• Uncategorized,  writing

    >Creative Writing Course?

    >We have a new arts centre here that just openned this weekend.  And I went up there today on a reccy.  I only went round the downstairs but it looks great. They have a gallery space and currently it has an exhibition that I don’t think I caught the name of but basically it’s a “making of…” thing and shows drawings of the plans from the first to the last stage, photos of the site at different stages and some models of how they envisioned things would be, attempts at trying things out etc.  It was very interesting to look at.  The next exhibition planned is an Urban Art one…

  • interwebs,  site admin,  Uncategorized

    >Internet blahs

    >I’m finding the Internet a very annoying and irritating place lately.  I’ve heard several stories lately of blogs I follow either being fakes themselves or being the victim of fakers – stealing their photos and passing them off as their own etc. No to mention all the blogs that are spammers and use some of my content… so many of my incoming links are that it’s unreal. So as you might have noticed I have removed all of my photos from this blog and from my facebook page.  Most will be watermarked and will then return however I don’t have the time, patience or inclination to do all of the…

  • sailing,  Uncategorized

    >Surreal Sailing Stuff (Another Attempt At Alliteration)

    >Last week at sailing I asked Pam where I could get an entry form for the upcoming challenger national championships from.  She said “There’s this thing, I think it’s called the “Internet”?” That was so “Pam” and really amused me.  Probably a lot more than it should have done but what can you do?! Then this week I was introduced to someone new (by Pam) who immediately went “I hear you blog” and told me that Pam had been telling him about it.  He is TAB and sails.  And he has a good friend with MS who he’d like to get sailing but can’t convince.  With her permission (or rather…

  • Uncategorized

    >I guess thats why they call it the blues

    >I gained four whole lb this week. Not really sure what happened there. Mum wondered if it was a hang over from the week before when I expected to gain but managed to maintain; she said that my Dad usually gains weight the week after he splurges rather than that week. It might be a period thing also.  It’s due sometime soon although I’m not quite sure when (unusual for me) as they are spacing out a bit more.  This is not a good thing from a PMS point of view – I cope much better when I know it’s coming and also I usually figure out exactly when it’s…

  • General Life Stuff 2006 - 2008,  quotes,  sailing,  Things I am proud of,  thinking,  Uncategorized

    >Lose Sight of the Shore

    >This is the 700th (public) post on this blog. The post below is a paraphrased version of part of what I wrote in a card to a good friend. As she received it yesterday I will share the thoughts here. It’s not word for word as I didn’t think to note them down before I sent it. *** “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” ~ Andre Gilde The above quote came to mind a lot when we were at Rutland Water a few weeks ago for the regatta. Not the exact wording, I had to look that up. But the…

  • General Life Stuff 2006 - 2008,  Uncategorized

    >Answers

    >Reading everyone elses answers to the questions I posted earlier in the week was very interesting but here are the actual answers… 1) Where did we meet? (Either online or in real life…) depends who you are! 2) Take a stab at my middle name? Jane 3) Do I smoke? No, never have and never will. 4) Color of my eyes?  Brown like both of my parents and both my brother and sister. 5) Do I have any siblings? If so, how many? Two, Ben and Sophie, both younger. 6) What’s one of my favorite things to do? Read, Sail, Swim, Knit etc etc 7) What’s my favorite type of…

  • memes,  sailing,  Uncategorized

    >Thursday Thirteen: The Sailing Edition

    > Thirteen Reasons I Love Sailing 1 Going wherever I want without my wheelchair 2 And doing so under my own steam 3 The wind on my face blowing my hair everywhere, into my eyes etc. 4 The speed 5 The power 6 The Way the boat rocks down and up and down and up in the water 7 Pushing myself to do more, try harder 8 The point in time when its really really good but also kinda scary 9 The people I have met because of it 10 Sitting on the water watching as the sun gets lower and lower in the sky  and the sky gets prettier…

  • General Life Stuff 2006 - 2008,  Uncategorized

    >How Well Do You Know Me?

    >My friend Shi just posted a survey on her blog to see how much her readers know about her.  I answered and told her I’d like to see what she’d answer about me.  So I’m posting this here to see what she has to say and if any of the other people reading this want to take a shot feel free 1) Where did we meet? (Either online or in real life…) 2) Take a stab at my middle name? 3) Do I smoke? 4) Color of my eyes? 5) Do I have any siblings? If so, how many? 6) What’s one of my favorite things to do? 7) What’s…

  • disability,  fun stuff,  Uncategorized

    >How to help an Emma up off of the floor

    >The thing with dealing with Emma’s, especially us crippled Emma’s, is that sometimes we like to have falls. Falls when transferring are particularly popular and a not uncommon subcategory of that type of fall is the one where the Emma lands on the footplates of the wheelchair.  Sometimes this is due to missing the seat of the wheelchair, other times its a simple loss of balance/trip/whatever and hit the ground or similar fall.  Either circumstance has the same results. When this happens with the Quickie manual wheelchair this causes particular problems due to the presence of ankle straps on the footplates.  This is due to the bolt/screw/thing thats a bit…

  • down,  perspective,  thinking,  Uncategorized

    >Things to Think About.

    >It was really nice to see Auntie Sheila and everyone this afternoon and I did feel a bit more cheerful when I was out. I think part of the blah down-ness might have come from the fact that I’ve not done very much of anything other than computer time, knitting and a bit of reading over the last few days.  I definitely couldn’t have been in the bureau this week.  Overdoing it at the weekend and then spending a lot of time at home recovering is not a good mix for me mental health wise.  I guess those two mornings a week where I’m in the bureau do make a…