Playing catch-up yet again

Its long past midnight, and I promised myself I was going to be in bed early tonight. With the insanity of Kelly’s going away party, plus still getting used to working an 8-5 work day, and starting the 6 days a week work schedule later today I really should be sleeping. But most of the people are on VT tonight, and its been a while since I talked to many of them. And I’ve been meaning to write something for a while.
I finished my second year of college, and moved out of Selleck. This summer I’m going to be working as a counselor for the WAGES program, which is a program for blind high school students in Nebraska, on weekends. During the week I’ll be doing an internship at the Nebraska Center for the Blind, helping teach everything from Braille to computers, and learning a good bit while I’m at it.
I spent the past two weeks in training for the WAGES job, and I got a tiny taste of what center life is like. I got to have my first ever shop class. I’ve learned to use the clickrule, which is what blind people use to measure in place of a tape measure, and I’ve used the radial arm saw independently with a reasonable degree of success. (My board was about 1/32 of an inch off of what I intended, I thought that was pretty good for the first attempt.) I’ve also had travel lessons, and I got lost going around the block. All of this has made me realize just how much I have yet to learn, and it made me more confident in some of my recent decisions.
I’ve decided to attend the Louisiana Center for the Blind. I talked to the director, and I’ll be starting in August, after I’ve wrapped up my summer responsibilities. I’m a little nervous, but mostly excited. I’ve never been away from home for this length of time, and I’m looking forward to experiencing a different part of the country and meeting new people. I know I’m going to learn lots, these people really know what they’re doing, and I’ve heard nothing but good things about the center.
That’s the short version of things, but I really do need to get to bed so I can look presentable later today. I’ll try to post more regularly though, and tell some stories.

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