Thursday, December 31, 2009
2009 has been a better year for me than 2008 was. I have been on a personal healing journey and have seen relationships restored and friendships renewed. It's taken me awhile but I've finally realized the simple message the angel (below) carries is true. True for me and true for all of us.
I'd like to say thank you to everyone who has had a positive impact on my life these past twelve months. I'm feeling more hopeful about the future than I have for a long time.
Happy New Year, everyone!
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Best Amazing Race for recaps
Luke Adams is the first deaf contestant to run the Amazing Race.
He and his mom, Margie, finished 3rd.
Best Video posted from YouTube
No one else ever hears. An
Tingling that rings
Secret soundtrack of my life.
Tinnitus is by speakuplibrarian is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.
Best HOH Funny
What I heard at a golf outing: Did you know Paris Hilton is in Scotland? What was actually said: Did you know the British Open is in Scotland?
My 2009 Blog Mantra: "To Live Out Loud and Not Fall Silent"
I lived up to this with 188 posts throughout the year.
Speak Up Librarian Blog Visitor Stats:
January 2009 - 10,000+
December 2009 - 33,000+
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Originally uploaded by 1001things
Did you know that playing with loud toys poses a risk to a child's hearing? If not, here's some facts you may want to know.
The Pennsylvania Public Interest Group recently released their 24th annual report outlining toy safety guidelines for parents and citing examples of currently available toys that may pose potential safety hazards. They offer these common sense recommendations for parents when in comes to loud toys.
Specifically, the report cites the following toys as being louder than recommended when tested by their organization.
The complete report entitled Trouble in Toyland can be downloaded here.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
"Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), hotels and motels must provide effective means of communications for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing to ensure that they have an equal opportunity to enjoy the goods, services, accomodations, and amenities offered."
- TTY: A hotel must provide a TTY on request for use in guest rooms. Per the U.S. Department of Justice guidelines, a hotel needs to have a TTY at the front desk and have trained desk staff in handling TTY equipment.
- Closed Captioning: These guidelines also specifically mention having closed captioning available for guest room televisions. But be aware that they don't specify a need for staff to be trained on accessing this equipment feature.
- Visual alarms connected to the building's emergency alarm system: Only required to be present in a certain percentage of guest rooms. Be sure to ask for this when placing your reservation.
- Visual notification devices for alerting deaf and hard of hearing guests to incoming telephone calls and door knocks/doorbells. Again this is required only for a certain percentage of guest rooms. Presumably they would be available in the rooms with the visual alarms, but it would be a good idea to discuss this as well when placing your reservation.
The information in this blog post comes from the ADA Business Brief: Communicating with Guests who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing in Hotels, Motels, and Other Places of Transient Lodging which can be accessed on the web through this link. Further information on the ADA is available at the U.S. Government's ADA website.
If you find yourself not accomodated at any hotel, you have the right to file a formal complaint following the guidelines stated here.
Thank you to Danielle who provided me with this information so I could be a more informed and better accomodated traveler.
Wishing all of you safe travels this holiday season!
Saturday, December 19, 2009
These Christmas tree shaped cookies are decorated with cinnamon candies. Some of them melted during the baking process. My son and I decided those were the ones we'd eat. Mmmm.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
The wonderful smells in the kitchen.
I took a week off of work and I've been
busy baking. Here's what I've made so far...
White Chip Chocolate Cookies
[recipe from Hersheys]
house. It's very rich, almost like a brownie.
bread and I decided to try my hand at these cookies.
cookbook] These classic cookies are easy to make
and there are no unusual ingredients to buy.
Then it's on to making more traditional Christmas cookies: gingerbread men, cookie press cookies, and sugar cookie cutouts. We also like to make chocolate covered pretzels for Christmas too. Fortunately, this year my teenage son has shown a great interest in helping me bake and has been willing to help clean up afterwards. Of course he (like me) enjoys sampling the goodies. Cookies taste best hot out of the oven.
Friday, December 11, 2009
Not an inviting seat tonight.
Outdoor Christmas light closeup.
Don't the Christmas tree lights look nice
with the snow on the branches?
One of our bushes alight in the night.
Our Christmas tree Advent Calendar
is getting more decorated by the day.
Last weekend my husband got our outdoor wreaths and lights up. Tomorrow we will put up our Christmas tree and decorate it as a family. The school Christmas concert is this weekend. I've got most of my Christmas shopping and writing of Christmas cards completed. Next up - baking Christmas cookies.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
For those who missed the episode, despite an early lead, Brian and Ericka ran in 3rd. The brothers came in 2nd. To my disappointment there was no final challenge that required any recall of events that took place during the course of the race. I hope the producers will bring that back for future seasons.