• 2012,  acceptance,  access,  discrimination,  freedom,  friends,  frustrations,  I want to change the world,  influences,  Life,  mental health,  nano group,  personal,  powerchair,  Quickie Salsa,  quotes,  Uncategorized

    Rekindled

    I’m reading a good book at the moment.  I hope to finish it tonight and I’ll review it for my blog in the next few days most likely.  When I flicked to the back to see how many pages it has I noticed that on the page after the end of the story there is the following quote. “Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light.” Albert Schweitzer I’ve had a tough year I think it’s fair to say.  And things are greatly improving and I feel like I’m not in…

  • 2012,  nano group,  NaNoWriMo,  short story,  Uncategorized,  writing prompts

    This is the story of…

    We played Consequences at the NaNoWriMo kick off meet up today. It was pretty funny and I said I’d record them for posterity. I figured my blog was a better place for them than the forum as things get lost on there! This is the story of how Bugs Bunny met Goldilocks on Red Dwarf. He said “I’d kill for a slice of that pie.” She said “Hush you!” And they got lost in the forest and found the witches house. — This is the story of how Reginald Harris met Marilyn Monroe at the circus. He said “Have you ever seen Mamma Mia?” She said “How RUDE!” And that’s…

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    You know….

    You know you’ve been on the Internet and/or part of fandom too long when you see someone’s name on Facebook and seriously want to ask “are you a Mary Sue or something?!” Well either that or their parents had that in mind when they named them.

  • 2012,  action3,  Quickie Salsa,  ranting,  Uncategorized,  wheelchair

    Wheelchair Etiquette

    Every so often I see articles doing the rounds online about dos and don’ts for dealing with us wheelchair users.  I don’t agree with a lot of things those include.  I was thinking about writing my own version but basically it comes down to Be aware of the persons preferrence – a lot of these articles say you should get down on wheelchair height if at all possible when talking to a wheelie.  I prefer that people remain standing – or sitting whatever they were doing.  I’m not a fan of the crouched down beside me making a special effort thing.  I’m not just saying that because of the seat…

  • 2012,  acceptance,  attitudes,  crafts,  customer service,  disability,  Uncategorized

    The need to be grateful

    I went shopping in a brand new craft shop last week.  It had one of those lifts where just the platform moves and you have to hold the button down the whole time.  It was also one where you have to open the door yourself. And on the ground floor it had a ramp up to it.  I got another customer to open the door for me so I could go in it and then backed my chair into the door so I could open it at the top And when I came down I grabbed a member of staff and asked for help.  She offered to come down in…

  • 2012,  books and reading,  Uncategorized

    Readathon October 2012

    This is my third readathon.  After my first one I thought that whilst I enjoyed dedicating a lot of time on one day to reading I wasn’t sure I’d take part in an actual readathon again.  Clearly I was wrong.  I’ll come back to this post a few times throughout the day and edit in what I’m reading and updates and the like. So far: First I read Heather Leaves School by Elinor M Brent Dyer.  That’s one of the La Rochelle books and is new to me.  I grew up on her Chalet School ones and loved them (still do!) but these are much better in my opinion.  I…

  • 2012,  me me me,  standing frame,  Uncategorized

    State of The Emma

    Title blatently stolen from one of my friends who frequently posts blogs titled “State of The [her username]” Couldn’t resist! I’m doing better, I think. I had a UTI or a virus or something the other week but that’s resolved.  Locum GP thought virus but was happy to treat as though it was a UTI based on my history and my symptoms.  I’m not sure what it was but I took a five hour nap one of the days when I was “off” so I definitely had something going on. I’m mostly medicated. And I’m a lot more motivated.  I’ve still been thinking a lot that I don’t fancy doing…

  • 2012,  acceptance,  advocacy,  awareness,  CP related,  current affairs,  language,  Uncategorized

    Speaking Out

    A few days ago it came out that the little girl who went missing in Machynlleth in Wales last week, April Jones has cerebral palsy.  It kinda made me stop and pause a moment hearing that she’s got CP just like me more than anything else I’d heard about the case. The news coverage all seemed to use the term suffer “Missing Girl April Suffers from CP” screamed the headlines. I posted to a facebook group for CPers that I belong too that I wasn’t sure whether to be impressed that she’d gone missing Monday night and it had taken until Wednesday night before mention of her disability was made in…