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  1. The Island

    Okay, meant to do this earlier, forgot. But anyway, it's time I talk about the island a bit, as I've gotten numerous questions about it. But first, let me grace you with this amazing picture: This fluffy ball of absolute perfection is my dog, Cooper. I often call him Fuzzball. Here he is, in his first time encountering the ocean. I dont have pictures of it, but we were at a spot just off the causeway here. There are certain areas on the island that simply dont have waves at all most of...
  2. How to Make a Place of Belonging for an Aspie, If He's Not Interested?

    That's hard! Without the aspie's cooperation, or if he's not interested in anything that the society there has, what to do?? When I asked him, he said to me, "Make one." Who's the one who need to MAKE that place of belonging for him? Is it me? How is that possible without his cooperation? The restricted interest of an aspie is so restricted, that even similar or neighbouring field of interest doesn't count. Also, it depends on where you live/work. In his country, the research fields are...
  3. Childhood favorites are stim toys today

    During my 'research' into autism, I was recently checking out #stimtoys on Instagram because that is exactly the platform on which serious research on autism should start. I was scrolling through the tag when I came across the account of a shop that seemed to be specialized in types of objects labeled as 'stim toys.' What I found was an entirely new world for me. Except, it was not really. For example, the shop featured sand animals which I used to love for their unique texture and the...
  4. I’ve gotten lazy.

    I’m not writing in my dream diary upon waking, but waiting till after coffee, & consequently missing a lot. My motivation has been lacking in many but not all areas of my existence lately. I wish I could have a coffee pot by my bed.
  5. 5 hours, 11 minutes daily

    Looking back, I find it hard to believe I was once able to keep my iPad screen time under 2.5 hours daily for one whole week. That’s my personal best & what I aspire to from thence forward. Willing is not enough though: I must do.
  6. "Actually..." (A one word title for a too-many-words post about self-diagnosis)

    Too many words about why I self-diagnosed myself and why it took me so long to write about it.
  7. Aspie in Foreign Land and Two-Body Problem. Is there a meaning behind all these?

    Previously, since my Asperger husband sacrificed his research career to move to my developing country (where nobody here doing his particular field of research; but there are teams doing this in his developed country, he supposed to join the team, but he sacrificed it to move here.. so sad), he said he wanted to go back to work in his country. Previously. If he wants to, he should apply by this month. He was not happy with the state of that research field here, feels so empty and no...
  8. Walking on tiptoes. Just because.

    I recently watched a YouTube video by The Aspie World titled ASPERGERS symptoms in children: 5 ways YOU spot Autism, in which one trait of some people with Asperger Syndrome is said to be walking on their tiptoes, especially in their childhood and teenage years. That video unearthed a part of my childhood I had completely forgotten about. I would walk around on my tiptoes a lot when I was a kid (up to when I was around 12 years old), albeit only without shoes on. I can distinctly remember...
  9. I want him to be content. How do I do this?

    Instead of letting things jumbling up into a tighter knot in my mind, let's just jot what are weighing my mind down. The problem of our marriage is a combined set of several problem sets. My husband's: Asperger Foreigner International marriage Moving to a foreign land Moving to wife's country (opposite of the usual norm, where wife follows the husband) Multi-language land: 3 languages needed 1 language (English; we're non-English) for securing job/conversation, 1 other language for daily...
  10. Reality

    As the whole world starts to disappear from around me and becomes less than reality at the same time as the things around me become seemingly more important and they start feeling as if I’m being watched as if I need to escape as if I need to hide as if the only true escape is to die. The intense reality starts closing in around me getting scarier and scarier, the need to escape getting more and more intense and harder to ignore. Where do I go, what do I do, I pull the closest blanket over...
  11. So it's birthday time, could have done without that present

    Considering my birthday present was a sleepless, panicky night full of infinite snot and the total sensory overload that accompanied it. Accursed allergies. Or maybe a brief cold. I genuinely cant tell the difference... the end result is exactly the same. On the plus side, I discovered that it's possible for a nasal clog to abruptly delete itself in the space of a second. Thank you, mystery pill. Too bad I discovered this when sleep time was nearly over. Feh. Seriously though, took...
  12. I miss reading the bible with you. You always made it come alive for me.

    I am an adult with autism and I don't have really very much reading comprehension. I used to have someone who would sit with me and read the bible every day and then tell me what it meant. But that person left many months ago. I'm so sad and I'm so grieving for the bible and the Holy Spirit. I wish I still had a special friend to study with.
  13. The First Week of December.

    Things are getting very stressful, but not for any of the normal reasons. It's finals month. Finals are normal, we have them every year and around the same time for semester long class sections. I study, but I don't think it's as stressful for me because of my memory. It's not perfect, but I don't have to study as intensely as some of my peers. That's not what's stressing me. I have to go around to all of my professors and ask for a very specific document in a very short time frame. I...
  14. 65 Years and Counting...

    Very early in my career, a decade or more before the turn of the century, I was given a test by my employer to determine, within any project, the level of importance I placed upon the people versus the task. After he gathered the results, I was told by the gentleman who administered the test that he had never seen anyone score so heavily on one side or the other as I did. In taking the test, I scored off the charts on the task side and barely gave any consideration at all to the people side....
  15. Swimming, but sinking

    Thinking back to my school years, one of my strongest memories is how utterly untalented I was in all things sport-related. But my sport-problems started even before I entered elementary school, especially with swimming. I was perfectly content with my floaties. Being in the water was amazing as long as I had my neon orange arm floats strapped on. I could enjoy the feeling of being weightless without having to worry about drowning. My mom did not share that opinion, so on our first trip to...
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