July 18, 2011 by Marj Hatzell
What a freaking weekend.
First of all, last week I won an iPad. Like, I entered a contest (truth be told, I entered about 100 iPad contests and didn’t win 99 of them) for an iPad for Bugaboo. I figured, hey, sooner or later I’ll either win one or we’ll scrape together money and just not buy food or clothes or mulch or lawnmower parts or take the dog to the vet and then we’ll get an iPad! Kidding. About taking the dogs to the vet, we’re very responsible homeowners so don’t get all Animal Activist on me, mmkay? I like dogs more than people, yo.
Anyways, iPad. I won one. Over at Cecily’s blog, Uppercase Woman. What’s awesome about this? I NEVER WIN A GOSH DARN THING EVER IN THE HISTORY OF THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE. No really, it’s true. I think I won my category in a Fourth of July event when I was a kid, but my MOM won that because she was manic and stayed up all night decorating bikes and making costumes by hand and stuff. See, I don’t do that. I only stay up until about midnight because BUGABOO. That’s all you need to know. But I don’t win shiz. My kids win once in a while but me? NOPE. Nothing. Not a 50-50 or a raffle or…ok, I won a silent auction for a margarita set when I was at a beef and beer for Bugaboo’s school but that doesn’t count because I PAID for it. It’s different from just winning shiz for free like, right? Hard to be excited about “winning” something for $75 unless you’re Charlie, in which case, “DUH! WINNING!”
So. iPad. Friday a suspicious package came in the mail and The Guy I Live With was all, “WHAT THE HECK DID YOU BUY NOW?” And I was all, “Buy? Like I spend money?” and he was all, “DUDE. CREDIT CARD BILL.” And I was all, “uh. Sheepish grin?” and I’m thinking maybe I should get a job. Or maybe I’ll just stop spending money. Because that’s realistic. But seriously, even though the hubs complains, I am a pretty frugal person and I only buy stuff on sale or super cheap or get it for free. Where was I again? Right. iPad. We got this package in the mail and the hubs thought I bought something so I took it upstairs to open it (because I thought, “Oops. I bought something and I forgot about it and it came in the mail when The Guy I Live With is home and I’m gonna get in trouble”) and OH MAH GAH It’s an iPad! And I WON IT. And Bugaboo now has an iPad and HOLY STINKING CRUD AN IPAD.
Seriously? These things are freaking awesome. I spent most of Friday downloading apps and researching stuff because I’ve had bookmarks coming out my ears for when we finally got a dang iPad so I was ready. I knew which freebies I wanted, what I was willing to pay for and which communication programs I wanted. And I found this information on another mom with kid with autism blog, Squidalicious. Her son’s story has been in several magazines, papers, on websites, etc. Her son was even on the Big Fruit Company video for the launch for iPad2. Folks? These little numbers are making some amazing things happen for kids with disabilities, not just autism, either. I bet Big Fruit had no idea just how accessible these things would be. Or maybe they did. The point? AMAZING. Even if the name is goofy and I laugh every time I say it because IT SOUNDS LIKE A FEMININE PRODUCT, YO. So Big Fruit? DO MORE RESEARCH ON NAMES. Try including women on your decision committee, yes?
And how did Bugaboo react? Well, after I did my research, downloaded some apps and did a trial run-through on a few programs to see what I wanted to do with Bugaboo, I sat down on the couch last night, opened Proloquo (a communication app) and showed it to Bugaboo. With little prompting, he quickly told me he wanted a drink of water. He figured it out pretty darn fast. And even though we have to work on his manual dexterity (there’s an app for that!), in a few minutes he was selecting a song he wanted to hear (out of a field of twelve), “turning” the pages of his favorite story(Chicka Chicka Boom Boom!) and watching a Thomas video before he drifted off to sleep. Dudes? IN ONE HOUR. He is already interested in it. And he likes electronics about as much as he likes dogs (AS IN, NOT AT ALL) which is very, very uncommon for an autistic child, since they tend to have a little bit of OCD with electronics (remind me to tell you about Bug Boy’s reaction to the iPad. OY.).