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They Like Me! They Really Like Me!

WOW!!!! I won an award!!! This blog has won a reward!!!! I’m speechless!!!!  Ah who am I kidding— I’m NEVER speechless!

Now I must abide by the rules of acceptance. Those rules are:

1. Thank the blogger who presented you with this award.

Thank you to My Family’s Experience With Autism for bestowing the Kreativ Blogger award upon me!   I first met this wonderful blogger on facebook.  Before Wilma was diagnosed, I used to spend a little time in Circle of Moms.  (I’m sorry to say Cityville has usurped my Circle of Moms time and I don’t hang there anymore)—– I saw a fellow mom of twins who was also dealing with autism.  Who had twins the same age as mine.  Who went to the same college I did.  Who’s also Jewish.  We bonded.  Now, though I’ve never met her in “real life”, she’s one of my favorite facebook friends.  Our kids have been through a lot of the same things and I have more in common with her than I do with a lot of my local friends, mostly moms of neurotypical kiddos.

2. Post a photo of this award.

3. Share 10 things about yourself that your readers don’t know.

This will be fun!

(1) I’ve had a LOT of surgeries.   Deviated septum, gum surgery, jaw surgery, tongue surgery, knee surgery, a breast reduction, 4 impacted wisdom teeth removed, a C section (my favorite!), gallbladder surgery, and maybe some others I’m forgetting.  🙂   And a lot of weird diseases.  Pleurasy, folliculitis, pancreatitis, kidney stones, gallstones, horrific hives that were misdiagnosed as two different skin diseases, and a psychiatric condition I’d rather not share here.  Ironically, my eyesight is PERFECT.  You’d think I’d at least be wearing glasses with all this weirdness happening.  Currently, my ailment is a BAD bunion.  I don’t have health insurance so I’m pushing off the surgery.

(2) I haven’t seen my parents in 15 years.  They didn’t come to my wedding.  They don’t know their grandchildren.  It’s a long, sad story.  I might someday blog about it, but frankly, this blog is about my current life and my kids, and they don’t have a lot of real estate in my current thoughts.



(3) I became an Orthodox Jew in 1996 and the first Orthodox Jewish wedding I went to was my own.

(4) I have twins with autism, I work at home, I have housework (oh who am I kidding— my house is a mess), but I NEVER miss an episode of American Idol.  I dvr it and even if I watch it days later, I WATCH IT.  I’m watching it right now.

(5) I want more children.  But we have no health insurance.  And I don’t want to be pregnant.  And we can’t afford more children now.  When we had the two we have, we were much better off financially.  My husband lost his position in 2008 and since then has been employed, but for a fraction of the pay, and no benefits.  I’m making less money now than I was as well because now my primary focus has to be Fred and Wilma– their behaviors, their appointments, all the meetings about them (board of developmental disabilities, IEP meetings, etc).


(6) I am fifty pounds overweight.  I should be about 130 and am about 180.  Yeah I said it.  When I was pregnant I was about 200.  TWO hundred— ICKY!   I’m usually around 180 and HATE that there are now people on The Biggest Loser who weigh less than I do.  That’s why I like the BEGINNING of the Biggest Loser season best.  I DO work out, but I DON’T eat right.  However I do drink a Visalus shake each morning.  Now if I could just get my lunch/dinner/snacks under control.


(7) I prefer changing diapers to doing dishes.  For real.  I’d rather wipe poop than dried food.  I’m so weird.

(8) I’m a serial entrepreneur.  My first business was going just fine, thank you…. and I added a second one because I wanted to use the service to promote my first business.  But it turned into a side business.  And now I’m about to launch a third business.  I haven’t even told my husband yet.  But it’s going to happen very soon.  Four businesses—- the kids, the first direct sales biz, the second biz which I started to promote the first one, and now…. well…..  I’m insane.



(9)  I’m a hoarder.  Not like on the show where the old ladies live amongst roaches and dead rats.  But I have more books than I’ve ever read.  I have more makeup than I’ve ever worn.  I have more music on my ipod than I’ve ever listened to.  I have more food in my kitchen than can feed three armies.  I don’t know why I’m this way but at some point I’m just going to go through the house with a thousand trash bags and cure myself.  PS, I bought three new blouses today.  So I should get RID of three blouses from my closet, right?  Not bloody likely.


(10)  I used to be fairly fluent in Hebrew, but I haven’t used the language in many years so now I can read it and understand it, but don’t trust myself to speak it.  When my Israeli landlord and Israeli doctor speak to me, I speak to them in English.  We want our kids to learn Hebrew so eventually we’ll use more Hebrew in the home but my husband is far more fluent at this point than I am.


4. Choose 6 people to present the award to.

1.  Out Of The OrthoBox.   I know Ruchi in “real life”.  She’s incredibly sweet and down to earth and her family is lovely.  Her blog is the only Jewish blog I know that brings together Jews of all flavors to openly discuss Orthodox Judaism in a respectful, honest way.

2.  UnPlanned Trip To Holland.   Kelly is a military spouse, an autism mom, and a strong woman who stands up for what she believes in.

3.  Going Insane, Wanna Come?    Rhonda is an autism mom with a 17 year old son (and a neurotypical 15 year old daughter).  It’s really interesting to learn about what life is like on the high school side of the autism journey.  I’m stuck in potty training/ will they ever make friends/ oh come on just learn to DRESS yourself mode, and it’s a treat to read what goes through the mind of a 17 year old with autism and the love his mother has for him.

4.  Yeah.  Good Times.  Jill’s blog has funny cartoons, some swearing, plenty of snark, and pictures of the back of her car.  Her “all kids do that” post series seriously rocks.

5.  That’sRightISaidIt.Dot.Mom  Grace’s Ryan is a bit older than my twins and it’s fun to see where we may be headed in this crazy autism journey.  She’s a single mom so my hat is OFF to her.  My life is hard enough WITH a perfect husband.

6.  Seven YuckMouths and Autism  Lisa’s kids are stinkin adorable.  I’ve learned a lot from her about a particular organization—–  I’ve learned about trust and honesty and standing up for what’s right.

I have about 20 more bloggers I’d like to highlight so I’ll come up with an award for them another time.  For now, it’s 1:00 am and I had an eye doctor appointment today AND a wedding.  I BARELY worked.  I’m so tired.  *yawn*.  g’nite!

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