Okay this is pretty cool. It's a search engine that give you "swag bucks" that can be redeemed for prizes, etc. If you sign up, use this link so that when you win, I can get extra stuff, too. If you don't believe me, ask Jared. He has about a million already. I only have 4, but that's almost enough for a $5 Amazon gift card, etc. It still used google, so it's not a bad engine.
It's been so long since I've done pleo that I don't even remember how to link people anymore. Hmm.
Anyway, use this link!
In other news, I am still in Alabama at home, but I'm headed back to Bowling Green on Thursday. Yay! There are some very special people that I miss a lot :)
I have found that I absolutely love what I'm doing! Which is a good thing considering that I'm graduating in May. What am I doing, you may ask? I don't think that even my roommates know exactly what I'm up to most of the time. Well, here you all go!
M/W, 10-11, 11-11:45
I do group therapy at the Adult Daycare Center. Two other girls, myself, and our supervisor work with individuals with aphasia, dysarthria, pragmatic issues, and cerebral palsy. That was just this week. Who knows what we'll see next week. My client had a stroke on the right side of his brain, and lost all ability to talk (a type of aphasia). He fought in Vietnam doing some type of reconnaissance, and even relayed to me on Wednesday that he saw Elvis perform in Indiana :) Goals are TBD.
Monday only, 3-4:30
I do group therapy with two kindergartners who have high functioning autism in the Early Childhood Center at WKU. Our group is working on auditory comprehension, attention to task, and following 2-step directions. It's probably my favorite group. The main thing is that we're working on pragmatics, since so much of autism is social. They are all doing so well!
I have individual therapy with a 7 year old boy with a lot of sound errors (classified Phonology for anyone who cares). We are focusing on /sh/ and /l/ right now, and will move on to /ch/ and /r/ soon (but /r/ is super hard and I am not looking forward to it). We did a really cool Lion activity the other day, and I don't know if he liked it better or if I did, haha. He likes crafts and games so he's going to be a lot of fun. The idea is to drill them, and then reward them. I'm trying to get a lot of spontaneous productions from him, too.
9-10am, I have a 2.6 year old girl with Nager's Syndrome (really rare!) who had a significant language delay. I just saw her for the first time today! She was testing her boundaries, so we didn't get a lot done, but we will most likely be working on identifying and naming primary colors, producing bilabial sounds (p, b, m) and following 2-step expanded directions. We'll see.
Anyway, I thought that you should all know what I'm doing with my time! I also have 2 classes on campus and 2 online classes. Clinic takes up most of my time, though. Preparation is what takes forever and a day, and then the paperwork, of course.
ANYWAY. Another REALLY exciting thing for me is that I have now officially applied to graduate school here!! We should find out if we're accepted or not in mid-late March. I'm nervous (mainly because I only have Plan A and no Plan B) but hopeful :)
So, lately, I've found my music has been random. I've been doing a lot of Taylor Swift, Sister Hazel, Alphabeat, and Beyonce. I know. Random.
What are you all listening to?
I've only been reading this blog for about 20 minutes, but I think it's pretty great. I think my brother
is going to enjoy it especially.
I'm reading "Yes We Can... Take Your Guns!" right now. And back to it...
Lucas just shared this with me, and I thought it was pretty funny, so here you go:
This next thing is the first forward that I've gotten in a very long time that actually made me laugh. I thought I would share it with all of you. If Jared
's the only one who laughs too, I'll never know, and it wouldn't really bother me too much anyway :)
The President of Iran was wondering who to invade when his telephone rang.
"This is Mendel in Tel Aviv. We're officially declaring war on you!"
"How big is your army?" the president asked.
"There's me, my cousin Moishe, and our pinochle team!"
"I have a million in my army," said the president.
"I'll call back!" said Mendel.
The next day he called. "The var's still on!" We have now a bulldozer, Goldblatt's tractor plus the canasta team!"
"I have 16,000 tanks, and my army is now two million."
"Oy gevalt!", said Mendel. "I'll call back."
He phoned the next day. "We're calling off the var"
"Well," said Mendel, "we've all had a little chat, and there's no way we can feed two million prisoners."
P.S. I was going to retell my exciting afternoon of battling snakes (see, the story has changed already) and add some color for the benefit of all who read, but for some reason I don't feel like exaggerating too much, and the story is basically no good without exaggeration. So... suffice it to say that... eh, I won't go there. I'm sure your imaginations are much better :)
One of the many things Shannon said this week that I plan on using in the near and far future.
Aaah.... all of my friends names have turned white. I can't handle that tonight! I'm too sleepy and my eyes keep darting back toward the book I've been reading and wish to finish. I have instead chosen to give a short update about my exciting week cruising in the Caribbean with my cousin, Shannon!
The week consisted mostly of eating (Shannon phrased it quite well: "We ate like Marie Antoinette") and sleeping (upward 11 or 12 hours a day). You may think I'm kidding, but I'm not. It was amazing.
I'm only burned a couple of places. I expect to start peeling any moment now.
We did stay awake and away from food long enough to go snorkeling in Saint Maarten (a Virgin Island), which was pretty cool. There were shipwrecks down there and Shannon was scared of the fish with long, pointy noses so there was stuff to entertain me, haha. We definitely hit the frozen yogurt machine when we got back, though. We also went to CocoCay (in the Bahamas!) and Saint Thomas... wherever that is...
I'm happy to be back home, though! And I'm looking forward to seeing everyone in BG Thursday night/sometime this weekend in between hitting Nashville for the CMA Festival with Bryan! Not that many of you will care, but I'm going to see Josh Turner and Carrie Underwood this weekend! yay! Among some other people that aren't as exciting to me, but I'll love anyway.
Sigh. I love summertime.