Esme has started putting her own hair back in a ponytail, which is progress we've tried for years. She said the new smaller string-like hair ties with her brush set for Christmas was easier for her hands. I've never bought those for us before because they look so weak. But, good!
She has also made progress initiating cooking her own meals, and not jut microwave stuff. She made rice out of a package the other day and has made eggs and peppers and onions etc etc.
She is really enjoying the art box we got for Christmas, took it into her room and up into her 'nest' in the loft bed. I've kind of lost all those supplies now maybe for a while - but she promised to let me borrow them when I want to *heh* and she is following instructions out of her drawing books.
We went to the library last night and she completely found her own books and I just hung out in the adult fiction section keeping an eye on her. I found a new Paul Auster book, 'Timbuktu'.. which is about a homeless man trying to find a new home for his dog and someone to give all of his writing to before he dies. I read 'In the Country of Last Things' more than twenty years ago, which apparently, is not his 'usual work', and it stuck like a dart through my psyche ever since. I bought a new copy a few years ago and have slowly worked my way through reading it (if you have ever read it, you know how it can be a whirlpool of dreamlike quicksand sucking at your temples) and have not brought myself to read the end of it again, yet.
I'm hoping this book will be happier.. but it already has a bit of the same 'I'm running through a life with shards of glass at many corners but we don't look at the cuts because our eyes are on the future because that is all we can do, keep going on'... the poor character... The story is told from the viewpoint of the dog, though... I'm about a quarter of the way in.