Learning What It’s Like to be a Mom!

by Chelsey Zumpano

If you watched my most recent vlog, (https://youtu.be/uuxluBohc5M), you’d know I got a new puppy. Her name is Hazel and She’s a husky/pit mix. She’s a sweetheart, she wants to play with all the cats and my other two dogs. She’s great with little kids and babies. The only thing is she cries when I leave the room and when I put her in the cage.

Having a puppy is a lot like having a baby. I have to get up with her in the midle of the night, potty train her, wake up when she does, feed her on schedule, and right now I have to watch her 24/7. I don’t have any free time to myself unless she’s sleeping or chewing on her bone. I love training and playing with her. She’s great and has taught me to be responsible.

I haven’t had a baby animal in my room sense Katniss and Audrey were kittens and they lived in my room for the first few months. Having a puppy is a lot different because cats are more independent and could be left alone for short amounts of time. I can’t leave Hazel alone at all. At the moment I have someone watch her when I go places or take her with me.

But It’s all worth it! She gives me something to do every day and she brings more joy to my life.

Hazel has taught me a lot about what it’s like being a mom; it’s hard work, but I know I can do it!

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Baking Mishap

by Chelsey Zumpano

Today I have a funny story for you all.

So me and my friend Sylvia, (who you’ve met in this video https://youtu.be/Q114CJmnhjY wanted to make cookies; we got everything out before we started the actual baking process. We measured and mixed everything up. I tasted the batter and it was a little sweeter than it usually is, but I just thought we put to much vanilla extract and didn’t think much of it. The batter was very fluffy and mixed well, so we put it in the oven.

It was only after our cookies were out of the oven that we noticed a problem with the cookies; they were flat and merged into one.

It turns out we accidently used powdered sugar instead of flour. It feels the same as flour and my ingredients are in unlablled tupperware containers. I now know I really need to label them. But I do think our accidental creation turned out good and it tasted like caramel. It was to sweet for Sylvia, but Clint and his friends liked it. If you want to try this creation for yourself go to, (http://cookiescupcakesandcardio.com/?page_id=659), for the recipe and just substitute flour for sugar.

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Why I Don’t Use the Word Sighted or Disabled #ControversialThoughts

by Chelsey Zumpano

A lot of my fellow VI/blind people use the word “sighted” when talking about people who don’t have a vision impairment. But I’ve never really used this word before. First off I want to say that I do not care if you use it! You do whatever feels right for you.

One of the reasons I don’t use “sighted” is because I still have sight, (limited sight in one eye, but still sight), and there for it doesn’t feel right for me to use that word. The second reason is that people use the word negatively and that sticks in my brain. They also use it as if it’s the only thing about them that matters! People do this the same with our blindness and that’s never okay! Treat others how you want to be treated and try to help others understand us.

I’m okay with using the word “disability.” To quote myself, “I have a disability, but my disability does not have me!” I prefer to put the person before the disability and you might say, but you’ve put “blind girl” in the titles of your YouTube videos? That’s because I want people to see that and not feel alone. Yes, i’d rather write “girl who is blind,” but sometimes that doesn’t flow right. We shouldn’t just refer to people just by one part of them because we are all people with feelings and lives beyond that one thing! I want people to know that you are more then just one part of yourself. you are many parts that adds up into one person.

The thing is I never refer to myself as being disabled: I usually say, “I’m visionally impaired or I have a vision impairment and that I have anxiety.” (And yes, I consider my anxiety a disability). I don’t like using the word “disable” because for me it sounds negative and like I can’t do anything. I never see my vision as an obstacle to get over and I just have to do some things differently, but you know what? Everyone does things differently! Everyone learns differently, has different shoe sizes, has different favorite movies, likes different foods, and that has nothing to do with a disability.

I use to use the word “differently abled” and I might start using it again. This word sounds more positive and includes everyone. It sounds better to me, then “disabled or even disability.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

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Feeling Accomplish!

by Chelsey Zumpano

I DID IT! I wrote a blog for every day in November! It’s a great feeling to set out to do something and actually accomplish it! I’m so proud of myself and I think it really helped me with writing. Now if you give me a writing prompt, I’ll be able to write a blog about it. I’m hoping this will help me write stories.

Now for the month of December: I’m going to do a quote and draw/paint/take a picture of something to go along with it. I’m also going to do some baking videos. You can find today’s picture on my instagram @VIBlindResources and if you like what you see there give me a follow. Thank you to everyone who has followed me this month and the months before! I’ll be going back to once a week Blogs and Vlogs/videos will be twice a week. (They’ll be some random posts throne in there).

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Teaching Braille

by Chelsey Zumpano

I have now taught two people braille: my sister’s friend, (which you can watch on this video: Teaching Unified English Braille), and my brother’s girlfriend, (Dana). She’s a very fast learner and with in one night she could recognize all the letters. I taught her by using my copy of ‘Unified English Braille for everyone’ and showed her the alphabet,I told her what dots were for what, then I had her tell me the dots as I typed them on my BrailleNote. First I had her type on my BrailleNote, but that was hard for her, so I switched to my Braille Writer, and she did much better. I can’t wait to teach her more!

I love that Dana just simply wanted to learn because she likes learning. I think more people need to learn braille because it’s a great skill to have. If anyone else I know wants to learn braille just ask or leave a comment below.

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What Is Normal?

by Chelsey Zumpano

I hate the word normal! It implies you have to be a certain way or there’s something wrong with you! I use average because it’s a spectrum. If I’m going to say somethings “normal,” I’ll usually say it’s “my normal” because that thing or situation is my experience. Another reason I don’t say “normal” is because it generalizes a situation or group of people.

Much like lables “being normal” puts pressure on us. My advice to anyone who’s struggling right now is to be yourself and be kind to others, try to understand what others are going through. Being kind to others is hard for some people to do and that’s not okay! The same going for understanding what people are going through! My personal opinion is that as long as no one is hurting anyone, then just let them live their life and give them some respect.

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What I’m Reading Right Now!

by Chelsey Zumpano

I started reading ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ last night. First off I had no idea this was a book and the only reason I new it was a musical is because I’m obsessed with ‘Waving Through A Window’. (which is the only song I’ve heard from the musical). Now that I’ve read a little of the book and listened to the song again, (which I have on repeat as I’m writing this), It’s even more sad! So far the book is good.

The next book I’m reading is ‘The Sword of Summer’ and it’s slow going because I’m trying to do a play by play of my favorite moments over on Tumblr. This is my second time reading this series, the first time I’m reading it in braille. It’s really helped me to improve my braille reading skills. The great thing about rereading is that I get to fall in love with all the characters again!

Some other books I’ve read!

• ‘Lost’ by P C and Kristin Cast

• ‘What Light’ by Jay Asher

• ‘Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: 9 from the Nine Worlds’ by Rick Riordan

• ‘From the Kane Chronicles: Brooklyn House Magician’s Manual’ by Rick Riordan

• ‘Leah on the Offbeat’ by Becky Albertalli (which I’ll have a review up on my youTube soon).

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My Most Used Apps

by Chelsey Zumpano

(I’m sorry there are no links. For some reason it wasn’t letting me use them).

1 Audible because I am a major book worm and I can listen to audio books on my Alexa, Iphone, and Ipad.

2 Facebook is where I post most things for this Blog and YouTube because it’s the most accessible.

3 YouTube because not only do I upload videos, but I also watch a lot of videos.

4 The WordPress app is what this blog is hosted through.

5 Imovie is the most accessible app to edit videos.

6 BARD is an awesome book reading service through the Library of Congress and specifically for people who are blind or have learning disabilities. This is where I’m rereading ‘Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard’ by Rick Riordan in braille.

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The Best Way To Spend A rainny Day

by Chelsey Zumpano

On rainny days I’m stuck inside, usually with a migraine because of the overcast sky. In this age of technology there’s lots to do inside on a rainny day;I could draw, write, or watch YouTube. But my favorite thing to do is listen to an audio book and cuddle with my dogs. The dogs don’t want to move on days like that and neither do I, so it works out good. We curl up under a blanket and get lost in a book. My dogs often listen to books with me and so I call them, “my book buddies.”

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Holiday Traditions

by Chelsey Zumpano

In my family we don’t have many holiday traditions, but what we do have is pretty great. For Halloween we don’t do much, except dress up and hand out candy, but the last few years we go watch a zombie flash mob. For Thanks Giving we just have family over and eat lots of food, but when we were younger, (at our old house), we took out the go cart and dirt bike. Which was my favorite thing to do because I could drive it myself! We drove in a field across from our house. It was awesome and I miss it! If they hadn’t built houses there we might still have my go cart.

On Christmas Eve we spend it with my Aunt and cousins on my dad’s side. For Christmas we do a secret Santa, (excet no one is good at keeping a secret), and it’s just between the adults. It’s cool trying to figure out who everyone has. For Easter we use to take the quad out, but we sold it because that was the only time we used it and got the boat instead. So I don’t know what we are doing this year. Maybe someone will make my bug into a baja bug, (hint, hint), and we can take it out next year.

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