Walmart and Overstimulation, Oh, and Healthy Eating


Walmart is NOT your friend.

Yes, I am pretty irritated with Walmart right now. That is where we do most of our shopping although I don’t like it. My husband loves Walmart; puts his hand over his heart when he says the sacred name (not really, that is just sarcasm – we aspies can be sarcastic sometimes). But he really does like it.

I was there today picking up a few vegetables for dinner. We eat really  healthy which means we eat clean, which means we eat fresh so we have to go to the store several times a week.

You know, I was wondering, is anyone interested in learning how I cook really healthy on a very tight, very small budget? If so, let me know and I can share some recipes and tips from time to time. We eat really cheap and healthy. I also have an absolutely awesome recipe for no cook brownies that are incredible!

Anyway, I was in Walmart picking this stuff up. Walmart really is a terrible place, you know?

It is horrible for me because of my sensory processing issues. there is just too much going on with the flickering lights, noise, business and the smells. It is just too much. As I walked to the back to get eggs, I became overwhelmed with all the sounds, buggie wheels clacking, people talking, children crying, phones ringing, light buzzing, the motors in the coolers humming, doors swinging, registers clanging, feet hitting the floor, noise, noise, noise. It was awful.

I made my way to the registers only to find extremely long lines and only a few registers open. I really want to know why in the world do they have 30 or so registers in the front if they are only going to have, at best, 7 going at any given time?

So, 15 minutes I stood, listening to all the noise, getting agitated from being overwhelmed. I was stimming, rocking back and forth, but I did not care.

If Walmart really cared about its customers, they would provide better customer service.

Whatever happened to the Walmart rule that if 4 people were standing in line for the register they would open another register?

I am going to start going to the local farmer’s market and to the grocery store. I am mad at Walmart. They can keep their noisy, sensory UNfriendly store.


Aspie Lapse


Today my mother-in-law took my husband and me to lunch. While we were eating, the lady came by with the drinks. I was busy attacking my baked potato (not really attacking, just preparing it) and when she asked if I had unsweetened tea, I just nodded without looking up.

Usually I try very hard to be polite because it is so easy for me to just be in my own Aspie world and be what others would perceive as rude. I have asked my husband to tell me when I lapse into the Aspie focus thing so that I can not be rude to people.

When the lady walked away, he leaned over and very quietly whispered, “You really should look at people when you talk to them. It is seen as rude when you don’t.”

I didn’t realize I had done it or that she would perceive me as rude. To me, I was focused on fixing my potato – not regular, NT focus, Aspie focus. It is very intense.

When she came by again, I looked right at her and said, “I am sorry for being rude before. I did not mean to be. Thank you for refilling my tea.”

She smiled very big and her face got shiny. I don’t really know what that means, but she said it was OK that she understood. Her voice changed to a softer, brighter tone. I think she was happy.

Anyway, I was glad that she was happy and did not have hurt feelings.

Just wish I could catch my Aspie lapses more often before I get myself into situations like that.