Autism, exercise, family, fitness, kids, Miss Shannan, Shannan Paul, Uncategorized, weight loss

Birthdays and Beginnings

3.12.17

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Miss Shannan and Cyclone Kid Birthday Month 2017
March is “Birthday Month” at our house. Cyclone Kid turned 9 at the beginning of the month. I’ll hit 44 at the tail end of March. A month of celebrations and a month of “annual check-ups,” as well.
Physicals for both of us, and I learned few things. We’re both happy. We’re both healthy. But, we’re both a little “heavy.”
Even though Cyclone Kid and I are active people, we weren’t active enough to stave off the winter weight gain. As the mom, I let us slip and now we’ve got some ground to make up to get our Body Mass Index in check and get back into shape.
Goals are great. Realistic goals are better. Over the next 6 months I have two weight-related goals for us:
  • For Cyclone Kid: Keep him at his current weight, so he can “Grow Into It.”
  • For Me: Lose 8 pounds and gain muscle.
I’m not telling him he’s on “diet,” or that he needs to lose weight. I’m not making a big deal about using the word “exercise.” For the next six months, I’ll find new, fun ways that we can be more active and get in better shape.
Remember, I said, HE’S HAPPY. My main concern is to keep him that way. Happy. Healthy. Confident. Just a little less “heavy.”
It will be an interesting adventure.
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Listen to “YGS S3 Ep3 Rudy, Rudy, Rudy”

It’s time to talk movies, music and family with Rudy Pavich. We’ll laugh about Zombies, talk about movies that make us cry, and discover why Mezcal is a drink only a demon would like.

 

Listen to “YGS S3 Ep3 Rudy, Rudy, Rudy” on Spreaker.

 

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Your GEEK Show EPS 28: Our Boys, the Gilmore Girls and Bengazi

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Your sexy political guest GEEK Robert Baril is back talking Hillary Clinton and sharing our new signature drink, “The Bengazi” with the Your Geek Show cast. And it’s a Rob and Robert love fest for the show Gilmore Girls this week.

https://www.spreaker.com/embed/player/standard?episode_id=7103650&autoplay=false

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YGS – Eps. 24: The Danger Zone | Your Geek Show | Spreaker

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Your guest GEEK this week is comedian, magician, and giant Archer fan, Greg Berman. We share our favorite Archer moments, a little liquor, and a lot of laughs. Join us here or download on iTunes.

https://www.spreaker.com/user/sbarnard4/ygs-eps-24-the-danger-zone

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Your GEEK Show Episode 14: Buffing Up On Buffy

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Fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer definitely need to tune in for this one. Career Specialist and Buffy Enthusiast, Denise Felder joins the crew as we look fondly back at Buffy the Vampire Slayer and what made the series so special. We also play a rousing game of “Shack-up, Screw or Stake.”

https://www.spreaker.com/embed/player/standard?episode_id=6433097&autoplay=false

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Your Geek Show Eps 14: What’s Your Fantasy Football? | Your Geek Show

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This week’s brand spanking new Your Geek Show. Our guest GEEK, Jodi Benson Rehlander, from the Minnesota Vixen Women’s Football, gives the drill on Fantasy Football. Ready, set, hike, with Miss Shannan, Nikahothep Jones, Jatin Setia and Rob Callahan

http://www.spreaker.com/user/sbarnard4/ygs-eps-14-whats-your-fantasy-football

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Your Geek Show – Eps. 10 #GamerPride | Your Geek Show | Spreaker

This week on Your Geek Show we celebrate Pride, Marriage Equality and Video games thanks to a great geeky conversation on Gay video game characters. We’re helped out by our guest Geek, comedian Pat Susmilch.

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Listen along here:
http://www.spreaker.com/user/sbarnard4/your-geek-show-eps-10

And find more info on Pat Susmilch on his website, www.patsusmilch.com

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Autism, child health, family, Minnesota, Miss Shannan, mom, Shannan Paul

TINY TALES OF AUTISM – CALL YOUR LOCAL CONGRESSMAN

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Cyclone Kid and I are usually full of cute stories and funny accounts of life along the Autism Spectrum, but today we could use your help with something.

We’re working with Autism Minnesota in support a bill currently being considered by the Minnesota Legislature. The bill called “HF3172” includes provisions that will insure that Minnesota children with Autism can continue to access medically necessary therapy without their parents being required to face overwhelming costs or unreasonable bureaucratic barriers to proven treatments for their children.  These provisions can all be made into law without any further cost to the state by utilizing funds that have been allocated to the Governor’s Autism benefit which has already been approved.

There are ten law makers that sit on the Omnibus Supplemental Budget Bill Conference Committee and it important it is important that these 10 individuals hear from as many people as possible via phone and/or email voicing your support for the HF 3172 Autism Provisions prior to their meeting at 4:30pm on Monday, April 28th.  All you need to do is email or call with the message:

 “Please support all of the HF 3172 Autism Provisions.  Minnesota children with autism are counting on you to adopt these crucial changes to state law to ensure that they can have a chance at a brighter future.” 

You can find additional information at http://www.autismminnesota.org.

I’ve listed the contact information for the 10 committee members below. So if you could spare a moment to contact one of them on behalf of Cyclone Kid and the other Minnesota kid’s with. Autism we would greatly appreciate it.
 
2014 Omnibus Supplemental Budget Bill Conference Committee contact information:
 
District 45A (Crystal, New Hope): Representative Lyndon Carlson: 651-296-4255 rep.lyndon.carlson@house.mn

District 7A (Duluth): Representative Tom Huntley: 651-296-2228 rep.thomas.huntley@house.mn

District 67A (East St Paul): Representative Tim Mahoney: 651-296-4277 rep.tim.mahoney@house.mn

District 04B (Detroit Lakes, Dillworth): Representative Paul Marquart: 651-296-6829 rep.paul.marquart@house.mn

District 63B (Minneapolis): Representative Jean Wagenius: 651-296-4200 rep.jean.wagenius@house.mn

District 44 (Minnetonka, Plymouth): Senator Terri Bonoff: 651-296-4314 sen.terri.bonoff@senate.mn

District 64 (St. Paul): Senator Dick Cohen: 651-296-5931 Use his online e-mail form found here:  http://www.senate.leg.state.mn.us/members/member_bio.php?leg_id=10106

District 11 (Cloquet, Hinkley, Pine City): Senator Tony Lourey: 651-296-0293 sen.tony.lourey@senate.mn

District 06 (Chisholm, Hibbing, Virginia): Senator David Tomassoni: 651-296-8017 sen.david.tomassoni@senate.mn

District 43 (Maplewood, Oakdale): Senator Chuck Wiger: 651-296-6820 sen.chuck.wiger@senate.mn

Miss Shannan Paul
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TINY TALES OF AUTISM – EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON

“Everything happens for a reason.” We use that quote to explain an improbable collection of occurrences that leads to a surprisingly amazing outcome.

My latest example… I’ll start by welcoming you to Target®. I don’t work there, but, like so many other outstanding little consumers, Cyclone Kid and I are big fans. He is a child of very few words, and one of those words is “Target®.”

The plan was to stop in to our favorites store to grab a present for a birthday party we’d been invited too. As is the case with most “normal” kid activities, I was more excited about the birthday party than he was. As is also often the case, the plan was not meant to be.

We never made it to the party. Instead, Cyclone Kid had a “meltdown.” It happens with kids on the Autism Spectrum. It sucks, but it happens. It’s why I’ve become very adept at ignoring the occasional stares from other shoppers, while I wait for my kiddo to get it together.

This particular meltdown included a dash toward the toy aisle and a mother/son chase scene that would have made many a track star proud. But it was after that, when the story gets good. I caught up to Cyclone Kid about 26.2 miles away from our cart (Target® seems a lot bigger when your chasing a freaked out 5 year- old) I got him to sit down and hunkered in to wait for the rest of our “meltdown” to run its course. We had a lot of hot, exasperating, hunkering going on.

Now meet our new “angel.” Her name is Mary. Mary works in the Target® Pharmacy, although she chanced upon our motley twosome in the Girls’ Clothing section. As she was passing by I waved her over and asked to journey to the other side of Mount Doom. Mary kindly obliged: no weird looks or odd questions. Then she came back and kept me company while Cyclone Kid decompressed. She didn’t have too, but she did. She looked and my little man and even through his tears and his “meltdown,” Mary said that she could tell that he had a sweet heart.

We talked for a while longer and ended up on the subject of trains. Again, Cyclone Kid is a big fan. Turn our Mary had a train set that she had spent years collecting with her grandson. The set had grown over time, but like kids tend to do, her grandson had outgrown the trains.

How far back do you trace an improbable collection of occurrences? Did it start with a decision to go to the store? An invitation to a birthday party? An “angel” getting hired at a pharmacy?

Mary had just started looking for a new home for that train set.  Now, that train set happily lives with a Cyclone Kid, who has a sweet heart that shines through even in the midst of a “meltdown.”

Thank you, Mary. “Everything happens for a Reason.”

Miss Shannan

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