My name is Lori and I have Asperger’s syndrome. I am also the daughter of an Asperger’s father and the mother of an autistic young adult.

When I was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome/Autism ten years ago I was thrilled to have a name to go along with the challenges and strengths that have followed me my whole life.

A Quiet Week is my little spot for self-discovery and creative cheer.

I hope to share my wisdom, experiences, and humor–although it will come with a generous dose of worry, obsessiveness, and uncertainty.

It is both liberating and terrifying to share with you now!

This Site’s Name

Jan Savankmajer

My blog’s name is taken from the 1969 short film “A Quiet Week in the House” (Tichý týden v dome) by Czechoslovakian artist and director Jan Svankmajer.

In this stop-motion feature, a man infiltrates the House to conduct a furtive reconnaissance mission.

He drills into different doors, to inspect the incomprehensible activities within.

Although the House is unassuming and stark on the outside, it entertains fantastic and bizarre events behind its sturdy doors.

After a week of voyeuristic observation, the man demolishes the House with explosives.

This strange short captivated me. The film was both odd and familiar–like seeing yourself unexpectedly reflected with a shocking new hairstyle. The House became a personal metaphor–ordinary outside, strange inside, vulnerable to judgment throughout.




This blog is a safe space to share life experiences for autistic and non-autistic people alike. Please note I do not host heated debates or excessive controversy. I don’t have the spoons! I reserve the right to move, edit, or delete combative comments. I will also edit, move, or delete negative or disturbing comments that kill a conversation, attack others or cause me personal distress.

Copyright Notice

This website and its content is copyright of A Quiet Week in the House 2005 – © 2017. All rights reserved. Any redistribution or reproduction of part or all of the contents in any form is prohibited other than the following: You may print or download to local hard disk extracts for your personal and non-commercial use only. You may copy the content to individual third parties for their personal use, but only if you acknowledge the website as the source of the material. You may not, except with my express written permission, distribute or commercially exploit the content. Nor may you transmit it or store it in any other website or other forms of the electronic retrieval system.


I love beautiful photographs. I love expansive collections. The wonderful stuff people display on shelves or hide in boxes fascinates me. Flickr and other photo-sharing sites are a terrific way for me to see and share my joy. Images on my site enhance posts and are not for any commercial endeavor or personal profit. The following information applies to the images featured on this site:

My fonts come from typekit and dafont.

Digital elements for my avatar are by Holliewood Studios and Studio Tangie Baxter.

My header alpha is named Ever After and was designed by Michael Hernandez.

For detailed information about any digital collage, please click an image.

I use my own photography, Flickr, free stock photos or public domain images. I list photo credits near pictures and link back to the source when possible.

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Revenue from third parties for ads, mentions, or commercial ventures not accepted.


Questions or comments? Send me a message!

35 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Lori,
    I just saw your comment again on my “About” page and realized I hadn’t bookmarked you or linked to you, so I haven’t come back to read. I’ll be making my rounds tomorrow and I’ll catch up 🙂

  2. Hi Lori,
    I’ve been poking around!
    Your family page is spectacular!! And your writing…
    …and your artwork – Digital Collage! Wow! Ah…
    Ah… it absolutely takes my breath away!
    Love it!

    1. Howdy Leah!

      So nice to meet you! I’m tickled pink that you like my blog! I am grateful to other bloggers writing about their experiences with autism. It motivates me to share and comforts me to know that I am not alone.

      I look forward to getting to know you!

      Happy Day! 🙂

  3. Hi. I wrote a thank you on my blog today for you stopping by, but for some reason it didn’t post. And says “duplicate comment.” Maybe it will appear later. But for now, thank you! 🙂

  4. I’d like to invite you to Voices of Sensory Processing Disorder. This is a community website where bloggers can share their experiences, victories, tips and everyday sensory challenges with others. And we want you! We’d love to share your writing.

    Please visit us at http://www.voicesofsensoryprocessingdisorder.com to learn more. I do hope you’ll join us. Happy blogging!
    Regards, Jennifer

  5. What was getting tested for Asperger’s like?

    I looked for testers in the Northern Va area but they’re really expensive and time-consuming, with waiting lists to get in.

    We’re at their mercy and the situation seems ripe for scams.

    🙂 Love your artwork!

    1. Hi John!

      Testing was terribly nerve wracking for me, it happened over several appointments and I agonized interminably. On my first appointment, I was so anxious and twitchy, I was sure they would lock me up on the spot.

      I was able to find a specialist referral from Asperger’s Association of New England. The best thing about a referral from an advocacy group is that they have experience with area doctors and can help you avoid “scams.”

      Other members of our family have been diagnosed via psychiatrist.

      The most important thing is how you feel. To me, identifying as an adult with Asperger’s is perfectly valid, unless you need the paper work for workplace/school accommodations. What I would have given to have had this at the university!

      I wish you the best of luck. I appreciate the visit and kind words!


  6. hello,.happy new year.i get your blog.but it says no reply.so i can only reply like this.i am a adult with asperger syndrome.married 13 years.we have 3 children.2,boys.1,girl.our youngest boy all so has aspergers.i can not work.
    but do take part in a lot lot research.if you would like to ask me any thing please do.VERY VERY WELL DONE FOR
    HOW HE WILL UNDERSTAND EVERY THING FACE TO FACE..my e.mail is.. markkent1962 at hotmail.co.uk.. i live in
    cambridgeshire.england..look forward too your reply

    1. Hi Mark! So nice to meet you! I have my comments set for “approval” to fitler out spam and negative vibes.

      I am so glad you dropped by to say hello. T has grown out of the nose-blowing phase, but you are right–showing him face to face is very important.

      It is very nice to hear from other autistic adults, especially when they are raising a family. I don’t keep track of email well, but you can comment here or message me on my Facebook page “A Quiet Week in the House.”

      Cheers and happy New Year!


  7. I recently changed the settings of the blogs I follow to get them in email, not just my WordPress Reader because I realized I’ve been missing posts from most everybody. So much of it has to do with timing. You showed up in my email inbox today, and I’m glad of it.

  8. Hello Lori,

    Your blog not only is a reflection of your abundant love to your child but also a reflection of your wonderful soul. It is amazing how you manage it and then add some wisdom and humor in your posts. I therefore salute you and would like to wish you the very best of luck in your blogging journey. 🙂

    Also, I hope it is not too late to wish you a wonderful New Year. May 2013 bring you more happiness, love, and success. I would like to thank you because you continue following my blog. I hope my blog posts do not disappoint and that your visits in there have been a joyful ride. Thank you again, many blessings and much love to you. 🙂

    Subhan Zein

    1. Thank you so much for the kind and encouraging message! I am delighted by the joy of your own journey as a blogger and feel blessed to connect with you.

      I return good wishes to you for the new year. I enjoy seeing your quotes and snippets on Facebook as well as your blog. I wish you well for continued writing and sharing your loving messages with readers through your posts and novels.

      Lori D

  9. Your blog is currently included on our Actually Autistic Blogs List (anautismobserver.wordpress.com). Please personalize your blog’s description by selecting “About the list/How do you want your blog listed?” from the top menu on that site.
    Thank you.
    Judy (An Autism Observer)

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