Author Archives: Treva

My Chaotic Schedule

My Chaotic Schedule

First, thanks to all of you who wished me happy birthday and celebrated it with me by sending me birthday wishes. It was really neat to get all of the e-mails.

Tony planned what was supposed to be a surprise dinner out for me, but I found out about it a few hours before it. I always find out about the surprises
that Tony tries to plan. I’ve challenged him to plan a birthday surprise that I don’t find out about before the event. I had a lot of fun! There were 13
people there. We went to a nice Italian restaurant. Tony got me talking crayons, a tactile coloring book, and a 16G SD card for my birthday. I’ve thought
since then that I should do some coloring, but unfortunately I haven’t had time.

During the week of July 21-27, I helped out with a Junior Science Academy at the National Center. We hosted 28 blind kids from grades 3-6 and their parents.
While the kids did science related activities, the parents worked on learning about how to work with their kids to enable them to be more independent.
We taught the parents cane travel, Braille, advocacy, and more. We taught the kids science by helping them use alternative techniques to explore and experiment.
We had 10 blind mentors to be role models and work with the children. I was much more involved in the program than I had originally anticipated, and most
days I was at work until around 11:00 PM. It was a really neat learning experience for me, and I had a lot of fun. It was really exciting to see the kids
learn from me and other blind mentors. I was also really amazed at the growth that I saw in the parents.

Last week I caught up on some mentoring work that I had neglected during the previous week. Then on Friday I went to Utah for a mentoring event there.
I had a blast. They had there event on a lake at Jordanelle State Park. The Utah contingent persuaded me to go tubing. I tried to convince them that the
mentors and mentees all needed to go before I went, but they ignored me. I really need to have more control over them. 🙂 It was actually amazing. I’d
never been tubing before this. I kept telling them to make the boat go faster. However, I’m paying for that because my arms are sore today.

Tomorrow through Wednesday I’m headed for what I think is going to be a boring but necessary conference in Arlington VA. It’s a conference hosted by the
Rehabilitation Services Administration, which is a government agency. Hopefully we’ll learn about more funding oppertunities for the mentoring program.

On Friday I leave for another mentoring event that is in Austin, TX. This one is going to include us working with mentees on some job readiness and travel
skills. Maybe when I get back from that I’ll have time to take a break. Ha ha! I do love all of the traveling for work. I’ll keep all of you posted on
where I’m going next.

Pickup Sticks

Pickup Sticks

Since Niner has gone to Wisconsin, I felt that as his associate I should let you all know what is going on here. Well, it’s a bunch of goofiness. I thought all of the goofy stuff happened to Niner, but apparently I’m not exempt.

Thursday evening I got home from work and watched T.V. for a little bit, talked to Niner and generally unwound. Then I decided to make myself a very unhealthy but tasty dinner of mozzarella sticks. I took them into the living room and sat in front of the T.V. to enjoy my time alone. I was trying to get myself situated and hold the plate and open my can of pop at the same time. This didn’t work out too well because suddenly my plate of mozzarella sticks slanted forward and the sticks flew to the floor. All of them except two. I picked them up and cleaned up my mess, or so I thought.

Later on, I decided to watch a DVD. I began looking through my collection to find a good chick flick that I know Niner won’t watch. Tucked between the DVDs, I found 2 very familiar cards. In fact, they were already typed out thank you cards for our wedding gifts. Yes, two of our guests didn’t get their thank yous. It’s a year and a half later so it’s too late to do anything about it, but the real question is how did they get from the study to the DVDs in the living room. It’s not like we have kids to drag them there. Well there is Niner, and he’s a lot like a kid, but I have no clue as to what happened.

After all that I decided not to watch a DVD and watched American Idol and Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader (a hilarious game show hosted by Jeff Foxworthy). So, at some point while I was watching these I kept thinking about the weird places things turn up. Then I wondered if I had really found all of the mozzarella sticks that I had dropped. I went over to the T.V> and felt around more thoroughly, and yes, there on the shelf was another mozzarella stick. I give up! I wish Niner were here. I would just blame him for all of it!

Six Weird Things About Me–Treva

Six Weird Things About Me–Treva

I’m finally delurking to do my Six Weird Things post. Enjoy. It will be another year before I return :-).


  1. I still collect Beanie Babies.
  2. When I am overtired, or extremely excited, I act like a hyperactive five-year-old. Tony can attest to this.
  3. I use Amish coloquielisms without thinking about it.
  4. My right arm is shorter than my left arm, and has two “elbows”.
  5. I have absolutely no body piercings (including ears). I don’t care about them on others, I just don’t care for them on myself.
  6. I play alphabet games to help myself fall asleep.