Christmas Party Fun! (independent living skills series 30)

I was excited for today; it was the last day before Christmas break, and the school’s annual Christmas party.

When I first arrived at the center my Orientation and Mobility teacher exclaimed, “Wow, Amanda you must really be excited for the party.” “I am,” I said as I quickly put down my purse.

I could tell by the buzz around me that everyone was excited. However, there was still lessons that had to be attended. I, along with another classmate, was assigned Orientation and Mobility. Since we only had to attend class for an hour, we requested that we go get coffee at our local Starbucks. When we got there, I went and ordered first. I ordered a small Hot Coco. My classmate ordered a hot tea. Since my teacher does not care for Starbucks, we went through McDonald’s so she could order a drink for herself.

We still had some time to spare before we had to go back to the center so we went on a tour of Pensacola as I commentated the sights, so my classmate could enjoy the ride.

Once we got back to the center, the food was cooking and my teachers, staff and classmates all enjoyed each other’s company. Soon it was time to eat and there was a lot to choose from. We had home-made chilli, mini hot dogs, sandwiches, etc. I got a little bit of everything.

All of the staff, including the teachers and my classmates enjoyed their lunch and each other’s company. After we had all finished eating we played Dirty Santa. The rules of the game are simple, each player gets a number and picks a gift or they can steal a gift that someone else has opened. One by one each student got a gift from under the tree. I got a Starbucks gift card and I was hoping that no one was going to steal my gift. No one was stealing until one student decided that he didn’t like the Starbuck’s coffee mug set, so he stole a chip dip bowl. That set off a few steals which included my Starbuck’s gift card. I was sort of disappointed. I ended up with a Chick-Fil-A gift card. In the end everyone enjoyed the gifts that they received.

It was a great day, one that I will enjoy memories of for years to come.

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Author’s note: Hey everyone, don’t forget to join me Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 6 p.m. for a live Q and A. I hope to see everyone there.




Hi Blog world,

Since it has been a while since I updated, I thought it was time to let you guys know what was going on.  First I have been very busy with school and that’s why I haven’t blogged. I am now on Christmas break and I should be able to blog more. I get my grades tomorrow and I am very nervous about it.  All of my friends and family keep telling me to keep positive so that’s what I am trying to do.

Even though, I said I was planning on graduating in the summer, that date has been changed to next December because of one of my internships and a new test requirement with my minor. After the spring term, I should only have three more classes to take. I am still excited about graduating though! 🙂

I have also been working hard with my white cane training, this past lesson my teacher and I had a lesson on what type of clothes you can wear for a job interview. We are also working on how to give directions in case someone asks. I am still planning on graduating from the program in February. Our next lesson is going to be on escalators.

In other news, Noodles, my dog, turned 14 this month. For her birthday she got some treats and a new bed cover.  She had a great birthday getting spoiled!

I am also getting ready for Christmas but I still have a few more things left to do before the big day.

Blog  soon,

Amanda Gene