January 12th, 2015

Macbeth the Usurper

Weekend Wrap

On Friday night, my daughter, DesignGirl, wanted to get frozen yogurt, so for date night, it was a frozen yogurt. We drove up to Rockville and had a cozy time in a mostlly empty frozen yogurt place.

On Saturday morning, 3am, DesignGirl walks in sick. She clocked in at 105.6 degrees. That started a long morning. With a sponge bath and some acetometaphin, her fever dropped. She had been getting better this week from an earller bug. She's fine. The pediatrician didn't find anything obviously wrong with her. It was just one of those random things.

DesignGirl and I continue to replay Symphony of the Origin. She can't get enough of Runatie, the rude red robot. She continues picking up how to play these games. Sooner or later, she'll be playing these things on her own. Good. She needs the reading practice.

Meanwhile, I've been playing Final Fantasy III on my Kindle. The game is 3D, so it eats power like candy, and it plays slow, which annoys me to no end. The plot is rather lame so far, but if it had better pacing, I would find it charming. Slogs make any story not charming.

I continue working on the basement. I have more stray boards down, wires freed, nails removed, and old tiles popped up. I'm essentially doing all the fine removal work that the basement gutting skipped.

On Sunday afternoon, we took down the Christmas tree. We still have bits and pieces to put away, but for the most part, Christmas is in a pile in the living room. 
Macbeth the Usurper

Don't You Get It?

The next book on my reading list was Don't You Get It? Living With Auditory Learning Disabilities. This book is noteworthy as all the authors of the work have APD.

Of particular note for this book is Chapter 4, Harvey Edell's Story. In this description of his life, I recognized my own. In fact, there are vast tracks where I could just cut and paste. If I gave selected bits from chapter to my mother, she might think it was about me. If any bit of this book convinced me on APD, it was this one.

In addition, each adult with APD has cited many of the same issues in school and work, and many of the same solutions. That's the real kicker. These are all intelligent people who've worked out what works to the same solution. Amazing.

I found this a very useful book. I like harder science works, and this one got a bit into science, learning, testing, and other such topics. I found it all great fun. I found almost no sense of touchy-feely here, which I think is great. I don't like the sappy soundtrack playing, making my experience seem ever so sensitive. Just give me the facts and talk about the subject like an adult.

As an adult, this is a book to read for yourself. Seeing yourself and your experiences reflected in others is very enlightening, especially as these are adults articulating difficult to articulate experiences.