The awesome writer Maura Bowen over at 36x37 nudged me in her recent post, "Tag! You're it."

I was always crap at tag. I spent a lot of recesses reading, examining the contents of my satchel (yes, I had a satchel; I fit right in in middle school), or hiding and waiting for the bell to ring.

I considered constructing an elaborate fantasy, answering these questions as imaginary awesome me might answer them. But there are enough people out there who know that I once thought Versace was a chocolate, am always late or forgetting something and haven't been awake past 10 p.m. in four years. So here goes ...

If you could have any superpower, which one would you have and why?

The ability to stop time. I feel like I'm about 13 to-do items behind at any given moment – and that's on a good day. I'd love to be able to freeze the clock, clean the house, take a long hot bubble bath, read a book, and just stare at my beautiful children before they grow up and climb out of my lap.


This is how I imagine myself lounging around the house. (Photo: InStyle)

Who is your style icon?

HAHAHAHAHA! Oh wait, you're serious. I forgot that you've never seen anything but the pictures of me I care to share with the world. When I'm wearing makeup ...and pants.

I have no style. I would like to, but I'm nearly 40 and let's face it: The only shoes I think about are the ones with Lightning McQueen or My Little Pony embossed on them. I'd love to emulate the classy and stylish Nicole Kidman. But as I am not tall, red-haired, porcelain-skinned or super-skinny, I have to have more attainable goals. Like just trying not to wear pajamas outside the house.


But most days I'd be really lucky to look this put-together.

So anyone who doesn't wear pajama pants to the grocery store is my style icon.

What is your favorite quote?

“The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.” -- Dorothy Parker

What is the best compliment you’ve ever received?

“Your blog helped me get through the month my child was diagnosed with autism.” If there's anything I can help with, any questions I can answer about our experience, I'm happy to. I try to respond to anyone who writes to me, whether it's on a comment on my blog or in a private email to Because I feel like I owe the community that much. So many other blogs like Both Hands and a Flashlight, Stuart Duncan, AutismArmyMom, and BigDaddyAutism have helped me get through the rough days and long nights.

What playlist/cd is in your CD player/iPod right now?

The book Freedom by Jonathan Franzen that I downloaded from It's the only way I get to read for entertainment any more – other than blogs, of course. The narrator sounds so smug, though, that I just want to punch him in the mouth.

Are you a night owl or a morning person?

I'm going to have to stop making the same joke, but it's still true: By 10 p.m., I could fall asleep while someone was punching me in the face. We're up a lot in the night with Billy's sleep troubles, though, so I don't know what that makes me. I'm still exhausted at 7 a.m. I guess I'm kind of a noon to 1:30 sort of person (Willow's nap time).

Do you prefer dogs or cats?

Cats, cats, cats. I love other people's dogs, but seriously, the upkeep is just beyond me. You have to wash them and exercise them and take them to the bathroom, and the whole "picking up poop" thing is a deal-breaker. I'm looking forward to the day everyone in my house handles their own pooping.

What is the meaning behind your blog name?

"Life is a spectrum” is the new name of my blog, changed just a couple of weeks ago. It illustrates our philosophy of autism and life: We're all on a spectrum. After all, “normal” is most definitely a spectrum. The longer I live, the further away from the “normal” end of the spectrum I creep ... and the happier I am about that fact.

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Bandit's revenge

Thanks so much for all the love -- I needed it today. In addition to our own personal health care crisis, some jerk is hacking my site with some robo-commenting program that publishes crap comments with long streams of text about Cialis and buying cigarettes online. Needless to say, we will be biting the bullet and installing Captcha forthwith. In the meantime, please ignore all Bandit's wild rantings :-)

It's Good to Have Goals...

Loved this line: "I'm looking forward to the day everyone in my house handles their own pooping."

Sorry to break it to you, Amanda, but I'm at that point (except for our dog), and life still isn't perfect! LOL.

It was fun getting to know you better!


Favorite quote = amazing

That is all!

You are Mahvelous

I could be your style icon. I have not actually worn pajama bottoms outside of the house. I wear sloppy knit pant things that don't look much better, but since I do not actually wear them to bed they don't qualify as pajamas. And I have mascara on today. Take that, Nicole Kidman!

You Carried a Satchel in Middle School?

I don't know if this more sad for you or for me but, we share the exact same style icon. Weird, huh?

I LOVE this!

This was PERFECT from start to finish! Honest! Open! And funny! My favorite kind of q&a! :) I laughed out loud at your style icon and I loved your close! I think I'll creep away from normal with you!

This made me laugh!

What a great way to answer all those questions and share more of who you are - thank you!
Sunshine x


Fabulous, as always! I dig the honesty. I swear, if I didn't come into the office three days a week, I'd be jeans and flip flops and dorky t-shirts every day of the week. Way to represent!

Here's hoping you get some sleep tonight. Waking up multiple times a night is hard on a mama. Hang in there.

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Are you tired of me yet? Probably. I'm in danger of becoming as over-exposed as Miley Cyrus this week.


But seriously, I am super-excited to be guest-blogging in two different places this week, because both places are among my favorite online reads:
This great site is written by several Southern moms for Southern moms. Their witty take on all things motherhood will have you laughing, occasionally sniffling, and always apprised of unique shopping opportunities. I've written a piece for them, "Can we really have it all?", because the choreography involved in juggling full-time motherhood and (theoretically) part-time working has been on the challenging side this month.

Maura Bowen is an excellent writer who has given herself 365 days to do 36 things she's never done. I love the concept and I adore her honesty and beautiful writing style. She blogs about her journeys and occasionally features writers she likes. I was honored that she chose one of my posts about Billy, "Dream a Little Dream," to use on her site.

If you get a chance, check out these awesome sites this week. I guarantee you'll be reading them long after my posts have disappeared :-)

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Thanks so much for the shout-out! I'm so glad we've connected, and am grateful you were willing to post on my site. :)

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