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  1. Odd Reactions from NTs

    I recently experienced something that reminded me of reactions from NTs that catch me off guard. 1) The person with whom I really seem to hit it off, they are talking and talking, we are friendly, we leave friendly, it seems nice - and then the next time I see them, they do not act friendly at all. They rebuff any of my efforts to be friendly. I always wonder if I have freaked them out without knowing it, or if they are uncomfortable with how much they have revealed to me - because...
  2. Finally Getting Out There

    Yesterday me and my mom printed out an application (10 pages long) for Vocational Rehabilitation. Vocational Rehabilitation is a place where they find jobs that are suitable for people with disabilities. Since I have ASD, I would love to have a job that is easier, understandable, not hard and not stressful. I am finally ready to have a job. I have been volunteering at a cat shelter for five years, and it really doesn't feel it's been that long, but it is. Also too I'm in my mid 20s now, and...
  3. NT Husband vs. Aspie Community

    I have spoken a lot to my husband on the journey of learning about ASD.....but I don't get a lot of response. He is very patient and understanding, though. But now, when I express frustrations as an Aspie.....he just looks like it is adding strain on him. And he doesn't have much response - he will respond to situations some, but my emotions/reactions seem way too intense for him. I think it is damaging and stresses him out. This is where I think having this site and these members to...
  4. Dealing with Work Gaffe/Pressures

    So.....my poor executive functioning and being overwhelmed with the new job have caught up with me. I had some unexpected things come up - medical appointments and car problems - and trying to juggle the new things into my schedule, I wound up late to work. I am new...so nobody had my number yet, and I didn't have their numbers. I did know I needed their numbers and they would need mine, but i was never actually asked or given a place to submit my number, and I was never given the list of...
  5. So Glad I Found a New Doctor

    I had been seeing a doctor who was very nice, and the one with the highest reviews and most experience with my particular health condition. However, I am directionally challenged, and my GPS would go nuts trying to get me there. The area is unfamiliar to me and quite confusing with winding roads and many huge parking lots with a college campus near the hospital campus and the buildings being distant and hard to differentiate and identify for me. Even if I could find the building, the way...
  6. Recording symptoms

    I need to do this in diagnostic criteria examples which ill do later....for now these are the symptoms i think fit into the criteria in no special order I walk on my toes because i hate how the floor feels on the soles of my feet. i would walk on my toes in public if it wasn't seen as weird i could eat tacobell everyday if my husband didnt tell me otherwise certain sounds drive me fucking crazy! for example the fan on the stove or bathroom. Certain music does it too and my bird. It is...
  7. NTs: It's not what I think

    A very useful insight that has been helping me a lot at my new workplace is the realization that "it's not what I think", or "it's not what I think it's about". When people speak to me, or when I listen to them speaking to each other, realizing that the true purpose of what they are saying and why they are saying it is different from what I would naturally think it was all about is helping me stay on the main/safe path rather than wandering off on in appropriate side trails that the...
  8. Social Hierarchy and Left Behind

    I will never be "cool". Never have been. At our church, everyone is friendly. Within that over all friendly community, there are smaller groups of people who gravitate towards each other through commonality. Well, there is one group that's kind of "cool" I guess. They are in no way snobby or anything like that, but they are socially savvy, funny, interesting - all that good stuff. But I can't keep up with that. We have been invited to several events with them, and it brings back that...
  9. direct address (vocative case) + intermittent appositive + inquiry or assertion

    Generator Land: direct address (vocative case) + intermittent appositive + inquiry or assertion Title: direct address (vocative case) + intermittent appositive + inquiry or assertion Descriptor: Contains few examples of unconditional positive regard. Button: click Background: Bubble because it seemed like the opposite of this grammatical exercise, but rather representative of the actual content. Format: mywords (name) +mywords (intermittent appositive) + mywords (assertion/question)...
  10. Renamed My Blog

    This blog used to be called Sarah's Blog but I decided to rename it something else. This blog is now called Blog of Days, and it's a spin on the name of The Psychedelic Furs' sixth album Book Of Days (1989). Even though the name is Psychedelic Furs related, this blog is still not about music. Only just my personal life. Like I said before, my main blog is Beautiful Chaos, so I won't be active on this blog. Only if I want to write about something that's non-music related. Anyway, thought I...
  11. Make Your Disaster Relief Contributions Count.

    If you feel moved to help the recent hurricane victims, but do not know where to donate, you might want to consider donating to Lutheran Social Services. They are separate from the Lutheran Church and are very efficient. 100% of your money donated goes to victims. They do not spend any money on advertising or other fluff that will waste your hard-earned dollars. Many more famous relief organizations spend large amounts of every dollar donated, on administrative costs, or salaries for people...
  12. Bizarre Cuisine Generator

    Generator Land: Bizarre Cuisine Generator Title: Bizarre Cuisine Generator Descriptor: Disgusting, exotic, and bizarre entrees for the world weary carnivore Button: party on Background: Burly because the pattern is delicate, as is the word "cuisine" but the name of the pattern is "burly" (a 'beefy' build, muscular). A common mystique which which surrounds the killing and/or eating animals for food is that it takes a strong man to do this. The pattern name and the generator title are...
  13. Flaming Aspies -- 1

    I had a turning point moment last week when I happened upon Howard Stern interviewing Jerry Seinfeld on radio (recorded 9/25/17). Seinfeld is usually reticent to reveal himself in interviews but these are yappy friends and he let his guard down. At one point Howard asks, "Are you on the spectrum? Do you think you’re on the spectrum” and Jerry says, "They don’t take the spectrum out that far." Howard: “Do you think you have some sort of disorder?” Jerry: “It’s worked for me so I wouldn’t...
  14. Totally Disregulated

    Maybe my anxiety is also just a result of being disregulated. I've been reading as much as I can about Aspergers in the workplace, and there's useful info on being disregulated and needing to be more intentional about trying to regulate oneself with smart routines. I used to hate routines in the sense that i didn't want to have to stick to anything - but I think I can really benefit form routines. I came up with a night time routine, and it was amazing how much more relaxed I felt by the...
  15. Decorating my workspace - work vs. home

    I used to try very hard to make my workspace seem like home, to reflect my personality and interests. It was an attempt to create a little safe haven nest at work, to try to escape/block out my surrounding situation (the workplace). It didn't help reduce my work anxiety. It may have made it worse, since I was trying to avoid what was around me rather than accept it. I've also in the past just not decorated at all, because I didn't care about my workspace - it wasn't home, it was work, I...
  16. Why I hate talking about my religion

    It's not that I mind explaining things that have been asked. But in general, I don't like being boxed. I feel that once people know about my religion, they will not be as open and trusting in approaching me, that they have stereotypes and ideas of their own of how I "must" be, they censor themselves more, they make assumptions - basically, they begin to react to their preconceived ideas about me rather than actually reacting to the way I am treating them. And I like for people to be open...
  17. Constant Anxiety - Generalized? Fight/Flight?

    Several months ago, I would have told you that any given moment I couldn't tell you what I was feeling. I couldn't access any sense of feeling anything in particular. Over the past 4 days, I have been able to access my feelings - and it's always some form of anxiety. I even wake up with it. I started exploring this feeling by giving voice to it in my head - in my mind, screaming, shrieking, yelling out what I was thinking and feeling, chanting it over and over again in any number of...
  18. Trust me, I'm a doctor (Blog name change imminent)

    Not the Doctor, but a doctor for sure. Which is to say, I've succesfully made it to the finish line, I am no longer a student, I will be receiving my medical license soon and I've been hired by a local hospital, where I'll be starting my first real job as a doctor pretty soon. My last entries have been few and far between, as I took a little break from online life to focus on that last stretch. But now, I'm done. I passed with great grades, and one of my best compliments throughout these...
  19. A sense of community, the importance of my Aspie Tribe

    I'm so grateful for this site. I don't think I realized the importance of community, of a sense of belonging, until I found my tribe. At work, trying to navigate the NT world, trying to do my best socially, it helps me in a profound way to remember this community here as my tribe, to remember there is a whole group here who understands me, to whom I can turn and talk about the day when it's over.
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