• Losin' It,  Uncategorized,  yayness

    >Ticker Time!

    >I’ve not been talking about it here lately other than in a couple of locked posts for me only but I’ve been continuing my attempts at losing weight. I decided not to share much about it here as I got recommitted in the last month or so because so many times I have blogged about the wish and lost it and not managed it. Blogging for myself helped me to realise a few things which helped with the loss I think.And this morning I weighed myself and thought “cool I’ve lost another few pounds”. Then this evening I sat down and thought about my progress and realised exactly how much…

  • disability,  links,  Uncategorized

    >Lots of links, again

    >Some links I wanted to share. For Want of a Word.  Steve shares his thoughts on a talk he did about self-advocacy and shares a wonderful anecdote about Prince Charles which really made me think. Kay has some pretty funny pictures on disability. It’s probably really wrong of me but I do find this article from Ouch! kind of funny. It’s one of those you’ve just got to laugh things… One Million for Disability.  Funky Mango shares a link to a petition to improve the lives of disabled people and combat discrimination within the EU and explains it far better than I ever could.  Did you know that the EU…

  • crafts,  Family,  NEED EDITING,  Uncategorized

    >Happy Mothers Day

    >Happy Mothers Day to all the Mothers out there. I hope you had a wonderful day. I went and did my food shopping this morning and then spent a couple of hours this afternoon with my parents. It was fun and a nice way to spend the day. I’ve been spending a lot of time lately doing crafts for my Mum ready for today. I wasn’t too sure how she would like some of them although I was mostly pleased with them. However she loved them so it’s all good. This is the card I made for Mum. I had to improvise a lot as I went along but I…

  • disability,  Uncategorized,  writing,  yayness

    >Blogging and Disability Roundtable at DSQ

    >I was lucky enough to be asked to take part in a virtual “roundtable” on blogging and disability. It was an opportunity I was really excited about, particularly given the fact that so many bloggers took part who I admire and consider to be better at this blogging lark than I am. The roundtable appears in the latest addition of DSQ and whilst a paid subscription is required to be able to access the content, it’s well worth a read. Of particular interest to me was the fact that several of us seemed to touch without meaning too on the same or similar issues – one of which being Ashley…

  • disability,  I wish I wrote this,  Poetry,  Uncategorized

    >Challenged

    >On my 101 in 1001 list (see link under pages in the sidebar), one of the things I have down to do is finish my planned favourite writings project – to print out and scrapbook copies of some poems and other writings that I love and/or find inspirational. And I’ve just been playing with photoshop and printing a couple out. As a part of that I went onto one of my favourite websites which hosts a huge collection of disability related poetry and stories to get copies of one or two I couldn’t find and there were several I wanted to share here tonight but I decided this one as…

  • travel,  Uncategorized,  yayness

    >Trains, Planes and Automobiles (oh yeah, and a boat)

    >I’m going tall ship sailing with the Jubilee Sailing Trust again in June and I am extremely excited and wish I was going right now. I’m going on Tenacious which is the sister ship to the one I sailed on last year (Lord Nelson) and I’m going to be on the boat for 8 days. We will sail from Liverpool to Oban (Scotland). I assume we will take in at least one port on the way and my money is on Ireland as I know you can sail from Ireland to Liverpool and vice versa but I’m not getting my hopes up and having another sailing experience is more than…

  • disability,  links,  Uncategorized

    >Lots of Links

    >I’ve been reading lots of interesting posts on various disability blogs lately. Ones which have made me think and wonder. Ones which I have agreed with and ones I’m not so sure about. I thought I would share links to some of them. I intend to write in detail about a couple of the topics but I don’t have the time or energy now.Jacqui wrote a wonderful post on Alternatives in medicine and also what people believe about why we are disabled. The discussion in the comments is especially worth reading (and I am not just saying that because one of the comments called me a wise one) I don’t…

  • disability,  quotes,  Uncategorized

    >Reflections of Disability

    >I was just reading Kay’s blog as I do every so often. And I noticed the quote she has in her header image. I don’t know if it’s a new one or if she’s had it there for a while and I never noticed it before but I really liked it. This is the quote: Not only do physically disabled people have experiences which are not available to the able-bodied, they are in a better position to transcend cultural mythologies about the body, because they cannot do things the able-bodied feel they must do in order to be happy, ‘normal,’ and sane….If disabled people were truly heard, an explosion of…

  • down,  songs of my life,  Uncategorized

    >The River

    >I’ve been thinking about sharing this song here for quite a while. It’s Garth Brooks and whilst he’s not really cool or big here I do have to say that he does have a talent for songs with a meaning and which make me think and feel and wonder. And relate to which is even better. One thing I think we are missing in the UK is music with a meaning, we don’t seem to have had any recently. But maybe I’m just missing it and it is actually there. I feel a bit down today, have most of the day and this is another good song that helps with…

  • 101 in 1001,  Uncategorized

    >101 in 1001 Update – 20 things done!

    >I was just looking at my 101 in 1001 list and trying to work out how many I had completed. The total so far is 20. Plus one is more than likely about to come off, another is planned for June and it is pretty likely that I will complete another of the 101 at the same time in June. I’m pretty pleased with how much I’ve done and more so with how much I have been growing and learning and how this challenge has allowed me to push myself beyond my limits and do and try new things. The list is permanently linked over in the sidebar and the…