102 heat index (independent living skills series 14)

I was  an hour early for school. There was only one other student and a few teachers. I talked to my teachers about a few concerns I had. Once that was taken care of, I went back to the conference room. Soon my other classmates filed in and we got our assignments.

I, along with another classmate, were assigned Orientation and Mobility lesson. Since I am getting closer to my graduation date my teachers and I want to be sure I have the confidence to travel independently.

It took quite a long time to find a parking space, and sadly I was a bad journalist and did not get any footage of the downtown Pensacola area. However I did see some interesting sights. I saw a funeral home that looked like a Mexican restaurant, a woman wearing a stylish dress, and of course the Pier, with it’s water fountain.

Once we did found a parking space we headed off. Because I felt like there was not much room to work, I was not working my cane properly. My teacher saw this and she pointed out some more space. I began to work better after a further adjustment.

The first street crossing went great, however when I came to the next one I got nervous. It showed. My teacher had to provide feedback as to my crossing techniques. When were done with the lesson, my teacher, classmate and I went to go get something to drink. My teacher went to Starbucks, and my classmate and I went to get some sodas at a nearby sandwich joint. While we enjoyed the Air Conditioning and our drinks we talked about our eye conditions and how American Politics effects benefits for the disabled.

When we got back to the center we had lunch; and while we were eating, we had a class meeting. We decided to all pitch in and have a class pizza party in the near future. I am looking forward to it.

Once lunch was over, another student and I headed back out. This lesson was going to be much shorter than the first because the heat index was 102. Finding a parking space was quicker than in the morning. As we walked down the sidewalk I saw some interesting things. The tax collector’s building looked neat as it used to be a historic building. I saw a bright orange thing on the sidewalk. We were not sure if it was a large toy or a moving chair. All we knew was the color and that it was in front of a candy shop and that it moved. We continued to walk and cross the streets. I struggled at a four-way stop because I went with the flow of traffic, yet when I saw a car approach I froze. Even though there is a white cane law, I still have a fear of people not stopping. My teacher had to reinforce the white cane law to me. After that we headed back to the center. Just in the nick of time-a rainstorm hit! I can not wait for my next adventure and I am looking forward to graduation day.

A weekend full of shopping

Hi Blog world,

 

This weekend has been a lot of fun for me. I went shopping with a friend. We went to Walmart first. I got some groceries-I got strawberry banana juice, some chocolate rice cookies, and some peach tea.

I got five pairs of earbuds. Yes, you read that right, five pairs.  I go through them quite quickly. They were cheap at a dollar each.

I got me an early Christmas gift. For the longest time I wanted an aroma therapy diffuser; what I love about my diffuser is It can change colors, or I can have it just on one solid color. It really makes my room feel comfortable in the evenings as I enjoy my tea and cookies. Along with my diffuser, I got some fresh laundry essential oil scent. At home, I already had a bottle of lavender, with these two scents I am able to combined them into one fresh scent.

After we left the store, we went to my favorite Mexican restaurant. I had pork tacos, black beans and Spanish rice. The tacos were delicious. My bill only came out to eleven dollars and some change. I don’t mind paying that price for the quality of food. My friend had the taco soup and she said she enjoyed it.

The last stop we made, was Dollar General. I bought some peanut M &M’s, envelopes, and a planner for next year. I love my planner; and I can’t wait to start setting goals for next year.

What did you guys do this weekend? I can’t wait to read your comments.

 

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Blog soon,

Amanda Gene

 

A day out in Pensacola

Hi Blog world,

This past Saturday, I got to go out with a group of friends, we went out to get Thai food. I had never had Thai food before, so I was excited to try something different for a change. All the food that I had that day was hot and fresh when it came to our table.

I had spring rolls as an appetizer; they were so crunchy that they fell apart as I ate mine. I shared part of mine with friends too. We all split some dumplings. They were soft, and filled with vegetables-I even discovered that they were quite tasty with sweet and sour sauce on them.

The main course that I had was sweet and sour chicken. The food was over-flowing with sweet and sour sauce; there were a lot of vegetables too. The chicken was not fried like I had hoped for. But never the less, it hit the spot. Soon I was full, and I did not have room for another bite.

The price for the meal, including the tip was great. I didn’t pay more than twelve dollars including the tip.

After we dropped off our friends at their house, my other friend and I hit , what we jokingly call, “The Not New Store,” other wise known as, a thrift store.  I really needed some shorts, so I was very lucky to find five pairs for around 3 dollars.  We then continued our day by going to another store. I found a pair of jeans for around 7 dollars. I was so happy.

It was nice to get out with my friend and to make some new friends. All in all, it was a great day.

Blog soon,

Amanda Gene