Diary of a Dyslexic Blonde

Diary Updates Needed

Diary from Friday to Friday has been packed. Live on LinkedIn happened on Friday morning. I was talking to Darren Clark about dyslexia/dyspraxia. But the time flew by as it does while talking to Darren. So it would have been easy to talk for ages about the issues surrounding dyslexia. But not this time, perhaps another. It was a quick lunch then get ready for the Dyslexia Scotland helpline. Also, at this point, I find out I have an interview next week. Woo hoo! I need to phone Sharon and ask for a change of shift for the helpline. Diary needs to be updated for the week ahead. Working with two laptops. Help me Obi-Wan!

Saturday-Writing Class

Saturday morning is writing class on Zoom. Our class has shrunk a bit but always fun.

Iain has also replaced cables and his camera. Hence no longer can we comment on the Incredible Hulk green screen.

We were learning about word games. It did come with two specific names, but I have no idea how to spell them.

Note in the diary to chill out Sunday

Sunday-Chill Out

Chill out time before a hectic week. Not watched Harry Potter for a while.

Ignore diary until Monday

Monday-Diary Plan

Dear Diary I can’t ignore you anymore.

Start to edit the essay for submission on Thursday.

Also, I need to do a presentation for Friday’s interview. I have never done this before and decide PowerPoint is the best approach.

Also got to make a start on setting up my new study laptop for software being loaded on Wednesday.

Oh, and a wee interview with Dyslexia Scotland. They are back up for the award Investing In Volunteers and my name has been picked.

The time flies by and before I know it, I get Hi Honey I am home.

Later in the evening, I pull out the new laptop to try and set up everything I need for my studies. Nothing is working, I must be overtired and so call it a day.

Tuesday-Tech Part 1

So only one appointment set up this evening.

Then today is to edit some more of my essay and make a start on my PowerPoint presentation?

How hard can it be? Slide one done needs to be larger but can work on it. Slide two bullet points. Okay, I have ended up with my comments on a different view? Oh, look I can also put pretty colours in the background. I watch YouTube videos on the whole process and 90 minutes pass. I am no further forward! Sitting staring at a screen shouting Help me Obi-Wan You’re my only hope.

In-between this I hear movement in my neighbour’s house. So I better check everything is okay!

Later I reply to an email on reasonable adjustments for my interview on Friday. Also, explain I have had issues with Microsoft teams in the past.

Indeed a practice run is now arranged for Wednesday at 4 pm there is.

Oh, look an event held by Darren on Thursday about Claro Software and Scanning pens. I had seen it on LinkedIn and had a message asking if I would like to go? Yes, of course, it will be very interesting.

So Power on with PowerPoint presentation.

My partner makes these things look easy! He puts in animation and one slide glides to another without a problem.

I eventually have all the content I want to talk about, but it also looks like a car crash.

I show my partner when he arrives home and within 30minutes he has it nice and tidy and in working order.

Now to look at my study laptop and make sure I have all the correct apps for my Open University work. Load Microsoft teams. Do I need to Zoom? No, I will leave it off for now?

Wednesday-Tech Part 2

Today’s agenda is support worker phoning me about how the job hunting is going and studying.

I have my software being loaded remotely to my study laptop.

I also need to make sure Microsoft teams will work for Friday’s interview.

After a lovely short chat with the support worker. It is then onto my study laptop for remote connecting for software.

Didn’t go as smooth as I had thought. First, it was being done on Zoom. Detention for me for not loading the app. I am a goat!

Then going through all the fab software an issue arises. Claro Software doesn’t want to load. You couldn’t write this!

I see on the Learning Labs “Claro Writer Helper”

I tell the person to add this to my learning labs package. Due to the fact has only been launched it is not part of the Claro package which is on my list. DOH!

This is proving to be an issue as well as it does not recognise anything that was suggested. It could be an update. But, Dragon v15, Global AutoCorrect and of course my C-Pen are all ready for use. The Claro Software problem is being sorted out by the IT team and hopefully by tomorrow?

I swap laptops and continue with listening and editing my essay. I do not believe it! Different paragraphs in blue and black fonts? I will sort all that out later. Some more editing is needed before submitting it. Next, practice the presentation and time it.

After dinner, I was looking through LinkedIn. And see the Zoom meeting about C-Pens and Claro Software. I read over the message Darren had sent me and realise my mistake. It was this evening Darren had talked about the event. Oops! Double detention for being a goat!

Thursday-Job Club On Microsoft Meetings

Tell them I have a job interview on Friday. Talk about my PowerPoint presentation and find out other handy tips with the spare hour in the end?

This of course was not the case, but a meeting has been arranged for later in the day.

I have also been trialling an OrCam. I found it frustrating at first. As time has gone on, I have found it is an amazing bit of kit. It has helped me with my studies. They are looking for a meeting on Friday. I am now hitting mission impossible. Looking over Plan on Calendar that involves planning my day. Next week is looking more promising. Listen to TMA (Tutor Marked Assignment) again and put in a few last-minute simple adjustments. Send it off for marking. Another one crossed off the list.

A quick meeting with the job club to do my presentation.

They think it looks professional and I have judged it well for the time assigned.

Friday-Final Diary Entry This Week

It has been so busy this week. I have myself set up for my interview. Nervous but, that is normal.

I get the link through for my interview and have no issues this time. Hurray!

They liked my presentation another hurray!

I think the interview went well. I can never tell what the outcome will be. All I can do is wait and hope.

Quick lunch and talk to my mentor Sharon to find out how the helpline had been in the morning. It had been quiet. It could be busy this afternoon? Things will be back to normal next week when I do my morning shift.

I get out my Open University laptop to work out the issue with Claro.

While waiting for incoming calls, I go into my downloads folder and open it up. Hey, Presto it decides to load! I will be ready to start a new week with my studies. Thank goodness it is the end of the week.

I am going away to Madrid on YouTube! Following James Blink round my favourite tapas bars with a glass of wine.


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