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neurotypical traits
I finally met Sarah's dog Gander last week. To paraphrase Sarah, her number one man met the guy she's seeing. He's super cute and we took a couple of long walks, all around the neighborhood and down to the river. I didn't take any photos of him, but here is one from Sarah's Facebook:

We ran into Scott and Becky on our way home from the river. They're huge pitbull lovers so they came by to meet him later that afternoon.

Normally I don't let dogs on the couch, but when we were watching TV he just looked so, so sad and sent telepathic messages to me about what a hard life he lived as a stray and how he just wanted to cuddle. He isn't a very big dog, so I acquiesced when he climbed into Sarah's lap and laid his head on mine.

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The newly updated Airbnb room was finally unveiled to me yesterday after much hard work by Bob (Joel's former partner) and my mom. All I had to do was fix some trim and buy the bed and bedding, but everything else was their work. Before-and-after photos are below:

It's much better than anything I could have done. They have a sense for decorating and the patience to find the right items that I lack. They went with a bumble bee theme after all, but it was very subtle (see the pattern on the fabric that has been applied to the footstool and repurposed cabinet doors). [I know bumble bees and honey bees are different species, but I'm just going with it.]

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Tom helped me move the bed on Saturday. To make a long story short, he somehow talked me into finally taking down the spindles and stops from the upstairs banister and helped me. There is no going back now. I have until June 2nd to finish the staircase. Oh, and do those tour signs. Somehow.

I want to take the spindles somewhere to have them stripped, but Scott seems super confident that it's worth trying to soak them at my house. He's usually right about everything except for movies, so I think I'll take his suggestion.

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Sarah posted a quiz about autism spectrum traits on Facebook, which I took. Here are just a few of the questions it contained:

  • Do people comment on your unusual mannerisms and habits?
  • Do you get very tired after socializing, and need to regenerate alone?
  • Do you find it hard to be emotionally close to other people?
  • Do you dislike being touched or hugged unless you're prepared or have asked for it?
  • Do you dislike when people walk behind you?
  • Do you have extra sensitive hearing?
  • Do you tend to interpret things literally?
  • Do you have an avid perseverance in gathering and cataloguing information on a topic of interest?

Surprisingly, no, I don't have Asperger syndrome, but the test said I do have "both Aspie and neurotypical traits". So I'm just weird then.