“Hello” I say in response to my ringing cell phone. “Is this Stephanae McCoy?” the disembodied voice asks. “Yes” I reply somewhat hesitantly (I’m suspicious wondering who the caller is and what do they want).
The caller ends the suspense by identifying herself as my Rehabilitation Teacher who is contacting me based on a previous referral. She then tells me that she had a cancellation and wanted to know if she could stop by in about 20 minutes. After a bit of stammering, stuttering and flustering I say “sure, that’s fine come on by.” As soon as I disconnect I scurry about making sure my place is presentable.
I make the proactive decision to put Mollie in the bedroom because experience has taught me that the door buzzer will send her into a frenzied barking spree. My grandson who up until the moment I received the call was sleeping decides that now is the time to wake up and get my attention by crying. At least I was prepared for this and had a banana and bottle waiting for him on waking.
Almost 20 minutes after I got the call Stephanie, rang the intercom and I buzzed her in to gain entry to the building. I should back up a minute and say that I met Stephanie by phone last year on the recommendation of another friend but due to life getting in the way I hadn’t the opportunity to meet her face-to-face.
We introduce ourselves and my grandson, Stephanie, and I head into the living room for a chat so she can better assess my needs on day to day living with vision loss. Without any hesitation I tell her that my biggest frustration is the sheer amount of time it takes me to do any and everything that I used to take for granted. She then shared with me the history of a column in DIALOGUE a publication for the blind.
The column was titled ABAPITA and Stephanie said that people would submit snipets of funny stories that happened to them due to their blindness. She proceeds to tell me a story about asking her husband about his day at work and he says “oh it was an ABAPITA day.” So I’m laughing and tell her “I like it and will mention it in my blog.”
After she leaves I go to google and type Abba Pita (two words because this is what I heard and what I thought Stephanie said). I was wrong and the results returned are not even close to what I was seeking. I continue my search and eventually find that ABAPITA (one word or more accurately, acronym) stands for “Ain’t Blindness A Pain In The Anatomy.” Although anatomy can be replaced with a more appropriate “A” word if you so choose.
This is one of those times when I wish I could rewind to go back and correct my incorrect assumptions. I’ve been known to miss the punch lines and ruin jokes because I need them explained. Why then did I think this would be any different? I’ve heard the phrase PITA used before and I know what it means and it’s very sad that I could find the humor in Stephanie’s story without fully grasping what was being said. The scary part is that I thought all along I was “in the know.” Oh well…
The rest of my session with Stephanie went extremely well and once again I’m very excited about what the future holds for me. We talked a little about my blog and she was telling me how us blind and vision impaired women miss out on current trends. To which I explained the blog is set up by day; each day represents a different topic and trends are discussed on Tuesdays.
Which brings me to today – Thrifty Thursday and I want to share a site that I discovered only yesterday but I know I’ll be using it frequently. The site is called BradsDeals.com and you can reach it by clicking HERE.
I don’t know how I missed this one because the tagline says “Handpicked savings from 2001” but I’ve bookmarked it for future reference. Brad Wilson, Founder & Editor-in-Chief of BradsDeals.com, is an online curator of coupons and shopping deals.
You do have to provide an email address to access the site. If you don’t like being bombarded by dozens of emails I recommend using a separate email account for websites such as these. Another alternative to creating a new email account would be using your account, create a folder structure and set up rules to handle these communications.
To give you an sampling of some of the types of deals to be found today :
- www.finishline.com: Women’s Reebok Zig Sugar Running Shoes (Black/Coral/White) for $59.98 down from $99.99
- www.finishline.com: Women’s Reebok ZigTech Shark 3.0 Running Shoes (Pink/Yellow/Orange) and (Grey/Blue/White) for $44.98 down from $99.99
- www.zooshoo.com: $15.00 sunglasses that you can buy anywhere from $7-$10
- www.szul.com: $199 Green Amethyst & Diamond Necklace $27 +Free Shipping
The nice thing about BradsDeals.com is that you can find a wide range of items from TVs, tablets, clothing, bedding, etc. Since this is an online curator site they search the web to find the best deals and then pot them to BradsDeals.com.
I hope that this information is useful to you. Please let me know if you have any questions or would like additional information. You can reach me via the comments below or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“I would like to be remembered as someone who accomplished useful deeds, and who was a kind and loving person. I would like to leave the memory of a human being with a correct attitude and who did her best to help others.” ~Grace Kelly