Me: Wake up sleepyhead.
Me: Come on. Time to wake up.
Maymay: (puts her hands up to her face and talks in her best Darth Vader voice) Come to the dark side. We have coffee.
This kid is good.
We had the honor of attending science night at the Philadelphia 76ers basketball game courtesy of the Science Cheerleaders and SciStarter!
Science Cheerleader was founded by Darlene Cavalier, to unite the citizen’s desire to be heard and valued, the scientist’s growing interest in the public’s involvement, and government’s need to garner public support. The Science Cheerleader serves to get the conversation going, rally the troops, solicit views from all sides and change the tone of science and science policy in this country. Here's the website: http://www.sciencecheerleader.com/
SciStarter is science we can do together. Here's the website:
The Franklin Institute was here making rubber bouncy balls with the kids! I can't say enough good things about the volunteers. I was insanely impressed by the level of knowledge he was sharing, but both volunteers were uber friendly and made the experience complete FUN!
Maymay was really into making the bouncy ball and walked away with a pretty blue ball. She happily learned the science involved with making the ball, and loved getting new facts!
Nice job Franklin Institute!
Maymay LOVES cheerleaders. Seriously. She got to meet three members of the Sixers Dream Team. These ladies were gracious with their time and talked with Maymay for several minutes, even though there were quite a few men waiting to see them. Lindsey, Jessica, and Brittney were absolutely wonderful and uber friendly. They really made Maymay a very happy girl!
Maymay had so much fun playing with Build it Disks. Mike and James gave her a stack of these disks and told her to build whatever she wanted. She wound up impressing Mike with her configuration, and he had to recreate what she was building. Turns out she came up with an interesting design that was extremely sturdy and stable! Way to go Maymay!
These disks are wonderfully engaging and I'm looking forward to placing an order for my class as well as a set for home!
Here's the website: http://publicworkshop.us/buildit/
Maymay was very happy to get a picture with a group of college cheerleaders!
Maymay waited for quite a while for the Drexel University cheerleaders to finish an experiment at the Drexel engineering table. She asked for a picture and not only did the girls pose with her, one young lady introduced herself and engaged Maymay in a conversation. Colleen spend time talking with Maymay and making her feel comfortable and excited to be a part of their group if only for a few minutes. She was extremely kind and gentle with Maymay, who was obviously nervous to be talking to the cheerleaders. Colleen is an amazing young lady with a huge heart. I was moved to tears watching the interaction. I've tried calling the AD at Drexel to make sure someone is aware of the caliper of students they have representing their school. Unfortunately, I still haven't been able to do more than leave messages.
Colleen, thank you from the bottom of my heart.
2-24-2014 UPDATE: I spoke with someone from Drexel this evening. He assured me that he would pass along our experience with Colleen's coach, as well as the head AD. This makes me extraordinarily happy. Colleen deserves some serious recognition. I will always be grateful for her kindness.
Not only are these wonderful ladies former professional cheerleaders, but they are insanely talented STEM leaders too! What phenomenal role models!
This stunningly beautiful science cheerleader is Wendy. Not only did she make Maymay feel special and important, but she spent more than 20 minutes talking with her about cheerleading, what she wants to do after high school, and how important it is to follow your dreams. I adore Wendy.
Wendy graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in biomedical engineering and is now in pursuit of a PhD at the University of California, Davis. Along the way, she's been a cheerleader for the Atlanta Falcons, Sacramento Kings and now the Oakland Raiders! What's next? She says she plans to graduate from medical school to become a reconstructive surgeon and help the military develop biological reconstructive technologies.
Yeah. She is a complete badass.
Oh, yeah. There was also a basketball game going on. Maymay was very excited to see her first basketball game.
This was a wonderful and very educational evening. I loved seeing so many STEM leaders willing to volunteer their time inspiring kids of all ages. I'm grateful for this opportunity for Maymay. It made her ask so many questions and we've happily spent time looking up the answers together.
Today is Maymay's birthday. She is an amazing autistic kid who dreams of being a film critic. She is also completely OBSESSED with all things Titanic. Maymay will spend hours reading and looking up facts. She is also in love with the movie and watches it all the time. Seriously, all the time. Yeah. Her birthday party consists of me making colorful pancakes and her watching Titanic. Every year. She likes to point out the mistakes in the movie and yell at the captain for making bonehead decisions.
Maymay is a bit disappointed in me right now for not getting James Cameron to come over and have a discussion about Titanic. So if anyone happens to be friends with James Cameron and can do me a solid....
Maymay is a very picky eater. I've always known this. It isn't a secret. There are a few things she loves more than anything else. Pie is one of those things, But not just any pie. Maymay loves cherry pie. This week TastyKake mini pies are on sale, so I bought her a few. I accidentally grabbed a blueberry pie. She is unable to understand how I could bring a blueberry pie into our home, and has spent the better part of the day reminding me of my transgression.
Autism is so much...fun.
We're watching every episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer this weekend. Every single episode. Anyway, here are a couple of conversations we've been having.
Thought you might appreciate it.
Me: Spending all day watching Buffy just reminds me how much I adore David Boreanaz. That's how vampires should look....sexy, not sparkly. <sigh> I seriously love Angel.
Maymay: He's too old for you. He is 241 years old. That is too old. Plus he's a vampire. You shouldn't date a vampire.
Maymay: What are we gonna have for dinner?
Me: um...taco quesadillas.
Maymay: WHAT? (obviously disappointed)
Me: Why? What's wrong? You like them.
Maymay: We're watching Buffy. BUFFY. We should be having steaks. Get it? STEAKS,
Me: ah...sorry hon. I get it.
Maymay: <sigh> You are usually good at that. That bad joke thing. Geez mommma.
Watching the opening ceremony of the 2014 Olympics, and we're playing Maymay's favorite game: let's see if I can ask enough questions to drive momma nuts. She truly is at expert level. Maymay started the evening entertainment by comparing the Olympics to Hunger Games. Yeah. That happened.
Here is the first thirty minutes of the opening ceremony:
"Do they bring the stadium with them to each new game?"
"Why are they teaching us Russian alphabet? Do we have to learn this?"
"Does every word end in osky?"
"Are all these people Russian?"
"Is the horse real? That volcano will scare him. Hey there is a cow."
"The floating girl sings. That's a bunch of Russians. Look there are snowflakes."
"The rings are wrong. There are five. Shouldn't they know there are five. I know there are five."
"Why is the President of Russia there but not President Obama? Aren't Americans there just to see the Olympics?"
"Is this the Russian national anthem? What does it mean? Why are there no girls singing it? Hey look they are colorful."
"The people are making a waving flag. Do they know that?"
"Why are they wearing the weird hats? How come not many people signed up for the Olympics? These countries only have a few athletes. Don't they like competing?"
"Are these people for all the events or just one event at a time? Do they have to keep marching or can they take a break?"
"Poor Bermuda. He's lonely. Can't they find anybody? They got their alphabet messed up. M doesn't come after B."
"There is only one virgin from the island."
Hope you enjoyed the snapshot into my life.
I thought I'd use my snow day to get caught up on some things that I've put off. Maymay has been pouting and moping around while I work.
Maymay: Momma. Can we do something fun today?
Me: Hon, I'm not going out in that slushy snowy mess, so find something you find fun and we can do it here.
Maymay: And you'll do it with me?
Me: (slightly distracted) Yes hon. Just find something.
Maymay walked to the living room and a few minutes later the level of my stupidity has become crystal clear. She has put on Titanic.
That seems like an innocent question, but to the parent of an autistic child, it's usually asked with trepidation. I tend to be wary of what my little bear carrying nugget is up to when things get quiet. "Whatcha doing hon?" She either didn't hear me, or was ignoring me until I changed my voice to my 'I mean business' voice. (The latter was probably true.) Maymay was sitting on the couch staring at the laptop while the movie Pitch Perfect was BLARING on tv. So, I asked her again.
Me: Whatcha doing hon?
Let me pause here for a moment in this story. Maymay doesn't read voluntarily. It doesn't happen. PLUS, she was on the computer. So that was genuinely the last answer I expected.
Me: Okay. What are you reading?
Maymay: (Deep sigh like I was obviously bothering her.) The movie transcript of Pitch Perfect.
Me: Oh. (Pause for it to sink in.) Wait. What?
Maymay: I'm reading the movie as I watch the movie.
Maymay: Why not? I'm seeing if there are any mistakes.
Me: um...hon? A transcript is the exact words from the movie. It will be word for word. That's what a transcript is. You're not going to find errors.
Maymay: You don't know that. There could be a mistake and I'm looking for them.
First let me give a huge thank you to the movie, We Bought a Zoo, for the line 'why not'. She uses it all the time. ALL the time. <sigh> Well, apparently she did a search for pitch perfect and found the transcript. It made perfect sense to her to read the movie as she watched it.
Of course it did.