The Diverse Books Reading Challenge 2017: Prizes

Image Description: a title photo with the words Diverse Books Reading Challenge 2017: Prizes displayed in rainbow-coloured text with four red roses in each corner of the picture

Image Description: a title photo with the words Diverse Books Reading Challenge 2017: Prizes displayed in rainbow-coloured text with four red roses in each corner of the picture

List of Possible Prizes:

Image Description: from left to right, a Blue bubble-wand, a Green bubble-wand and a Pink bubble-wand

Image Description: from left to right, a Blue bubble-wand, a Green bubble-wand and a Pink bubble-wand

1 x Bubble Wand (1 x Pink, 1 x Green and 1 x Blue)

Unfortunately due to the to the nature of Australia Post, I’m going to have to bubble-wrap the ever-loving fuck out of these items (Yay! An Excuse to buy excessive amounts of Bubble Wrap), but its better than the alternative.

Image Description: from left to right, a blue and red zip-lanyard and a yellow and red zip-lanyard

Image Description: from left to right, a blue and red zip-lanyard and a yellow and red zip-lanyard

1 x Zip Lanyard with large beaded-circle (1 x Blue and Red, 1 x Red and Yellow, 1 x Pink and Green)

I bought these from Daiso and I have yet to obtain the pink and green one, however, this can be easily fixed. The end result will hopefully look something like this. I’m not sure if I’ll use wooden beads, I’ll probably just use the ones I’ve already got, but I do have some large star beads with a metallic sheen to them (I got them from Lincraft), but I’ll see how I go.

Image Description: from left to right, a green-purple-red-yellow transparent Tangle Jr and a various-shades-of-purple Tangle Jr

Image Description: from left to right, a green-purple-red-yellow transparent Tangle Jr and a various-shades-of-purple Tangle Jr

1 x Tangles Jr each (1 x Red/Pink tangle, 1 x Blue Tangle, 1 x Green Tangle)

Kim went above and beyond the call of duty and was able to travel to both of their local Toyworld Stores and obtain more Tangles on my behalf (here’s a link to their post). Tangle Jr (or any type of Tangles really) are super difficult to obtain in Australia, so I figured from the very beginning I had to involve a Tangle Jr in my giveaway.

Image Description: three black and white snake puzzles from K-Mart

Image Description: three black and white snake puzzles from K-Mart

1 x Black and White Snake Puzzle

I was hoping to get my hands on the Stationery Gift-Bags at K-Mart, which contain bigger snake puzzles, but unfortunately my local K-Mart sold out of them. It also means I’ll have to put all the Stim Toys in a Daiso Shoe Bag instead (picture below).

Image Description: from left to right, a small pale-pink bag with flowers and bunnies printed on it. Next to the pale-pink bag is a dark-pink with multicoloured hearts printed on it

Image Description: from left to right, a small pale-pink bag with flowers and bunnies printed on it. Next to the pale-pink bag is a dark-pink with multicoloured hearts printed on it

Image Description: three large Kids &Co. multi-coloured large bouncy balls

Image Description: three large Kids & Co. multi-coloured large bouncy balls

1 x Kids & Co. multi-coloured large bouncy ball

Kim bought me one of these for Christmas and I love it, it’s roughly the size of my palm, which makes it easier to catch and bounce in comparison to my smaller bouncy-balls. It’s bright colours makes it easier to focus on and it turns out problems with fine motor skills are a Neurodivergent thing, so I figured it should be included.

Image Description: A pale white hand holding a pale-pink squishable strawberry. Around the wrist are three telephone-cord hair-ties, a pink one, an orange one and a yellow one.

Image Description: A pale white hand holding a pale-pink squishable strawberry. Around the wrist are three telephone-cord hair-ties, a pink one, an orange one and a yellow one.

1 x Squishy Strawberry each

For some reason, this Squishable Strawberry has kind of become my thing, I even have a strawberry mascot for my blog.

Image Description: A cushion in the shape of a pale-pink strawberry with a cute smiley face and gold-coloured seeds

Image Description: A cushion in the shape of a pale-pink strawberry with a cute smiley face and gold-coloured seeds.

I’ve done a review of these as Stim Toys and, just like the Tangles, I felt as though these Strawberries should be included in the giveaway (you can purchase these items from Ebay and Banggood). To my knowledge, the colour selection is random, so I won’t know what colour they will be until they arrive, however, knowing my luck it’s most likely that all the Strawberries will be dark pink.

Image Description: a long beaded-lanyard made with dark-blue rat-tail cord with a chrome key-ring/split-ring and lobster-claw clasp connected at the end. The beads are a rainbow spectrum of colours with three different types of beads per colour (acrylic-pearl-glitter). The colour spectrum is pink, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple with an orange bead at the end as a stopper

Image Description: a long beaded-lanyard made with dark-blue rat-tail cord with a chrome key-ring/split-ring and lobster-claw clasp connected at the end. The beads are a rainbow spectrum of colours with three different types of beads per colour (acrylic-pearl-glitter). The colour spectrum is pink, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple with an orange bead at the end as a stopper.

Image Description: a short beaded-lanyard make of pink rat-tail cord with a bronze-coloured key-ring/split ring and lobster-claw clasp at the end. The beads are a rainbow spectrum of acrylic beads with a pale-pink heart-shaped bead as a stopper. The colour spectrum is hot-pink, pale-pink, red, orange, yellow, green, dark-blue, light-blue, purple

Image Description: a short beaded-lanyard make of pink rat-tail cord with a bronze-coloured key-ring/split ring and lobster-claw clasp at the end. The beads are a rainbow spectrum of acrylic beads with a pale-pink heart-shaped bead as a stopper. The colour spectrum is hot-pink, pale-pink, red, orange, yellow, green, dark-blue, light-blue, purple

2 x Beaded lanyards (one long, one short)

Now, the beaded lanyards pictured above are ones that Kim has made for me, so mine probably won’t be as good as I’m just starting out, however, I have ordered the various required items from Ebay, so hopefully by the end of March, all the prizes will be completed and ready to ship out. I’m planning on the long beaded lanyard being rainbow themed, like this:

Image Description: a long beaded lanyard mad of black elastic with a rainbow spectrum of beads. The beads are a pattern of three different types of beads. The first one is acrylic, the second one pearlized and the third is transparent. The colour sequence is white, pale-pink, hot-pink, orange, yellow, green, light-blue, dark-blue and purple.

Image Description: a long beaded lanyard made of black elastic with a rainbow spectrum of beads. The beads are a pattern of three different types of beads. The first one is acrylic, the second one pearlized and the third is transparent. The colour sequence is white, pale-pink, hot-pink, orange, yellow, green, light-blue, dark-blue and purple.

I would also like add that if a winner of the giveaway would prefer a pride-themed long beaded lanyard instead, that can be accomplished. The winner would have to tell me which pride style they would like and it also might take a little longer for the package to be shipped out, but that’s a small detail. At this point in time, I almost have a full rainbow in terms of colour and type, but the two gaps I have will soon be remedied.

Image Description: two necklaces with white cord, four chrome-coloured small loops and a key ring with beads on them, from left to right, the first necklace has green-yellow-pink-blue-pink-yellow-green coloured beads. The second necklace has white-orange-yellow-orange-white coloured beads

Image Description: two necklaces with white cord, four chrome-coloured small loops and a key ring with beads on them, from left to right, the first necklace has green-yellow-pink-blue-pink-yellow-green coloured beads. The second necklace has white-orange-yellow-orange-white coloured beads

2 x Bead Ring Necklaces (one long necklace made with black rat-tail cord, one short bead ring necklace made with rainbow string)

Now, Kim made these ones for me as a Christmas Present, so my ones won’t be the exact same colours, but hopefully it’ll be the same sort of style. I’ll go into more details about this in another post (I’ve also included a link on how to make these in the links section below), but I found out that while I couldn’t use the rainbow string to make beaded lanyard, however, it might be possible to use the rainbow string as short Bead ring necklaces, I’ll make a separate post dedicated to making stuff with beads, although I would like to point out I’m a complete noob at these things.

Image Description: three gel ice packs, one orange pack and two blue-green packs

Image Description: three gel ice packs, one orange pack and two blue-green packs

1 x Gel Ice Package each

This one was a bit of a last minute addition, perhaps to make up for the fact that I ordered a couple of pencil-cases off Ebay and it turns out they’re scented items.

Image Description: there are two pencil-cases in the picture, from left to right, the first one is a pink Smencil Buddies - Rainbow Sherbet Pencil Case and the other is a green Smencil Buddies - Watermelon Pencil Case

Image Description: there are two pencil-cases in the picture, from left to right, the first one is a pink Smencil Buddies – Rainbow Sherbet Pencil Case and the other is a green Smencil Buddies – Watermelon Pencil Case

While I don’t have a problem with the way the pencil-cases smell, in fact I think they smell delicious, however, I’m trying to avoid scented items and slime for this giveaway (there are far too many variables involved in scented-items and slime).

So Yeah… Those are my potential prizes on offer for my Disability Give-away, pretty cool eh? Tell me what you think in the comments section below, also feel free to tell me what your favourite type of stim toy is :).

Links:
Stim Toy Box: Gel Ice Package

Stim Toy Box: An Ambiguous Quest For Tangles

Practically Safe: Beaded Lanyard Tutorial

Stim Toy Box: Chain Tassel Bag Charms

Stim Toy Box: Snake Puzzles

Stim Toy Box: Blue Gift Set Stationery Set

Stim Toy Box: Squishy Strawberry

Abstruse Arcana ~ Turtorial: Bead Ring Necklace

Audio Stimming: Postmodern Jukebox

Image Description: The keyboard of a piano with a single page of sheet music on top of it
In my family, Music is a big deal, and every Christmas I would make Mix-Tape Style CD’s for my friends and family. Unfortunately, one of my parents would regularly work Christmas Day, and would listen to the CD on the way to work. My father is a walking encyclopedia on the History of Music. If you give him the name of a band, he will rattle off the band’s history and placements of specific songs on radio charts. My partner on the other hand, as kid, did not possess an interest in music. He had limited exposure to FM Pop radio stations and ABC on AM, which didn’t change until he finished secondary college and moved to the “big city” of Bendigo for University access. The only time he listened to music regularly was in the car as he and his step-father traveled into Melbourne together.

This was a strange idea for me to grasp when my partner told me this. It was very difficult for me — a person who is sometimes overwhelmed by sound — to comprehend that for my partner, bands and songs were not distinguishable from each other, but rather blurred together to form one large homogenized blob of decade-associated-noise. Which is why my partner and father will occasionally have weird moments, such as when I play a song my partner vaguely recognizes and I tell him it’s (for example) by Fleetwood Mac. He’ll raise an eyebrow at me and say “That’s Fleetwood Mac?” (though in his defense Fleetwood Mac does change it’s vocal-line up frequently). My father will be incredulous at my partner’s inability to detect a particular band’s style by a mere few bars of music. My partner will shrug non-nonchalantly (“What are you getting all riled up for? It’s just music.”), which will naturally annoy my father further.

Although, I have exposed him to my weird and strange assortment of music, I must confess it mostly consists of 90’s alternative rock — I am a product of my time period in some ways. As my partner’s car is a Japanese import, it can only access AM radio stations, which makes it a little difficult to keep up with modern music. So, it has only just recently come to my attention that auditory stimming is a thing. I hadn’t realised it until I saw a tumblr post mentioning a list of stims, and “listening to the same song over and over again” was one of them, which is something I’ve been doing since I was kid.

The thing is, I still do this and I’m starting to think it might be one of my “feel good” stims (as opposed to my “stress relief” stims which are fidget/hand orientated) and I hadn’t realised it until now. It’s funny, I’ve been trying to figure out “feel good” stims for my characters in my Pushing Boundaries series, and I should have realised sooner why I was having such difficulties. If I couldn’t figure out my own ones, I could hardly figure out ones for my characters. At this point, while I can figure out Mary’s “feel good” stims, it’s going to be more difficult for a character like James, who mostly listens to audio books and classical music, and I have a feeling that it’s going be a process of elimination.

So, for the last two days, I’ve been listening to Youtube videos made by Postmodern Jukebox, and these videos have been helpful for character development and Auditory Stimming:

The Original Artist:
~All About That Bass by Megan Trainor
~Bad Romance by Lady Gaga
~Closer by The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey
~Habits by Tove Lo
~Hotline Bling by Drake
~Lovefool by The Cardigans
~Stacey’s Mum by Fountains of Wayne
~Sugar, We’re Going Down Swinging by Fall Out Boy
~Sweater Weather by The Neighbourhood
~Good Vibrations by The Beach Boys and Barbie Girl by Aqua (the 90’s was a weird time)

The Postmodern Jukebox Version:
~All About That Bass – Postmodern Jukebox European Tour Version ft. Casey Abrams, Haley Reinhart, Morgan James and Ariana Savalas
~Bad Romance – Vintage 1920’s Gatsby Style ft. Ariana Savalas and Sarah Reich
~Closer – Retro ’50s Prom Style ft. Kenton Chen
~Habits – Vintage 1930’s Jazz ft. Haley Reinhart
~Hotline Bling – Vintage ’40s Swing ft. Cristina Gatti
~Lovefool – Vintage Jazz ft. Haley Reinhart
~Stacy’s Mum – Vintage 1930s Hot Jazz ft. Casey Abrams
~Sugar, We’re Going Down – Vintage Big Band Style ft. Joey Cook
~Sweater Weather – Vintage French Pop / Edith Piaf-style ft. Cristina Gatti
~Barbie Girl – Vintage Beach Boys Style ft. Morgan James

This is just a small sample I’m working with. I’m hoping if I use a small sample, it will make it easier to focus my attention. I am so easily distracted by noise and sound. There are way more songs available from the enormously talented singers and musicians that work with Postmodern Jukebox.

All About The Bass: I’ve already written about my issues with the Megan Trainor version (link is here), however I can’t deny I enjoy listening to this version of the song. Morgan James also changes the line to “go ahead and tell those skinny ladies that”, and coupled with her delivery of the “Naw, I’m just playing, I know you think you’re fat” line sort of makes it more tolerable? IDK, it’s up to personal interpretation. My favourite part of the song is when all three ladies harmonize together (which is audio catnip for me). The first time I listened to this song, I couldn’t help but close my eyes and sigh; I was not aware I was doing that until my partner raised an eyebrow at my behaviour.

Bad Romance: The funny thing is that Lady Gaga herself is a self-taught pianist, so she often performs Poker Face in this style, which I think is great. If anything, I encourage artists to be able to sit back and strip down their music to the essentials. Ariana Savalas and Sarah Reich work great together as a team, with Sarah performing tap dancing. I would have thought the tap-dancing would make it distracting, but it’s complimentary (or at least that’s the case for me).

Closer: While it’s clear that the guy from The Chainsmokers could not sing to save his life, this is not the case with Kenton Chen and the other vocalists Mario Jose and Vince Cannady. They provide lovely tenor and countertenor harmonization. But this song highlights the fact that talented musicians and vocalists are still restricted by the song. The lyrical clunkiness of the chorus is highlighted because these are talented musicians and vocalists. Much in the same way that Elvis Presley’s bad acting was highlighted further by surrounding him with a cast of talented actors. But, getting back on topic, I just love this style of music. Amongst my favourite songs are I Only Have Eyes For You by The Flamingos, I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) by The Four Tops and Why Do Fools Fall In Love by Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers.

Habits: I love the Haley Reinhart version of this (I’ve replayed this countless times over the last two days). I adore Haley Reinhart’s smoky/raspy Mezzo-soprano voice, or at least I think that’s what it’s classified as (I am in no way a music expert). Haley Reinhart is an engaging performer and she is exquisite to listen to.

Hotline Bling: While I despise the original version of this song, I do enjoy the Hotline Bling memes which are hilarious (the Star Wars one is the best, no exceptions). But much like All About That Base, when Cristina Gatti sings this song, it somehow becomes more tolerable (is that the right word?). When I asked my partner to listen to it, he said “Great, now I have to take this song seriously.” He described it as “like Amy Winehouse”, to which I replied “Why do you say that like it’s a bad thing?”, especially since I also love Amy Winehouse’s music such as Rehab (I play this constantly), Back To Black and Valerie (I know this is Mark Ronson featuring Amy Winehouse, but you get the general idea)

Lovefool: As stated previously, I adore tracks performed by Haley Reinhart, but I also really like the original as well. It’s one of my favourite songs, I think both versions are good, but my partner thinks this version is too close to the original. Let me know in the comments section if you agree or disagree.

Stacey’s Mum: This song is a bit of guilty pleasure of mine, and while I enjoy both versions, I’ve got to say that Casey Abrams is mad talented.

Sugar, We’re Going Down Swinging: Although I am a big Fall Out Boy Fan, I love it when female artists do covers of songs originally sung for/by men. After all, despite the fact that Otis Reed originally did sing it, Aretha Franklin’s version of Respect is the one that’s most well known, and it’s obvious Aretha Franklin’s version is the better one (not sorry in the slightest). Joey Cook’s version does not disappoint, it sounds just like I imagined a vintage big band to sound like, and the black and white visual adds to the jazzy atmosphere.

Sweater Weather: While I do like the original, I prefer Cristina Gatti’s version, not just because she is lovely to listen to (singing in French!) but also because, unlike the original song, the music composition is consistent throughout the track, the original track slows down the melody for some weird reason near the end. This reminds me strongly of Dancing With Myself by Nouvelle Vague, although I do also enjoy the Billy Idol version of Dancing With Myself as well.

Barbie Girl: With regards to Aqua, I actually have a copy their first album (I give full permission to laugh) and while Barbie Girl was most certainly overplayed, it wasn’t Aqua’s best song, my preferred Aqua songs would be Good Morning Sunshine (even though it has a weird rap moment?) and Happy Boys and Girls (if you could turn Diabetes into a sound, I’m fairly certain it would sound like this). With regards to The Beach Boys, I think Good Vibrations by the Beach Boys is an overrated and, quite frankly, jarring song (there’s a reason people only use the first minute and thirty seconds of that song). I feel that Wouldn’t It Be Good (one of my favourite songs) and I Get Around are better examples of The Beach Boys trademark harmonizing vocals.

And this is why Youtube is both a terrible and wonderful thing. For the last two days, I’ve been feeling happy whilst listening to music, but feeling positive and feeling productive are not the same thing. It’s impossible for me to write and sing at the same time (I’ve tested this). Words can be distracting to productivity, which is why one of my PWE teachers recommended listening to instrumental sounds while writing like cinematic soundtracks or classical music instead.

I have found that I’m more productive with music playing in the background with speakers. I’m not as productive when I’m listening to my mp3 player and headphones, but then again, I live with just my partner and me so that’s possible for me to do that (I understand that’s not possible for everyone). If using Youtube, make use of the playlist function, I found that the playlist function was super helpful and I didn’t have to worry about what video to play next, it automatically went to the next one. This way I could just run it in the background while I did the dishes and the laundry.

So, let me know in the comments section down below if you’re into this type of music or if you like an alternative cover version of a song.

Links:
~Queer Without Gender – Experience Atypical: Sound
~Sensory Processing Disorder Checklist: Signs And Symptoms Of Dysfunction
~Todd In The Shadows: Closer by The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey
~Todd In The Shadows: The Best of 2013
~The Rap Critic: Hotline Bling by Drake
~When you try all the sounds and beats on your synth while only playing coldplay – viva la vida
~Auditory Stimming

My Treasure Chest – Part 2: A Study in Pink

Image Description: Pink box with rows of coloured tape decorating the outside of it. In front of the pink box is a wide variety of stim toys, mostly pink in colour, I will go into greater detail further down the post.

Before I begin, I would like readers to check out these links first as I’ll be using these posts as references:
~Eldritch Esoterica: ‘Fuzzy Coin Purse’ and ‘Fuzzy Pencil Case’ made by Yoobi
~Eldritch Esoterica: Hairy Tangle
~Eldritch Esoterica: Two Worm-like Stuffed Plushies
~Eldritch Esoterica: Squishy Plastic Bath Toys
~Eldritch Esoterica: A Horde of Telephone Cord
~Eldritch Esoterica: Stim toy/jewellery wishlist

Today’s post is going to be centered around Stim toys as I received another box of homemade Stim Toys from Kim. I’ll go through all the items in the box individually:

Image Description: Left to right, a small yellow rubber lizard which is also kind of sticky and a larger pink rubber lizard
These toys remind me of the lizard toys you can find at the National Geographic shop (I loved going to my local National Geographic store as a small spawn). So while I like the pink one and love to watch it’s flickering tail as I move it about (or pretend to have it crawl up my partner’s arm, much to his chagrin), I’m not sure on the yellow sticky lizard. Will have to experiment more.

Image Description: A green, yellow and orange tangle all coiled up inside it's box
For those who have been following Kim’s Stim toy Review posts (for those who haven’t, check this link here and the link up the top of the page), you may have noticed Tangles are a staple feature and there’s a reason for that, they are so interesting to play with (though I only have one tangle so far). It’s small and easy to put in my messenger bag and travel around with. In it’s expanded form:
Image Description: a green, yellow and orange tangle free from it's boxy prison in the shape of a rectangle
It’s diverse and there’s multiple ways you can twist and undo it. You can also take it apart, piece by individual piece, and put it back together. The tangle is one of my favorites thus far and I take it with me everywhere.

Image Description: top to bottom, a bright-pink cylindrical slinky in an arch shape with a smaller star-shaped pink and yellow slinky
I love slinky toys, I already have a rainbow coloured slinky which is made of thick plastic (so it’s easy to feel the weight of it in your hands) the bright pink slinky is made of lighter/thinner plastic so it feels different, but a good kind of different. I also like the star-shaped slinky a lot too, it’s compact in size, so it’s easy to put in my Stim Toy bag and take with me.

Image Description: I don't know what the technical name for this is, but I'm going to call it little Styrofoam balls gelled together with green sticky stuff
Kim showed this to me and I kind of got the same impression about this gooey Styrofoam-ball stuff that I get from fake kinetic sand, it could potentially be a lot of fun to play with, but it’s guaranteed to make a great big mess (I can just see little Styrofoam-balls going absolutely everywhere). So I figured I’d get a separate mess-tray from Daiso before I test this one out. But, I would like to point out that Baby Robot does a video on Harmful Stims, and mentions these gooey Styrofoam-balls and fake kinetic sand as one of their prefered stims.

Image Description: top to bottom, a long dark-blue string key-chain intertwined with a rainbow spectrum of beads, a lighter-blue string with a metallic rainbow spectrum of beads and a small chrome circle with pink-white-purple-white-pink beads
I really love these, the beads and strings are interconnected, you can push the beads along the string like a rainbow progress-bar you can hold in your hands. You can also roll the beads around in circles. Thus far, I really seem to enjoy the beaded stim toys, I take these items with me everywhere in either my handbag (which goes inside my messenger bag) or inside my Stim Toy bag (which also goes inside of my messenger bag, the Stim Toy bag is a new development). I hate going to doctor appointments and having to sit in the waiting room, surrounded by the constant barrage of noise, but I was able to pull out my beads and force myself to focus on getting the beads from one end of the string to the other.

Image Description: fake kinetic sand with three bright pink kinetic sand molds, they resemble miniature pots for tiny plants
As with the gooey Styrofoam-balls , I have been itching to get the fake kinetic sand out and play with it, especially now that I have a small pink container and and small yellow container of it. However, I know the moment I open these container, I will put sand and crap absolutely everywhere, courtesy of my ultra clumsiness. So, I’m going to head into Daiso and get a specially designated tray for it (“You’ll need a tray”).

Image Description: a bright-pink eraser in the shape of a string currently folded into a vague pretzel shape
This apparently an eraser, though I doubt I will use that for the intended purpose, it can be tied up like a pretzel or knotted, which is good because I’m sort of good at undoing knots and tangles, I mean, it may take me a while, but it’ll be done.

Image Description: two small bath toys, left to right, a purple and robin's egg blue water-can and a a yellow and pink flower with a bright-pink pot. you can use them to blow at people or yourself.
If you’ll check out the link above titled “Squishy Bath Toys”, you’ll be most informed. I’ve noticed that the water can is easier to squish than the flower, but both are good for puffing air (my cat’s expression when I puff air at him is most amusing). These also might make great toys I take with me when I visit my sister and my niece. My sister has already begun to amass a collection of Rubber Duckies, which of course gives me the impulse to add to this collection. Thus far, I had contributed a green NVida Rubber Duck, which does look a little odd along side the other standard yellow rubber duckies of various sizes, so I’ll have to get more colourful rubber duckies or other bath toys (you know, so the green one doesn’t feel lonely).

Image Description: a bright yellow bouncy ball
I love bouncy balls, I was obsessed with them as a kid and as a teenager (I hate hacky-sack: far too much hand eye co-ordination involved), bouncy balls, on the other hand, are brightly coloured and usually easy to track where they land, providing you don’t throw them too hard (try not to throw them too hard, I know this can be difficult to gauge, also don’t play with them at train stations or near train tracks).

Image Description: a small diamond of soft fuzzy fabric
Lincraft where having a special and Kim was able to pick up some fabric. I quite enjoy it; it’s so fuzzy!

Image Description: a bright-pink nubbly Yoobi coin-purse
I really like this a lot, I love the texture of it but also the bright pink colour, which makes it easy to find in my messenger bag, in fact I’ve been looking into buying some more, but unfortunately my local target doesn’t have them, I’ll have to check my nearby K-mart instead, which might be better for me as it’s open twenty-four hours and I can use my discount card there as well.

Image Description: It's not obvious from the photo, which is a photo of a tube made of cloth, but there's a round object in the tube and you can push it around in a loop
This is interesting, not just because it take mental effort to find the small round object and push it around, but the fabric is *flannelette (like the shirts). I adore fresh cotton sheets on the bed, when I’ve just applied fresh sheets and I’m climbing into bed at the end of the day, I have to resist the urge to roll around in the bed, which I know sounds super weird, but meh. Flannel sheets are good, flannel pj’s are also good, but I can’t wear flannel pj’s with flannel sheets (it just doesn’t work).

Image Description: a small rectangle-shaped teal-coloured fuzzy bean-bag scented with citrus essential oil
I love the smell of this one, *it’s apparently lavender scented (I have a purple one with stars which smells like lavender). I like to keep it in a separate bag to keep the scent for as long as possible.

Image Description: Nubbly Hedgehog cleaning sponge (from Daiso) that's been filled with stuffing and scented with citrus-scented essential oil. It has an adorable little happy face
I love hedgehogs, they are freaking adorable, and hedgehogs are also amazing little critters. They’re nocturnal and they live underground and because of their protective quills, they can pretty much do whatever they want. In fact, if a snake is foolish enough to venture into a hedgehog’s den/nest, the hedgehog can essentially chase down it’s prey and attack the snake when it’s been exhausted. Did I mention they are freaking adorable? So yeah, I love this little Hedgehug plushie, it has a cute little smiley face on it and little hands (and it’s also *lavender scented). The fronds though are my favourite part, they’re very much like the Yoobi coin-purse fronds, and it’s very soothing to run for me to run my hands over it (usually in a back and forth pattern).

Image Description: Two smiley-face stress-ball facing off against each other

“This Couch ain’t big enough for the two of Us.”

Not sure if I mentioned this last time, but Kim gave me another smiley face stress-ball, I intend on amassing a horde of them and perhaps taking a photo of them with the caption “We Are Legion”, although I’m sure it’s been done before.

The Tag describes the item as

This is Squishy

Now, Kim didn’t give me this, I’ve had Squishy for years, but I figured seeing as Squishy is bright pink, mentioning Squishy would work with the theme. Now the fun part about Squishy is that you can put all of Squishy’s arms and legs into their torso (which is pretty amusing), then you thump the torso and the limbs all pop out *manic laughter* It’s great.

So yeah… That’s my Stim Toy collection thus far, if readers want to comment or talk about their preferred type of stimming or  what their favourite type of stim toy is, the comment section is just down below and feel free to tell me. Also, I was thinking that articles on Stim Toys are great and some readers will prefer these discussions in text format, but I was also thinking about demonstrating with stim toys or discussions with Stim Toys in video format. Which one would be preferred? Video or Text? Let me know in the comments section down below.

Also, unrelated side note, the blog Everything Esty is doing a free Christmas Printables blog-post, unfortunately it’s a Northern-Hemisphere-centered idea of Christmas (so if you’re an Australian like myself, the snow-people and snow-flake images will induce eye-rolling), but I found a few of them helpful.

Links:
~Fuck Yeah, Stimming! – What Is Stimming?

~Fuck Yeah, Stimming! – Types of Stimming

~The Stimming Checklist: So, what is Stimming?

~Baby Robot: The Joy of Stimming (Youtube video)

~Amythest Schaber: Ask an Autistic #1 – What is Stimming? (Youtube video)

~Amythest Schaber: Living Atypically – Self-Injurious Stims (Youtube video)

~The Aspie World: Hand Flapping and Stimming (Youtube video)