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Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Ok, so at the request and persistent request of a few people who will remain nameless for this post, I now finally feel human enough to get this out there for you guys.
If you’ve been reading then you know I went to Oklahoma Sunday with Taylor’s parents. Well despite my worst fears things actually went smoothly for the most part. Leah wasn’t looked down like a plaque or anything for being there, no one made any snyde comments, and no one complained about taking me to take her out. My only real issue and notice I say issue was someone who was there playing too. I had Leah following Taylor’s mom since I couldn’t see well in there and I definately couldn’t hear. Well, on our trips around the casino Leah was doing great, following without any major problems until someone stopped her. Want to know how they stopped her, they stuck their hand out there like they were going to pet her and she stopped in her tracks and was ready to eat some attention up. Well because said person stopped Leah Taylor’s mom kept on going thinking we were still following, until she turned around to say something and I wasn’t there lol. I said a few words with the person, about how my dog is a working dog and I am blind and that she was following my family so I knew where to go and thanks to them I was now lost and didn’t know where my family had gone. You know what all they said was I am sorry, and didn’t even offer to help me find them! That was total bullshit! But we only eneded doing half of the trip we had planned since everyone was really tired by like 3 and ready to go home. Taylor’s dad and brother were a bit aggravating his dad more than anyone because we were trying to regroup to leave and we couldn’t let him go anywhere because he would just sit down and start playing again and it was next to impossible to get him off it. So we ended up home about 6 that evening, and I was pooped I had been up since 4:30 that morning and I think Leah was starved even though I had been feeding her small amounts of kibble and ice through the day along with some water here and there. Once again, my private pooper wouldn’t poop while we were there so I felt a little silly prepared for the worst lol. But went to bed semi early for us at least that night. I had school the next day the first day of school to be truthful. Oh boy, I woke up at like 8 that morning wide awake realizing I had only slept for a little less than 8 hours, that should’ve been my first clue to what kind of day I was going to have. Well, I got ready packed myself a lunch and made sure I had lots of water for Leah and myself because it was only like 9:30 and it was hot! Well, glad I did, because before the day was over the temp had gotten to 108 and the heat index was hotter than the devils butt crack lol. (I just made that one up lol) Archery went well, he said we wouldn’t go outside and start shooting till it cooled off a bit, which is good. Wednesday we are going to the library to learn how to email him assignments in blackboard and to start a written assignment on the “ABC’s of Archery Safety” yeah sounds kind of stupid but whatever. So, we got out of there early and I went to check on where I would be meeting the person who was in charge of helping me with my classes and the room we usually used was no longer available to us. So, I threw a small fit about refusing to work in the library and stalked off. I went to my friend who is the assisstant to the dean and also in charge of room schedules and told her what was going on. She found a class room that we could work in, but once we got there after my special topics class we found the internet didn’t work in there. Anyways more about tutoring later. So, I ate lunch after that talking to my friend while she worked and listening to the people come and go. I then tried to return my biology book since I had extra time but the line in the bookstore had looped all the way around the store so I gave up and left. Then I decided to go back to my friends office and wait out the time till it was ok to head over for class. She had asked me to come out side and smoke with her and I agreed, and I had let Leah off her leash to do her business because my friend was watching her and Leah does really on campus about not wandering off. Well, talking to my friend and listening to Leah’s tags jingle to keep an ear out for where she was, when all of a sudden my friend leaned over and whispered “Leah just pooped” I was mortified. In the 2 years she has been on campus she never pooped on campus! So, I asked my friend if I got the sack I brought my lunch in would she show me where it was so I could pick it up. Well in the process of picking up the deposit, the maintenence person came up to me and asked what I was doing, I simply stated that I was picking up after my dog. To which his reply was, “Don’t do that” and I was like what? and he said they prefer for the dogs to poop on campus where people don’t walk because its free fertilizer. The man whom I was speaking to is really nice and I have spoken with him before and he playfully told me he would beat me for throwing his free fertilizer away lol. Well, I told him that I had already picked up and wasn’t about to put it back and he laughed. So, I tied up the deposit and gathered up my stuff since I needed to head over to class. My grandmother had painted my lit professor a picture since she found out he was my fave and I had been trying to get it to him since the end of may and I also had a picture of myself and him that we had taken at the awards ceremony in may as well that I wanted to give him. Well I caught him before class in front of the student center smoking a cigar and had the pictures under my arm, with the deposit in my hand. When I walked up he was all like “Oh, you have the pictures.” and i was all like “Yeah, let me just throw something awway first.” Then he was all like “Whats in that wal mart sack, you got something good for me?” and he was really wanting the wal mart sack in my hand which had the deposit in my hand. I told him”You don’t want this sack, I need to throw it away.” He was like well maybe it is something I want don’t throw it away.” I laughed loudly because I was trying to not be blunt about what was in the sack since there was other people out there, but he was insistant on me giving him the bag until I finally said” Hyles, do you really want this sack?” and he waslike “Maybe” and I was like “Oh, I bet you don’t” and he was like ” How do you know I don’t want it?” and I was like “You are really going to make me say it, its dog shit. I don’t think you want it.” I laughed really loudly as did alot of other people in hearing distance. He then asked me “Why in the hell are you carrying around dog shit?” He was very confused at this point…and I couldn’t stop laughing. I finally said “Well, Leah had to poop and I picked it up and this is the only outside trash can close.” He was very disgusted at the fact for a minute and laughed. “I guess thats part of having a dog like that huh?” was his response. “Yeah, but I was told she could poop wherever as long as it wasn’t where some one walked that I didn’t have/need to pick up.” “What? Then we will have dog shit everywhere in that case.” “No, this is the first time in 2 years she has ever pooped on campus.” “Are you shitting me?” “No, *laughing*” “That poor dog she can hold it better than I can.” “No, she is just a private pooper, but don’t think she could hold it today so she did what she had to do.” “Well she must have developed shame.” “Shame?” “Shame like us humans, we can’t just go shit in front of people.” “I guess, she really just likes to have her privacy. ” Then he laughed and I laughed. This teacher is rather old and he has some problems getting up once he has sat down and at this point it was just him and me outside and it was time to go to class, so I asked if he needed help up. He was like no I’ll just wait for someone else to help me. I was astonished, and replied “I can help you, you know?” He was like “But you are blind you can’t help me up.” I told him “Just because I can’t see you doesn’t mean my arms are broken, now let me help you up.” To which he replied “Ok, but if You let me fall, its going to be a blind girls ass.” I laughed really hard and helped him up with no problems. He then said to me “Well, I guess you were right, you don’t need eyes to do that kind of stuff huh?” I was like “No, I told you my arms work just fine.” We went to class while he carried his picture of him and me with him, he had someone else put the painting in his car. Well, we got to class and this particular class is broadcasted with the other campus in Hillsboro and while waiting for the stuff to connect to the other campus he played with the magnification stuff he had put my half of the picture on the screen, and everyone was laughing. I couldn’t for the life of me figure out why, so I finally had to ask “Do I really want to know what you are doing?” To which he said to the rest of the class “Its ok, she doesn’t know she’s blind.” I almost died laughing. He then told me that he had put my half of the picture on the screen, and I told him to not subject those people to such torture. He told me “I know its the most awful kind of torture, having to look at a pretty girl isn’t it?” I ducked my head and blushed embarrassed. Then he put his half of the picture on the screen and said ” Ok, kids this is what you will look like in 20 years if you don’t drink your milk and eat your vegetables.” I couldn’t help laughing. This teacher is my fave because he isn’t afraid to joke about my blindness and play it off like a joke and that makes me feel better because of it. Most teachers just try to dance around the fact and some are even afraid to say “Blind” like its a forbidden word or something. Well, once that class was over I went to meet my tutor whom I already knew and we went to try this room my friend had told us was open for the time we wanted. Well when we got there we were drenched in sweat, because it had reached the 108 degrree mark by this time. So, while we cooled off in the room, I was trying to get my computer on the network and I needed a network key so I called the internet person and she came over and said we were trying to connect to the old network and we needed the new one, but needed to download this thing first but had to do it somewhere else in another building and then this room would work for us. So we just decided to go somewhere else for the day. We got started and tryed to to use this lock down browser and it wouldn’t work on my computer like the teacher said it would. So, I went to the testing center and took my first quiz for Biology. It was simple 10 questions and I made an 80 only missing 2 questions. I didn’t think that was too bad but felt I could’ve done better. Then we decided to get half of the business law done since we didn’t have a book, we only did the discussion board posting for the week. Once we had done all this, we decided we had enough for the day because we had covered the outline for business law and biology. I then went off to tackle the book store one more time and it wasn’t that bad this time, but I did run into a lady who works for the school Taylor went to highschool at and she knew him and didn’t realize that I was his girlfriend, all she had ever heard was that he was dating a blind girl. She said it was nice to meet me and she was very nice, becauseI knew her daughter from hanging out with some of Taylor’s friends. Well, now on to my complaining. Whose bright idea was it to not talk me out of 13 hours? I mean 12 hours has never been a problem before, but 10 of my hours this semester is going to kill me. Biology has lots of quizzes and 5 page papers, Business law has averaging 2 quizzes a week, with a discussion board posting and 2 replies a week, and my special topics class well thats just special. We have to read one fictional vampire book, one non fictional vampire book, not to mention Dracula and this other book called Carmilla. We have to write papers over all of those, and we also have to watch 16 movies or more and keep a movie log of when we watched it, who we watched it with, and a summary of the movie. Yikes! Oh, and the business law class is requiring a reserach paper on Managerial Accounting, which shouldn’t be an issue since I am decent at accounting, but I have a feeling that it won’t be what I am expecting and its due in Nobember so I should probably start on that paper and the biology papers just to get a head start. I don’t think I’ll be having much of a sociallife this semester. If this doesn’t kill me, than I will have one heck of a GPA,when its over! Well, I didn’t want to be bored anymore, and it looks like this semester is just what I asked for, not a whole lot of down time. I am sorry it took me so long to get this up, I was just worn out with not getting a whole lot of sleep and having 2 long days and the heat and humidity yesterday almost killed me. I really was pooped. I also had another early morning this morning because I ahd to get a shot and get groceries, but I jumped at the first chance I had to catch a nap and slept for about a hour or 2 and feel much more human. If Ican go to bed early tonight it would rock, because tomorrow I have to get up at 8 to make sure everything is taken care of before I leave for the day.

I am writing this while I listen to the Rangers game from yesterday on archive, see you know I’m out of it when I don’t even have the concentration to watch baseball. So, today I have a double header, just hoping they don’t overlap. I tried really hard to not hear anything about the game before I watched it which was really hard since Taylor likes to listen to the sports station and the Rangers game last night seemed to be a hot topic, so I kept holding my ears shut and humming till it was over. That made for an interesting car ride though 🙂 We just went to the top of the 7th, and its 3-0 Rangers, its looking good for us right now. We are playing the Twins,and over all they are a pretty tough team.
Well, thats the scoop on the poop lmao!

Hope you enjoyed,
Amanda Ellen and Leah who is not happy that she has had to work 3 straight days in a row, but she doesn’t know she has to work tomorrow too 🙂

An update on my previous post!

Saturday, August 21st, 2010

YAY! so I am happy to report, that Leah will be going with me on our little Sunday outing! Thanks to Taylor I didn’t really even have to blow a gasket and never really had to be shitty! I love him sometimes 🙂 So, in all seriousness, Leah and I have never had an outing quite like this before, with a long car ride there and then actually having to do something once the car ride is over. Usually when she has long car rides she and I are going to my parents and we get home and the harness comes off and its relax time. I am not sure how I’m going to do on this either, I don’t normally do long car rides well when it comes to having energy when its over. Riding 4 hours to my mom’s with lots of stops along the way usually wears me out. So, 2.5 hours to a casino and spending god only knows how long in this casino will be interesting, to say the least! I am wondering how I will do Leah’s breakfast that morning. Thinking if I get up 2 hours before we have to leave and feed her immediately then that should give her ample oppourtunity and time to do her business. Not wanting to make this any worse by asking to stop on the way there because Leah has to go. I am sure we will have to stop though, because I am sure I’ll have to go to the bathroom with having a bladder the size of a walnut and always drinking alot of fluids. But I think I’ll keep her dinner the same, just hoping she will be willing to poop in public like that. I have come to know over time that Leah is a very private pooper. She doesn’t really like anyone watching if she can help it and she prefers grass to concrete any day. So, I have a feeling this place won’t have a lot of grass and probably won’t have a real secluded place for Leah to go to the bathroom. So this will make dinner time interesting. I also think I’ll make some take me and her out every 2 or 3 hours just to make sure she doesn’t need a potty break because I really don’t want any accidents. Not with these people around I don’t. Give me any of my family or my friends and it wouldn’t be so bad, but with Taylor’s family this would be mortifying. The only thing they asked of me was if I could brush her extra good the night before to help knock off any extra dog hair to keep the dog hair to a minimum in the car. Which ok whatever, I still won and my dog is getting to go. The friend who was going to keep Leah for me was a little sad that I was taking Leah with me since she had a whole play day planned for Leah and her pup, but she understood why this was important to me and said we could make a play day one day when I could attend to or next time I needed a dog sitter. So that was really nice. Oh, and I don’t really keep poop bags on me since Leah has never pooped on campus in the 3 years we’ve been going to school and thats usually the place we are at the longest where its mandatory that I pick up after her, so can I just take wal mart bags to pick up poop if I can coax her to go? I have a backyard and kinda shove the poop off into a corner and pick up the pile like once a week, and Taylor’s parents have a yard that Leah goes in which Taylor’s mom does the same as me, and my mom has a yard that she doesn’t really pick up, but never seems to over flow since I am sure that since they aren’t there alot the strays probably take care of what poop does accumulate. So, Sunday will be interesting, but I feel great, because my baby will be going! I won the battle, just not sure about the war just yet! I am just so happy! I’ll call tomorrow to see what they want to put in the floor of the car for her to lay on, if I need to bring something. If I do then I guess I’ll be nice and wash Leah’s favorite blanket and take it. Its really cute my mom bought it for her. Its pink camo and has John Deere on it. Mom thought it was fitting of Leah, she said she was a pink country girl lol. So, I am really ready and kinda nervous now. I’m not sure when I’ll update on Sundays adventures since I do have school Monday..so I’ll either try to do it before bed Sunday or maybe monday evening. Just depends on how wore out I am. Oh, how I can’t wait for school to start to give my life some normalcy again! It will be so nice and I already have notes for my biology class so its a good start. Lots of stuff to remember though. Like “Does King PeterCome Over For Great Sex” Thats from my teacher! It is a little thing to help you remember Domain, Kingdom, Phylum,Class, Order, Family, Geneus (not sure how to spell that one), and Species! So, yeah I think I’ll need lots of those little sayings to help me remember all this stuff! I hope to have my first quiz done early since its not due till the second monday of class but hoping by maybe wednesday I’ll have it done!
Well, one more thing and then I’ll finish for the night, The Rangers won tonight 2-0 over Baltimore and I enjoyed talking to you ladies and somewhat to you gentelman too today and can’t wait to do it again!

Love, Peace, and Chicken Grease!!!

Amanda Ellen and Leah “My Princess”

Unsupportive People beware, Cause I have about had enough!

Friday, August 20th, 2010

Ok, so since I’ve gotten Leah the supportiveness of Taylor’s family has been slowly going down hill and for the most part I have been able to stomach it and move on. Well this week I have about had enough. They wanted us to go up to Oklahoma to a casino on Sunday with them. Well, no problem a friend of mine offered to take Leah for me the night before and I could pick her up the next day. The only stipulation was that I needed to be home to receive her by 6:30-7 pm. Which I didn’t think would be a problem since we were pplanning on leaving at like 6:30 that morning. Oh, well that just can’t do for Taylor’s family. You know why? Because his stupid little brother’s girlfriend has to go to the place where her dad died. Not where he is buried or anything like that, but where he had the fatal heartattack and died. I am sorry, I may sound a bit insensitive but that is just f*ckin morbid to me. That would be like me wanting to the place where my dad ran off the road and died in his car crash, just not something thats healthy in my perspective for anyone. I can understand visiting the grave site, thats ok, but the place where he died I just don’t get it. So, because Taylor’s little brother is the baby he and his girlfriend get whatever they want even if its an hour out of the way. So, because of this little detour we probably wouldn’t be back till 8:30 or 9 that night. There is no way I will ask someone to wait for me till that late on a Sunday night knowing full well they have to work the next day and that they are a person who works at a college and the person who directs classes and stuff on the first day. Which by the way Monday would be the first day of school. So, I said as nicely as I am capable of at this point that would not do, and that Leah would have to go. Now here is where the story changes, because when they proposed this trip a couple of days ago, they said there wasn’t enough room in a Tahoe for Leah to ride, but tonight the story is well we just had the Tahoe cleaned. So, now they just don’t want her there. Well, I said then if Leah can’t go because you don’t want to get back till late then I guess I will just have to stay home, and then continued to say that I thought that it was shitty that I would have to stay home just because you don’t want my dog in your vehicle. Then I get the response that well we will just have to figure something out. Leah is perfectly capable of going and eating there and going to the bathroom there, I can pick up after her. She has no problem with riding in 4 hour stints. There is no real reason other than Leah is a dog and she sheds that she can’t go. I offered to be nice and leave her home trying to stomach their unsupportiveness once again, but when you won’t work with me in return then I am sorry, thats when I stop being helpful. This really frustrates me and I am supposed to find out tomorrow on the subject and I have a feeling I just might end up blowing a gasket and pissing off alot of people and at this point I don’t really care. I am just tired of being cast off because I choose to use a dog as my mobility aid and not a person, like Taylor does. Its really frustrating and just wanted to throw this out for you blogger people and see what you guys thought.

Thats all for now stay tuned for what happens next,
Amanda Ellen and Leah

A very blah posting.

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Ok, so not guaranteeing the greatness of this post, because 1 its late and 2 I am really just worn smooth out. So today was cool, we got groceries like every monday it seems like here lately. But then after getting groceries, I got asked if I wanted to go get Leah some more dog food while we were out. I was very excited since I had said I needed to go but no plans had been made as to when we would. So, we got to Petsmart and I decided to see if my PetsMart had a vet clinic, and suprise they do. So, I asked if they could clip Leah’s toe nails for me, and it turned out to be cheaper than my normal vet. Bonus! But it gets better, I went to get her dog food, which is a Purina Pro Plan sensitive skin and stomach formula, and I always buy the 33 lb bag since it lasts a couple of months. Well, score # 2 I got the last bag! Score # 3 for the day, it was about $10 cheaper this time then it was last time I bought it! I was really excited. But here’s the fail on PetsMart part, they didn’t have a real big selection of Nyla Bones, I was/still am looking for a really big chocolate nyla bone. I had one that was kinda small before well 2 of them really, but they both have seemed to gone missing. Leah really liked them and thats as close to dairy she can get without triggering an ear infection. Besides what girl doesn’t like chocolate? lol. Well, the only Nyla Bones that Petsmart had was of course the regular ones, and this funky chicken flavored one that was mint flavored in the middle. I found that rather strange and passed on it. I was wanting to actually lay hands on some of these other Nyla Bones before I bought them to see if I thought Leah would like them. Well, then the guy proceeds to try and sell me a raw hide that is bbq flavored and I had to pass on that as well. I don’t much like rawhides in the house, they make a mess. Well, then we looked at some other toys and found some squeaker toys that were shaped like a donut and a cupcake that were made of some tougher rubber. I held them down for Leah to check out, and Oh My Gosh, this dog actually turned her head away and totally dissed them. I never have seen Leah turn away a squeaker toy before, guess these weren’t her kind of squeaker or something lol. So, we just decided to get what the mother in law needed for her yorkie brat and she showed me these treats that her pooch loves. Get this one, banna chips with chicken around the outside. Really, who comes up with these dog treats and toys. Rather strange combos if you ask me. So I decided against them since Chicken isn’t really something we have definately ruled out as an allergie and they were 10 dollars for this bag. I figure I can spend 2 bucks at wal mart and get her banna chips which I know she likes and I know she isn’t allergic to. Well, on the way home Taylor’s mom actually bought us lunch! Score #4 for the day, it was awesome. Oh, I forgot to tell you about Leah after she got her nails clipped. She was extremely stimulated after they brought her back out of the room they clipped her nails in. I almost couldn’t get her harness back on. She was all waggy and sniffy, and very excited and wanted to love all over me. I had to ask what all did you do to my dog back there. The lady was like nothing just clipped her nails, she was very good and stood still the whole time. I guess Leah just really doesn’t like going off with strangers and then those strangers messing with her feet. I mean, she really doesn’t like her feet messed with by people she knows and is comfortable around. But Leah got her pedicure and is now ready for the big first day of School on Monday. Oh, speaking of school, I think I will die. We are running on the 17th day of triple digit temps and high humidity and My archery class is outside, for an hour at 11 in the morning which is really like the hottest time of the day if not close to it. I think I’ll have to bring a change of clothes to compensate for all the sweat from just being outside. Its really the humidity that kills, and makes you sweat buckets from just standing there. Hopefully it won’t last long or I may just lose some weight from just being outside. Lord knows when they will get my accomodations for that class, so I prob won’t be shooting a bow for a few weeks. Well, I am looking forward to it though, I could stand the weight loss. Oh, and the Rangers are setting me up for dissapointment, because we started a 3 game stint against the Tampa Bay Rays tonight and we lost after we couldn’t properly play our defense. So Tampa Bay came back and beat us 6-4 after we took the lead from them when they lead us 2-0 early in the game. So, because of this three game stint, I am not friends with RO, a very good online friend of mine till its over because she is a Tampa Bay Rays fan. So, we can be friendly as long as the game isn’t on. But even then we try to keep it clean 😉 Well, like I said I can’t vouch for the content of this post because the more I write the more tired I get and the more I realize that maybe I shouldn’t have had to glasses of Tea today, I feel a caffinne migraine coming on. I think its time to call it quits.

Until next time,
Amanda Ellen and Leah “Mommy’s Little Princess”

Fall 2010 plans and some other Ramblings.

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

Ok, so I wanted to start to take this thing in a new direction. I need to be a happier person and thanks to RO and introducing me to baseball I think I have started to be. So, I wanted to see if anyone was interested in what I was taking this fall. I am taking 13 hours this semester which at the moment doesn’t seem like a whole lot, but I also haven’t started the classes yet.
So, heres my schedule
Monday
11:00-11:50 Archery 1 Beginning Archery
1:00-1:50 Special Topics Literature Class “On the Hunt for Count Dracula”
Wednesday Repeat schedule
Friday
Repeat Schedule
Pretty interesting huh? Nah, I am taking Biology 1 for non majors online along with Business Law 1, Wellness Fitness 1, and Orientation
I am just taking orientation for a GPA booster because the new catalog requires it to graduate and the PE classes I am king for GPA boosters as well, but also because I could use the exercise. I had a friend talk me out of optin out of PE by turning in my letter saying I am disabled and unable to do PE because I can do PE blindness is my only problem. Lets see, and I am taking the Special topics Literature class because I really love the teacher and I love the topic. I don’t really need anymore literature, I have fulfilled my sophmore literature requirements. Business LAw is a 300 or 400 level class at the college I want to transfer to, but transferring is not in the cards right now so I just figured I would go ahead and take it while I am here and I needed the hours. Biology will be the second half of my lab science requirements. I had another blind friend who took it with the same teacher I am taking it from and she says it is a piece of cake, which I think anything could be compared to Astronomy. *shudders* Still not sure how I managed to pull a B out of Astronomy, that class was a nightmare. I also have one person who is willing to help me with all my classes that I need help with if its needed, and my friend who works at the school is taking Archery with me and her daughter is too! I like them both alot and this ought to make this Archery class very interesting. Wellness and Fitness is just a walking/jogging cclass. I will walk on my treadmill and document how long I did it and at the end of the semester I will have to go to school and walk 5 laps around the campus. This is why I say I could use the excerise these are promising to offer what I need. The best motivation for me is getting a good grade and if I can get a grade for excersising then so be it! Right now my GPA thanks to Astronomy for not destroying it is 3.1 so I really want to get my GPA up to at least a 3.5 by the time I graduate so that I can graduate with honors just once 🙂 I need a 3.5 to do that. I am really ready to go back to school, taking this summer off has really killed me, I am ready to go stir crazy sometimes, but baseball has helped out alot in that department. Not to mention that Pre Season football has started to so I really have lots to look forward to. The Rangers finish out a 3 game series against the Red Sox tonight, and start a 3 game series against the Rays tomorrow. And because of this 3 game series against the Rays I can’t be friends with the person who got me into baseball and possibly saving my life, because she is a Rays fan. So it will be a long but interesting 3 days. I can’t wait to see how it plays out. Pre season football has been ok so far, got a lot of injuries in the first pre season game that could really hurt our regular season play, but have faith that this year our kicker is actually worth a damn which really has me excited. Its been really hot here, they said today marks the 15th straight day of ttriple digit temps and no rain. I am really jealous of my mom in PA because she said today it may have been 70 degrees no humidity really and its raining. She said she had to put on long sleeves and pants and curl up with a blanket with only a fan on. Really makes me jealous right about now. I love fall when its not too hot but its also not freezing. I like that time of year. I don’t like to freeze and I don’t like to stand out side for 5 mins and be drenched in sweat either. But because its hot, Leah and I have not done a whole lot. She wants to g outside and play, but we can only do that at night when its some what cooler, its still hot but its tolerable. Taylor has been playing with her more than I have lately, because she just wants to love on her momma and eat her daddy up. Its a nice balance I think. But for the most part she seems content to lay in the floor and soak the A/C up and sleep. She realizes after we go out side for more than like 10 mins its hot and wants back in pretty quick. We start school on the 23rd so we will start back in the swing of things. uUsually I take Tuesday and Thursday classes, but felt like a change this semester and am going Monday,Wednesday, and Friday. Gives Leah and I more time out of the house. Because Our classes start at 11 and are over at 2 we can work with someone on Biology and whatever I need help with from 2 till 4:30. So its working out well because we can do that 3 days a week instead of 2. Instead of labs for biology though, mmmy teacher wants 2 five page papers. One is a bio topic that could be controversial and the other one is to be about an endangered species. Jess, my other blind friend, is taking classes from Tarleton this semester and got signed up for a Intro Business class against her better judgement and said she would do my papers if I could help do her business class… still thinking about that one, it might not be a bad trade off. I told her I would have to see the book and everything first. She after all did these same papers and made an A in the class.
Well, I think I have rambled enough for one posting. I said this posting would be school related and other Ramblings and I think I did just that.

See you all next time,
Amanda Ellen

My plans for Spring 2011

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

Ok, so here goes what I think could be possibilities for spring 2011
Plan A:
I take business law 2 from Hill like I planed. Then I take principles of marketing from Tarleton proper in Stephenville if its offered online along with Statistics. That would give me 9 hours. Leaving me a 3 hour time slot. If I could find something from Tarleton proper that would go towards my bachelors that could fill that slot online then this would work out really great. If I can’t then I try to find some useless bullshitt class to take at Hill to fill the 3 hour time slot.
Ok, so far its still looking good.
If this plan works then I can do dual enrollment, and graduate from Hill in the spring as planned. Then in the fall I can start to complete the degree from Tarleton the e-college and everything should fall into place from there, with the exception of finding tutors/readers when they are needed.
The only concern I have with the e-college is what are the accomadations going to be like for me, will they be able to do the same as Tarleton proper and get my books in electronic format. This is a must for me. I do well if you give me my books, give me my assignments, and if I need it someone to work with me on things my computer doesn’t read right or at all and leave me the hell alone. If I don’t want someone to work with me at home, I am sure I could find a way to Hill and am like 99.9% sure they wouldn’t mind letting me use a space there to work. I plan on leaving and becoming an Alumni in good graces. Ok, so this is still sounding good so far even though there are a lot of variables.

Now I move on to plan B:

Plan B is rather simple. I just take Business Law 2 from Hill with some other business classes that may or may not be helpful to me later on or if I can’t take business classes then I take bullshit meaningless classes just to fill the 9 hour void I would have. I then graduate from Hill once again in good graces, and start the online portion of my bachelors degree in the fall as planned. Since Tarleton e-college says the degree won’t be available till fall of 2011.

Here’s my big deal. If the Tarleton e-college doesn’t have ADA services I would be screwed, because I can find my own help, but I can’t get my books in electronic format on my own since I am not an employee at an institution. And since the publishers usually require you to buy the book before they will give you an electronic copy, can I just go get my books from the Tarleton proper book store or do I have to order them like the Tarleton e-college suggests you do. If I have to order them, will this be able to work with my book voucher that I get from DARS (my blind counselor)

These are things to ponder, but not the end of the world. I am going to finish this and will do something with my life, and not just sit on my butt and wish I could’ve done something to get me out or to make more money than the government is willing to give me to live on.

Ok, I feel better and will keep this for the future reference that will be spring semester, because I can’t say for definite anything right now since fall hasn’t even started yet. But Tarleton proper will have their spring schedule ready before Hill will. Oh, and one more thing, I just hope there won’t be any problems if I take classes from Tarleton proper with them transferring to the e-college.

Ok, I am done and thanks for reading.

Hope you enjoy,
Amanda Ellen