Friday, February 3, 2012

Waiting on the World to Change

I have been taking American Sign Language (ASL) for many years now. My third grade teacher used to be an interpreter for the deaf so as part of her class, she taught us some of the signs. After that, I mostly just remembered the alphabet with the exception of a few signs. 

During my sophomore year of high school, I had the opportunity to take ASL as a language credit. Throughout high school I almost made it through the third level, I stopped after the first semester. I'll have to be honest with you though, my thoughts toward ASL were not always pleasant. I could not wait until I was done with the classes so I would never have to take another again.  

However, as luck would have it, that hope was not in store for me. When my mom was helping me sign up for classes for Fall semester of college, she told me that if I took a couple classes of ASL, I could get out of taking math. I was in a dilemma. I did not want to take any more ASL, but math was definitely my least favorite subject. I grudgingly chose ASL. I would rather endure a couple more classes of ASL then suffer through a math class. 

Now in college, I have received credit for the first two classes of ASL and I am currently in the third class. Actually, I have been enjoying the class. Even though it is not my favorite and I don't particularly like going Monday-Thursday, it can be a lot of fun!   

Contrary to what some people may think, ASL is really difficult. It is as challenging as any other language. Its structure is different than English. It is not English sign language, meaning it is not word for word. Words are left our and it is all turned around. ASL has so many different signs and several of the signs are similar. Facial expressions are so important! If you are shy or don't like using any expression, then ASL is not for you. One time I was watching something on TV with my family that was being interpreted into ASL. My family was laughing at their facial expressions. Granted, the interpreters did look pretty silly, but I was so used to it that I didn't really think anything of it. That is just a part of ASL.

As a part of some of my classes, there is a section devoted to the learning of the deaf culture and deaf history. The deaf community have endured a great deal of struggles through the years. They do not think of themselves as disabled or broken, but as a community and a culture. I am not going to state my opinion, but I would like you to watch this video to see what you think. Are the deaf their own culture or are they disabled? This video is a summary of the trials, accomplishments, and the wish of the deaf community. Enjoy!      

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Groundhog Day

Imagine that you are a rodent, a groundhog to be precise. You aren't just any groundhog, you are THE groundhog. Your name is Punxsutawaney Phil. You have a huge responsibility, an enormous burden on your shoulders. You must predict the weather in the upcoming months correctly, It is a hard job, ask the meteorologists!

Today is your day. The day where your skill of weather predicting comes into action. It's Groundhog Day! You dread this day the whole year. You have a secret and everyone knows it... you actually can't use your skill very well. You have only been right predicting whether there is six more weeks of winter or spring is just around the corner 39% of the time. However, no one seems to care, people just go on celebrating this holiday.

As you peak your head up from your hole you've been hiding in, you look all around. As usual there is a crowd of people. Your nerves began to set in, yet seem calm and collected. A man comes and picks you up and holds you in his arms. He puts his his ear to your mouth... Now's your moment, what do you say?.............................Six more weeks of winter! You either made the snow junkies happy or the summer fanatics very upset.


As for me Mr. Groundhog, *Tisk Tisk* Wrong choice. You better hope you're wrong Phil or else I'll have to endure another month and a half of the cold. Because of you, I saw this sight walking to my apartment today instead of sunshine.

Provo, Utah

 Until next year Phil...

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Having A Bad Day?

My niece Hannah is about six weeks old, and I can't wait till I get to see her! Hannah is so tiny; she was born 5 lb 15 oz and is now a couple pounds heavier than that. I can't believe I am an aunt! This is my sister's first baby so Hannah is kind of a big deal. Hannah is so precious, I am so lucky that I am her aunt. I get to see her and my sister in a couple of months so I'm excited. My sister and her husband Corbin live in Fort Worth, Texas right now. Coming up to Provo, Utah will be a big shock for Hannah. My sister tells me that Hannah hates being cold. I'm sorry to tell you Hannah, but I don't think you will enjoy the weather here very much. Bundle Up!

I think Hannah looks just like my sister Alyssa. 

Over Christmas break I got into a crocheting phase. Since Hannah is so small, it was easy to make quite a few things for her... However, I believe I may have got a little carried away.

8 hats, 12 headbands, and 1 pair of booties

 I do think Hannah looks cute in them though:

My sister is amazing, I definitely could not do that whole motherhood thing yet. Keep up the amazing job. I love you sis! 

Anyways, if any one of you are having a bad day, I think I know how to make you feel better and hopefully laugh a little. Whether or not you are having a bad day, I know this will make you smile.... scroll down :)

"You think you've got it hard? Look at me!"

Hahaha I love you Hannah <3