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October 27, 2008

Errors, Omissions, and, Please, Bring Me Up to Date on Your Life....

1sign2 First things first. I've created a parenting resources section, which contains a lot of the content which used to be housed on the old blog. This way, I could make room for a lot of new content. (See the top right-hand corner of the blog for a list of pages.) If your link was on the old blog, would you please check to see if the link is still up-to-date? If you know your link should be there (because you know I adore you), but it's not, would you please add it to the comments section of that page? That way, I can tackle all the cleanup all at once (one of the reasons I switched to TypePad: to make my blogging life a whole lot simpler).

Secondly, it's almost a year to the day since my son's Aspergers syndrome diagnosis. I'm starting to feel like my life is getting back on track. (That's just part of the story, but it's enough for you to grasp in one sentence!) I'm finally starting to reach out to the outside world again after a year of quiet reflection and a lot of thinking and learning on many, many fronts. (I'll be writing a lot about this, both on and off the blog.)

But here's my question for you. How have you been? What's new with you?

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Hi Ann - Wow the number of resources you have over here is mind-boggling! Wow!

What's new with me? My thoughts are on Christmas already. Crazy, I know (it's not even Halloween!), but I'm really excited about it this year. I want to pare the stressful parts of it WAY down, and focus more on the family. And cookies. And chocolate... but that goes without saying. ;)

Hey, Andrea! How fabulous to see you here. It sounds as if you're on the same page as I am (in terms of trying to think about how to have a sane and happy holiday season this year). We seem to scale back each year and each year we have more fun -- so I think we're on the right track. I've also been spending a lot of time this year being involved in community action initiatives and my 11 year old has accompanied me to a lot of them so he knows from first-hand-experience that we don't need a lot of stuff. He actually, unsolicited, told the kids attending his birthday party recently not to bother bringing any presents. (I was stunned when he said this. It was completely unexpected. But I told him I was really proud of him for recognizing that he really didn't need any things: that the important thing about the birthday party was spending time with his friends.)

Anyway, it's been such an interesting time. You've really inspired me during the couple of years I've known you. Here are just a few of the ways that come to mind. You've inspired me to stretch my creative muscles (by exploring all kinds of different types of art projects I might not have tackled otherwise), to have more fun (because fun is an essential ingredient for a happy life and I wasn't giving myself permission to have enough fun), and to be a more intentional consumer (to think about whether something has to be new or whether it has to be purchased at all). Thanks for being you.

Hi Ann,

Congratulations on your move. I too have had a busy year, with my little girl now a 13.5 month old, it is hard to believe how fast the time flies.

I have been working on my Photography this year, it has been a dream of mine for many years and I am now just getting to the point where I am ready to sell a few photos. I hope to be posting some up on Etsy soon.

I have also kept busy stocking my Etsy shop, I knit some pumpkin hat this year that took right off. If I plan things out right next year, I could really take care of Christmas with the pumpkins alone.

I too am working on my Christmas plan. I am doing another Handmade Christmas this year and hope that everyone feels the love I put into their gifts.

Great to 'see' you again,
Anna

Hey lady, what a pretty new blog you have here! Can't wait to start pawing through some of your great links!

Things are crazy busy with me, in a happy kind of way. To continue on the theme of scaling down, I've just made arrangements to go back to work part time (four full days) when my mat leave is over in February. YAY!

Nice to see you back!

welcome back, although i know you've been there all along. what a year. you astound me, ann. you flew through it all with so much energy and passion, honesty and commitment. i'd say, all that in one year and you don't even need to wear a costume for halloween. just grab your super hero cape and go!

I think I'm finished adding content to the blog for now (other than adding to the existing categories, which will continue forever, as time permits). At once point this morning I managed to turn the entire blog inside out. Content overload, I think....

Now to respond to all these lovely comments. (What a treat!)

Beachmama: I spotted your store at Etsy a while back and added it to my favorites there. Your laptop covers look really fabulous. As you know, I love Etsy. I've actually got a section of this blog devoted to some of my favorite shops. (You're on it, of course. Loyal readership, friendship, and just plain nice person-ness has its privileges.)

DaniGirl -- That's fabulous about the four-day-a-week schedule. Everyone I know who has been able to negotiate less-than-full-time hours loves it. I've been working a reduced work schedule for quite some time and it's literally changed my life. I'm so much happier and I've been able to figure out a lot of things that I never had the mental clarity to think through to the same degree. You really need time, space, quiet, and calmness to do the big-picture thinking that needs to be done in life. That gave me both energy -- to fight ferociously for some things that really matter to me -- and a sense of peace that I've never enjoyed in my life. Strange contradiction, huh?

Kyra -- Every time I see your name I want to jump up and down and say a million thank yous. You have been such a blessing in my life in so many ways. I am so lucky that our blog-paths crossed when they did so that I would already have some "Asperger parent wisdom" in my head when I needed to draw upon it. You are awesome. (I promise to stop gushing like this some day. I'm just not saying when.)

Hey, Darlin'! I think about you all the time, and am so happy to hear that you're back in action. (I need to catch up on what's going on with your son lately, too.)

Of course I can relate to some of what you're going through, although my son isn't an Aspie - just a gorgeous 7-year-old exuberant sweetheart with autism. It is really fascinating to watch his mind work and see him learn - and use - new skills.

His three older sibs are all amazing, too... and when I say "older" I mean it: They girls are almost 15 and 13, and one is already taller than I am!

Wishing you all good things, and hope to even work with you again sometime - whenever you're ready. :-)

- Nancy

Nancy, it's so great to hear from you! I swing by your empire regularly (you must have had a million pings/clicks from me last week when I was working on this blog!), so I know your online publishing world is thriving.

The years just fly by.

I've got to finish my book revisions, and then I'll be bouncing back with new and exciting things. It's great to be feeling so much better after a couple of very tough years. I really needed to take the time to recharge, refresh, renew, etc.

Ann,
The site looks fantastic and I plan checking out some of the many sleep and parenting resources you link to in order to get my almost 2 yr old (!) weaned and sleeping in her own room. I already forgot how I accomplished all that with her sister!

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