woman. She turned around and said in a fearful voice "who are you? Why are you following me?"

Joe grabbed her and dragged her behind a tree and tried to assault her. Joe hit her, again and again, until she lay still.

A few minutes later, the campus police drive up and say, "what is going on here?"

Joe said "I was defending myself officer. She attacked me so I killed her. I have the right to stand my ground if someone comes at me".

The officer took one look at the lucite heels, and Joe's bloody mouth, and said "oh, ok. I am glad that you were able to defend yourself against this obvious aggressor".

And then Joe went home. The End.