Alright, what is this all aboot??
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When I’m solving the Cube, and one of my kids reaches for it.
I want to find out where it goes, and then I want one. Someone buy me a portal chair pls.
I hand flap. I finger wave. I bounce. I rock, sway, and spin. Sometimes I’ll organize and line up objects (like candy LOL) to create a sense of order in my usual chaos. Those are only a few of my stims, and I choose to no longer be embarrassed by them. They make me happy. They make my brain happy. They calm and soothe when I’m overloaded, excite and stimulate when I’m underloaded. It’s my balance. For a very very long time I hid these things, for fear of seeming even weirder than I already am. I recently realized that I’m much happier not hiding these things. I’m a quirky aspie, and I’m fine with it.
Lately, there has been a lot of stress in my life, and for the past few days, I’ve hit meltdown point after meltdown point. Today I did nothing but stim in my office at work. I rocked, bounced, and spun in my chair. I flapped my hands and waved my fingers in front of my face. I was happy, and I got a lot done. I’m a productive aspie, and I’m fine with it.
I obsess over puzzles, and I love my Rubik’s cubes. I almost always have one with me. Twisting them is a stim for me. Just twisting and turning the sides over and over again, even if I’m not actually trying to solve it, is calming. Actually solving the puzzle is both calming and exciting. Jigsaw puzzles (both digital and physical) and the like are things I find are visual stims. Moving things around and finding their proper place, watching the image come together, makes for a happy brain. Sometimes I find it difficult to stop, but that’s okay. I’m a puzzle-loving aspie, and I’m fine with it.
Sometimes I get cranky with my kids. They can be hyper and loud, with shrill voices, and the sibling fighting can get to be too much. I get overloaded and upset and want to be left alone. These are my less-proud moments, but it is what it is. Sometimes, when one of them would get hurt, I used to tell them to “shake it off.” They would look at me confused for a second, then I’d say it again and demonstrate by flapping my hands. I’d get them to do it, and then ask if they felt better. They’d smile and tell me “yes” and I’d send them on their way. I don’t know if it actually took away the pain, or if they just felt so silly that they’d forget about it altogether, but it always worked. Stimming feels good, even if you aren’t an autistic/aspie. But I am an aspie, and I’m fine with it.
If you’re an aspie, embrace it. If you aren’t an aspie, embrace one. Just make sure they’re okay with it first. ;)
Way-To-Stim-Wednesday: Spinning: With A Friend (by MainJelly)
I cannot even begin to explain how big this just made me smile. My co-workers know the importance of me having a “spinny chair” in my office. And if they didn’t, perhaps they do now. :)
Wow, good morning. Got up, got dressed, shaved, then tried to put my pajama pants on over my jeans… My brain REALLY wants me to go back to bed.
Tim Burton is one of many famous people with autism. Here are some lessons you can learn from his life.
An excellent article about one of my favorite eccentrics.
All I can think about right now is setting up weapon towers to defend my cores from aliens. That’s all I want to be doing right now. Not work. Tower defense. NOT. WORK.
Tower defense games are a recurring obsession of mine. The obsessions come in short phases, but when they hit, they hit hard. I have several TD games on my phone, two or three on my Nook, and four on my PC. I would’ve played one during my lunch break, but that would have disrupted by reading-while-eating routine, and we can’t have that.
It’s odd, because I generally dislike strategy games, but I really get into these, for some reason. “Defense Grid: Awakening” is my favorite right now. It’s an extremely well done, challenging, and enjoyable game that I was able to get super cheap on Steam. And maybe, just maybe, now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, I can get back to work…
Gravity. Because if I didn’t drop everything and trip over everything else, I just wouldn’t be me.
I’m usually pretty clumsy, but lately I’ve been SUPER clumsy. So I made this. Because it’s what I do. To all the things.