My trip to the bookstore

Hi Blog world,

Today, I went to the bookstore. The ADA community van was very early, so consequently, I got there early.  Since I didn’t have lunch with my grandparents I went to Starbucks to get some lunch. The lady was so helpful when she told me about the soups and sandwiches they had. I had the chicken and Pesto with broccoli and cheddar soup. The sandwich was toasted, cheesy, and hot. The bread had a nice crunch to it.  The chicken was tasty because of the cheese and pesto, however, the chicken kept sliding off my bread so I didn’t eat all of it. The only other thing that I didn’t like was the taste of tomatoes. The soup was creamy, hot and tasted hardy on an empty stomach. The soup also came with oyster crackers  which added an extra crunch to my soup. I also had a lemonade to drink. It was sweet, but it felt hot to me.  The environment was good too. There was a lot of college students studying. It was nice to have some nice noise while I enjoyed myself.

This is a picture of my lunch


The price of the soup and sandwich was $6.50 and the lemonade was 1.95.  All in all, I feel it was a good meal and it was a good start to my adventure.  After lunch I sat in the Cafe and wrote for an hour. I also texted my friend.  After I got done with that I started shopping. I first looked at the puzzles, then to the children’s and youth section, because my friend and I sometimes read books from that age group. I also looked at the cute stuffed animals.

Then I went and got the book that I had on hold. It looks like a good book and I can’t wait to start reading it.  I looked at the writing books, history books,  Bibles, and other types of books. After a few hours, I went and checked out. I went and got me a hot chocolate from Starbucks and enjoyed it while I waited for the bus.

If was a fun day.

Blog soon,

Amanda Gene


My Weekend

Hi Blog world,

This past weekend was a lot of fun because I got to see my best friend. We met at her work, and then we took the regular bus back to her school.  The bus ride was two hours long, but it was a positive experience for me since I have only ridden the bus during my white cane training. Once we where back on campus we went back to the dorm to get settled.  Then we went to the cafeteria to get food.  Much to our surprise there was not a lot of people in the cafeteria  latter we found out that the alarm  that we had heard as we were going to the dorm was going off because of a small fire that happened in another area of the cafeteria.

After we got our food, we went back to the dorm and had dinner. Then we talked. It was nice to catch up with each other. Then the fun of trying to get my computer hooked up to the internet began. Jessica tried several times to get it to work, so we went to the library to see if anyone could help. They couldn’t help us so we went back to the dorm, and Jessica had to spend an hour  manually connecting my laptop to the internet.  Once she was able to get me online we goofed off on the internet by updating our Facebook pages. Then we watched  the movie “Frozen”  In my opinion, it’s a great movie. Then because it was later and because we were both tired we went to bed until the next morning. The next morning we had breakfast and watched TV.

Well that’s all for now,

Blog soon,

Amanda Gene

My trip to the downtown library

Hi Blog world,

I have had a really great week this week.  This past Wednesday, I went with my future God-Mother to the downtown library.  I usually use another library here in town so this was the first time using this one.  When we got there my future God-Mother told me what time it opened and what street it is located on in case I want to go back.  We went through the first floor then we went to the second floor. We found a table and then we both got settled. I first do a 50 question and answer worksheet for my future God-Mother and I to do.  It wasn’t that hard to come up with the questions, however, some of them did take some thinking time.  After I got that down I started another project. Cough, cough. I don’t want to say much since I don’t want to spoil the surprise later on.

Because I didn’t use my laptop computer for my second project it took the rest of the time while I was there.  The only thing I have to say about that is I have a long way to go. But I have a lot of time on my hands so I am not going to rush it and find out I have a project that I don’t like.

After my future God-Mother and I finished our work at the library we went downstairs to look at the books and magazines that were for sale. I didn’t find anything that I wanted to buy but I had a fun time browsing. 🙂

After we left the library we went out to lunch, and we went to Wendy’s and we had hamburgers.  We were still not done with our day, because we went out for milkshakes. It was a great day.

Here’s my question of the week: What kind of books or magazines do you guys like to read when you are at the library? Tell me in the comments below.

Blog soon,

Amanda Gene

Ah! A snake!

Hi Blog world,

Today was filled with a  lot excitement I didn’t want. This morning, when I was going to take Noodles for a walk I ran into a snake! I was walking outside my front door when I felt something rub against my foot and when I looked down I saw a brown long thing moving back and forth.  I screamed as soon as I knew what it was and took off for the back yard, with Noodles behind me.

As soon as I got inside I told my grandpa about the snake and he said to go around back and go ahead and take the dog.  I was on my way to take Noodles when my grandpa was going to kill the snake, however, the snake must have been as scared as I was because he was no were to be found.  I was nervous all day from that point on because only once years ago did we find another snake in the back yard that was killed right away. I was hoping that he would not come back again, but one of my friends said that he would probably show up again and she was right.

Later, that afternoon, as I was going to take the mail out I opened the door and the snake was looking right up at me. I once again screamed and slammed the door shut.  I went and told my future God mother and grandpa about the snake and of its location.  My God mother, who is a lot braver then I, went out the back to the front to deal with our little friend. At first, she was just going to relocate the snake, however, because of my fear of it showing up again I begged her to kill it.  I helped by rushing to the shed and getting a shovel.  Once I gave the shovel to my future God mother the snake’s life was over and the remains of it was tossed into the woods.  I had way to much excitement for one day.

Later on in the day, I mentioned to my future God mother that I wish I had faced my fears and killed the snake on my own. I need to start learning to stand up to my fears instead of running from them which most of the time I do.  With that being said  here’s my question for my readers and subscribers: What are some of your fears? and how do you conquer them?   Tell me in the comments below, via Twitter, Facebook, or video response. I can’t wait to hear what you guys have to say and I’m ready to have a conversation!

Blog soon,

Amanda Gene

My First Bus Trip

Hi Blog world,

Well, this week has been a very productive week.

During the beginning of this week I went to my first,  “Jobs club round-table and pot-luck dinner” The dinner consisted of macaroni and cheese, fruit, mashed potatoes, green beans, cupcakes and tea. One lesson was on the retail business. During that meeting, I also learned of the different kinds of technology and training I could receive. There is also an online school that I can get into.  But I think the most important information I got  was names of two people who work at our local paper. I am thinking about giving them a call. With that being said I think it was a great meeting and I got a lot of information.

But my week wasn’t over yet, because I met one of my goals. I used the public transportation for the first time outside of school and white cane training. I made my reservation for my trip the week before and my days leading up to my trip I was nervous, however I was even more nervous as the time came closer for my trip pick up time. The van came and picked me up right on time and the ride over was smooth despite the overcast weather.  When I arrived at the store the time thing I did was look at the dollar section. I found some things I wanted to pick up as soon as I got a cart.  After that I went to the shampoo and the one dollar health care aisle.  I looked at my cell phone to check the time and since it was getting close to lunch time I went to the cafe’ and ordered chicken tenders; my chicken tenders were hot and it burned my fingers. Because I was still nervous I only ate three of my four tenders.

After I finished my lunch I got my cart and went back to the one dollar section. I got candy and computer wipes.  Then I went to the health section and I got some shampoo and body wash.  There was also a one dollar health section so I went there to look for some soap that I wanted, however, they didn’t have want I wanted.  I also went to the face care section and once again they did not have the product that I was looking for.

The Easter section caught my eye and I went over there looking for Twizzlers candy.  I had to ask a sale associate for help as to where that type of candy was located.  Once I found the candy it took me like twenty to thirty minutes to decide what flavor I wanted. Since it was going to be a gift for my future God-Mother I wanted to get the right kind.  After much debate I got strawberry flavor.

The electronics department was next on my list since I needed some headphones.  While I was looking for the headphones  I saw iPad and since I am thinking about getting one I went up to an employer and talked to them about the benefits and disadvantages of having one.  After our conversation he was able to help me find the headphones. I got black ones.

I went to the books and movies next. I really want to see the movies, “Brave” and “Frozen” cough, cough God-Mother.

Then I went to the baby section and they really have some cute clothes, I really not sure what to buy for my new niece. If anyone has any ideas please post below in the comments section.   The music section was right across from the baby section and by this time my feet were killing me! I just kept telling myself that this was my first trip and I could make it. I went to the little kids toys and I saw the most cutest little lab dog ever! I didn’t get him right away because I went to look at the bedding and then back to the health section  and back to the electronics. Then I went to the food section which was a bad idea because I was getting hungry.  Then I went back to the Easter stuff to look at the toys again. Is your head spinning yet? Anyway, I ended up getting the dog, checked out and then I got an ice coffee. I enjoyed my coffee and people watching.

Then waiting for the bus began. I went outside to wait for the bus. I waited and waited and waited  until I stared to get rained on. So I called my grandpa to let him know the bus was late. We agreed that if the bus wasn’t there in half an hour he would come and pick me up. At this point, people started coming up to me asking if I was okay and if I was ever going to be picked up.  All I could do was thank them for their concern and wait.  Thirty minutes later the bus still wasn’t there. So I called my grandpa and he said to go back inside and get something to eat while he was on his way and to call him if the bus did show up. I went back into the store and got popcorn I heard more people with concern in there voice because I had been there for so long. All I could do was continue what I was doing thank them and wait.

As soon as I got my popcorn and started talking to the man who talked to me in the electronics department the bus showed up. The ride home was uneventful.  All in all I had a great day.

Blog soon,

Amanda Gene

Class of 2013! I did it!

Hi Blog world,

Well on December 14th at 10:30 a.m. I did something years ago I didn’t think I could do.  I graduated from College! I’m so proud of myself.

I would like to take this time to thank all my friends, family and, my readers for getting me this far. Without you this day wouldn’t have been possible.

To watch the graduation, please click the link below.

Please note: the graduation was recorded by WUWF Public Media

Jessica and Diesel: the freedom continues

Jessica Woods is an amazing person who continues to inspire any person she comes in contact with.

Woods was born legally blind due to an eye condition called Coloboma. This eye condition is caused Woods’ retina to be deformed and her octave nerve to be damaged.

At the age of eight, the retina in Woods’ right eye detached and surgery was performed to reattach it. This surgery did not work. There was another surgery that was performed to try to fix the surgery from last time.

This time the surgery worked and Woods regained some sight. From this point on, Woods slowly began to lose the regained sight that she had.

By the age of 17 the eye condition took her sight completely.

Raising someone who is legally blind and then going blind at the age of 17 was.

“An Adventure,” said Pam Woods, who is Jessica Woods’ mother, “There were challenges in the school systems, trying to get her an education. Watching her struggle, I guess you can say we celebrated when she succeeded, we cried along with her when she didn’t but it was an adventure.”

From the time she was little, she was in Orientation and Mobility Training.   She was given her first cane when she was seven years old, and she would continue to use this cane for the next 12 years.

Many people with perfect sight really take for granted what it means to walk independently; but when you are blind, being able to walk independently really is a miracle.  At the age of 19, Woods knew it was time for her to have that independence and freedom just like any other person, so she applied for her first guide dog.

Her first guide dog was a yellow Golden Retriever /Labrador mix named Bristol. Woods had to go through a month long training process before she could bring Bristol home.

During this training process, she was taught how to work with Bristol while he was in and out of harness.  The training was well worth it all. They worked together as a team for five years.

But sadly, last year, Bristol started showing signs that he didn’t want to work anymore.  Woods thought it was time to retire Bristol, and was ready to do so, until, one night he developed a severe nose bleed. Woods took him to the vet the next day and sadly, the news was not good, Bristol had cancer.  Last summer, Bristol peacefully died in Woods’ arms when he was put to sleep.

Woods knew it was time to get another guide dog. She and Bristol made such a great team that she decided to go back to Bristol’s school for her next dog.  But, after her application was completed, she was put onto a waiting list and told that there was not a good match for her. Since she was starting her next year of college in August, she approached the Pilot Dogs, Inc.  She told them about her situation and that she would need a new dog to help her live independently on campus.

A month later, she got the phone call she had anxiously been waiting for.  The school had a match for her.  For Woods, this was a new adventure because she had to leave her family behind and she had to fly to Columbus, Ohio, to receive and train with her new dog.

Her freedom and independence would continue with a two year old black Labrador, named Diesel.  Since Woods was in a different city, she received a different kind of training than she had received with her first guide dog.

“I got more city training in Columbus, Ohio, than at the previous school, which was more of a small town, which I found very beneficial,” said Jessica Woods.

She returned home and to her dorm mates at her school.  Once at her school, she had to teach guide dog etiquette to her dorm mates.

“No, I had no idea until they came here, “said Grace Eadie, who is a member of the residence hall were Woods and Diesel live, “I thought that you could just play with the dog and really you can’t do that.”

Many of Jessica’s dorm mates feel happy that Diesel is around to help her.

” I feel that Jessica is very lucky to have Diesel,” said Ashlee Ballew, “I am glad that Jessica has the extra help. She is a very sweet girl and Diesel seems to help her out a lot.”

Many of Jessica’s friends have seen her grow with Diesel, who is still a young puppy.

“It’s very interesting because I knew Jessica when she had Bristol and they were a pretty good team,” said Becca Hill who is a friend of Jessica and Diesel in an interview, “and then she got Diesel who is very hyper, and it’s kind of like the opposite of Bristol, but it’s pretty cool watching them learn and watching Diesel mature. “

Jessica and Diesel: The freedom continues




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