Life Lately | Oh, Singing The February Blues!

Howdy!

Yup, it’s me! I’m back to blogging after what feels like forever! February wasn’t a bad month, but it still sucked. I wasn’t my normally peppy, productive self and even though I had a lot of different types of blog posts in my head and in my daily planner, it’s been hard to concentrate to do anything worthwhile.

It seems like for the most part, February was full of sickness. I have over 200+ friends on Facebook and I’m pretty sure, the majority had some sort of illness! I wasn’t sick with the flu, like most people, but I felt really out of it though. I just wanted to sleep, which concerned my parents because they know how I hate taking naps in any part of the day. A part of me thinks it has to do with my depression creeping back to me. I’ve been feeling negative with myself again. I’ve also noticed that I just want to start bawling in both happy and sad times. It’s been really frustrating to figure out which could be wrong with me, because I don’t know what could be different compared to how life was like in October!

When February arrived, I was a little down with myself because I hadn’t used that last week of January to work on the first two weeks of the new month, so I think that was part of the issue in the beginning, but once I started working on my disability challenge posts I was fine! It wasn’t until I started working on my Valentine’s Day stories that I really noticed something different with myself. In January, I wanted to write happy, love stories. I don’t know why I decided to write about breakups instead. I was really mad at myself for not doing better since I had been so excited to begin production on them.

I don’t like putting a lot of pressure on myself. I’m already doing two other series on my blog, plus one more exclusively on my blog’s Facebook profile for this year. I did not need to add a fourth idea this late–and yes, it is considered “late” because I’ve done enough planning! When I came up with these ideas, I gave myself enough time in between so I wouldn’t feel like everything was crushing me to the point where I’d give up on everything! I just decided stop what I was doing for February and wait to publish anything until March begins, so I would have a new month, a new start to get things finished, scheduled and ready for you all to read something different and fun!

For the past few weeks, I’ve been trying to do more self-care things, like reading and watching movies again. I’ve also joined a fun community of baby name euthastists like myself on Facebook, so I’ve been having fun collecting pairings, and adding onto my personal list and “baby names” Pinterest board too! Speaking of Pinterest boards, if you’d like to see what I’ve been watching on TV lately, you can check out my “seen in 2019” mini board now! I’ve been exploring the drama and time period films again, so if you are into historical, tear-jerker type of movies, you’d think you’ve hit the jackpot with my list!

How was your February? Have you or your family been going through the sickness too? Hope you’re all feeling better!

A-Z Disability Challenge | E : Events

This was originally supposed to go to a fellow blogger’s site that fall, but by the time I had the time to work on it, she was booked on her blog. So, when I came up with this series, I thought about putting this subject on my blog instead. I hope this post helps with creating or attending your next event.

We all make some type of events with our friends, coworkers, etc all the time. A lot of people love being the person that comes up with the ideas and puts it all together. I will give kudos to anyone that does that job, because I would have a headache going into it. Anyways If you are the one that plans for the entire thing, you usually have it all planned out in your notebook or tablet, just to keep everything organized, you might be missing some things that you wouldn’t necessarily think about needing to know right away.

If you invite somebody that has a disability, whether it’s physical or invisible, you need to cover all areas to fit that person’s needs. Now how do you do that? Well here are some of the basic things you need to remember to do.

  • You need to make sure the place where you will be having the event itself is handicapped accessible.

  • If you’ve invited somebody who is deaf, hire an interpreter.

  • Put things to at eye-level, so that everybody can reach for things easily.

  • Allow them to have their own food brought in, if they can’t have what you’re serving.

  • Brings plastic ware like forks, knifes, spoons, and even multiple straws.

  • Ask the person if they need help, especially if they didn’t bring somebody with them.

  • Make sure they are included in every aspect.

I was going to explain each one of the helpful hints in full, but I thought some were pretty self-explanatory. The first one needs to be discussed is making sure the area is accessible to everybody. For somebody with a disability, we always look out for certain things, like ramps, elevators, and a large bathroom. As a warning, from the moment we get out of our vehicles, we are like hawks, making sure everything is how it should be. You have to be as honest with them as you can as well. If you tell a person with a disability, that the building is accessible, you have to mean everything! If there are stairs, there has to be an elevator. If there is a curb, you have to say “there’s no ramp”. If the bathrooms are tiny as hell, you have to tell them!

Nowadays, lots of people have different food allergies. They might have an allergy to gluten, milk, peanuts, etc and since these are pretty common, a lot of people will respect their wishes and make sure to leave out these foods for that person. However, if you’re on a special diet, and this goes for vegan/vegetarians too, things can be a little bit more difficult for the planner. You want to serve food that everybody will enjoy, but when more than one person cannot have a certain dish, you can’t just change it for them. This is why I included allowing people to bring a small bento box of food that they know they can have to eat, but also I say this for those, who are only allowed to be feed through a tube as well!

To me, this last one just seems mandatory for anybody hosting or planning an event. You need to make sure that everybody in the room is getting attention. Whenever I’d go to events at school, I always felt like I wasn’t included on a lot of things my classmates were doing, and it made me feel really conflicted and sad, because you don’t want to pull somebody or a group of people away but you also don’t want to be lonely at the same time. One thing I do want to say is that, when you do have somebody with a disability at your event, don’t watch them like a hawk. We don’t want your full-on attention, we just want to be included with the rest of the group, so just treat us like in the way you would want to be treated.

Have you ever hosted and/or planned an event before? If you invited a person with a disability, did they explain to you what you needed to look out for to abide by their needs? If you’re disabled, please comment below with some of our helpful hints you think people should know when inviting disabled people to events. 

Bridal Expo 2017!

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Howdy!

Last month I had mentioned that my mom, Blondie and I went to a bridal expo. None of us had ever been to one of these things before. I’ve heard of them and imagined a bunch of bridezella’s running around trying to get all of the free stuff, but this one was not anything that I could cook up in my head.

It was held in a small community building in a section of the park. I want to say for a bridal expo I figured they’d want to put it somewhere a little bigger, since we were like the first groups there, it didn’t seem so small until more and more brides and their crew were making their way around the different vendors it was at that moment when it felt like such a small space! I want to say there were like 10-12 vendors in the actual room ranging from catering, photography, to DJs.

I did something that I never do, and that is I actually asked the receptionist if I could take pictures for my blog! I never do that, but since this is something in relation to Blondie’s wedding, I figured you guys would like my opinions and what all was featured there too! Of course the majority of the vendors are from the Southern Indiana area, so I don’t know if that’ll help the brides-to-be out there, but if you’re based somewhere in Indiana or going to have a wedding in the state of Indiana, I guess it would be helpful to find different stuff closer to where you’re having it!

As somebody in a wheelchair, especially a push chair, I found it a bit overwhelming and by the third one we visited (which was a videographer), I had written into my brain that if ever get married that I was going to talk my future husband into visiting the court house or taking a trip to Las Vegas and eloping because there ain’t no way in hell I am doing that to myself!

I thought the third catering company was pretty interesting though! While the first two only had a small selection of food to try, which were amazing by the way! I totally regretted eating a whole bowl of cereal just before getting there! One of the companies had brought a couple of their wedding cakes and a tear of different decorated cupcakes which were going to use for a game later that day! We didn’t stay that long to play or try the cupcakes, but I do remember a couple of the flavors: french vanilla and lavender? I think that was one of them, but I could be wrong!

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This was this one cake where I was really curious about, mostly because I watch a lot of Food Network shows! I really wanted to know how they made the purple cake. My mom was really interested in it too. She kept repeating to me that she didn’t have that kind of patience (and she doesn’t) and thought a simple frosting was enough for her! There were three people from the company. I talked to the lady and asked her if the petals were made with white chocolate or sugar? She mentioned that she didn’t know, but guessed it would be fondant, which made my brain go all crazy! I really wanted to hit myself in the face because I knew that!

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One guy was really sweet and he asked us how we were doing and I told him I was cold, but I had taken off one of my socks! Here’s the story about that: I thought my mom was going to give me my camera so I could take pictures, but she ended up doing it for me. Next time, I have got to talk her into letting me do it myself. I know she’s afraid I’m going to drop it on the floor, but there were things that I wanted to get but like I had mentioned above, she does not have the patience to get small details like I can!

Anyways, the guy thought what I had said about the sock was funny and asked for a high five, but my mom told him about my hands and he switched from placing his hand to my feet. He also seemed to enjoy the fact I am the maid of honor too!

I think one of the smartest vendors was the Scentsy lady selling a fairly large amount of scents. She had a whole table to herself and one section was nothing but these bars of scents! She had two different sales going on, if you bought one it would only cost $4 and if you bought 6 I think it would be $12 and poor Blondie didn’t bring enough money with her so she only got one. She likes the baking or food smells, she was conflicted between the two coffee scents but ended up going for the mocha blend. Another favorite was a lip company, they were advertising that these suckers were only $25 and the gloss was another $25, but it lasted all night and was waterproof, but kicker was it had a shelf up to 75 years! Blondie tried it out and got a dark nude shade. They asked if I wanted to try it, but I had been chewing on my lip in the car, so I didn’t want something to burn it!

We actually spent about an hour and a half there, I thought we were there a lot longer but I do have to say Blondie did just check out every booth and moved on very quickly. In her defense though, a good chunk of her wedding is already planned and they already have catering and a DJ ordered! Soon you’ll be told everything about bridesmaid and my maid-of-honor dresses!

So how you ever went to a bridal expo before? If you have, what was your experience like? 

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