Changes are Happening!

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You may have noticed that I haven’t been as active on my blog lately. There are several reasons for that. I have been involved in a few projects around my house in addition to some writing projects. Changes are happening in my life that have kept me otherwise occupied.

Writing my first E-Book:

A while back I was asked by several of my readers if I would write a book about some of my experiences growing up that lead to my journey to healing, happiness, and forgiveness. I have been struggling with this for awhile because my childhood trauma is intertwined with others that I respect too much to expose their own stories. However, recently, I have been giving this a lot of thought and have come up with a solution – a way to tell my story without telling someone else’s. So, I am going to start working on this project with the goal to have the book finished by Christmas, if not sooner.

Writing my Fiction:

For those of you who have read my fiction on my blog and want to know more, I am still working on this story as well but I will be making some changes. You know how it is. We writers are constantly revising and re-writing. That’s how it has been with The Vampire and The Zombie Hunter. I’m making a few changes because I really want to get this story right before I share it but I will share it so don’t you worry!

YouTube:

I recently spoke of this and basically came up with some pros and cons of starting a YouTube channel. Since then I have done a lottotally_rockinrandommom of research and basically it’s like starting a blog. You have to have your YouTube name that matches what your content will be about. There are banners and thumbnails and gaining subscribers…It was enough to give me a headache. Haven’t I already been through this with my blog?

Yeah, which is why I feel more equipped to take this project on. I want to use my channel to do previews of music, TV, games, etc but I also want to leave room for speaking about random things that I don’t really write about on my blog. I wanted to have a different YouTube name but for promotions sake, I’m going to keep it with my blog name because I’m lazy and don’t feel like making other social media accounts just to promote my channel. Haha!

Active Living:

March and much of April really sucked! My boys are I were sick through all of March and the weather for April was just plain depressing which really messed with my mental health. Because I wasn’t getting the physical activity I normally get I was feeling sluggish and lazy and that led to irritability and bitchiness. That needed to change so come May I was determined to get my life back on track. I started back with my hiking, which has been so awesome and my boys made my Mother’s Day really special! I’m back and feeling better than ever with more confidence and thinking more positively.

So the next few weeks at least, I will be less involved in linkies and not writing as often on my blog because I really need to concentrate on a few other things right now but I won’t be gone long and I am sure to make an appearance here and there just so ya’ll don’t forget about me:P

Thank you for reading!

mysignature_rockinrandommom

 

 

I am linking this with:

Domesticated Momster
My Random Musings
Rhyming with Wine
Pink Pear Bear
Reflections From Me
R is for Hoppit
Cuddle Fairy
http://viewfrominhere.com/waywow-linkup-14-new-rules-all-posts-welcome/
Mummuddlingthrough
Single Parent Pessimist

 

 

Rockin’ Quote #27: Motherhood is a Choice

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So today in the U.S is Mother’s Day and to honor that day, my rockin’ quote of the week is about Motherhood! The quote I chose, that “motherhood is a choice” speaks volumes to me as I remember having Adam and I remember the constant doubt I had about myself and questioned every day whether or not I was a good mother.

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I think we all do this to ourselves, not realizing that our children think we have super powers. They think we are the most amazing people on the planet and they love us unconditionally. When my boys were young I wanted so much to be the perfect mother. I imagined myself as a doting mother who always cooked home-cooked-from-scratch meals every single night and big Sunday breakfasts, like June Cleaver.

I wanted to be the soccer mom who always had it together, carting each kid to various activities and I was ALWAYS there in the crowd, cheering them on.  In my imagination, I would listen to every word my kids said, every story they told with enthusiasm.

What I didn’t expect was to have such a picky eater (and picky husband) that pretty much killed my desire to slave over a hot stove only to be told, “I don’t want that today!” I still cook but I don’t cook every day. Sometimes we have leftovers. Sometimes we just have something that I can pop in the oven for 15 minutes and be done with it. I learned that despite studying Culinary Arts in high school, I actually don’t like to cook.

No, I’m more this kind of mom:  

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I did read and sing to my boys when they were little but I didn’t expect my voice to literally hurt Adam’s ears because he has highly sensitive hearing, a trait of Autism (though, to be clear, not everyone on the spectrum has sensitive hearing) and think, “Oh my God, I am hurting my child!”

I didn’t expect it to take until Conner was 5 to be fully potty trained with 0 accidents and wonder every day, “What the hell am I doing wrong?” I also didn’t think I would be a mother of only boys and end up asking myself, “how am I going to raise these boys to be strong, respectful, honest, and compassionate men when I had no example of a good man growing up? They are so fucked screwed!”

Yep, the stress of that last one kept me up many, many nights. Add my PTSD into the mix and I suffered for years of major mom guilt because I really didn’t believe I was a good enough mother for them!

mothersday_rockinrandommomBut then today, my boys gave me their gifts that they asked their dad to help them purchase for me. The each bought me a necklace. Adam’s says, “You are my Sunshine”, and Conner’s says, “I love you to the moon and back”.  I posted a little video of my Mother’s Day on my Instagram. You can see it HERE

They each made me a card, both of them telling me how much they love me and that I’m the best mom ever! When you hear it out of the mouths of your babes, you can’t help but realize that you are, indeed, a good mother. To them, you’re the best mother!

I am not June Cleaver but I’m not Peggy Bundy either. I accept that I won’t always have a home-cooked-from-scratch meal at the table every night but my kids are always fed. I accept that I can’t always listen to every word Conner says because he TALKS. A LOT! I accept that I’m not the perfect mother but to my boys, I’m Wonder Woman and they love me that way!

So here’s to Motherhood and all of it’s badassary! Happy Mother’s Day!!!

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I am linking this with:

Cuddle Fairy
My Random Musings
Single Parent Pessimist

 

Rockin’ Quote #26: Never Stop Learning

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This week’s quote is about learning and how we seem to think that once we graduate from high school or college, we are done learning. We may have a degree that gives us an “expertise” in a certain area but we are by no means done learning. So this is my own quote that I call “Never Stop Learning.”

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I am the only person in my immediate family to graduate from high school. I am also the only one to go to college and get a Bachelor’s degree. I remember when getting congratulated from my family I also got asked, “You’re not gonna start putting on Airs now that you’re smarter than the rest of us are you?” It was a question but it was also a concern that this person had about me.

As if getting a degree would somehow change my personality to the point where I would start feeling superior to those, even in my own family, that don’t have an education. I was taken aback by the question because I don’t feel that I would treat my family, or anyone else, differently but after thinking about it, I realized it is a valid concern.

Sometimes, when we know we have more knowledge than another, we tend to spout all kinds of information out. This can sometimes leave the impression on others as we are being a show off. I will admit that I have done this. Not to show off but because if I have a vast knowledge about something, I love sharing that knowledge but sometimes I come off as “putting on airs”.

I certainly don’t mean to and I am very aware that the world is filled with people who have different levels of intelligence in various subjects. The human mind is a fascinating, mysterious, and complicated place. There is intellectual intelligence but also emotional intelligence. We have our logic and reason within each of us that battles our spiritual and emotional sides.

I tell my boys this all the time, especially when they come to me and ask me something that I don’t have an answer for. I am not too proud to admit that I don’t know everything and I never will but that won’t stop me from continuing to learn as much as I can for as long as I’m alive. They say knowledge is power. Knowledge is empowering and liberating to each of us so go forth and learn!

Thanks for reading!

mysignature_rockinrandommom

 

 

I am linking this with:

Cuddle Fairy
Domesticated Momster

 

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers

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So Trista over at Domesticated Momster did this fun little “Get to know you” post for the Sisterhood of the World bloggers tag game and I thought I would answer her questions because, well, her questions are awesome!

Here’s the rules…

*Thank the blogger who gave you the award and link back to their blog
*Answer the 10 questions given to you
*Nominate seven bloggers for the award
*Write 10 questions for your nominees to answer
*Display the award on your blog or post

#1

What’s your favorite poison, if you have one? 

While I love wine and drink hard ciders occasionally, my absolute favorite is Strawberry Daiquiris.

#2

What’s the best show you are watching on TV these days and why?

Oh my, well I watch a lot of shows from Criminal Minds to Flash, to Vampire Diaries, to The Walking Dead, to Game of Thrones (which just started, Yay!) but right now I would say my favorite is Outlander. I mentioned this show in my last post but why do I love it? It combines history, romance, sex, science fiction, and action all in one awesome show!

#3

When was the last time you had sex? This can include sex with yourself.

Oh damn! Okay so sex with another person: about 3 years ago and it wasn’t even worth my time, let’s just put it that way. Sex with myself: um, yesterday! Hehehe! That was much more satisfactory, for sure!!

#4

Tattoos or no tattoos?  Piercings?  Any odd places you wish to share?

I have three tattoos and hope to get more! I have a heart with angel wings carrying my oldest son’s name. I have a skull with a dagger through it, holding my youngest son’s name and I have a dolphin. The dolphin was my first tattoo that I got when I was 21. I have my ears pierced and I used to have my belly buttoned pierced.

#5

What was the last piece of writing you read, either book, blog or otherwise, that you thoroughly enjoyed?

Oh boy, this is a tough one because while I have no time for reading a book (the last one was The Hunger Games trilogy), I have read several good blog posts this week. The last one I read that I really liked was actually this post on Trista’s blog.

#6

What was the best part of your day today?

Well, my day just started but yesterday my favorite part of the day was when the hot young guy across the hall from me offered to let me try some chocolate fudge that he made! I haven’t tried it yet but I’m looking forward to it…the food, not the guy…well, my brain just went somewhere dirty. I am a bad, bad girl!

#7

What was the worst part of your day?

Getting up this morning! I was having a great dream, dammit!! Don’t you hate it when that happens?!

#8

What age did you lose your virginity?  

Okay, so this one is a bit of a sore spot for me but I’m going to do my best to answer it while keeping it light and fun: The first time I FREELY GAVE myself to someone I was 21 years old. I am damn proud of that, considering my family truly believed I would be knocked up by the time I was sixteen. Actually, they were the motivation behind waiting so long, so thank you family!!

#9

Iphone or Android and why?

iPhone and the reason why: iTunes, simply put! I have invested so much money into iTunes and have over 1000 songs through iTunes so I won’t stray!

#10

What’s the song you listen to the most these days?

Oh man, I have so many. Right now I am listening to the songs I most recently added to my playlist: Paramore, Icon for Hire, Otherwise, Depeche ModePrince, and Metallica, just to name a few but right now my two favorites on my playlist are Let it Burn by Red and Find My Way Back by Eric Arjes. Go ahead and look them up if you’re interested.

Okay so now my nominees:

CuddleFairy

My Random Musings

Diary of an Imperfect Mum

Reflections From Me

Mum Muddling Through

Absolutely Prabulous

Pink Pear Bear

And the Questions Are:

  1. What was the last thing you ate?
  2. When was the last time you had Me Time and what did you do?
  3. What is the craziest pick up line that was tried on you?
  4. What was your best date ever?
  5. What was the scariest thing you ever did?
  6. What is your favorite thing about motherhood?
  7. What is your least favorite thing about motherhood?
  8. What is the worst book you’ve ever read?
  9. Celebrity crush?
  10. What’s the last song you heard on the radio?

 

Thanks for Playing!

 

 

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I am linking with:

Domesticated Momster
My Random Musings
Pink Pear Bear
The Secret Diary of Agent Spitback
Cuddle Fairy

Rockin’ Quote #26: Prince-Dearly Beloved

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I was going to put up a different quote this week but since hearing about the sudden and unexpected death of Prince on Friday, I’ve been thinking a lot about his music and his legacy. Now, I don’t know how he died but there has been speculation about a drug overdose or even the flu. We won’t know until the investigation is complete. Whatever the reason, Prince has been making music for a long time. He will be missed.

I still remember the first Prince song I heard when I was a kid. Purple Rain was a hit and the radio played it a lot back then. From the first note on the radio, I knew which song was playing and listening to the slow guitar rhythm, I counted to the first word of the first verse, “I never meant to cause you any sorrow, I never meant to cause you any pain”, I knew the song word for word. That was a long time ago. Here is my quote this week, in honor of Prince:

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I love this quote because it gives all humans a connection to one another. Prince knew we all have this one major thing in common, to get through life. We don’t make it through life without scars. We all have them. We all struggle at one point or another.

Purple Rain, though it is a good song, is actually not my favorite Prince song. My favorite Prince song is When Doves Cry. For those who don’t know this song or don’t remember the lyrics they go something like this:

Dig if you will the picture
Of you and I engaged in a kiss
The sweat of your body covers me
Can you my darling
Can you picture this?

Dream if you can a courtyard
An ocean of violets in bloom
Animals strike curious poses
They feel the heat
The heat between me and you

It reads like a poem right? Well, Prince was a poet. He just put it into musical form. To be fair though, most songwriters are poets. Of course the chorus is what drew me into this song the most:

How can you just leave me standing?
Alone in a world that’s so cold? (So cold)
Maybe I’m just too demanding
Maybe I’m just like my father, too bold
Maybe you’re just like my mother
She’s never satisfied (She’s never satisfied)
Why do we scream at each other
This is what it sounds like
When doves cry

It made me think of couples who fight all the time and made me wonder, from a young age, if fighting was what added passion to a relationship. Passion, after all, is a very powerful thing. But what did I like about Prince? He didn’t follow society’s rules. He lived his life his way and somehow, for the rest of us, that was okay. We judge each other so much. We even judge celebrities, expecting them to be perfect when they are human beings just like the rest of us. Prince, though, we liked that Prince was different.

So here’s to the man who didn’t do what every one else expected him to do. I can’t say the he is my favorite artist of all time or that I’m a huge fan or anything like that but his music left me with some great memories.

I will leave you with the music video of my favorite Prince song.

Thanks for reading,

mysignature_rockinrandommom

 

 

I am linking this with:

Cuddle Fairy
Reflections From Me

 

The A-Z of Me: Challenge

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Trista over at Domesticated Momster wrote a piece on this and I was so intrigued by it that I thought this would be a great challenge for myself to do on my own blog. It is going to be challenging for me though as I am going to try to not mention things about me that I have already told you, which is a lot so far. So without further ado, I am going to take a crack at this challenge, the A-Z of Me.

A: I don’t like Apple Pie! Very un-American of me, I know but here me out. I love the smell of apple pie and I love apples but when it comes to apple pie, I just can’t eat it, blah!

B: I used to have my Belly Button pierced.

C: Unlike Trista, (sorry girl), I prefer Cats over dogs. Don’t get me wrong, Dogs are great but I just get the feline. They do things on their own terms, in their own time and they don’t tolerate being pushed around, prodded, or messed with and I completely relate to that!catnodding_rockinrandommom

D: Conner just told me that I’m pretty Distant from people sometimesThat is definitely true. While I’ve made some great blogger friends, I’ve had a lot of negative experiences with people both online and in person and those experiences have caused me to become distant. The older I get, the more I just want genuine and positive people in my life, no exceptions. I won’t settle for less.

E: An Eternal life with music! (Thanks Trista for helping me out with this one!)

F: I have a brother named Frank.

G: I truly appreciate a Great cup of coffee, a Great glass of wine, and Great sex!!

H: My home is my sanctuary. It is my safe haven and I don’t like to share it…Except with my boys. They are always welcome!

I: Sometimes I have to show my Inner Bitch if for no other reason than to let people know not to trifle with me.

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J: I am Just a little crazy…or a lot, depending on my mood, LOL!

K: Despite periodically needing to fight my inner demons, I have a kind heart…but I am very cautious with it.

L: I Love to make my children Laugh. Haha…two L’s.

M: Marriage taught me a lot. One thing I learned is that I don’t like being married. It’s not for me! Refer to letter H if you don’t understand.

N: Nail Polish is the only truly girly thing that I do. Every month I wear a different color!

O: Outlander is my new favorite TV show!! It’s about a married combat nurse in the 40’s being sent back to 1700’s Scotland where she meets and later marries a young Scottish warrior played by Sam Heughan. Awesome, awesome show!!

P: I am usually a very Positive person. Remember that what you put out into the world comes back to you.

Q: If I get Quiet during an argument, Run. Just Run!

R: One of my favorite bands right now is a band called Red. They are awesome! I will have a video of one of their songs at the end of this post. Check it out!

S: I’m on the fence about Soul Mates. I want to believe they exist and that I have one but the realist in me strongly disagrees.

T: I don’t Trust easily. If  I do take a chance on someone and decide to trust, they usually prove me wrong. Trust is a huge deal for me.

U: Taking the time to try to Understand me, earns you some major brownie points! I am often misunderstood.

V: When I was 8 years old and got my first room to myself, my aunt painted the walls Violet and the carpet was dark purple. That was the start of my love of the color purple.

W: I’d rather be a Warrior than a princess. Maybe I was on in a past life?

X: I never got into the show The X-Files.

Y: I’ve been told that I look a good 10 years Younger than I actually am. This doesn’t always get me the respect I deserve.

Z: I have said this before but for those not paying attention, my Zodiac sign is Cancer but I’m on the cusp of Leo. This means that I am part of the Oscillation cusp, which basically means I am very complicated!

So there you have it, the A-Z of me! This challenge was much harder than I thought. Took me a few days to finish it but here it is. What about you? Are you up for the challenge?  As promised, one of my favorite music videos by one of my favorite bands:

I am linking this with:

Domesticated Momster
My Random Musings
Pink Pear Bear
The Secret Diary of Agent Spitback
Cuddle Fairy

To YouTube or Not to YouTube

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Lately I have been toying with the idea of starting my own YouTube channel. I have an account but it’s for personal use and I’d like to keep it that way, especially since my youngest uses that one to watch all of his Minecraft videos.

I am considering starting a new channel that would focus on me reviewing – or talking about TV shows, movies, video games, and of course…MUSIC! This would free up my blog to talk more about other topics such as parenting, mental illness, among other things.

However, I am apprehensive and these are the reasons why:

  1. My YouTube Channel Name – I don’t want to expand my blog name to my channel for a few reasons but the biggest reason is because I want to focus on my reviews and won’t be talking about the things I talk about on my blog, including my boys.  I want the name to match the content of my videos. With that being said though, I’m not the greatest at naming things so coming up with a name is going to take me some time.
  2. The Logistics – I love going onto YouTube and watching various music videos and looking up different gaming tutorials when I get stuck at a certain part of a game. I find these videos really helpful but as far as uploading my own videos, adding links to my blog and social media and just all the other little details of running a YouTube channel, I am a newbie.
  3. Internet Trolls – I have been very lucky so far with my blog not getting any internet trolls because I am not a huge blog and I like it that way but expanding myself to YouTube may invite those attention seekers (because we all know that’s what they are) that just love causing drama. I hate drama but I am also very good at ignoring the drama. It’s called the delete button. Starting my own channel would invite this into my life. Am I ready for that?

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Now here are some of the reasons I want to start a YouTube Channel:

  1. Time and Desire – I have a strong desire to voice my opinion about my favorite shows, movies, games, and music but  I don’t always want to, or have the time to write about them. Recording videos of me talking about these things would free up time in my schedule and I also believe that those who read my blog regularly might enjoy getting to know me better in this fashion.
  2. New Knowledge – Getting to know the logistics of YouTube and how it works will not only give me a new experience of technology and gain new knowledge but it will also help me to learn all I can about the ins and outs for Conner, who wants very much to have his own YouTube channel to talk about video games like Minecraft and such. He really wants to emulate his favorite YouTube Heroes and his dad and I finally agreed to allow this when he turns 10. This is something he has been asking to do since he was 5. Now, though, I haven’t enough experience with the site or the knowledge to help him and protect him online.
  3. Adding My Voice – There are already so many videos out there that talk about all of the things I talk about and adding my voice to this vast ocean of other voices may be a struggle but I believe that I will add my own unique insights that others may appreciate, plus, I think it will be fun!

While making my own YouTube channel may invite internet trolls and unnecessary drama and haters, I also want to use this outlet to further express myself, as well as learn all I can through my own experience to help my son with his own channel. I still have more research to do on YouTube but I am hoping that this will be a positive experience for me and eventually, for Conner.

What do you think about me starting a YouTube Channel? Any tips you can give me before I decide to embark on this endeavor?

My Random Musings

 

Thank you for Reading!

mysignature_rockinrandommom

 

 

I am linking this with:

 

My Random Musings
Agent Spitback
Cuddle Fairy

Rockin’ Quote #25: Another Autism Quote

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Here is another autism quote that Conner wrote to his big brother for Autism Awareness Month but this is also something he wrote for Adam when Adam came home one day, anxious about Autism Awareness Day coming up and it being talked about in school.

Adam is very fortunate to have such great classmates that really take the time to try to understand him and are very patient with him and saying that about Middle School kids is really saying something. So when he came home and expressed nervousness about it, Conner and I had a conversation with him about Autism and that having Autism doesn’t have to spark negative feelings towards the disorder or towards himself.

Adam is pretty comfortable knowing he has Autism but sometimes knowing that it is going to be talked about raises some anxiety for him but not because he is afraid of what others will say but more because somewhere along the line, in his own head, he has associated raising awareness for it as a negative thing. I’m not really sure what exactly is going through his mind to put that thought into his head because he is not very good at expressing his thoughts verbally.

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Another Autism Quote from Conner to his brother!

Conner and I were successful though in helping Adam understand that raising awareness for Autism, or any other great cause out there, simply means to educate those who aren’t familiar with Autism. It means helping others understand what Autism is and what it isn’t. Once Adam understood this, he felt better about Autism Awareness Day and about April being Autism Awareness Month. This conversation is what sparked Conner to write the above quote for his big brother. It may be just another autism quote but it’s out of the mouths of babes.

How do you feel about Autism Awareness Month? For parents out there with children on the spectrum, how do your kids see it? Do they see it as a positive thing or a negative thing? A great question for parents to ask their children who don’t have Autism, what do your kids think of Autism? How much do they know about what Autism is and what Autism isn’t? For children going to school with kids with Autism or Down Syndrome or anything else, they may know more about these things than we did at their age.

Thank you so much for Reading,

mysignature_rockinrandommom

 

 

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Cuddle Fairy

The Sister Interview

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The Sister Interview

I have a sister who knows me better than anyone (well, besides my kids that is). So, I called my sister, Jen, and did a phone interview. Even though we live in different states in the U.S. my sister still knows me best, well, almost…

Where did your sister grow up?

Baltimore.

Yep! In a little neighborhood called Middle River, in Baltimore County to be exact.

What is your sister’s favorite flowers?

Uh, I have no clue.

Me: I don’t like flowers.

Jen: I didn’t think so. Neither do I.

They’re pretty but…no.

How/Where did you meet?

When I was born. Oh, and she’s been very protective over me ever since.

Yep! I was three and I’ve looked out for her ever since.

What was/is your sister’s job?

Working with children.

Yeah, I was a Developmental Specialist, working with children 0-3 with developmental delays

When and why did your sister start blogging?

She started months ago because she needed to express herself

Yes, I was feeling pretty lost after quitting my job and I felt a huge drive to express myself in a different way and blogging just sort of presented itself to me.

What does your sister blog about?

Her children mostly. And life issues like healing from our bad childhood.

Yes, that is why I started. I also blog about music, fitness, and the like.

What are your sister’s hobbies apart from blogging?

Reading, video games, TV shows, Movies, working out, music

She got this mostly right but I will add hiking to the list. Sadly, I haven’t read a book since The Hunger Games series.

What is your sister’s favorite perfume?

Uh, do body sprays count? Your favorite scent is lavender.

Lavender yes, but I love Chinese Cherry Blossom by Bath and Body Works.

What do you and your sister enjoy doing together?

Watching old movies, talking, listening to music, and drooling over hot guys with tattoos while drinking some wine…or margaritas!

Okay, I couldn’t help myself from laughing at this one. It’s funny because it’s so true!

What does your sister love about you?

What doesn’t she love about me? **busts out laughing while trying to be serious** She loves that I can make her laugh.

Yes, I am definitely laughing!! She’s also right. There’s nothing I don’t love about her.

Who are your sister’s favorite Authors?

Uh, Stephen King. *thinks for a minute* that lady who wrote the books about the orphan. You used to love those books. What was her name?

Me: Lucy Maud Montgomery

Jen: Yeah her! You like her!

I do still like her. She wrote my favorite books the Anne of Green Gables series.

How does your sister show you she loves you?

She calls me and checks on me to make sure I’m still alive. *laughs* Cuz she’s awesome!

Yeah, I don’t like talking on the phone much so if I call, it’s because I care and a few years back, my sister had some personal issues. I was calling her every single day to make sure she was alive. It’s now an inside joke between us because I’m the protective big sister who has sometimes had to be mom throughout our lives.

What are your sister’s best traits?

Her personality and how strong she is.

Awe! Now I’m tearing up a little. *sniff*

What are your sister’s worst habits?

Not cleaning!!

I hate to clean! My sister is all OCD about the cleaning and I’m all like, pfft, whatever. I’ll do it tomorrow.

What are your sister’s favorite TV Shows?

Supernatural (those guys are hot!).  Uh, I can’t think. A lot of shows.

*my son over hears the question: “Aunt Jen, it’s Buffy.”*

Jen: Oh yeah, duh! Buffy, the Vampire Slayer. I just had a brain fart!

…and Vampire Diaries, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, I could go on!

Who/what are your sister’s favorite singers/bands?

Bon Jovi…but she listens to all sorts of music. It depends on her mood.

That is sort of correct! Bon Jovi will always be my favorite but while I do listen to lots of music, alternative rock is my favorite.

What is your sister’s favorite meal and drink?

Coffee! We drink that shit every day! Food though, uh, Italian?

Yes, yes, yes to coffee!! Food, close enough. It’s actually spaghetti, which is Italian. I say it her all the time: I like my food like I like my men…ITALIAN!!

What would be your sister’s ideal weekend getaway?

A California beach

Actually, no. My ideal weekend getaway would be a cabin in the woods, away from the rest of the world because sometimes I need to check out. California was a childhood dream of mine.

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So there is my sister interview. Again, I want to wish Anxious Dragon, aka, Tracey, the best of luck! Miss you and hope to see you again!

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Rockin’ Quote #24: Autism Awareness Day

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So, as most of you know yesterday was Autism Awareness Day and the month of April is Autism Awareness Month. Conner and I had a conversation during the week about the importance of Autism Awareness and how important it is that people understand his older brother Adam. So, Conner came up with two things he wrote for his brother. It shows how much he loves his big brother and how much he sees what his brother goes through.

Conner has been writing a few things here and there about his brother and this month I will be sharing those things here on my blog. While I don’t make Adam’s Autism a major priority in my house because I don’t believe in using any illness or disorder as the end-all, be-all of their lives, I educate both of them on what Autism is and acknowledge when Adam might be having a problem that is related to his Autism.

autism_rockinrandommomConner has seen this since he was very young. When he was about 5 he started to notice certain things like Adam not wanting to play with him or anyone else because he very much prefers to be alone. That’s when I started to explain little things about Autism.

When we are driving, Adam has to wear his headphones and listen to his iPod because outside noises get to him. It especially bothers him when Conner sings in the car. As a way to allow Conner to sing but being considerate of Adam’s sensitivities, I encouraged Adam to wear headphones and it makes car rides so much more peaceful than they used to be.

Conner had a hard time understanding these things when he was little but he also always accepted his brother as he is with a level of understanding that I wish the rest of the world would embrace. As he gets older and learns more about Autism, as well as his own ADHD, he is even more accepting and understanding towards his brother.

Next week I will have another quote by Conner as we will be celebrating the month of April with Autism Awareness. Adam might even make an appearance with a few of his own quotes. My boys are a great example of how Autism doesn’t hinder brotherly love or the sibling connection! It’s a day late but Happy Autism Awareness Day!

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