• achievements,  CP related,  Family,  Uncategorized

    >I’ve Still Got It

    >My brother and his girlfriend move in together yesterday.  And today they had a housewarming BBQ. The house they’ve moved into is an actual house – with an upstairs and a downstairs.  We’d thought the upstairs would be “out of bounds to me” – I used to climb stairs on a regular basis as up until I went to uni I had an upstairs bedroom.  And even then until 2002 I would be climbing stairs to get to my bedroom during the uni holidays. Then in November 2002 my parents moved into their current house – which is a chalet bungalow.  And I got a downstairs room.  I first saw…

  • trains,  Uncategorized

    >Maybe Next Time

    >I had a couple of ideas for blog entries in mind.  One about assistive/adaptive tech – having had the opportunity to play with some on Wednesday and hearing about another sort I wanted to record it.  And one about life long dreams and living those dreams – three people I know are moving far, far away in the next week or so and my brother and his girlfriend just moved into their own place.  Plus a good friend and I were discussing her life long dream the other day and so I’ve been thinking about that stuff. Instead I have to write about meeting the new journey care assistant at…

  • books and reading,  Uncategorized

    >Travelling – book style

    >The final topic for The Friendly Book Nook’s Summer Reading Extravaganza is “Oh The Places You’ll Go – with a book! Otherwise known as books that transport you to a new place or a different place. Travel writing is GREAT for that and probably the best of all that I have read is Down Under by Bill Bryson. It’s a book I read many years ago (during my second year at uni) and loved. And it’s a book thats sat on my shelf for a long time. I keep thinking I must reread it and in fact intended to whilst Ben and Geri were in Australia on their trip last…

  • books and reading,  Uncategorized

    >Reading Activities.

    >The next topic for the reading extravaganza is Fun Reading Activities.  And I don’t really do any of those.  I would love to join a book group and should really make more of an effort to see if I could find one to go to.  But it’s one of those things you put on the list and never quite get round too… I have a rather long one of those lists right now! One of the best things about the summer however is the opportunity to sit outside with a book – there is something very different about reading outside to reading inside although it does have to be said…

  • Family,  Uncategorized

    >Nanny’s World

    >Yesterday after a long day out with friends we drove through Thatcham on our way home. Thatcham is where my Nanny lived until 2001 (I think it was at least). And I’ve only briefly been back once since then, to take her to meet her sister and go on holiday from there. I’ve not been back since she died. Driving through there was really weird. There was the garden centre we always passed as we were on our way; it was when we knew we would soon see the “Welcome to Thatcham” sign. I think we visited once or twice. And next there was the Catholic Hall where her 70th…

  • General Life Stuff 2006 - 2008,  Uncategorized

    >Magazines is today’s theme. I’m not really into magazines.  I used to read lots of different ones – the trashy real life weekly ones like Take a Break or Chat but not any more.  I can’t remember the last time I bought any of those.  And I used to read Cosmo but again, can’t remember when the last time I was.  I had a subscription for a while but hardly ever actually read the issues.  And I really can’t stand magazines like Hello or OK!  If I want to read all about others lives I can read blogs – that’s free and less annoying! I quite enjoy Disability Now but…

  • General Life Stuff 2006 - 2008,  Uncategorized

    >Tired Em = Bitchy Em

    >When I get tired I have a lot less patience and I get bitchy much easier than usual.  The more tired I am, the more bitchy I get.  Today I got up really early and then spent 13 hours straight out of the house.  I am really, really tired.  The result?  It’s really not pretty. Particularly given the fact that I did something which for me is huge, and I got loads of compliments about.  However there was one person there for whom that wasn’t good enough and who was determined to be sure I knew it – annoying me and everyone else in the process.  Which tired me out…

  • books and reading,  Uncategorized

    >Children’s Books

    >Today is Summer Reading for Children day of the Reading Extravaganza.  And as I don’t have kids I thought I would tell you about some of my favourite books from when I was a child and some of the allegedly teen books that I still read now. And writing this post, the first person who comes to mind is Michelle Magorian.  Yup, she of Goodnight Mister Tom fame.  I suspect that most people who come here from The Friendly Book Nook won’t know who she is because I think most of them are American and I don’t know she’s known over there.  But Goodnight Mister Tom is a childrens book…

  • NEED EDITING,  quotes,  Race for Life,  Uncategorized

    >Pic Post: Race for Life Photos AT LAST

    >Huge thanks to Alison over at Ideaslist for the reminder about this post! I did half of it the other day and had to abandon it and then forgot… so serious thanks for the reminder because I would hate not to get these up here! This is me taken right before the race for life. I’m wearing a bright pink top with my runner number pinned on using safety pins. My number is 8856 (just in case you were interested!). I’m wearing a cap as well. Mostly the background is grass but you can see bits of a some people too. My back with the back sign pinned on.  It’s…

  • books and reading,  Uncategorized

    >Summer Reading Extravaganza Day One: Fun Summer Reads

    >Today’s topic for the Summer Reading Extravaganza is Fun Summer Reads. First I should probably start by saying that my Books in 2008 page as linked over in my sidebar needs a serious update, I have eight, almost nine, books to add to the finished list.  That’s my job when I’m finished here I think. Books that I’ve read this year that were fun?  Body Surfing by Anita Shreve is one of the most recent.  In fact, I will probably read some more of her books later on – reading Body Surfing and remembering other books of hers like The Pilots Wife has left me hankering for more of her…