• 2021,  access,  argh,  complaints,  disablism,  discrimination

    What I haven’t missed in lockdown

    I was struggling a bit with my mood last week. I commented to one of the carers that I had a few things planned – a top up food shop, a trip to podiatry etc and I hoped doing those unremarkable, normal things would help. Certainly in the November lockdown I had a shitty few days and then had a day that was what would have been normal pre-covid (my Dad came to look at my washing machine, I went to the dentist and into coop.) and unexpectedly it really helped. Well I did my top up food shop yesterday which was only the second time I’d been in a…

  • 2021,  40 before 40,  books and reading

    March Reads

    I still feel like I’m not reading as much as I’d like. Although it’s also true that I abandoned one book and have two paperbacks and an audiobook that I started but have yet to finish. But here’s what I did finish in March. I have made plans to cut down my internet time this month (specifically by not reading fanfiction) so I anticipate reading more in April. I’m not sure that I have a favourite and a least favourite book this month, I liked everything that I finished but nothing really stood out. I was pleased to read two books that have sat unread on my selves/kindle for well…

  • 2019

    Stick a needle in me…

    …I’m done! I went to Reading last Thursday afternoon, to one of the vaccine hubs, and received my first dose of the Astra Zeneca covid vaccine. It was a year to the day since I’d last been at CAB. It felt pretty huge and I had a bit of an overwhelmed, happy cry as I went into the lift in the venue. It was also so quick and easy that there felt like there should have been more to it – 15 minutes after I arrived I was back in the car park, practically at the time my appointment was booked for (I’d been early and allowed straight in). I…

  • 2021

    As I wrote in my last entry, it’s been a year since things started to end due to covid. At first glance you’d think the last year has been full of bad things. I could (and maybe should) write about the fear and the worry and the difficulties. But whilst it’s not a year I’d like to repeat there have been some good things and moments I’ve enjoyed. In many ways the best thing was it forced me to take a break from CAB and over stuff to slow down that I really needed but didn’t feel able to take. I was so stressed by that. The stress and worry…

  • 2021,  Quarantine 2020

    One Year

    For me it’s been a year since Covid changed my world. One year ago yesterday (7th March 2020) my friend Carolyn got the train to Birmingham. We had lunch in Pizza Express, sharing a bottle of wine. We wandered into a few shops. Asked for sanitiser in Body Shop but they didn’t have any. We bought books (we always buy books) and I was beginning to look for a new handbag because mine was developing a small hole. I saw one I liked but it wasn’t exactly what I wanted so I left it as it wasn’t urgent yet. A year later I’ve still got the same pink spotty Cath…

  • 2021,  books and reading

    February Reading

    I spent a fairy big chunk of February not reading and then the last few days of the month reading a lot. In addition to the books listed here I listened to several hours of another audiobook but got bored of it. As before, books marked with a * are from Boxall’s 1001 books you must read before you die lists so count towards my goal of reading 40 more of them before my 40th birthday. Fighting for your life: A paramedic’s story by Lysa Walder Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler The Switch by Beth O’Leary (audiobook) The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins* The Switch was probably my favourite…

  • 2019

    Had Enough

    I have had enough of covid and not being able to go anywhere. I’ve had enough of having nothing to say when people ask “what news have you got?” or “what have you been up to?” I’ve had enough of people asking if I’ve had my vaccine yet and moaning when I say no that it’s wrong, I should have been prioritised because I have carers coming in. I mean, I agree that home care users should have been prioritised along with people in care homes but it is what it is and I’m in group six anyway which is ongoing in some areas and about to start in all…

  • 2019

    Things I’ve been making

    I am trying to complete a Make a Thing a Day challenge this month. So far it’s going well. I suspect the momentum might be tricky to keep up as the month goes on but at the moment I’m enjoying the creativity.. In the eight days gone so far I have six complete makes. On the other two days I did parts of the same project as the facebook group says distinct parts of a larger make count. Some of the makes feel a little bit of a token gesture. Here are a few photos A lego E. I wanted to make a heart but couldn’t figure it out so…

  • 2021,  books and reading

    January Reading

    In previous years I’ve occasionally tried to post here about what I’ve read. But it’s something I’ve struggled to keep up regularly despite wanting to. I thought this year I would post a list on the 1st of each month of everything I read in the previous month. Books marked with 1001 are from Boxall’s 1001 Books To Read Before You Die list and so count towards my goal of reading 40 more books from that before my 40th birthday. Serpentine by Philip Pullman Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky A Promised Land by Barack Obama (audiobook) Children of Ruin by Adrian Tchaikovsky The Circle by Dave Eggers (audiobook, 1001)…

  • 101 in 1001,  2021,  40 before 40,  books and reading,  Crochet,  goals

    40 Before 40: Pandemic Edition

    My 40th birthday is at the end of this year. At the end of 2019 I wrote a “40 before 40” list of goals to achieve before I reached that milestone. I blogged about that a little bit but never shared the list online I did achieve three of the goals last year – I went to see Book of Mormon and did a photography course before the pandemic hit. I also manged to use my manual chair every day for over 40 days later in the year. Looking at the list as I write this, I could also be said to have done two more – I attempted to…