Thursday, April 14, 2011

It's My SITS Day!

For WomenI've been waiting for this day to arrive for a long time, and it's finally here.  The day that I am featured by the SITS Girls!  SITS is a wonderful group of bloggers, over 8,000 strong, who support each other by reading and commenting on each others' blogs.  So...

Welcome to all of my SITStahs who are visiting here for the first time.  Sit back, take a load off, and let me show you around!

My SITS day comes just a couple of weeks after my one-year blogoversary.  I still feel new to it, and am endlessly fascinated by the community, the secret handshakes and the jargon.  So much so that I sometimes have blogged about making my away through this alternate universe that is called the blogosphere.

Like how I missed the memo that we should keep our families anonymous, the creative dry spells that led to these bad ideas for posts, the strange and hilarious (and profane...major obscenity red alert!!) key word searches that brought people to my blog, and the fact that my mother can't be bothered to read it.  Of course, one of the best things about blogging is the people you meet, and I was lucky enough to meet up with one of my BBF's (best bloggy friends) recently at Disney World.

But most of all, I blog about my beautiful and amazing daughter Audrey, who is the funniest person that I know, and also happens to have autism.


To commemorate a landmark anniversary last fall, I posted the story of the day that I realized that Audrey had autism, which happened to coincide with a long-awaited World Series championship for my beloved Chicago White Sox.

But autism does not define my daughter.  Chocolate, cookies, ice cream, and donuts define my daughter.  I was going to do a turn-on's/turn-off's device here to direct you to some of my fave posts about her, but that seemed way too playmate-y.

Instead, her daily feelings diary will give you an idea of the things that rule her young life.  And based on these current obsessions, I mused about what I imagine she will spend her imaginary trust fund on when she reaches adulthood.

Audrey's turn-off's (somehow doesn't sound as bad as turn-on's) include spending her Spring break in hospitals and nursing homes.  Pfft.  Go figure.  She also does not enjoy visiting the dentist or
athletic pursuits of any kind, and in this sense the apple most definitely does not fall far from the tree.

Thanks to Angie, Tiffany, Francesca, and Mama Kat for hosting this fabulous community and for making this day possible.  And thanks to all of you for stopping by and making this day so special!

82 comments:

  1. I am a card carrying member of the Audrey fan club. She rocks!

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  2. Yay! Your day finally arrived! I figured I'd see your great blog here really soon! Have a great time and don't forget about us little people (like BDA already has!).

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  3. Congratulations on your SITS Day! I didn't know where to start but have read the three posts you showed on the SITS page and now find there are so many more 'gems' to find I can't wait.
    I will add you to my 'must read list' Thank you.
    I don't have a child with autism though my sister has a son with Aspergers, now in his twenties but as I wrote somewhere else, "learning is the path to understanding" Someone else must have already said that but I like it :-)

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  4. LOL What Big Daddy said. ;) Happy SITS day!

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  5. Happy SITS Day!!! Enjoy yourself and Audrey today.

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  6. You have a wicked sense of humor girl. Loved your post on Top 10 Bad Ideas for Posts and your Rainbow Pony post was really eye opening.
    You seem to take what Audrey throws your way in stride and are obviously one pretty awesome mom.

    Happy SITS Day! :-)

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  7. Happy SITS day. Does anyone like visiting the dentist? And if they do, what is wrong with them?

    lisaDay

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  8. Happy Sits Day! I love your view of blogging about your child. I am the mom of a special needs child and if we don't laugh we'll probably cry so better to make it funny. Keep up the great work!

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  9. I love that you say that autism doesn't define Audrey. That cookies and other things do! Yay! I tutor a few student's with asperger's and autism and I hate the labels. These kids are so cool. D. is into politics and social reform, and P. is deeply into engineering and how things work. If I only looked at the label, I would never have gotten to know these two amazing kids. :)

    Looking forward to reading more of your posts!
    Fondly~ Annie

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  10. Congratulations on your SITS day!

    And well done on such a positive outlook on raising a child with special needs. I loved the part in your 'finding out' post where you said your number had been called and you were on duty. Great stuff!

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  11. Kudos and Happy SITS day! I really need to get back on there. I have found really great blogs there, of course, and some pretty cool chicks. Maybe not as cool as you and me and Big Daddy. But, you know, relatively cool chicks. :)

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  12. Congratulations on your SITs feature! I hope you enjoy your day in the sun:-)

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  13. Congrats on your SITS day!!! Nice to "meet" you through SITS. Enjoy your day in the spotlight. Now I'm going to go read some of your other posts:-)

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  14. I like how you put that chocolate, cookies, ice cream and donuts define your daughter. Audrey and Diego are the same in that respect. I've learned not to mess with his sweets, he takes that snacking time seriously...
    Your blog is awesome, congrats!

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  15. Stopping by from SITS! When I first started blogging, my blog was not anonymous. Although I've changed things up, and have nicknames for my kids, I call my blog "semi-anonymous" because even the weakest effort could still find everyone's names.

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  16. Happy SITS Day to you!!

    My son also has Aspergers and when he was younger and I was beside myself with worry. He's 9 now and is doing much better.

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  17. You're so strong and positive, I admire you and your daughter is adorable!

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  18. Enjoy your SITS day! :) I enjoyed reading your post!

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  19. Congratulations on your feature!

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  20. Oh happy day! Just finished reading the two posts about Audrey's diagnosis. You write fabulously and make me want to keep on reading. She is a very lucky girl to have a mom like you! I think you handled the realization like a trooper!

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  21. Congrats on your SITS day!! I read a few of your linked posts and found myself laughing out loud - my mom doesn't read my blog either! Or if she does, she NEVER acknowledges it to me :) And I love your ideas of what Audrey will spend her imaginary trust fund on!

    Looking forward to reading more - it's refreshing to hear a positive yet realistic attitude toward raising a child with autism.

    Karen
    www.babychenivan.blogspot.com

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  22. Happy SITS day!...I love your blog, and Audrey too.

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  23. Happy, happy Sitsday to you! Audrey is awesome and cute and I love reading about her. You...who are you again? LOL!

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  24. I love the "red alert" phrase. It's interesting that you write about anonymous or not-anonymous debate. I think it's a personal decision and helps other parents connect with your blog and your family. But, I do understand the other side of the issue too. I blog about private elementary schools in Los Angeles and I use photos of my kids, but not their names.

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  25. Well - I just wrote you a long comment sharing my story about finding out my son has Asperger's - but blogger dumped it :-(. Got to run now but I am in Northern California too and found out about my son's diagnosis in 06 when he was in 6th grade. It is a battle worth fighting but I empathize so with the word unwilling.

    Congrats on your SITS day!

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  26. Have a very happy SITS day! Hope your day is filled with lots of comment love.

    I have a friend who has an autistic child, and I know how difficult daily life can be depending on the severity of it. It's great to see that you've taken your family's experience and turned it into something very special that you're able to share with the rest of the world.

    Peace,
    Michelle @ http://greenearthbazaar.com ~fellow SITS Girl. ;)

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  27. Happy SITS day! Hope your day is filled with comment love and everyone reminding you how adorable Audrey is! (And she really is so cute!)

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  28. Happy SITS Day!! I love the list of 10 things not to blog about... haha

    Your daughter is adorable. I love the My Little Pony "I'm having a positively PINK day!" haha

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  29. Hope you and your daughter (because in a way, this is really her day, too!) have a wonderful SITS day! The two of you should do something really fun and special to celebrate, like maybe have some gourmet chocolate or something! :)

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  30. YAY for you!!!! I know you're cover's totally blown but it's nice to see your face! COngrats and I'm so glad it's your day!!!!

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  31. I'll join the fan club too. So glad to have your blog to read.

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  32. Congrats on your SITs day! I am just loving your approach to your life and your child and everything else. Sounds like you have a ton of fun!

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  33. Happy SITS day!! I love your fun loving outlook on life -- can't wait to follow your adventures now.

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  34. Congratulations on being featured. It was fun to read some of the stuff I missed from my pre-blogging days. Love the bad ideas for posts and key word searches.

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  35. Happy SITS day!!!
    Liz @ Perfect Chaos
    http://lizbutler.blogspot.com/

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  36. Happy SITS day! I can't wait to follow your adventures

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  37. Congrats Lynn! SITS sounds like a wonderful community :-)

    Great post, as usual! Had a good laugh at your SEO one!

    xx Jazzy

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  38. Happy SITS day! As a substitute teacher who often works with autistic children, your My Little Pony story cracked me up. I can completely see that happening.

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  39. Congrats! But I do have to laugh because I know you must have breathed a sigh of relief at not having to comment everyday over at SITS. You've mentioned it a few times, just a few, so now you are free! You can only comment as needed/wanted.

    Oh, and if you do forget about me because of your new found fame I will hunt you down and....

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  40. Happy SITS day! I love your perspective as a mom.

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  41. I have never heard of this before now. CONGRATS! Audrey's adorable.. Insert a pony laugh here ;)

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  42. Happy SITS day! Thanks for making me chuckle!

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  43. You are hilarious! I love your blog. Happy SITS day!

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  44. Excellent sense of humor - happy SITS Day!!

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  45. LOL - enjoyed the visit to your blog! Happy Happy SITS day!!

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  46. Lynn, congratulations on your SITS day! I enjoyed reading your profile and interview on SITS and am looking forward to reading my way around!

    New follower,
    Jenn/Rook No. 17

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  47. Hooray! I hope you are celebrating this wonderful SITS day reclining in a chaise lounge, listening to relaxing music, enjoying a fruity beverage, and plotting the demise of little ponies everywhere. So glad to have found your blog!

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  48. Happy SITS day! Loved the trust fund post!

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  49. Congratulations- SITs sounds fantastic. I always come away from your blog smiling- hilarious & witty, well done!

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  50. I also blog about my daugher (and the rest of my family!) Evelyn doesn't have a diagnosis, but she is "on the spectrum." She has lots of other issues, but she does have lots of little quirky things that make life pretty interesting. I LOVE this blog--your honesty is very refreshing, and I am a GREAT believer that if we can find humor in our lives, we are doomed. Keep writing!

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  51. I feel proud that I have already read the aformentioned posts. Proud, as in..."Ha! I already knew Lynn had a good blog and an adorable daughter named Audrey."

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  52. Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay, Lynn!

    *HOW* have you not had a SITS Day before now???

    Anyway, I am SOOOO glad that even more people are going to read your awesome blog. AND they should realize you are also the host of an equally awesome radio show with your nemesis/sidekick/alter ego, Big Daddy :-)

    Can't believe I missed this yesterday ... probably had a toothbrush stuck in my hair again ...

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  53. Happy SITS day! Cute blog header!

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  54. Happy SITS Day!!

    Mine was like three years ago when they had a few hundred members. Now I don't even check in anymore.

    Worst. Sitsta. Ever.

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  55. Dang girl - look at all this traffic!! Happy SITS Day!! You know I love you massive amounts already and would not miss a single post Sitsta or not - Congrats! (Love this picture of you and Audrey!)

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  56. Woohoo- Happy SITS Day!! You deserve it :)

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  57. Congrats on your SITS day! I will definitely be following along from now on! I am a teacher for children with Autism. I'm actually dedicating my blog all month long to Autism Awareness. I still have a day or two open at the end of the month - would you be interested in doing a guest post??

    let me know!

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  58. Happy SITS day! Cant wait to read more of your posts....PS I HATED my daughters little pony phones too...and the princess one...and the little nemo one....and the....damn, why did I keep buying those?! LOL!!

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  59. Hi Lynn! Happy, happy SITS day! I love your blog. You are so inspiring.

    ~Melissa
    Reflections on Writing

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  60. Lynn, finally!! You so deserve this feature. I'll be forever grateful to Shawn (or was it Kitty?) who told me about you, although I suspect I would have found you anyway. Just wish we could have met when you were still living here. Someday we'll get our kiddos together :)

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  61. A little late but better late than...well, you know. Happy, happy SITS Day! What a glorious blog. Looking forward to many, many repeat visits.

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  62. Happy SITS DAY!! (even though I am a few days late)

    I have just started browsing through your blog. It's wonderful!

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  63. I love that pic!!! Your daughter and you are so pretty!! It's adorable!! And I love getting so many good posts in one easy to find section! But seriously, I can't get over how cute that picture is, if you're not in The Happiest Place on Earth in it, it looks like you should be!!

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  64. Meeting a best blogging friend at Disney? I'm definitely jealous. Happy belated SITS day and glad I got the chance to stop by!

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  65. I am behind the times...what is SITS?

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  66. So sorry I'm late. I was camping -- no internet.

    I hope you had a great SITS day and that it was everything you've been wishing for. Off to read more.

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  67. so sorry I am also late, but Happy SITS day to you sweet bella, I am trying to learn more about Autism and find your blog to be so refreshing - I was mesmerized by the my little pony dialogue and the maniacal pony laugh LOL!

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