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    >Brief Snapshots of Life

    >I bought ink for my printer today and was given complimentary chocolate as a result. I find this bizarre but kinda cool. Unrelated to this, I have eaten entirely too much chocolate today. Earlier today I had a call from a contractor about sorting out my garden. He was “in the area” and wanted to pop round. Apparently a 15 minute drive and a trip on the dual carriageway away is in the area. Who knew?! Anyway I was in the bureau so I said yes but after half one. Which was no good, he clearly meant RIGHT THEN. We settled on tomorrow but he couldn’t tell me a time…

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    >Another readathon update

    >I’ve read 60 pages of The Secret Life of Bletchley Park by Sinclair McKay and 105 pages of Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Burroughs since my last update. Secret… Is research for my nanowrimo novel and I’ve been taking my time with it over the last week or so. It’s really interesting and well written. I feel like I’m learning a lot from it. Tarzan I started fresh tonight after wanting to read it for a few weeks. All content copyright Emma Crees, 2006 – 2012 unless otherwise stated http://writerinawheelchair.blogspot.com

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    >Readathon Check in

    >I think I’ve read about 450 pages. Welly Walks and Biscuit Baking by Hannah EnsorThe Babysitters Club – Abby’s Twin by Ann M Martin (a load of rubbish)The Summer Before (The Babysitters Club prequel) by Ann M Martin (kinda cute, I wouldn’t read it again but I liked it)Sister Act The Musical Programme. That was interesting. We went to see the musical this evening and it’s really different to the film but oh. so. good. I loved it. I’ve also listened to about an hour and a quarter of the audiobook of The Remains of The Day which is good and I’m getting really into. I think I’ll finish that…

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    >Welly Walks and Biscuit Baking by Hannah Ensor

    >I decided to start the read-a-thon off with something super easy and read my friend Hannah Ensor’s new books which are released today.  I’m also going to pop up to her book launch a bit later and I’m looking forward to it. Hannah is a writer and illustrator who uses her trademark stickman style to use humour to education about disability.  Her two newest books which come out today are Welly Walks and Biscuit Baking – stories aimed at children aged between 2 and 5.  Each includes a character in a wheelchair but at no point are the words “disabled”, “disability” or “wheelchair” mentioned in the stories. The wheelchair user…

  • blogging,  friends,  memories,  safety,  Uncategorized,  uni

    >Looking Back – and then briefly forward

    >I wrote my first ever blog entry almost 11 years ago.  A couple of days ago I started playing with the “you might also like” feature on this blog and started reading some of my older entries (which go back to March 2006 on her as my Wheelchair Princess archives are also here).  And then yesterday I went back even earlier and was reading stuff from 2003/2004.  This evening I went all the way back to the very beginning 8th November 2000. And it really hooked me in. It’s really interesting going back all those years and seeing what I was up too then.  My style back then seems to…

  • depression,  down,  mental health,  Uncategorized

    >How am I really?

    >Last week I had another attempt at this putting myself first lark and shared with a couple of people that I was sorry but I couldn’t provide the support they were looking to me for as I’m so busy and have a lot going on. The automatic assumption to this seemed to be that this was a very bad thing and a couple responded along the lines of “sorry you’ve still being dumped on hope it resolves”. That’s the wrong assumption however and I don’t know where it’s come from. I am very busy and whilst it’s true that my mental health is at a bit of a low ebb…

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    >Yet More You Know You’ve Got CP When…

    >…something gets said to you and you’re frustrated but not at all surprised by it. When you tell a friend however, she IS shocked and says that it makes her despair of humanity. …you get annoyed that someone else isn’t a wheelchair user because you’re having a ridiculous conversation in which you can’t make them understand your point. If they were a wheelchair user? It wouldn’t have even come up. …you didn’t know who that woman who said “hi Emma how are you?” as you wheeled past was for a minute or so. Then it hits you. She’s a receptionist at the Doctors. …your best friends include a former physio…

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    >First Impressions

    >I’m terrible for making snap judgements, especially when I first meet someone. I think it’s kind of similar to how I automatically assume that everything that happens to me is because of my CP even when it blatantly isn’t (which is something I got very stuck on and very upset about yesterday). Both things related to thinking I know exactly what the situation is, what’s going on and what’s going to happen next. I’m finding a lot lately that I’m having to reevaluate my assumptions – those pesky first impressions. Recently I briefly spoke with someone and within a couple of minutes I’d decided I didn’t like them. Part of…

  • achievements,  botox,  physio,  serial casting,  standing frame,  Uncategorized,  you know you've got CP

    >You Know You Have CP When…

    >…You aren’t sure that getting discharged from physio is the good thing everyone else is making it out to be. I went back to the hospital on Wednesday and saw two physios and an orthotist. They were very pleased with the progress I’ve made with the standing frame (and so am I). I’ve been able to maintain the improved range of motion in my ankles and my feet are still looking what I consider to be wrong – they used to turn in a lot and I can’t remember a time when they didn’t. Now they are straighter (I believe my talus – one of the bones in the foot…

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    >Life is short

    > I just found this image on Facebook via Shelley and couldn’t resist sharing. It’s a text based image sharing a manifesto for living based on the idea that life is short and is from Holstee. As a side note I believe the version on that site to be an accessible (described in the html tags) image. Beautiful isn’t it? It’s almost a shame that I didn’t find this yesterday when I was pondering why we do things we don’t like and don’t do things we like. But actually I think I like that it’s in a separate entry. All content copyright Emma Crees, 2006 – 2012 unless otherwise stated…