My apologies for the lack of updates lately. It’s just been so busy. Dishon and I are currently in Southern Maryland staying with my aunt Tori. Tonight we are having a New Year’s 80’s party. Yesterday we visited the Baltimore Aquarium with my aunt Dana and uncle William. One might wonder what we could possibly get out of a place like that. In our case, we have enough sight to appreciate the sea life with the appropriate lighting. Some of the tanks were very well lit and we saw everything from sharks to jelly fish. The jelly fish were especially easy to see due to their bold and bright colors. We also saw some dolphins. I tried my best to catch some video of them swimming with the camera that Dishon got me for my birthday. Once I can figure out the best way to upload videos from the camera to the internet, I will be sharing some with you all. Tomorrow, New Year’s Day, we will head north to visit my sister, father, and a few nephews and nieces. We fly home early on Saturday morning. I have and will continue to enjoy my family, but as they say, there’s no place like home.
Like any married couple who try to see their family as often as possible, Dishon and I are traveling for the Christmas Holiday. We are currently in Louisiana visiting his side of the family. We landed in New Orleans on Saturday at around 3 in the afternoon. What a difference in weather. When we boarded the plane, it was 15 degrees outside. When we landed in New Orleans, it was 78 degrees, rainy and humid. It still gets cool at night. Dishon gets his love for cooking from his father who has already started cooking Christmas dinner. This Saturday, we leave for Maryland to visit my side of the family. Not sure what that week will bring, but there’s nothing wrong with things happening spontaneously. I hope everyone is having a great holiday wherever you are and however you celebrate. Stay safe and warm.
Yesterday was a long day. I didn’t go to work due to the fact that I had to visit an ocularist. One thing I haven’t shared with you guys yet is the fact that my left eye is a prosthetic. I had my left eye removed at the age of eighteen due to extremely high pressure. If your eye pressure gets too high, not only can you get excruciating headaches, but you are also in danger of your eye rupturing. Several weeks after the operation, I had my first prosthetic made. Unfortunately, after a surgery I had last April, it no longer fit. So, I had to have a new one made. This consists of three steps. First, they make the mold which is the most annoying part because they have to squirt grainy stuff in your eye, or what’s left of it. The next step is the painting which takes no effort on the patient’s part. It’s just a lot of waiting around. Last, the ocularist makes sure the prosthetic fits properly by putting it in. How do you know it’s in the right way? If you have a good ocularist, which I do, they will show you which way is the right way based on the shape. In my case, there’s a point that is supposed to go up. A lot of you reading this may be confused and thinking that all prosthetic eyes are round. These days, the part that looks like an eye is like a very thick contact lens. When you have your eye removed, a round implant is placed in your socket and some remaining muscle and tissue is wrapped around it. This way, you still have movement. So no longer do people have gaping holes in their faces. It’s not nearly as disgusting as your worst nightmares will portray.
Yesterday, a Christmas party was held at our work. It included food, drinks, singing, a white elephant gift exchange and a visit from Santa. It was at the party that I realized how intuitive seven-year-old boys can be. Part of it was the fault of other guests. I counted four people who asked variations of the same question: so who’s dressed up as Santa this year? My sister, who had brought her two children, was upset at that. Everyone knew there were children there. After the third person, my seven-year-old nephew went to his mommy and spoke quietly to her in her ear so his little sister wouldn’t get upset. Seven is such a crucial age. My sister would like for her son to hold onto the magic of Christmas and Santa as long as possible. That said, my smart nephew did not think that that was the real Santa because he was misssing an eye and had a cane. My sister’s response was that sometimes Santa is extremely busy and has helpers dress up like him in order to help spread Christmas cheer. That was an acceptable answer for him. I was still astounded at how thoughtless people were being about what they were saying. Nonetheless, my niece did not seem to notice.
If you’ve ever lived in or visited Colorado, you know that the weather fluctuates like crazy. Last weekend, it was sunny and in the low 60s. Last night it started snowing and the temperature dropped significantly. This morning when Dishon and I got up to go to work, it was 5 degrees outside and the snow was still coming down. The snow is supposed to continue at least until tonight. The bitter cold temperatures are supposed to carry until next week. I know what some of you are thinking: You still have to go to work? Yes, we still have to go to work. The Colorado Center for the Blind rarely closes due to weather. So what do we do in terms of travel? The answer is simple: layers. Knowing how to properly bundle will make your trip to work much less miserable. It’s not always fun, but as the saying goes, you don’t work, you don’t eat. If our bus is late, management will understand under such circumstances. On one occasion, I walked up to my bus stop and was feet away from it, but the bus kept driving. Mind you, there were several inches of snow on the ground. I was livid, but didn’t want to be late, so I bit the bullet and walked to work. At that time, I lived within walking distance. I made it on time, but my boss assured me that she would have understood if I had been late. But my thought process was that I would rather walk than wait another half an hour for the next bus in the cold. So in a nutshell, you do what you gotta’ do. Bundle well and be safe. Rushing when there’s ice on the ground is the worst thing you can do.
I am getting comfortable with the camera Dishon got me for my birthday. I have recorded a video that will going up as soon as I figure out how to get the videos from the camera to the internet. I have managed to watch the video on the computer, but am having difficulty transferring it to the blog. But while you have me, I’ll give you a synopsis of our Thanksgiving Break. Wednesday and Thursday consisted of cooking primarily. I went out Wednesday night with a few girls. Thanksgiving Day was a day spent with family. Friday, my plan was to get some shopping done. Instead, I sat at the Apple store for two and a half hours while they tried to fix my phone. I wound up getting a new phone. On the bright side, the camera now works and I did manage to get a present for Dishon. Yesterday I spent some time with a couple that we’re friends with. Then Dishon and I went shopping for our Secret Santas at work. Today, I started the day by making final arrangements for our multi-city Christmas trip. The tickets have already been purchased, but I needed to make sure we were picked up at the airport and that our time was evenly distributed among family. Who knows what the rest of the day has in store for us. Perhaps I can get some more shopping done.