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  • A Visitation from California, Part 2

    (This is part 2 of a 2-part series.) Last week, I discussed the main events that occurred with M. and his mother visiting us from California. However, there were so many other small moments that I felt were, ultimately, so much more important to M. and A.  M. not only brought A. a rose, but he also brought a unique, hard-to-find ...
  • A Visitation from California

    (This is part 1 of a 2 part series.) These past few blog entries have focused on A.'s online relationship with a boy in California who is also on the spectrum. This past week, M. and his mother flew all the way to Tennessee to visit us. It was the first time A. and M. met each other in real life, and I had a bit of apprehension about the visit - ...
  • A Geek’s First Convention

     his past Saturday, A. attended her first geeky convention. The convention she attended was the Knoxville Comic and Anime Con which was held at a nearby expo center this past weekend. To be honest, I didn't have very high hopes of the convention. My first geeky convention was Dragon*Con when I was in my twenties, which was a massive event ...
  • More Communication Surprises

    A little over a week ago, I could hear A. talking in her room. She was sitting in front of the computer, but it seemed like she was having a conversation with someone. Being the nosy mother that I am, I poked my head into her bedroom to investigate. ''Who are you chatting with?'' I asked her. ''Hold on a sec,'' she said, and then pushed her ...
  • A Busy Life

    This is the time of year when things get pretty crazy busy around the Alley household. At my day job, I'm hard at work on helping organize a company conference that will bring in over a thousand attendees from all over North America which, unfortunately, takes time away that I would much rather be spending with my family. That being said, ...
  • It's a Jolly Holiday

    Well, here were are at the beginning of another year. The holidays went extremely well, if I do say so myself. I think this was probably one year where A. felt the least overwhelmed. During the holiday season, it's easy for A. to reach a point of ''too much'' too many people, too many demands, too much stuff. Often, she spends the ...
  • Flair for the Dramatic

    My daughter has taken up a flair for the dramatic. Those of you who know my daughter personally are probably not surprised by this. Even those of you who just know me through my blog may not be surprised by this, because you were probably reading my entries this past summer when A. was taking her drama class at a local community college and ...
  • Halloween Hijinks

    It always amuses me to think that, just a few years ago, A. was absolutely terrified of Halloween, and it was, by far, her least favorite holiday. These days, she relishes the creepy and the grotesque, and she absolutely delights in the holiday as much as (if not more so) she delights in Christmas and Easter. She's been preparing for the holiday ...
  • Renaissnace Festival

    Last weekend, our entire family packed up in the car after work on Friday night and headed to North Carolina to visit my mother. Visits to my mother are always welcome and fun occasions, as A. has developed a very close relationship with her grandmother over the past few years. She spends a couple of weeks each year with her just ...
  • It's A Very Minecraft Birthday

    On Wednesday, my daughter will be turning 14 years old. In some ways, it's hard to believe -- I still remember this tiny, other-worldly, faerie-like child spinning around in circles in the living room, talking in gibberish, her blond hair a frizzy halo framing her dreamy face. In other ways, it feels just right -- we've been on this incredible ...
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