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Category: Disability

Embodiment

I am so, so, so behind on logging button progress, aaaaaa. Life is extremely full and not letting up soon, as we are taking a trip in April (with dog!) that requires a lot of advance planning. And then as soon as I come back, it’s Start Up The Garden Again, this time building raised beds. Lots of work ahead.…

AIC Problems and (Some) Solutions

(AIC stands for Augmented Interspecies Communication, which is a fancy but quick way of referring to ‘talking pet buttons.’) Even before our Neck Cone Setback, our button project has not always been smooth sailing. In fact, there have been several significant difficulties right from the beginning … and sometimes the solution to one problem just created another. Problem One: Garbled…

Alone and Together

No flight cancellations this time: hooray, Jak is home! I survived just over 153 hours this round, 50% longer; I’m not as much of an emotional mess, but I’m more physically exhausted. However, I think I made another mini-breakthrough on Tashi’s biting behavior while Jak was gone. Giving him time outs when he becomes unmanageable is not a new idea…

Melting

A lot of other things have happened so far in November besides the whole CATNIP escapade, and I will attempt (emphasis on attempt) to catch up to the present here. That’s more than two weeks, so this is likely to be long, but like I said: this is as much a record for myself as anything, and if it interests…

Recovering from a Month

April was a hard month. Especially since my Autism Epiphany, which led me to a much better understanding of why I’d spent a majority of my adult life in a state of steamrollered-flat exhaustion, I have been doing much better at ‘parcelling out my spoons’ to avoid extremes of stress and burnout. With that firmly in mind, I had planned…

Kitchen Remodel: After

I believe Jak was the one to first point out that we had relatively useless kitchen-adjacent space which might be brought inside, an idea that I grabbed onto desperately in my quest for kitchen improvement. Even with that expansion, though, there were still a lot of pre-existing constraints in play, so everything about the design was an exercise in tradeoffs.…

Dark at the End of My Tunnel

Let me start by being perfectly clear: I am very much in favor of vaccination. From the first time I heard about it, I thought the whole anti-vaccination concept was ridiculously unscientific; now, with the additional knowledge that comes from my study of autism, I am even more aggravated and incensed by anti-vaxxer rhetoric. Which is why it’s extremely embarrassing…