• 101 in 1001,  Uncategorized

    >101 in 1001 – Item 34…

    > Spend one day a month away from the computer for a year …has been completed! In a lot of ways I have enjoyed this one.  Being away from the computer makes for a lovely break.  Sure, I love the internet and computers for a lot of things.  And my life would be harder in several ways without it.  The computer and specifically the Internet are huge huge time sucks for me and not always a good thing.  So a forced break from everything once a month has been a very good thing.  I will still try to do this but I’m not sure at the moment if I want…

  • 101 in 1001,  sailing,  theatre,  Uncategorized

    >101 in 1001 – Item 75…

    > Go on a random day out …has been completed! I wasn’t really sure what would constitute a random day out and was thinking about ticking that one off after my day out in London yesterday (went to the Tate Modern with Mum) which is something we were talking about on the train home.  My mum reckoned as that was planned it shouldn’t count and she suggested the day before was a better one as it was more spur of the moment.  I wasn’t convinced it counted as a “day out”as it was very in and out darting around different places.  So then I suggested that maybe what I should…

  • scale junkie,  Uncategorized,  weight loss

    >Down 2

    >This is liable to be relatively quick, I’m going out around 11 and I want to get my gear for sailing sorted before I go so I don’t have to do it when I get back (likely to be flying in and back out again). I did manage to exercise everyday this week apart from yesterday. And I really pushed the water.  When mum and I were out at a show on Saturday night I just drank water, I didn’t have any wine or J2O or anything else despite wanting it and I resisted asking Mum to get me a snack when she went to get herself one!!  Plus, when…

  • attitudes,  trains,  Uncategorized,  wheelchair

    >A Refreshing Experience.

    >I’m having a couple of weeks of from some of my regular responsibilities and activities.  A bit of a staycation if you will.  I’ve got several very fun things planned including some very long days out.  I’m also doing some bits I’ve been meaning to do for a long time (like today I did some baking, and I synced my iPod, removing some music and putting a load more on) and having a bit of a chillax.  I spent a while this morning working out some of the train journeys I’ll be making and then rang through to book the assisted travel.  I need to work out two more at least…

  • books and reading,  disability,  reviews,  Uncategorized

    >The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi

    >I was asked to review this book for WHSmith.  I found it quite hard going and didn’t manage to finish it which I’m a bit disappointed about.  This is the first of the books I’ve had to review that I didn’t finish.  I would be interested to hear what people think about the disability aspect I mention below. My review: This book has a really interesting premise and I was looking forward to reading it.  Unfortunately I didn’t find that it lived up to that and as such wasn’t able to finish reading it. It is well written and several of the plot strands are very interesting and draw you…

  • honesty,  scale junkie,  Uncategorized,  weight loss,  wii

    >Slipping a bit.

    >This week I am up two pounds.  Which is a little disappointing although I’m not really surprised either.  This past week probably hasn’t been the best it could have been in terms of healthier eating etc but it wasn’t horrific either and I’m still not drinking Coke or eating Chocolate so that’s definitely something.  To be honest I was probably due for a bit of a blip around this time because I’ve been doing what I’ve been doing for 11+ weeks now and I probably need to shake things up now.  In a way I’m surprised I haven’t plateaued a bit before now. Plans for this week are to really…

  • awareness,  creative writing class,  disability,  me me me,  Uncategorized,  wheelchair,  writing

    >Been There, Done That

    >I’ve been writing a piece about a woman in a wheelchair over the last week or so.  Basically, we’re doing a creative writing anthology in the class I go to. The tutor wrote an opening to a story, the premise of which is that this woman owns a haunted mansion and offers £1 Million to anyone who can last an entire night in there.  We’re all writing our own versions of what happens next. And as soon as I heard about that idea my first thought was “that sort of place probably wouldn’t have wheelchair access”  I took that idea and ran with it for my part.  Writing it gave…

  • creative writing class,  Uncategorized,  writing,  you know...

    >You know you’re a writer when…

    >…you get lost in writing and forget to have dinner or the long version: You know you’re a writer when you have a great idea and a fantastic title for your part of a group anthology (that we’re doing in creative writing part).  You get stuck on the how, write the beginning (takes two weeks) and then spend a week trying to figure out how to make what comes next work.  Two hours before the class you figure it out and start trying to get it down.  You do get a rough first draft done but you get so lost in the writing you don’t eat dinner.  Instead you have…

  • me me me,  meds,  Uncategorized

    >Well, I never would have guessed!!

    >So I’m finally seeing the Dr tomorrow to get my blood test results and discuss what needs to be done about the whole screwy periods thing.  Apparently the bloods I had done last year didn’t show PCOS so now I’m really confused.  Hopefully this lot will show something useful.  I want answers. Must admit I’m a bit nervous about it but I do realise that if my results had been totally worryingly bad I’d know by now most likely.  It doesn’t help that I’m not seeing my GP.  Have been trying to get an appt all month with her with no luck.  And have also been asking to see a…

  • scale junkie,  Uncategorized,  weight loss

    >Hindsight is always 20 – 20

    > Image description: Badge which says Healthy You Challenge 20 pounds gone! It has a star in the background with the text over it and underneath is a red stripe with scalejunkie.com written on it in white. Colours used: red, brown, light blue. Down 3lb from last Tuesday which means I have now lost a total of 20lbs since 22nd February this year!!  I’m so pleased!!  If I’d known how good this would feel I probably would have gotten started sooner.  But I’m not beating myself up because I know that a lot of this is happening and happening so easily because I’m doing it at the right time and…