Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Liebster Award Winner! Yay me!

   So, Tree the Snake has honoured me with the prestigious and exclusive (I am assured) Liebster Award! This means I have to post some stuff. Thankfully, there is a protocol established here, so lets line it up.

  1. Thank the Liebster Award presenter(s) on your blog.
  2. Link back to the blogger who presented it to you
  3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.  
  4. Present the award to 5 or 11 blogs that deserve to be noticed.
  5. Let them know they've been presented with the Liebster Award.
  6. Answer 11 questions posed by the presenter. 
  7. Eat some dark chocolate.  It has anti-oxidants in it.  It will cure what ails you.  Unless you are allergic to chocolate.  Then skip 7. 
Number one: Thank you to treethesnake.blogspot.ca for presenting me with this incredible honour and a kickstart to getting a blog post written.
Number two: I am pretty sure I did that. I hope. Twice. 
Number three: see number two.
Number four: Lemme see, who am I gonna pick?
Bacon and Juice Boxes
Parenting with Asperger's Syndrome 
Holdin' Holden 
Confessions of an Aspergers Mom 
My Life With my "Au"some Son
I will admit, I partly chose so as not to copy Tree the Snake's list, but all of these blogs are awesome and well worth reading, written by awesome people who deserve the recognition.
Number five: Okay, working on it.
Number six: Hm, I believe this is an add on question, but what the heck.
  1.  What, if anything, is completely off limits as far as blog topics for you?
  2.  What is your favorite sound?
  3.  If you could go back and talk to your 15 year old self, what one piece of information/advice would you share?
  4. How did you end up doing what you do today? (If you're a SAHM, what made you choose that vs. going back to work? If you work a paying job, how did you end up in the field you are in?)
  5. What is your guilty pleasure?
  6.  What's your favorite candy?
  7.  What prompted you to start your blog?
  8.  Do you have a favorite food? If so, what?
  9.  If you had to pick 1 thing to change about yourself, what would it be?
  10.   What physical attribute do you like most about yourself?
  11.  Do you still live where you grew up? If not, how far away are you from your hometown?
 1. I try not to get involved in politics, and I try not to get caught up in the controversies of Autism treatments. That said, I wouldn't call it off limits. There are topics I don't bother with, because I don't think it would be interesting or useful to me to blog about them. I try not to over censor myself, but I rarely use curse words in my writing. I do enough of that in real life.
2. Wind chimes. Almost any wind chimes.
3. Tough one. I was suicidal and isolated during my teen years. I would love to tell myself that the high school years would be the worst of my life, not the best. That there are tough times to come, but there are wonderful things too. It gets better.
4. Well, you see, when a man and a woman love each other very much, they might decide to have a baby... Child care is just too bloody expensive, and I worked mostly assorted menial retail wage slave type positions. I am fortunate to have a husband who makes enough to support us without the second income, and housemates who share the rent with us. I have a little jewelry making business on the side, but I wouldn't call it an income, per se.  At least, not yet.
5. Watching Hoarders. 
6. Reeses Peanut Butter Cups
7. When my son was diagnosed with autism, I started looking for online support and advice, and found the ASD and SN parent blogger community. Homestyle Mama  and Parenting With Asperger's Syndrome were and still are my inspiration and heroes.
8. Is ice cream a food?
9. I would like to like myself. 
10. Is it bad to say my boobs?
11. I have moved way too many times. I was born in Regina, Saskatchewan,  and lived in several cities in my early childhood. From age seven to twenty I lived in Calgary, Alberta. I spent fourteen years in the Lower Mainland, mainly in Vancouver, BC. This was followed by a nightmare of moves for school, my husband's work, and family.  I live in Calgary again now. And I am hoping to only move again when we can afford to buy a place of our own.

So, the challenge and awards are passed on...


  1. I had no idea you are Canadian, let alone lkve in Calgary! I live in Calgary too, have a 4year old son with autism and am a SAHM. I really like the honesty of your blog, and really hope that your feelings of failure are short lived. My house is very crumb filled and some areas look like vagrants live in them. Luckily for me those areas are mostly behind closed doors. Keep up the fight girl--you can do it! If there is one thing autism mothers can do it is fight, we do so much fighting for our kids. So sorry you have such anoverreacting therapy team and have one more fight on your hands.

    1. A fellow Calgarian! I haven't managed to connect much with local autism moms or groups, but I am starting to get the info for it myself. And yeah, I am picking myself up again, and hoping that this will be resolved soon. Yeah, we don't need the extra fight, but we will get through it. Thanks for saying hi. :)

  2. I am part of a local support group of moms of kids with autism, we meet monthly. It is technically a full city group, but generally the north and south parts of the city meet independently (basically for convenience). I am in the south group. Another good resource is Children's Link which has monthly get togethers and can help with finding programs and services (a free program), they are friendly and I have been to a couple of their coffee and chat nights.

  3. Thank you!!! Will do mine tomorrow <3