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    A long awaited train trip

    A month ago I finally got to go on a special train trip that I was originally supposed to do in 2017. It got cancelled then and in 2018 I couldn’t manage it but after much debate and my changing my mind twice we pulled it off in March. I went to London for what turned out to be three nights (one at Stratford and two at St Pancras) and on one of the days I went down for a quick breakfast as soon as they started serving at 6:30 am and then dived across to St Pancras for 7 where I met a friend and we got the Eurostar…

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    At The Moment – 14th March

    This is the first thing I’ve written this month. Not good but also good to be putting fingers to keyboard once again. So what’s happened since I last wrote? The bathroom is finished but there is a problem with some of the paint as the wall is still drying out. It looks rather grim but I’m told anything they do now will need to be done again once the wall is dry so there is no point. I tied myself in absolute knots over costs and logistics and about a million other things that on the grand scheme of things probably don’t matter but I now have very exciting plans…

  • 2019,  access,  attitudes

    An update four years in the making

    I used to go to The New Theatre in Oxford a lot but I haven’t been there since December 2014. Long story short we tried to go to see Dirty Dancing for my birthday that year and ridiculous access problems and terrible staff attitudes meant we couldn’t – and I didn’t feel safe trying again. I wrote about that in several posts back then – Attitude is Everything was the first. A few months later I wrote Third time lucky? and Third Time Lucky? Yes. We’ve not been back and I even travelled to Birmingham and stayed in a hotel to see a show that I was desperate to once.…

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    At the moment – 22nd Feb 19

    It’s been a frustrating week but I think (hope) it’s all about to come good. The work for my bathroom did actually drag into a second week and all the way until today. They couldn’t lay the floor on Friday because it wasn’t dry, came back Monday and it still wasn’t dry plus there was obvious water where there shouldn’t have been (given I’d not been able to use the shower). At which point they discovered the reason I’ve had so many problems with my shower is because at some point in the work last year someone drilled into a waste pipe. So that had to be fixed and some…

  • 2019,  Action 4,  disability normal,  Quickie Jive,  things people say

    In which able-bodied people are weird but if I point it out I’m the weird one.

    I was in my manual chair on Thursday while the powerchair was with the tech. My morning carer said “Wow you must be strong doing that.” And I was pleased because I feel like I’ve lost so much strength and can do so little in my manual compared to years ago. But I was managing well and I liked the compliment. An hour later the tech came and took my powerchair. Once he left the guy who was here working on my bathroom asked if there was something wrong with it. I explained that it had gone for some routine stuff. Then he said “it must be hard pushing that…

  • 2019,  my flat,  powerchair,  Quickie Jive

    At The Moment (15th February 2019)

    I think it probably has been a good week – a productive  one at least. But it doesn’t really feel like it. Because for me the productiveness has meant I’ve had to be at home all day every day. I have managed to get out quickly all of the days apart from one but I’ve not been to CAB, writing or disability active. There’s been contractors here all week sorting out my bathroom once and for all. They are here now laying the floor. It’s been quicker than I thought it would be (I had been told the work may go into next week) and it looks like it’s going…

  • 2019

    At the moment (9th Feb)h

    It’s been quite a week… I am having a writing binge day. I’m actually up a bit earlier than normal and writing the beginning of this entry before going to get showered and dressed. I’ve not written anything for a few days due to being too busy and then too tired. I got a really lovely compliment about my writing from one of my favourite authors yesterday so I am inspired today! It’s been a good, but very exhausting, week. I spent Wednesday and Thursday in London so I could attend the Spring Blogger Evening at Simon and Schuster. It’s fair to say I packed it in around that, going…

  • 2019,  books and reading

    Books and the City Spring Blogger Evening 2019

    I was lucky enough to be invited to the Books and the City Spring Blogger Evening 2019 and I had a great time. The invite said there would be five authors doing authors at the event. When we got there we discovered there were actually ten authors there! First we had just over an hour to mingle and chat to people. There were yummy nibbles and drinks and some amazing cupcakes with pictures of the book covers on them. I had a couple of glasses of Bucks Fizz and chatted to quite a few people. Some of them I knew and some I didn’t.  I was pleased to get to…

  • 2019,  cold,  mental health,  personal,  perspective,  snow

    Snow Days

      Day two of my being stuck in due to snow/ice is coming to an end. It’s definitely melting but the paths right outside my house were absolutely covered in ice today. As much as my chair may well handle it for the short distance to the main road (which I suspect is clearly), it’s not worth the risk.  I may get out tomorrow if it’s improved a bit, I may not.   Snow is something that worries me. It’s pretty to look at but it’s also pretty damn inaccessible.   For the last several years I’ve often stressed myself in winter working on the panicked idea that I had…

  • 2019

    At the moment (1st Feb 19)

    A week in the life of an Emma… We had the CAB post-Christmas, Christmas social on Tuesday. We went to a local hotel/restaurant. It was very nice and I had lovely beef. Unfortunately I wouldn’t be able to go with family or friends as there is a step between the restaurant and where the loos are in the hotel reception – we had a private room for our social. It was a smaller social than usual but that was good because with that and being in a private room we were able to be all around one table and quiet enough to just have one conversation with the whole group…