Oh, hello, world. I guess you’re all still here. I’ve been hiding in my house, decluttering and nesting and repairing various appliances and vehicles.
What the hell is up with that, anyway? It’s like everything mechanical is conspiring against us. I think the refrigerator is the ring leader: Hey, hold it together! Don’t break; just hang on through the winter and then, come spring? BAM! We’ll all go down together! Bwahahaha!!!
It would be swell if the mechanical stuff that is conspiring to suck up all our resources at once would let our bank account in on the game. And of course when the expenses get big, they all get big at once, right? So on top of the cost of multiple repairs, there was a snafu with the health insurance and we all know that health insurance snafus are the most expensive snafus of all. No matter the nature of the mistake, and no matter who was at fault, the customer is responsible for the financial cost of that mistake. It’s like a law of the universe or something.
In not-unrelated news, ramen noodles are not improved with the addition of salsa. Just so you know.
So! I did not, in fact, sit down at the computer to bitch about our money-hemorrhaging situation. Nope, there are happier things to discuss, such as some of you have never heard the sound of my voice but today, that will change. Hooray! I can tell you’re all a-twitch with excitement and joy.
I did an interview with the brilliant and beautiful Meredith of (over)thinking mom. You can listen to the podcast and hear me talk about raising Carter, our struggle to access services, living without a firm bottom-line diagnosis, and some of the effects all of this has had on our other kids.
I listened to the podcast for the first time last night and I have to say, hearing myself speak compared to reading what I have written is interesting. There’s little time for self-editing and I think the podcast reveals more of my general ambivalence than my writing does. I’m full of contradictory thoughts and feelings and the immediacy of speaking highlights that.
When you’re done with that, go read Justine Larson’s guest blog at Scientific American, Blaming Parents: What I’ve learned and unlearned as a child psychiatrist. Her piece is a breath of fresh air.