Friday, July 2, 2010

Ummm, yeah, not so much

So about that weekly blogging thing? Yeah, not really happening. I have been bogged down at work (pardon the pun) and also have been quite busy at home. I know, you don't want excuses, just witty commentary. Ok, ok, fine.

Here's what's been on my mind lately....

Gameboy's Asperger's Syndrome

Hardly surprising, this is the first issue that has been occupying my time and thoughts. He is struggling just a little, and since the neurologist has asked me to remove him from the ADHD meds, he has been wrestling with his extra energy. Point in case: two nights ago, while playing the new Lego's Harry Potter game (addicting, btw), he asked me to help him beat a level. While I circumnavigated the obstacles in the game, he lay on his back on the love seat singing, kicking his feet, shaking his head from side to side. He was actually in a very good mood. This was not a fit or a tantrum. Instead, this was his way of dealing with the surge of excitement and "twitchyness" that he faces. It was amusing and sad at the same time. Being 8 years old, he looked very much like a two year old in that moment.

He's also been having issues fitting in with kids his own age. At school, he had younger playmates because they didn't mind his quirks and his "immature" behavior. Kids his own age mostly ignored him or treated him badly. Older kids would take advantage of his need to be accepted and manipulate him until they start to tease him. Same with the neighborhood kids. Last summer, they were downright mean to him so now he refuses to play with them. What sucks is that they hang out in front of our house and he doesn't even want to be outside. That bothers me a lot. Now at camp for the summer, he is having the same struggles. Older kids that pick on him and abuse his trusting nature and desire to fit in. Kids his own age mostly not wanting to play with him. Since he is in the 8-12 year old group, he doesn't have the luxury of younger kids to bond with. It's really sad and hard to deal with for him, and I am at a loss as to how to help. I just keep telling him how special and wonderful he is and hope it sinks in. What I want to do is go to the camp and bash some heads in. Since that's not an option, I have opted to tell the camp counselors about his Asperger's and hope that they can watch out for him.

World Cup

No, really! Anyone who knows me, knows that I am not the least bit interested in this competition. In fact, I don't pay much attention to any sport with the exception of baseball (living with Mr. Baseball, how can I avoid it?). The issue is, that it's all over the news feeds that I have and now I have to sift through to find REAL news. I mean, really. Is it going to improve the state of things in our lives if one particular country wins over another? It's not like it's the Olympics - which I do watch - where athletes compete out of sportsmanship. The World Cup athletes are HIGHLY paid professionals, albeit quite hunky professionals it seems. But when I turn to my RSS news feed, I don't really care what caused Cristian Ronaldo to blow the game, and I care even less that it was because of a breakup with his hottie girlfriend. Give me my news back!

Vintage Baseball

Maybe it's the history, maybe it's the theatrical in me, but I love wearing period dress and walking about as if we are in the 1860's. My hubby plays in a Vintage Baseball league - in a new team that was formed last year - and I immediately wanted to get involved. These guys are playing real ball, the way it was meant to be played. No gloves, period correct ball, and a properly laid out field are somehow magical to me. I learned to score the game this year, just to be more involved with the whole enterprise. I love it! I love the questions people ask (perhaps I love the attention just a little) and I get to tell them about the time period, the way people dressed and interacted with one another. I am fascinated by the social aspects of the time period too. It was most definitely a more genteel time. Well, except for that messy War Between the States, but we won't mention that....

VACATION

Yes, I am taking a real vacation this year. A whole week off! A trip to Michigan to see the family and I am beyond excited. We are leaving tonight, driving a few hours, stopping to sleep, and driving the rest of the way tomorrow. I so need this downtime right now. I so need to get away and just enjoy my time with Gameboy and J and CHILL....so on that note, I am going to sign off. I hope to be back for reals in a week and let ya'll know what's going on. Peace out!