Cooking, Autism and Me

When I was in high school, or maybe just after, I used to watch a show called “Can’t Cook, Won’t Cook”. Ainsley Harriot running around talking to people while they chopped and salted and 15 minutes later there was a thoroughly edible something on the plate. Back then, I  liked cooking as a spectator sport. I […]

The Thing With Challenges

Of course it’s probably part of the January-itis. The challenges that people put up and ask you to sign up for. Dry January is one (no problems there). But there’s the penny challenge  (save 1p the first day, 2p the next etc), the 52 books in a year, the 12 types of books (there’s a […]

Grumbly Rumblings

As I write this (the joys of prescheduled posts), the noise of the iPad is bleeding through the walls. It could be worse. It could be the television. Or a meltdown. As I write this, I can feel the yoghurt I ate for supper settling into my tummy, bringing a sort of peace to the […]

The Lies We Tell Ourselves

“Come on, just give him a little cuddle. Oh look, that’s such a lovely picture. Do you want to look?” They didn’t. They were two young boys, and all they really wanted was to eat their lunch. But then the other mother (because this was two mothers and their boys in a softplay place, and […]

The Dog and The Writing

I have figured something out. I am not going to get any more time in my days. Ground-breaking, I know. I drastically underestimated the impact the dog would have on my life, and while I am glad we have her, the down side is that I don’t have the same time for writing. No more […]

Not Resolutions, or A Question of Contentment

I don’t do New Year’s Resolutions. For a few years, I have tried to do “word for the year” – a word, an idea to be explored and expressed throughout a calendar year. Last year’s was Gratitude. It didn’t go down well (The Dude still laughs about it). I have a word for 2017, but […]

Lessons From “A Year of Gratitude”

At the beginning of the year, I decided that this would be the year of gratitude. Or at least, learning about gratitude. That didn’t turn out too well, and a little while ago, I decided to ditch the whole thing. Except somehow, trying for gratitude has sort of seeped in. So here’s some things my […]

A Frozen Parody

Yesterday, a friend was humming “Do you want to build a snowman?”from the Frozen movie. She was frustrated with having that so good in her head so I changed the first line to something more … amusing. And then The Dude challenged me to redo the entire song. Now I just need somebody to sing […]

Rethinking Gifts and Gift Giving 

I am not bah humbug but I think I have not been enjoying the lead up to Christmas this year. I am leaning more towards the advent quiet contemplation and reflection way of doing things. (As opposed to the stuff yourself with tiny chocolates and stress yourself out at the shops kind.) This is all […]