• 2013,  meds,  mental health,  Self-Care,  Uncategorized

    Self-Care Sunday: I Did

    Just a quickie this week because Downton Abbey is on in a few and I’m trying not to watch TV and be on the iPad at the same time. Having written last week about feeling like a failure I’ve been trying to keep that big picture in mind more. One of the things I’ve been doing is writing a list of what I’ve done/achieved each day. It’s very useful because yesterday I did very little but I’m not beating myself up about it because I know I’ve achieved a lot this week I might otherwise have overlooked. Plus, knowing I’m going to be writing it down means I’ve eaten a…

  • 2013,  books and reading,  theatre,  trains,  Uncategorized,  you know...

    You Know You’re a Book Blogger When…

    …You choose books over alcohol So. I’ve been invited to the theatre on Friday night by my lovely friend Angela. She’s organising the tickets and I’m in charge of figuring out the train. And really, the train times kinda suck. The best way I can figure it out gets us there an hour and a half before. There is another train that gets in an hour before but I’m thinking it’ll take probably twenty minutes to get to the theatre walking/powerchairing and if we do end up doing that it’ll be after having an argument with some idiotic taxi driver which’ll you know take a while. Plus I’ll want a…

  • 2013,  5 minute blog,  books and reading,  depression,  Uncategorized

    Five Minutes on… Reading

    This is one of a new series of blogs I’m trying where I write for five minutes and then post whatever the result is. I use Write or Die and I’ve the five minutes is up I just finish the thought I’m in the middle of and correct the typos. It’s a form of free writing and I think I like it but this is only the second time I’ve tried it (I didn’t write this explanation in the five minute) I feel a bit like I’m in a reading slump right now. I don’t know why but I’ve been struggling to get into books lately, let alone finish them.…

  • 2013,  acceptance,  Self-Care,  Uncategorized

    Self-Care Sunday: Failure

    I feel like self care has been a failure this week and I’ve not achieved any of the taking care of myself goals I’d set for this week. I wanted to eat healthier and I haven’t. In fact a lot of my eating this week could be considered binge like. Or at least some of it. I wanted to spend less time online and I haven’t. I have reduced my online time a little but not every day and not the large amounts I wanted too. I’ve not got my med compliance back to 100% either But when I stop and think about it: I know that whereas its been…

  • 2013,  books and reading,  reviews,  Uncategorized

    Model Misfit by Holly Smale (Geek Girl #2)

    Back in March I reviewed Geek Girl by Holly Smale. I received a free copy of it from the publisher and earlier this week I received an ARC (advance review copy) of the sequel, Model Misfit, for review. I’d been really looking forward to Model Misfit coming out next week so I was super excited to get it. Once I submitted the request I was somewhat obsessively checking Netgalley to see if it had been auctioned yet. I never do that! Here’s the details: How many pages? 400 Release date? 26th September How long did it take me to read this? Three days Would I recommend this book? definitely. Don’t…

  • 2013,  CP related,  Family,  frustrations,  honesty,  shoes,  Uncategorized,  you know you've got CP

    You Know You’ve Got CP When…

    …the shoes you call your ridiculously impractical shoes are the same sort as your able-bodied sister and mother frequently wear as sensible everyday ones. For years I’ve lived in trainers. But only a specific sort. So much so that the pair I have now is at least my third identical pair but come to think of it is probably actually my fourth. And I should probably buy a new (but still identical pair) because no matter how many times I look for something different I can never find it. The idea that Skechers might one day discontinue them secretly fills me with horror. Because no one else does shoes which…

  • 2013,  interwebs,  Uncategorized

    Spotted on the Internet

    A few links to articles and blogs that have caught my eye or otherwise made me think lately: Kate Granger is a doctor working in elderly medicine in the NHS. She’s also a patient with terminal cancer. So she has a unique dual perspective. Her tweets @grangerkate were what first brought her to my attention, especially when she tweeted repeatedly during a recent hospital stay about the number of hospital staff who failed to introduce themselves. That’s led to a bit of a campaign and her blog about it is well worth reading Hello my name is…. There is also a storify page with all the relevant tweets gathered together…

  • 2013,  5 minute blog,  anaemia,  Uncategorized

    Self-Care Sunday: Resting

    I thought for this weeks self care Sunday blog I’d combine it with my idea of the five minute blog – getting what thoughts I can down in just five minutes and then leaving it. That’s because I’m not sure I have a lot to say, point one and point two I’d like an early ish for me might (which a lot of people wouldn’t consider early I know) so I’m not short on time but not exactly rolling in it either. So how have I been taking care of myself this week? Resting. Mostly getting extra rest. I’ve been pretty tired all week following my very busy and very…

  • 2013,  Uncategorized

    Random Stream of Consciousness

    I was going to write a “Random Bullet Points of Life” blog entry. But frankly all I can think to blog right now is that today is very random. In a very good way and I like it. Still it does kind of preclude blogging about all the little things that have caught my eye lately . Especially when what is likely to be the most random thing of the day is about to happen (or at least I hope nothing stranger happens). Some one to one theatre in the ladies loo. Which also has the distinction of being the first time I’ll have been in there even though it’s…