BlogTober – All About Me #BlogTober

By | October 1, 2017

I do love a blogging challenge, very useful when the creative thoughts don’t flow as well as they could and I’m joining in one for October, hence the BlogTober in the title.

The prompts are here, if anyone else would like to:

So, Day One, all about me.

This would seem, at first, to be a tricky one for me, because although I do tend to “blog it out”, I’m a very private person, you won’t find any “jazz hands here”, sometimes I wish you would.

It took me absolutely ages to join Facebook because I’d seen news stories on how special needs communities could be targeted after terrible events.  It scared me that my children could be “hated” for their “label” and that made me wary.

I now know how supportive being in groups can be and how my feed can be adjusted to reflect the interests I have, which is really rather fab.

I’m not an “oh sh*t, I’ve just done …” type of FB person, I’m the quiet one, who’ll join in and then wonder if anyone else has “got” what I’m saying.  Yep, that’s me.  

What else? Well I’m very interested in my and others wellbeing and how environmental pressures can affect that, both physically and emotionally.  

When I had a “career”, I really wanted to go down the HR path but was told I was “too nice”, that I shouldn’t allow myself to get involved and then I met and married Hubbie, got pregnant with T and became a SAHM so didn’t have to decide whether I shouldn’t be so nice!!

So, I had T and D 18 months apart, childminded for a few years and, after two autism diagnoses for my children, focussed on their needs and started to blog.

When I first started blogging and tweeting, I was “bluecrisps”, anyone remember? Named after D’s favourite snack, cheese and onion Walkers crisps.

I loved D’s little interpretations for items:
Ketchup was “splot”
Quavers were “yellows”
Custard cream biscuits were “gold bars”

We still have a few:
The hair dryer is the “hair driver”
Our conservatory is the “observatory” – but really it’s our junk room
And 
Ready salted crisps are still “really salted”, which they are.

I enjoyed being Bluecrisps and my blog was a wordpress hosted one. There then followed a change to self-hosted as AutismMumma, firstly with Overblog (not recommended) and then back with WordPress.

So, why the name change? Well, when I first started blogging it was intermittent and it was a big change for me as I’d kept loads of notebooks where I’d scribbled whilst in teen angst but not really since.

I found that blogging helped me offload when my head felt bunged up with thoughts and I hoped that my experiences and thoughts as an SN parent may help others feel not so alone with their challenges and achievements. Reading other people’s certainly helped me.

I blogged through D’s first few terms at SN school and then through T’s diagnosis of high-functioning autism when he was 10. Truth be known we’d had an inkling for a few years that he was probably also on the spectrum but left it as he was “masking” a lot of emotions and “coping” in primary school.  

When it came to the possibility that his traits were starting to become more obvious and that support may be needed in secondary school, we felt a “label” might help him get any necessary support. I’ll have a slightly hollow laugh here because secondary school haven’t taken any notice of his diagnosis at all and he does still mask an awful lot. He gets home, sticks his headphones on and bounces on the balls of his feet.

Blogging has brought me some fantastic opportunities materially but the one big thing it’s given me is a feeling that I’m not alone, that fellow bloggers and SN parents understand.  

I’ve been very fortunate to meet a few bloggers in real life and hopefully next year – BAPs and feet permitting – I’ll meet some more.

AutismMumma suited me better.

As well as BlogTober, I’m going to use October as a non-Choctober.  I can use this as my emotional crutch and it’s time for me to challenge myself! 

I have a few ambitions too:

I’d like to learn an instrument, I’m veering between the saxophone and piano (slight size difference I know)

And 
I’d like to pass my driving test.  It’s been a while since I’ve had lessons and they are not cheap.  I also have the added complication of my foot operations (one six weeks ago and one hopefully in January 2018) so I need to wait for my feet to heal.  

I always used to want a VW Beetle but love the look of a Mini Countryman and the tardis-type interior and the whacky dashboard. We’ll see.

I do have a couple of other aspirations which I’ll keep to myself, for the moment anyway.  They’re a tad life-changing! 

I nearly forgot…

I love purple, all shades, very rarely wear it but love it in the house.

I learned to crochet last year and honestly it keeps me sane! Sometimes I’ll start something and want to throw it away/burn it because it’s so tricky but it’s such a good feeling when I can finish it.

I’m very partial to a Costa Decaf Skinny Mocha and my husband, nice combo! 

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Ojo Henley on 1st October 2017 at 7:54 pm.

I didn’t know you couldn’t drive! Why didn’t I know this!? x
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Jeannette on 1st October 2017 at 8:00 pm.

Cause I’m a tad embarrassed about it but hey ho x

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