Monday, March 03, 2008

Ms Wheelchair Massachusetts Seeks Contestants
You could be the next Ms Wheelchair Massachusetts
If you are a woman who is:

• A Massachusetts resident
• Between the ages of 21 – 60
• Marital status is not a factor
• Using a wheelchair for 100%
of your active daily mobility

You could be crowned as the new
Ms. Wheelchair Massachusetts 2008!

Sunday, April 6, 2008
“Carson Place” at the Bayside Expo Center
180 Mt. Vernon Street
Boston, MA 02125
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ms. Wheelchair Massachusetts is NOT a beauty contest. Contestants are judged on their accomplishments, self-perception, and communication skills in the following:
• Personal Interviews
• On-stage Interviews
• Platform Speech

The winner will compete for the title of Ms. Wheelchair America 2009 in Maryland this July!

Entry fee is $150 per contestant. Contestants are encouraged to solicit sponsorship to cover this fee. Scholarships are available if this cost is prohibitive. Fee includes lunch for contestant and companion, pageant DVD, and an 8x10 contestant photo.


For more information or to apply, contact Autumn Grant email:

Meet Ms. Wheelchair America 2008 and Ms. Wheelchair America 2007
at this year’s pageant!

Friday, December 28, 2007

Only half analog now

Well we did it, last Saturday we took the plunge into the world of HDTV. Kenny has wanted a HD LCD for a while (really who doesn't) but we finally found the set we wanted at a price that will work. We really debated about the size of the screen but in the end went with a 40 inch which actually fits perfectly in the living room, anything else would have been too big. We decided to spend the money on a quality set rather than a huge set would look out of place. I am really enjoying the picture and we even upgraded to the HD package with our cable company and as part of that now we get every channel on our provider and it only cost about $10 more a month because some of the services that we were paying for a la carte are now included.
Ok so know we have an HD Tv and an HD Cable picture, now we need a HD DVD player right? Yup, last night Kenny killed two birds with one stone and bought the Playstation 3 which has a HD Blu ray disc player built right in to it (Of course to get everthing to work in HD you have to spend an extra $120 on an HDMI cable).
So with all this HD how come we are still half analog? Well I still get stuck with an old tv in the bedroom. I saw a great 32 inch HD LCD last night that will go great on the bedroom wall but alas I will have to wait and save up for one in the bedroom. Till then I will remain analog.

The new chair has arrived

Just as it was promised my new chair arrived yesterday with all of the bells and whistles. Of course that pure fact that it is new has Cosmo freaked out beyond belief and then add in the fact that the seat elevates the feet elavate and the whole chair reclines and we had some moments last night when he would not come near me. I would love to start using the chair full time immediately but it will likely be a few weeks before I make a full switch. I still have to get some alterations done to the chair and possibly my van so that I can drive from it. Once the driving aspect is cleared up then it will become my primary chair. I amj very excited about the new chair and really hope that it will help alleviate some of the pains that I have been dealing with lately. I'm also hoping that the feet elevation will help with the cold that I constantly expereince. I also love the new perspective that the elevated seat gives me, last night I was actually able to grab a bag off the top of the refrigerator and open up one of the high cupboards in the kitchen. Of course I immediately let Kenny know that I will not be any more productive in household duties ; ). By the way I go tmy chair in orange.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

engagement rings

There has been a lot of talk of engagement rings in the Grant household lately and that is because my sister is getting married. For the moment she has been using my grandmother's engagement ring as stand by until she finds the one that she wants. I am going to suggest that she look at some of the diamonds on the James Allen website, because there are some truly exceptional pieces there. You can choose from more traditional styles or you can even design your own ring to fit your style and budget. Even if she decides to buy her ring else where she can still find a lovely wedding ring at James Allen.

Giving up on Reality TV

I think it might be time to give up on some reality tv shows. I was very disappointed this season with America's Next Top Model and with Tila Tequila's Shot at Love. And even though I did not watch it the Bachelor was a bit of a fiasco. I think I need to stick to reality shows like the Amazing Race where the winners are based on accomplishments and not subjective opinions. You always want the best person to win and that can only be done based on merit, not the opinions of others. I'm not going to put myself through it anymore on tv shows that put the fate of the contestants in the hands of celebrities and the like, let people earn their titles.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Sweet Revenge

They say that revenge is sweet but this is something I have never really dabbled in. Of course when something bad has happened to someone who has wronged you , sometimes we smile a little, because they ultimately got what they deserved but I have never caused that bad thing to happen.
I remember when I was about 10 years old I saw a movie with Stockard Channing called "The Girl Most Likely To...". It was about an "ugly" girl who was the subject of much ridicule, harassment and practical jokes. Years later she gets plastic surgery and is now beautiful and decides to get revenge on some of the people who hurt and teased her. I think I recall one scene when she basically gets a girl to do a back flip out of a window and I think she gets someone else to jump out of a plane with faulty parachute one. Since it was so long ago the details are vague but I certainly remember the premise of the movie;she took her revenge with a shot of death

On December 21st Sweeney Todd opens in theaters with a story line that also focuses on revenge. In this movie the main character played by Johnnie Depp is out to get revenge for his false imprisonment and what happened to his wife and child because of it. I won't give out too many details here but you should definitely visit the official Sweeney Todd movie site and visit Sweeney Todd on myspace to get feedback from other fans. I am not sure that the television commercials for this film do it any justice, I have a much stronger desire to see it after visiting the film site.

A kitten

I have been bugging Kenny for weeks now about getting another cat. Yes I know we have three and a dog but I want another cat. The three cats we have come with Kenny into our relationship and they have never developed a strong bond with me. It isn't that they do not like me that just prefer him. I get so jealous when I see one of them all curled up with him and I just want a cat to come sit with me and cuddle. I know it has a lot to do with losing Fawn and the on going health issues with YinYang. I also know it is part of the mother in me that wants to mother another cat. I'm not exacctly sure how Cosmo would react to a new cat. He loves the other cats but with a small one that will likely get a lot of attention from me , he may act different.
Today I started big by asking for four kittens and hopefully I will convince Kenny to get just one by the end of the day.
All I want for Christmas is a little cat.....

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

If I could

If I won the lottery or suddenly received an unbelievable salary there are many things that I would love to do with the additional money. First and foremost, I would give back as much as I could to my parents. Raising a child with a disability is far more costly, not just in expenses but in loss of work and other resources. I know it would take a lot to pay my parents back for all the sacrifices they made for me, but I would definitely try. Even if I just won a small amount I would be sure to send my parents on a much deserved vacation. My father has always wanted to go to Key West and I would love to make that happen for him.
Making this dream come true may not need to involve a huge raise or the lottery at all, if I am the lucky subscriber to the Trusted Travels newsletter from Trusted Travels and Attractions; Once you sign up for the newsletter you’re automatically entered to win 4 free tickets to attractions and tours in one of 21 different cities.
I would love to take my dad to Key West and explore as much as we can of what the city has to offer. There are so many tours and attractions available it would be hard to decide what to do first. I think my father would particularly enjoy the West Caribbean BBQ Sunset Sail; mostly because he loves to eat and he loves the ocean and I think it would make for a fun but relaxing evening. I have always wanted to visit The Ernest Hemingway House and Museum to see all of the six toed cats.
Even if I do not win the contest, I definitely have a resources now for all there is to see and do in Key West and hopefully find a discount or two along the way.

61 Degrees

Funny how 61 degrees in the summer feels like it is about 30 and 61 degrees in the winter feels like it is about 80. I could not believe it when I left the house this morning rarely would I call 61 degrees warm, but today it felt warm.
Winter becomes more tolerably when you a few nice above average days thrown in to thaw out. I am also happy because my furnace gets a little break. I received my first "winter" gas bill yesterday and while it was not outrageous it did nearly quadruple from the previous month.
I am going to start researching affordable options for improving my energy consumption and to try to save money on heating this winter.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Got a new phone

A couple of weeks ago while my cousin was cleaning our house, the phone accidentally feel off of the wall mount and into a bucket of water. Needless to say that phone no longer works. One of the Christmas gifts I had asked for from Kenny was a new home phone that was compatible with my bluetooth ear piece. I really love the bluetooth capabilities of my cell phone but since I do not get a signal at home I can not use it. With the death of the old phone this now opened up the door for a new phone even before Christmas.

I did some research online and decided on an AT@T expandable 5.8 digital phone. It had everything we were looking for and more. Kenny wanted a phone that you dial out from the base as well as the handset and this phone has a fully functional base indluding speaker phone, answering machine and programmed directory. I want a phone with speakephone and one that I could pair my bluetooth ear piece with so I can talk hands free in a variety of ways. I got that and then some, this phone allows you pair up to 8 bluetooth devices including cell phones. When I make a call I can decide if I want to come from my cell phone or my landline. I think this is a great feature because in some cases it can really save you money, you have the convenience of your landline but you can use the free minutes from your cell phone. If I did not have unlimited long distance on my land line I would take full advantage of this feature.
So far the quality of the phone has been great and we haven't hit any dead spots in the house yet. One draw back is that the directories in the base and the handsets exist independent of each other, so right now I have program everything in three times if I want full access to it. I am willing to put up with that for the other features.
Now I have to think of something else that I want for Christmas, since I already received the phone.

Change of pace

What a difference a long holiday weekend makes... For the last three weeks I have been booked solid with appointments from 9:30am to 4pm everyday with a a half hour for lunch. I was literally squeezing people in between appointments if the first appointment ended early. It was non stop madness because of registration.

Today I get into to work and I have three appointments on my calendar and one of them was a no show. I literally did not know what to do with myself. I was so used to rushing through emails that even today when I had time to really respond I was flying through them. It seemed like most of the other advisors had similair days today with the exception of one who was still booked solid. It is funny how that happens, I guess different majors has different characteristics and some tend to be procrastinators.

Tomorrow calendar wise looks to be like mcuh of the same except we have a staff meeting as well. I guess it will take me a while to get used to the ebbs and flows of the new job.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

First Weekend Art Events

Whenever I visit my sister in North Carolina, I alsways try to make sure I am there for the first friday of the month; because that is when the local galleries open up fro what they call an Art Crawl. In talking to other friends I have learned that is also very common in other larger cities that have a thriving art district. Whenever I travel now I definitely check into these type of art events because I think it is a really exciting opportunities to explore that are through the eyes of local artists.

One such event is the St. Augustine Artwalk which takes place the first weekend of each month. First Friday Weekend Art Walk in America's oldest city is free. Events include trolley tours, music, art and more. I think this is a great way to expose children to art as well since the Artwalk is a social event and is not isolated to the tall walls of a museum. The Artwalk has something for everyone from photographs to painting and a lively spirit to keep the whole event moving.

More than 20 galleries open their doors for this event each month. Sometimes people are intimidated by entering a gallery just to look around. This is the perfect opportunity to explore the art of a community without feeling the pressure to shop, only the freedom to enjoy.

Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

I am definitely getting excited about holidays this year, mostly because We are finally in our own home and we can finally decorate the way we want . Yesterday when Kenny and I were out we got four wreaths, three standard sized ones for each of the doors and a really big one to hang in front of our picture window. We a few odds and ends up in the living room but still have yet to come across most of our decorations.
I want to keep a fine balance between being decorated and not going into the relm of tacky. I am hoping that the wreaths and some lighted garland on the exterior will be just enough to give the house a simple elegance. Once everything is set up I do hope to post a few pictures.


Over the weekend I watched a documentary that had a very strong emotional impact on me. It was not about starving children, or war torn countries; it was about the death of the electric car. I was stunned to learn that the technology for electric cars exists but the car companies are denying us the right to have them. I would so love to have a vehicle that would allow me to drive to and from work each day and not emit 20lbs of CO2 into the atmossphere each day. But since I do not have that option right now, I want to find other ways to begin becoming carbon nuetral.

One way I can help support this is buying from companies that are also striving to become carbon nuetral. One of these comapnies that I have found in Tobi; Tobi is an upscale online boutique. What makes Tobi different is that by supporting carbon emissions offset projects ilike reforestation, energy efficiency and renewable energy, they have offset their emissions from utilities, air travel, commuting, shipping and printing. I plan on ultimately only supporting companies that leave a zero carbon footprint.

You make think that this will really limit my shopping experience but as I have learned through the Tobi website it will not. I can high end fashion from Nudie and Seven for All Mankind without sacraficing my goal. If I want to buy Kenny a pair of Nudie Jeans from Tobi, I can do so with a carbonfree conscience.

I will keep you updated on my quest to continue to find companies that support a carbon nuetral way of doing business because it is bacoming all of our responsibilites to look for way to reduce CO2 emmissions.

Finally out of bed

I have spent a great deal of time over this holiday long weekend in bed. Wednesday when I woke up, I had extremely bad back pain that I think was caused by the repetative movement of putting cans away the night before. On wednesday it was so bad, I knew that I was not going to be able to drive to work or remain sitting for 8 hours so I stayed home and remained in bed all day. On Thursday I was able to get up for dinner and for a few hours at a time but needed to lay back down to alleviate the pain. Friday was much the same but on Saturday I was up and about for most of the day and I am hoping that today will be much the same. I am really hoping that this ordeal is over now and I can get back to my life.