• Family,  friends,  snow,  Uncategorized,  wii

    >Snowbound 2010 Day Five

    >(Geordie accent, male voice)  “It’s Day Five of Snowbound, 2010. Emma, usually out and about all the time has had a good day but is slowly starting to go insane”I have had a pretty good day today I cleaned out the fridge (yuck) and gathered up all the rubbish and recycling in the house which my sister than chucked out for me (snow is so bad I couldn’t get to my food waste or non-recycling bin even though they live by the front door although I might have got to the recycling bin which is literally right next to the door).  She also put a fresh sheet on my bed.…

  • books and reading,  Uncategorized

    >Books in 2010

    >For the last several years I’ve kept lists on my blogs of what I’ve read.  This is my list for 2010. [n] – new[r] – reread[pr] – partial reread[pr*] – partial reread but counts as new for my “read 250 new books” goal of my 101 in 1001 January Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres, 533 pages [n] The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid (209 pages) [n] Farewell To The East End by Jennifer Worth, 321 pages [n] Star Trek: The Next Generation – Death in Winter by Michael Jan Friedman (320 pages) [r] Lottery by Patricia Wood (320 pages) [pr] Ways to Live Forever by Sally Nicholls (204…

  • access,  disability,  snow,  Uncategorized,  wii

    >Snowbound

    >The snow means I haven’t left the house since I walked home as it was falling Tuesday night.  And there is no chance in hell that I’m getting out of the house tomorrow either.  Realistically at the moment I can’t see Sunday being a day out either but who knows for definite. I was supposed to go see the nurse on Thursday; that got rescheduled to Tuesday but the pessimist in me now sees it getting rescheduled AGAIN. The “I’ve been stuck in the house for three days with no end in sight blues” AKA Cabin Fever has just struck within the last hour or so.  I’ve actually done much…

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    >A “Yes!” Moment

    >I blogged a few days ago about Geoff Holt’s Personal Atlantic Challenge.  I was just reading his latest blog entry and the fourth paragraph is so good about living with a disability that it made me say “yes! So right!” I think a lot of people might be interested in those insights so as much as I do recommend that everyone go and read the blogs about the voyage I would also seriously recommend reading this specific entry because I think it’s important.  Although I also do know that a lot of people who read this already think along similar lines. So lets just say its a lesson for some…

  • difficulties,  disability,  Family,  snow,  Uncategorized

    >Oh The Weather Outside is Frightful

    >I suspect that the weather will mean I can’t go to the bureau tomorrow or indeed out of the house at all.  Blah.  In fact, I would say the odds are currently not down to zero because it ain’t over till the fat lady sings and I’m not singing… yet but that they are pretty damn close to zero. In fact having just gone and openned the front door and peaked outside between writing that paragraph and this one I’m thinking that a miracle would be needed to get me out of the house tomorrow morning because I sure as hell would struggle to go out now. I popped into…

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    >Goals I’m Currently Working On – January

    > “Eighty percent of success is showing up” ~Woody Allen I’ve not made new years resolutions this year but I am working on my 101 in 1001 list and I thought it might be worth noting here which specific goals I’m currently working on for January. Be in bed before midnight every night for a month.  It’s not been long before midnight but it’s working so far. Trying to do a tiny bit of walking (I leave my wheelchair slightly further from the loo than usual) a few times a day – it only works out about ten or so steps each time but its progress. Taking my meds daily…

  • sailing,  Uncategorized

    >Personal Atlantic

    > “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover”. ~ Mark Twain ~ In Septermber 2007, Geoff Holt sailed a Challenger Trimaran around the cost of the UK, solo with just a ground crew for support. I didn’t follow his journey because I only heard of it in passing towards the end. But a Challenger is what I sail and so the idea really interested me. I was then lucky enough to hear Geoff speak…

  • baclofen,  Uncategorized

    >Meds Mess

    >In 2010 I feel I need to learn to count properly. Or at least to be a little bit more organised. Because I should not have been able to get to 28 without realising that 100 tablets prescribed part way through November to be taken at a rate of 2 a day was not going to get me to the first full week in January. Or at least figured it out before I took the last pills! I was on such a roll with taking my meds too. Part of me is still convinced that I must have some left here somewhere but the numbers don’t lie and I’m damned…