Last weekend, my mom and I drove up Friday evening to meet up with my sister. My sister’s birthday was last Tuesday and my mom and I were in town for a fingerspelling workshop Saturday so we rounded up some of her friends and ate out to celebrate.
It was great to see Erin and all of her friends. We enjoyed (too much) yummy food and wine while chatting with everyone. Hanging out with a group of people all still in college definitely brought back memories of my college years. It flies by so fast!
Saturday morning, my mom and I headed over to San Antonio College to attend a workshop on fingerspelling hosted by the Department of American Sign Language & Interpreter Training.
For those of you just checking in, I’m profoundly deaf which means I can’t hear for squat out of both my ears. I use speech to communicate but utilize two hearing aides and lipreading to hear and understand what people say. My Master’s degree focused on deaf/hearing communication and I also currently work as an adjunct professor at the local college’s ASL and Interpreting program.
The workshop covered the different forms of fingerspelling and how people effectively read someone’s fingerspelling. Fingerspelling is the act of spelling out a word that might not have a sign or a proper noun identifying something. It’s the first thing people learn about ASL but always the last thing they master. Goodness knows I could improve. The morning flew by but about an hour after lunch I was ready to book it home. If you’re curious to see what fingerspelling specifically is, check out Bill Vicar’s website. www.lifeprint.com It’s a fantastic resource and one I refer all my students to.
This is the last week of Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp! I’m already researching exercises to do between the end of this week and the start of her next bootcamp. I hope to have a recap post covering my thoughts and observations of how the program impacted me later this week.
I’m off to the gym to complete Workout A and am looking forward to it. The last phase has the best workouts combining strength training with 20 seconds of high intensity movements. It’s not enough to wear me out but keeps me sweaty and moving throughout the workout.
Have a wonderful day folks!