One thing Dishon and I have been doing together lately is watching a show entitled “Growing Up Fisher.” It’s a family show narrated from the perspective of a man telling his family’s story starting from age 11. The parents are divorced and he has an older sister. So what’s the difference between this family show and others on television? The boy’s father is blind. The blind community often gets upset when television tries to interpret blindness and add it to a character. Silly? In some cases. In my view, blind jokes are ok if they don’t give the audience the impression that the blind are dirty or incompetent. So far, this show doesn’t do that at all. The father’s character is a lawyer. He has his own place, helps take care of the kids and is funny. Blind comments or jokes that are made are comments that are often said by blind people who are comfortable being blind. More importantly, if you can’t laugh at yourself once in awhile, you will more than likely be unhappy in the long run. I highly recommend that you check out this show if you haven’t already. If you have NBC and/or On Demand of some sort, you should be able to find it. Let me know what you think of it. I’m off to watch the latest episode.
As regular followers know, I want a baby very badly. I’ve wanted kids since I was a kid. Regular followers also know that the hold up is money. I either need to find a supplement from home or work just to pay for day care. Getting to the point, my husband is the President of the Colorado Association of Guide Dog Users (COAGDU). The other day, he and I worked with a group of friends to put packets together for an upcoming guide dog seminar. It got me thinking about getting a guide dog of my own. I’ve always considered the possibility, but I wasn’t sure why it came to mind then. At first, I thought it was simply because we were looking at so much material related to guide dogs. But then it hit me; I thought it might take my mind off of babies. Anyone who follows my blog and knows about guide dogs will know that that is the wrong reason to get one. Others have said, why not get another pet? Well, our landlord doesn’t allow pets. Yes, I have Randall, Dishon’s guide dog, but he will always be his dog primarily. So at this point, all I can do is give him love, keep job hunting, and know that things happen the way they’re supposed to.
Yesterday was Dishon’s birthday. His main wish was to go bowling. So I reserved a couple of lanes at a local bowling alley and invited some of our friends to join us. We got a little turned around on the way, but we eventually found it and bowled for a couple of hours. How do blind people bowl? In my case, I didn’t keep track of my score. If you knock pins down, you can hear them fall. As far as our group was concerned, we all agreed to use bumpers. Not everyone uses them, but we all know what gutter balls sound like. It’s not the most appealing sound. For those who want to know their score, if they don’t have enough sight to see the screen, they can go to the front counter and ask as long as they know what lane number they had. After bowling, we went to dinner at a nice restaurant known as Ted’s Montana Grill. If you like steak, particularly bison, that’s one place I highly recommend. It’s not cheap, but it’s money well spent. Dishon was happy and that’s the most important thing. Initially, I was going to throw him a surprise party at our house. But he wanted to bowl so badly, I didn’t want him to be disappointed. So I coordinated and made it work. Some people went bowling, some people went to dinner. A majority of the group did both. It was great.
I rarely get sick. This is the second time I have had a cold within the last couple of months. What’s with this picture? Ok, I’ll stop whining now. I’m posting because I thought about the first time I was sick when I was a student at the Colorado Center for the Blind. When you live at home, you’re accustomed to your mom taking care of you. When you’re on your own, you have to take care of yourself. You have to heat up chicken noodle soup and make sure you’re taking medicine every few hours. When you’re married, you are supposed to take care of each other during those times. Dishon is at the store right now picking up some miscellaneous items including nose spray. While Dishon never gets sick, he is allergic to nuts. If he eats any, he gets sick to his stomach. Those are the times when I can be there for him. Whether it’s getting him water or holding the little trash can under him. I know that’s not pretty, but that’s what you do for your spouse. The hope is that this cold doesn’t stick around much longer. I do not like calling in sick for work.
You may recall my posting about my travel agent business. Unfortunately, travel is not something the average Joe can afford to do on a constant basis. Those who can afford it typically own condos and other vacation properties. So they don’t need someone else’s help with deciding where to go. You may also recall me scraping the internet for work-from-home opportunities. Everywhere I turned, everyone I talked to, it was scam after scam after scam. I have seen ads for Avon for a long time and was always hesitant to take that route. I thought there was no way it could be that easy. Of course, nothing takes zero work that’s real. So I contacted a local representative to find out more. After talking to two different people in the business, I decided to go for it. Not only can I sell through my web site or in person, but there are fundraising opportunities, as well. If you or someone you know has used Avon or is interested in buying, let them know that you have heard of someone who is selling. To purchase online visit http://www.youravon.com/jspears. If you are a frequent Facebook user, visit my page by going to http://www.facebook.com/SpearsAvonDeals. i am determined to make this work. If it doesn’t, I will wind up working just to pay for daycare. I really don’t want to do that. As an incentive, shipping is free if you spend more than $30.
Dishon and I got home from work around 5:15 today and basked in the fact that it’s Friday. I’ve had a sore throat for most of the week so you can imagine I was grateful for the week to be over. But anyway, shortly after we got home, Dishon handed me a little surprise. One thing not many people know about me is that I love butterflies. What he handed me is meant to be hung on the wall. Attached were butterflies of different colors. As stated in other posts, I have enough vision to appreciate colors as long as they’re bold and the contrast is right. You may wonder why I’m posting about this. Well, a lot of people wonder how the blind shop and if we know enough to buy nice things for people. Dishon has always been great at buying presents for me. He uses a lot of well-known sites like Amazon. As far as marriage is concerned, it’s all about knowing your spouse and what they like. In his case, I got him a surround sound system for Christmas. I knew that would be a thoughtful gift for him because he is all about making our home nice in as many ways as possible. Surround sound is an awesome accessory for your living room or basement. If I ever purchase something over the phone, I ask a lot of questions since I can’t hold the product in my hand. But that’s how it’s done. Not very different than your average married couple who lives next door.
I may have mentioned in previous posts thad Dishon and I often discuss the possibility of having children. We’ve been married for over a year and a half now and my desire for babies seems to get stronger every day. So what’s the problem? We can’t afford to live where we are on one income. Moreover, I don’t want to continue working just to pay for day care. You don’t get those precious moments with your babies back. So my husband and I have come to an agreement; we will start our family when I find work from home that will supplement what I’m making now (at least). That’s easier said than done. I have been scraping the internet for at home possibilities. The typical order of things is as follows: There’s big print of some sort that says Workers Needed, No Experience required, free to start. Then you give them your information and click “Next” and what do you see? There’s just a one-time fee of $49.99. That’s not free folks. I’m frustrated and sad. Never in my life have I expected to be rich. I just want to be home with our children as opposed to pawning them off on someone else. So in this post, I am asking you guys if there’s anything you know of that’s not a scam and that won’t cost me an arm and a leg. If so, please let me know.
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.
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.