I had a great time on my vacation. My parents and I went to one part of Florida for a day or two and hung out by the pool and got a tan. On Saturday we traveled to Satellite beach. Got to the condo, on the way we went to the Mets game where I was able to get a hat as my own souvenir. My aunt Nancy stayed a few nights. We did go by the pool and read books and got a tan, of course I got a sunburn. Ouch! We didn’t even do the beach by the condo the water was rough but we did when we stayed at the hotel. My parents, Aunt Nancy and I did go the pool and just hung out. We did get to play board games. We had breakfast and lunch at the condo but did go out to dinner each night. We got pedicures one night. We also made it to play mini golf the day before we left. We all watched Syracuse play basketball at Duffy’s. This is really cool I was talking to the hostess and it ended up that she used to live in Cicero and she was a counselor at this program called New Visions at OCC that I used to go to and she knew a lot of the same people I know. It was pretty awesome talking to her, we got a nice a pic together. I felt really relaxed on this trip and definitely worth it.
I was asked to speak at Oswego College at Liverpool High school today. It was a classroom of teachers learning more about how to include and teach all students. It was for Professor Bobbi Schnorr,I have spoken to her class a couple of times before. I speak about my experiences and my abilities and those of my friends that are Differently Abled. I showed my slideshow and I took questions from the classmates and Professor Schnorr. I enjoy speaking in front of her class and enjoy all the questions that they ask. I got to tell them about my experiences in school and how I learned best, then I updated them on all of the things that I have done recently. I really enjoy going to her class and Professor Fenlon’s.
I went to school with Anthony Donofrio a high school friend of mine. My mom went to school with his mom what a coincidence right? Well I was at Modern Malt eating lunch one day and Anthony and I were talking, he had me stand up at the hostess stand, then he asked me if I wanted to work there. He is the executive chef there. I talked to my family and filled out the required paperwork and I started my new job at Modern Malt. My schedule is Monday Thursday and Friday 11 till 3 but Thursday I have school, so I start my job an half an hour later. I seat people, and am a greeter. Just the other day I started to clean the tables. I really enjoy my job. I get paid every Thursday and I make tips. How awesome is that! I am liking my job. I look forward to working there.
I received an email that I responded to, it was a casting call for someone having Down Syndrome being a spokesperson. They liked what I said in the email so they asked me to send a short video. My Mom and I went to the library and it took a few takes to get it done but we shot a video about me and my job and what I do. My mom sent it in. She got a response saying How Wonderful! I am now waiting to hear back from the casting director who has to talk to her clients before she can email us the results of who gets to go further. It’s for TNT, how awesome is that !! I hope it’s me.
Last week I went to Poughkeepsie for winter state games in floor hockey. We had to go early for a congress meeting that lasted awhile. I was able to head back and met up with everyone back at the hotel. That night we had Opening Ceremonies, where we got to walk in after waiting at the freezing ice rink. When we sat down we had goodie bags under our seats. We listened to speeches and saw entertainment. Called it a early night. Saturday was competition day. We played a qualifying game and won that. The two games we played we lost. Our first game was 13 to 1 and our second was 7 to 10. Coming in 3rd place with a bronze medal. That night was closing ceremonies and the dance. Danced the night away, back to the hotel to call it night.
It’s time for family vacation. I am heading off to the beach, sun, warmth and to get a tan. I plan to swim in the water, take a dip in the pool and cool down. I am excited to see Aunt Nancy she lives in Sebastian Florida which I believe is a half an hour from where we are staying. Mom got a condo for us and our airfare. We stay for a week. I am looking forward to kicking back on the beach relaxing. I hope putt putt golf is in order while we are there.
My parents and I have been asked to be at guests at the National Down Syndrome Society’s gala at the end of March . When we found out that we were going, my Mom and I went to Boom Babies and started dress shopping. Mom and I tried on many dresses. I went through many dresses before I finally made a descision on what dress I wanted. It ended up being the very first dress I had slipped on. The dress is spectacular black and gold with a hint of silver. My mom is wearing navy. I am looking forward to seeing Myss Monique again. She has done my hair and makeup ever since I met her 5 years ago where I got hooked up through a mutual friend. I really love her, and love the way she styles me. I feel like a super star after she is done with me.
Today was sort of an early morning, I had floor hockey competition at Saint John’s Fisher in Rochester. We got there around 10:30 this morning. It was an all day event with a pairing game at 12:15 which we lost. Then we were able to eat lunch before our first game. We played both games and lost both of those games. Bringing home 4th place ribbons. One of our family friends came out to watch us, Camille Pensebee, she held a big head of mine while she was cheering I was super happy that she was able to make it out to watch me compete. While we played one of our games I was trying to get the puck out of my net I couldn’t move and yelled help me I am stuck in the net. That was a LOL moment big time. When we were done we all packed up and headed back home.
On January 6th, I walked into Gigi’s Playhouse thinking it was a normal day at work. Heather, Matt and Christina sat me down to a meeting with my job coach We talked for a little bit about my job and then they told me that they couldn’t keep me on any longer for financial reasons and that no other Playhouse had an assistant. Then they told me that I could either stay there the rest of the day with pay or I could leave. I had my mentor pick me up again. I hugged them and thanked them for the opportunity. Then I did actually leave shortly after.
One door closes and another one opens. I am feeling optimistic. I know I am going to find something even better, the only thing they had me doing by the end was cleaning, the three of them had changed my duties from office work a while ago but I am going to keep my head up and smile on. I am starting to fill out applications and know I will find something that I am sure to love.
I will be taking another class at Onondaga Community College again. This time it’s about writing resumes and cover letters and such. I am looking forward to the class. Those skills always are helpful and I love going to college.