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Happy Spring!

Hi, everyone!

I hope 2021 is going well for you so far and you’re staying Covid-free. Hopefully, now that the vaccine rollout has really taken off, we can get back to normal — whatever ‘normal’ even is anymore — very soon. It’s going to feel a little weird when we can officially ditch the masks, but I actually don’t mind them very much. Hear me out: Masks double as nose-warmers in the winter, and you only need to put makeup on the top half of your face. Not so bad, right?

I’ve definitely been slacking on the blog lately, I know. I’ve been meaning to write an update for a while now, but life keeps getting in the way. I finished a couple of classes back at Temple and have started taking driving lessons at Moss Rehab. Being on the road again gives me a rush of excitement, anxiety, hope, and fear — all at the same time. So far, no cars, trees, humans, or animals have been harmed. Phew. I’m still pretty early in the driving process and I’m not entirely sure where it’s going to go yet, but I’ll keep you posted.

Before the Oscars a few weeks ago, my family and I binge-watched some of the nominated movies. I highly recommend Crip Camp, a documentary on Netflix. It’s all about the disability- rights movement, from its start at a summer camp years ago until now. Obviously I could really relate to it. I loved it. It will make you laugh and cry, and it will open your eyes to this important piece of history. Although it didn’t win an Oscar, the film has had a huge impact on the disabled community that can’t be measured by a shiny trophy.

Here is a great photo of the Crip Camp production team on the red carpet on Oscar night. Judy Heumann, a disability-rights activist and author of the book Being Heumann is pictured on the left. This picture is compliments of her Instagram. Even an adorable service dog made it to the Oscars!

The inclusivity we need to see!

I’m super happy that the weather is starting to warm up. I’ve never liked the cold, but nowadays it really affects my body and my mood even more. Speaking of warm weather, my mom and I are taking a road trip out West in just a couple of weeks. We’ll be heading out to Santa Fe, New Mexico and Sedona, Arizona and making overnight stops along the way. My goal is to blog throughout our trip, so get ready for more updates from me and, hopefully, some beautiful photos. Fingers crossed we won’t get on each other’s nerves too much, but I make no promises. Stay tuned!

Until then, thanks for reading!

Mary