My First Bus Trip

Hi Blog world,

Well, this week has been a very productive week.

During the beginning of this week I went to my first,  “Jobs club round-table and pot-luck dinner” The dinner consisted of macaroni and cheese, fruit, mashed potatoes, green beans, cupcakes and tea. One lesson was on the retail business. During that meeting, I also learned of the different kinds of technology and training I could receive. There is also an online school that I can get into.  But I think the most important information I got  was names of two people who work at our local paper. I am thinking about giving them a call. With that being said I think it was a great meeting and I got a lot of information.

But my week wasn’t over yet, because I met one of my goals. I used the public transportation for the first time outside of school and white cane training. I made my reservation for my trip the week before and my days leading up to my trip I was nervous, however I was even more nervous as the time came closer for my trip pick up time. The van came and picked me up right on time and the ride over was smooth despite the overcast weather.  When I arrived at the store the time thing I did was look at the dollar section. I found some things I wanted to pick up as soon as I got a cart.  After that I went to the shampoo and the one dollar health care aisle.  I looked at my cell phone to check the time and since it was getting close to lunch time I went to the cafe’ and ordered chicken tenders; my chicken tenders were hot and it burned my fingers. Because I was still nervous I only ate three of my four tenders.

After I finished my lunch I got my cart and went back to the one dollar section. I got candy and computer wipes.  Then I went to the health section and I got some shampoo and body wash.  There was also a one dollar health section so I went there to look for some soap that I wanted, however, they didn’t have want I wanted.  I also went to the face care section and once again they did not have the product that I was looking for.

The Easter section caught my eye and I went over there looking for Twizzlers candy.  I had to ask a sale associate for help as to where that type of candy was located.  Once I found the candy it took me like twenty to thirty minutes to decide what flavor I wanted. Since it was going to be a gift for my future God-Mother I wanted to get the right kind.  After much debate I got strawberry flavor.

The electronics department was next on my list since I needed some headphones.  While I was looking for the headphones  I saw iPad and since I am thinking about getting one I went up to an employer and talked to them about the benefits and disadvantages of having one.  After our conversation he was able to help me find the headphones. I got black ones.

I went to the books and movies next. I really want to see the movies, “Brave” and “Frozen” cough, cough God-Mother.

Then I went to the baby section and they really have some cute clothes, I really not sure what to buy for my new niece. If anyone has any ideas please post below in the comments section.   The music section was right across from the baby section and by this time my feet were killing me! I just kept telling myself that this was my first trip and I could make it. I went to the little kids toys and I saw the most cutest little lab dog ever! I didn’t get him right away because I went to look at the bedding and then back to the health section  and back to the electronics. Then I went to the food section which was a bad idea because I was getting hungry.  Then I went back to the Easter stuff to look at the toys again. Is your head spinning yet? Anyway, I ended up getting the dog, checked out and then I got an ice coffee. I enjoyed my coffee and people watching.

Then waiting for the bus began. I went outside to wait for the bus. I waited and waited and waited  until I stared to get rained on. So I called my grandpa to let him know the bus was late. We agreed that if the bus wasn’t there in half an hour he would come and pick me up. At this point, people started coming up to me asking if I was okay and if I was ever going to be picked up.  All I could do was thank them for their concern and wait.  Thirty minutes later the bus still wasn’t there. So I called my grandpa and he said to go back inside and get something to eat while he was on his way and to call him if the bus did show up. I went back into the store and got popcorn I heard more people with concern in there voice because I had been there for so long. All I could do was continue what I was doing thank them and wait.

As soon as I got my popcorn and started talking to the man who talked to me in the electronics department the bus showed up. The ride home was uneventful.  All in all I had a great day.

Blog soon,

Amanda Gene

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