Pregnant with a House

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Tim and I have been toying with the idea of home ownership for a decade or more. We’ve dreamed about it, talked about it, tried a little bit, and looked at other people’s homes. Suddenly one day, though, it was …

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Blog Post Gap Guilt

I haven’t updated in quite awhile, because I’m crippled with gap guilt. It’s a syndrome from LiveJournal days, when a select group of people followed each other’s frequent, personal updates, and most long stretches of silence were ended with a …

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Understanding the Why

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This morning around 11AM, Olin decided to ride his little red wagon through the busiest intersection in Allamakee County. Tim says he heard a knock on the door, assumed it was one of the kids (who were all playing outside), …

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Time Card Categories for $500, please…

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 At work, there is actually a time stamp comment designation for “Sane Nurse”. I guess it’s easier to specify when work is /not/ driving you crazy than when it is…

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Only What You Can Hold

I am a “dreamer” of sorts. I often remember most or all of my dreams, but every once in awhile I have a dream that feels like it has a weight of significance about it. Sometimes, the interpretation is pretty …

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The Hunger Games

Childhood insatiable hunger is a common symptom of Microdeletion 16p11.2. In our house, it is one of the most difficult to deal with. Before Olin was diagnosed with ADHD and started taking medication for it, he was hungry all the …

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There He Goes Again

Last December, we moved to town after several years in the countryside. Starting in the springtime, Olin would disappear from our yard, sometimes several times a day. He didn’t answer or return when we called, so I frequently found myself …

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Juicervose, Choo Choo, and Interpreting Autism

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When I was driving home last Sunday afternoon, I turned on WPR (Wisconsin Public Radio) to keep myself awake on a boring, tired drive. Unexpectedly, I was plunged into a very familiar, closed, intimate world: the world of autism. The …

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