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punchdrunkmom
Hey, what's going on? I'm Megan. I'm sometimes cool, always tired, often halfway through a bottle of cabernet.
Interests: Yoga, wine, PDD, kids, sensory issues, speech delay, OT, ADD, ODD, did I mention yoga ad wine?
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Still determined to make camping a thing between Ryan and me, I decided that our sophomore attempt would be at a state park, which I’d been told would be way less gross than the private campground we’d stayed at before. I also sweetened the deal with a horseback ride, the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2020 at punchdrunkmom
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For the whole of the summer of 2007, I felt like I was swimming though syrup. I had a new baby, and that baby was Kai. He was…not easy. He still isn’t. I was navigating a new normal that was not going well for me. I was sluggish, tired. I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2020 at punchdrunkmom
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Hello and happy Monday! I am at home where there are exactly zero trains running next door to where I’m trying to sleep on the ground, which is an improvement over last week. And while Ryan would probably be happy to never camp again, we are going to camp again... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2020 at punchdrunkmom
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So I told you that I bought a tent with the idea of taking Ryan camping. This was deep into my COVID furlough recreational spending spree, and camping seemed like the perfect combination of social distance and something—anything!—to do this summer. You may not think I'd be the camping type,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2020 at punchdrunkmom
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One thing we learned in quarantine is that time is relative, so who cares if I publish my Friday post on Monday? The only problem is that Mondays tend to not spark a ton of joy. But that’s okay! I am here to provide you with the proper edutainment tools... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2020 at punchdrunkmom
So some things happened over the last two weeks. I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting and feeling a lot of feelings, and you probably have, as well. It feels like sea change. I find myself wanting the protests to continue so that we don’t just…go back to the status... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2020 at punchdrunkmom
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Well. How are we doing? As of right this second I am an anxious ball of existential dread listening to the helicopters hover nearby. I am actively considering stress baking, which I haven’t done once during all of quarantine. I've frantically checking social media for updates and reading takedowns and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2020 at punchdrunkmom
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Why, hello! Another Friday is upon us. Honestly, next time we do this, I would just skip the Monday holiday. Or extend it to Memorial Week with no remote learning or work in general. No one had any idea what day it was this week. I mean, worse than usual... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2020 at punchdrunkmom
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I’m headed back to work at the end of next week, and I’m feeling some feelings. It's sort of like coming back from vacation. I don’t know if you do this, but whenever I am about to be done with a vacation, I grieve a little bit. Sometimes a lot.... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2020 at punchdrunkmom
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Wow! Happy Friday, y’all. The weeks just keep coming, don’t they? How did you spend your 147th week as a shut-in? Did you learn another language? No? Shocker! I’m not 100% sure what I did this week. Seriously. The days passed and here I am. I can say that I’ve... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2020 at punchdrunkmom
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Well hello! How are you doing during this dystopian nightmare? I’m…you know. Fine. I’ve been furloughed from my job. Well, all my jobs, actually. This is the first time I’ve been this idle in I don’t know how long. Actually I do. I was unemployed for 6 months or so... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2020 at punchdrunkmom
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A couple of weeks ago, our family went on a trip to Lake Mead. We did this same houseboat trip last year, and some of my extended family thought it sounded like a great idea to get the gang together and go back, and so we did. I was craving... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2019 at punchdrunkmom
I had Kai and Ryan with me in Wisconsin Dells for some family time recently. I was going to type “cheap” family time, but that is not actually true. By the time we hit the arcade, the frozen yogurt place, the ropes course, the laser maze and the go-karts, not... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2018 at punchdrunkmom
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On Wednesdays, I teach yoga during lunch hour at a gym above Union Station in Chicago. This would seem like the world’s least favorable location. The parking garage is dark and grey and enormous and the only spaces available are at the very top. The station itself is a leaky,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2018 at punchdrunkmom
Way back in February, my boss at the store where I work got hit by a car. She shattered her knee and was out of commission for surgery and rehab for three months. During that time, I got temporarily promoted to Lead Stylist to cover some of her hours, adding... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2018 at punchdrunkmom
If you’ve heard me talk about my two children, you have probably heard me say that my hard one, the one with autism, is actually my easy one. That hasn’t always been the case, of course, but it is right now. Kai submits to chores with almost no protest, whereas... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2017 at punchdrunkmom
Kai has never really been able to participate in after-school activities like soccer or baseball for two reasons: the first is that he is terrible at activities like soccer and baseball, and the second is that our nonstop therapy schedule made it impossible. His neurologist was always after me to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2016 at punchdrunkmom
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If you know Kai, you know that he likes dinosaurs. If you REALLY know Kai, you know that the spinosaurus had a double row of teeth and snacked on sharks and was SWIMMING DINOSAUR and not a marine reptile and I should do some more research before I say incorrect... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2016 at punchdrunkmom
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Seriously, you guys, if I had a nickel for every time someone said, “Mrs. Judy, I need to have a word with you about Kai,” and then sat me down to gravely list the series of horrible things my son did during camp/school/whatever I’d be like ::: Science camp started... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2016 at punchdrunkmom
This post is continued from yesterday. I called the camp director, Jenny, from the car, identifying myself as Kai’s mom. “What can you tell me about today?” I asked. “Oh, yeah we had an incident where Kai bit someone, an eleven-year-old.” She said it with an air of incredulousness, the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2016 at punchdrunkmom
Kai’s been going to the same Park District day camp for four years. It’s close, it’s cheap, and we’ve always had a great experience. The first year, I dropped him off on the first day with a, “He has autism, ‘kthanksbye!” and ran out the door to do whatever it... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at punchdrunkmom
Kai’s longtime occupational therapist, Emily, made a suggestion last spring that it might be time to think about winding down. She said she was running out of goals for him. Emily has been seeing Kai since he was two. She came to our house when Kai qualified for Early Intervention.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2016 at punchdrunkmom
Kai’s teacher has been making references to the fact that Kai is “getting older,” by which she means he is beginning to make some changes, these changes being primarily a marked increase in sullen defiance and a tendency toward eye-rolling. He ripped up his paper in health class right in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2016 at punchdrunkmom
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There is nothing more torturous to me than a school report. Maybe I’ll feel differently when I have a kid with a report due who gives even a mouse-sized shit about said report, but that is not my current status. No, my current status is that Kai I had a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2016 at punchdrunkmom
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On Monday morning, I reminded Kai that he was not to call his classmate, Michael, fat. He’d had a pretty good run, announcing that he hadn’t used the “F” word each day of the previous week, but then on Friday, he’d slipped up. “What is going to happen to you... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2016 at punchdrunkmom