About meI live in Perth, Western Australia, with my husband of 10 years, Steve, and our two boys. I am a full time carer to our boys, who both have autism - our eldest has ASD and our youngest has ADHD/HFA, they are both total opposites to each other. Having two boys with special needs certainly makes life interesting and there never seems to be a dull moment =)
Having two boys with special needs kind of means that I don't have time for other things in life - friends, shopping (other than grocery), hobbies, even trying to do studies by correspondence is really difficult at times. This is because I have very little in the way of support from family (mine live a very long way away & Steve's don't really know how to approach the situation it seems).
So how do I keep myself sane when it seems impossible to find any time for me? Apart from reading books whilst waiting in line at the bank/doctor's/supermarket, I jump on the internet. I like to connect with people from all over the world, they don't have to have anything to do with autism as I can chat about a lot of things. Facebook is one of my favourite places and I am getting reacquainted with twitter again.
Naturally, I do a lot of research into autism spectrum disorders and most of that information is extremely useful to other people who are in a similar situation. That is why I wish to give blogging ago - not only to write about all the different research I come across but to also give an insight into just how topsy-turvey live can be.
My workBefore the boys came along, I used to work =) After finishing school, I did some temporary/casual work in the secretarial field for about 3 years. Working as a temp in Kalgoorlie was a great way to get a lot of work experience. My favourite contract was as a Site Administrator for 3 months just out of Kalgoorlie.
However I got bored with 'sitting on my backside all day' and decided that I wanted to travel around Western Australia and see some of this wonderful state. So, I entered the world of hospitality and worked as a casual barmaid, traveling from town to town. I only planned on doing this for a few months but it turned into a few years. They were great years though and I meet some wonderful people.
After having our eldest, I worked at a TAB (think gambling on horses, dogs, trots) every Saturday for about 5 years. It was great as it was fast paced - all punters want to do is put their bets on & watch their race. Major race days zoomed by so quickly due to the amount of bets placed. Even though I was good at my job & great with the customers, I was 'let go' as I wasn't flexible enough with my hours (the boss knew about the boys).
That was 3.5 years ago. Since then, I've just thrown myself into being the boys' carer =)
- At the movies I like to see:Action and Comedy, preferably together
- Last movie seen:Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon
- Music I listen to:Electronic (doof-doof), rock, pop, rap/hip-hop
- Best album right now:LMFAO Rock Anthem
- Favorite author:Dr Phil
- Last book read:Carbon Detox
- Best game right now:Bejewelled Blitz
- Favorite sports team:Carlton Football Club
- I'm passionate about:Raising Autism Awareness
- I wish I could:make the world a better place where everyone has everything that they need.
- If I won 1 million dollars, I would:buy a mobile home, pack the family up and travel around Australia
- If I were a super hero I would:stop
- I want my coffee..:I drink tea - white with two sugars
- Food I like:is healthy and home made
- I don't like:JUNK FOOD!! perservatives, additives, anything artificial!! :-P
- I discovered My Opera from:My new phone
Why I choose the Opera browser
I really didn't have any choice, LOL! I purchased a phone from China over the internet & this is the browser that has been preloaded. What is annoying is that I have updated Opera to version 5 yet my shortcut button still takes me to version 4.2. I do like the browser though, especially being able to have several pages open at once as well as the speed that it connects to pages with.
Couldn't do that on my old Nokia ;-)