A year in review?

I wish. I can’t remember what I was doing yesterday. Never mind at the beginning of the year. Here are a few things I do remember:

  • • One hell of a hangover on Jan 1st, 2013
  • • Cory overdosing on anti-depressants sometime towards the end of Jan.
  • • Moving in together Feb 1st, 2013
  • • Going on a leave of absence near the end of Feb till June because my vertigo was so bad I could hardly stand.
  • • Uncle Mark passing away in Oct

I’m sure there was more but those are the few things that stick out. I had a pretty good Christmas and enjoyed spending it with Cory and my family.

My day at work today was really slow and it gave me some time to look up some things related to one of my New Years resolutions, to go back to school. Geri g financial aid for going back to school seems impossible.

Basically there isn’t any that I can find that would apply to me since I am not right out if high school and since I defaulted on my student loan.

So I think I’m going to have to just save up the money for the ASL courses and then when it comes time for the more in depth stuff I am gonna most likely try to apply for a line of credit or personal loan of some sort.

My bank, PC Financial seems to have some good terms and a low repayment rate of about $60 a month. Guess that may be the way to go. I’ll keep looking into it.

A little bit of inspiration

Helen Keller (June 27, 1880 – June 1, 1968) & Anne Sullivan (April 14, 1866–October 20, 1936) vacationing at Cape Cod in July 1888.
Image Credit: Global Research

I think that almost everyone can say that they have been inspired by someone at some point in their life. This could be someone living who they have met, someone who they have never met or someone who died long before they were even born. Either way, that person or persons have had a big influence on their life or has just served as a source of in inspiration.

I would have to say that for me it would be both Helen Keller and her teacher Anne Sullivan both pictured above. A lot of people have at least heard of Helen Keller. She was born in Alabama in the US in 1880. Around the age of 19 months she was struck with illness (most likely Scarlet Fever or Meningitis) which left her both deaf and blind.

Who most people are not so familiar with however is her teacher Anne Sullivan. Anne Sullivan was born in 1866 and at the age of 20 in 1887 went to work with Helen at her home in Alabama. Anne herself was visually impaired from untreated trachoma that she contracted around 7 years earlier. She quickly went to work teaching Helen to communicate by spelling words into her hand.

I remember from the movie The Miracle Worker Anne teaching her to spell her first word “d-o-l-l”, which was a doll that she had brought with her as a present for Helen. Ever since watching that movie in Junior High School in my American Sign Language (ASL) class I have been intrigued by Anne and Helen both. The patience and understanding that Anne must have had with and for Helen would have had to have been phenomenal.

Imagine loosing either your hearing or your site. Now imagine loosing both at the same time. Now image this when you are very young and just learning to communicate. Suddenly you are in a dark silent world that you can only feel and smell and taste. You can no longer hear it and you can no longer see it. The frustration would have had to have been endless, I would imagine.

For Helen herself to overcome this, to learn to communicate and accomplish as much as she did in her life and for Anne to have the courage, strength and patience (which Helen also obviously had herself as well) to teach her and to guide her along her way. To me they are both truly inspirational. They have taught me that if you are willing you can overcome anything.

So I would like to know. Who do you find inspirational? And why?

I would loose my head if it wasn’t attached…

I really would. Day started out fairly normal. Had to make a call to ALC to help Cory’s cousin get back $125.00 he spent by accident on Web Cash thinking he could buy anything anywhere online with it. Ummm… No, you can not. It is for ALC products only, it’s a gift card for them… Yep, one of them days.

Then the three of us went to go get his ID photocopied, get a stamp and mail the Web Cash to ALC to get his money back and look for a winter jacket for Cory. I have 2 debit cards, one I mainly use and one that is my Visa debit. Well that’s the one I had the money on… so what did I do? I brought the other card and forgot the one I need at home. How’d I figure this out? We decided to stop for KFC/Taco Bell on the way in the mall. At the cash register after I ordered I realized the card I did have had less then $5 on it. So we borrow $20 from his cousin to pay.

So that was okay… While waiting I transfer money to the card I do have. Gotta love smart phones! We do what we need to, we find Cory a jacket, a nice Columbia one for $129! I love a deal, 2 jackets in 1 week that were worth over $300 each that we got for less then half price!

We take his cousin back and drop him off at our apartment to get his car and then decide to go to Bayer’s Lake, a large outdoor mall area to pay off the last of my debt. On the way my Mom calls and asks us to check out a 16 GB Lenovo Tablet on sale for $99.99. They initially bought my brother a 4 GB one but (despite me repeatedly telling them there was not enough space) quickly realized there was not enough space. Go figure. So we buy it for them and then pay the bill we needed to pay and head to Sobeys for groceries and my card that I had transfered the money onto earlier? I can not find it anywhere!

I search my pockets, I search my purse, I search the car, then Cory searches my pockets, then my purse, then the car. It is no where! Vanished. So I call the last couple of places we went. No one has it. It has not been found. So I drive all the way home, leaving Cory at Sobeys with the shopping cart full of unpaid for grocery’s next to the cash. I get my original card that I forgot earlier and go back and pay. I was so embarrassed!

Get home after that ordeal, open up the tablet and guess what? The apps he was trying to install on the other one that did not have enough space, are not compatible with this tablet… seriously pissed at this point. I turn my tablet on to see if they were compatible with it. It will not turn on. Just repeats the Samsung logo over and over and over again. I google it, restart it in safe mode and then reboot it again and it works.

In the meantime supper is in the oven. Chicken fingers and fries. When it is done cooking I put mine on a plate, add some bbq sauce, go in the living room and turn on the TV. The cat stalks me all the way in, waits till I put the plate down on the arm of the couch and then fly’s at me landing in the middle of the freaking plate right in the bbq sauce! He looks at me and I swear he was grinning. I scream, the plate goes flying in one direction, the cat in the other and me onto the floor. Yes, it really was one of those days.