• 2013,  Uncategorized,  you know you've got CP

    You know you’ve got CP when…

    …half an hour before an appointment in your house finds you tidying up. Not to make the house look better (although that is a bonus). But because it occurs to you that they might need somewhere to sit. And you basically never sit on the sofa. Meaning it’s buried I use the sofa. I balance drinks, snacks and other stuff like my phone on the arm when I sit next to it in my wheelchair. And usually there will be a mix of books, knitting or crochet stuff, a fleece or two, an empty coke bottle or 4, sweet wrappers and maybe a wheatie on the sofa itself. I use…

  • 2013,  crafts,  Family,  friends,  Self-Care,  Uncategorized

    Self-Care Sunday: Something New and a Surprise

    I’m continuing in my quest to spend less time online. I didn’t come on at all yesterday. Which is now two weeks running I’ve had a day off. And I suspect I’ll have one next week too if the weather doesn’t put paid to certain plans. I quite like it. Mum and I went to a two hour craft workshop yesterday. It was on Mono Printing. I’d never done it before and to be honest I didn’t really know what it was. To start with I didn’t think I was going to enjoy it. It was a bit late starting because the majority of people doing it were late. And…

  • 2013,  books and reading,  my mother,  photos,  things that make me smile,  Uncategorized,  unexpected things,  yayness

    A book that blew my mind #fridayreads #amreading

    I have a copy of a book called 1001 books you must read before you die. There have been several editions of this book so at various times different books have been put on the list and taken off again (and in the case of Memoirs of a Geisha I believe returned to the most recent edition of the list). I have the 2010 edition but I also have an app on my iPad and a spreadsheet both of which list every single book that have ever appeared on an edition of the 1001 books you must read before you die list. I believe the total number of books is…

  • 2013,  anaemia,  powerchair,  questions,  Sertraline,  Thursday Thirteen,  Uncategorized

    I’ve been wondering…

    A Thursday Thirteen list of things I’ve been pondering lately: …who invented chips? …does anyone ever use just one piece of loo roll? …why does one of my powerchair tires have zero tread left but the one on the other side still has a little? …why are knickers called knickers? …when will John Green bring another book out? …how long is too long to wear a bra before washing? …will I ever get sent another appointment to see my neurologist if I don’t chase him? …what shall I read next? …what does mono printing involve exactly? …do I need my antidepressant dose increasing? …how long my soon to start second…

  • 2013,  achievements,  C-A-B,  personal,  success stories,  Things I am proud of,  things people say,  Uncategorized

    Thank You

    I’m quite well known for not noticing people waving to me when I’m out and about. Or not knowing who people are when they know me. Part of that has to do with the fact I meet so many people through things like CAB. I’m usually the only person they deal with but depending on if I’m doing appointments of gateway (10 minute triage like interviews) I might see up to 4 people in one session. The big thing in training for CAB is confidentiality. One of the points made about it is that due to that you shouldn’t acknowledge clients outside the bureau. That’s easier than it sounds because…

  • 2013,  books and reading,  reviews,  Self-Care,  Uncategorized

    Conditional Love by Cathy Bramley

    As a part of my self care this week I’ve been trying to spend less time online (hence no self care Sunday blog yesterday because I didn’t come online at all.) and I’ve been trying to rediscover my love of reading. That’s felt like its been losing its appeal lately but I’m thankful to say I seem to have found my mojo again. I spent most of yesterday morning finishing reading Conditional Love by Cathy Bramley. I’m participating in her blog tour for this and received a free copy to review. Sophie dreams of building her own grand design, she just hasn’t got round to it yet… Meet Sophie Stone,…

  • 2013,  books and reading,  reviews,  Star Trek,  Uncategorized

    Star Trek FAQ Volume 2 by Mark Clark

    I received a free copy of Star Trek FAQ Volume 2 by Mark Clark for review.. I’ve not read volume 1 which is about the original series of Star Trek and the animated series. This volume is about the films and also The Next Generation. (FAQ). This book is not endorsed, sponsored, or affiliated with CBS Studios Inc., Paramount Pictures, or the “Star Trek” franchise. In the 1980s and ’90s, Star Trek rose from the ash heap of network cancellation and soared to the peak of its popularity with a series of blockbuster feature films and the smash sequel series Star Trek: The Next Generation . Star Trek FAQ 2.0…

  • 2013,  Self-Care,  Uncategorized

    Self-Care Sunday: Self-Care Is…

    …staying up till one AM finishing a good book. …cocktails and a catch up with a good friend …going to the theatre with Mum …not waking up until 10 and then going back to bed for a nap two hours later …one last, long, sail of the year. Staying on the water till the light goes away. …lying in bed listening to an audiobook. …finding some willpower

  • 2013,  books and reading,  Uncategorized

    A Weekend of (mostly) Reading

    That’s what I’m planning. I am disappearing in the direction of Oxford for a while later but other than that this weekend is for reading. In part because this weekend is Dewey’s Readathon and when it got to last night I realised my decision not to sign up was the wrong one. Yes I am busy but I figured that reading is reading and I could at least take part for a few hours. And I figure actually I’ll just read regardless of official Readathon times etc. The main part of dedicating this weekend to reading is obviously just that I really enjoy it, it’s a nice break and might…

  • 2013,  anaemia,  meds,  Self-Care,  thinking,  Uncategorized

    Self-Care Sunday: Thinking It Over

    I’m not sure what to write about today. There have been lots of little things going on like continuing to take my meds everyday (I have approx 8 days left on iron tablets for the anaemia. That will get easier after that because those are my only three times a day med) and taking a break from my wheelchair in the middle of most days. And working on picking my battles and when to let things go and move on. But I don’t have a lot to say on the little things – in part because it feels too soon. The picking my battles thing is something I probably should…