• 2014,  my mother,  Uncategorized,  you know you've got CP

    You Know You’ve Got CP When…

    …your mum comes round to help you do a few jobs and instead of getting her to help with your quest to declutter like she has the last few times she’s been here you have to ask her to brush your hair. Then you have to append this with the fact that this is the most important job for the day and it doesn’t matter if nothing else gets done while she’s there. And then she takes the brush and looks at your hair and declares that it’s so bad it might actually take all the time she’s got to spend with your to sort it. Because I can and…

  • 2014,  Uncategorized

    On Principle

    I’m going to a thing in Oxford for two hours tomorrow. And as I almost always do I’m getting the train. You can just turn up and request assistance and sometimes I do that.  But given that almost always I know I’m travelling the day before I book my assistance.  Usually I travel on the times I’ve booked but if I’m travelling between stations where they know me and I know them it’s not overly unusual for me to use the booking as a heads up that I’ll be around and maybe get a train slightly earlier or slightly later than I’m booked on. So I rang up today and…

  • 2014,  Self-Care,  Uncategorized

    Self care Sunday

    I don’t really know how to explain what self care is this week.  I’ve done a lot of fun things and I saw a friend I’ve not seen for a few months earlier this week – I went to London to see her (she moved there about a year and a half ago) and we ended up going to the Tate Britain.  I was supposed to go to a workshop about books in the afternoon and had planned to meet up with her for a bit before.  But having been promised the details of the workshop “nearer the time” it got to a few days before and I knew nothing. …

  • 2014,  crafts,  creative,  Uncategorized

    “Absolutely filthy”

    The title of this post is what I said to my mum this afternoon on the phone when she asked how I was. It’s probably not the best title for this post but… I got nothing else. I went to a clay workshop this morning. It was the second time I’ve done one with this tutor, I did one at the end of November as well. I thought as I keep telling people I blog about crafts I should actually blog about crafts (admittedly the main reason I haven’t blogged about my recent crafts is because they will be gifts so must remain off of my blog until finished and…

  • 2014,  blogging,  books and reading,  Thursday Thirteen,  Uncategorized

    Thirteen Reasons Why I Like Book Blogging

    I was going to call this thirteen reasons why I like reviewing books on my blog.  I’d never really stopped to think about why I like it and what it is that makes it a good fit for me but once I did it became obvious I should call it thirteen reasons why I like book blogging.  Because a lot of these reasons are about what I post on my blog but not all of them.  There are a few other reasons come to mind but those are more tenuous and harder to explain without giving them an entry of thier own.  Being that this isn’t just a blog about…

  • 2014,  attitudes,  awareness,  campaigns,  CP related,  disability,  disability normal,  disablism,  internet,  interwebs,  medical model,  perspective,  ranting,  social model,  twitter,  Uncategorized

    In which I get Ranty

    (subtitle: and lose my shit all over the Internet.) This is ridiculous. In fact It’s the most stupid thing ever and frankly I probably shouldn’t dignify it with a response but I can’t let it go. There’s an American company called 3eLove. They sell a range of products with their logo on – the logo is a wheelchair symbol like you see on many different things but with the wheel replaced with a heart. It’s called the wheelchair heart.  I can’t remember if I’ve blogged about it before or not. Their products have a variety of slogans on as well as the wheelchair heart.  In 2012 my parents gave me…

  • 2014,  Self-Care,  standing frame,  Uncategorized

    Self care is

    Self care is… writing this post just before midnight Saturday night and scheduling it to post on Sunday so I don’t need to worry about it. Self care is… playing too many games of Pyramid Solitaire because I’m rediscovering it after a break of a few years and want to beat my high score. Self care is… a long period reading a book Self care is… not posting something on facebook because it would make it harder to deal with. Self care is… saying yes to something and then changing that to “probably no” because days later the details aren’t forthcoming and are stressing me out. Self care is… getting…

  • 2014,  books and reading,  reviews,  Uncategorized

    Patently in Love by Rhoda Baxter

    Author Rhoda Baxter very kindly sent me a copy of her e-book Patently in Love in exchange for a frank review here on my blog.  She also took the time to answer some of my questions. Those were posted earlier this week and can be read here.   (image description: Pink book cover for Patently in Love by Rhoda Baxter showing a cartoon like drawing of a male-female couple standing close together. They’re probably kissing but she has her hand up, palm out blocking our view of their faces as though she was blocking a camera. A basic line drawing of the London skyline is in the background) After her…

  • 2014,  books and reading,  Thursday Thirteen,  Uncategorized

    A Bookish Thursday Thirteen: Thirteen Reasons Why I Read

    Last week when I was checking out some of the other blogs who take part in Thursday Thirteen, I came across Amy from A Simple Love of Reading’s list of Thirteen Reasons why she reads.  Some of her reasons are very different to mine and I thought it would be fun to do my own list this week. Coming up with thirteen was an interesting challenge because in some ways it was too many – I could sum it up in one very broad reason which is – I just love it.  But also when I started getting into specifics narrowing it down to just 13 reasons was a challenge.…

  • 2014,  books and reading,  interviews,  Uncategorized

    An Interview with Author Rhoda Baxter

    One of the many (too many) books I’m in the middle of reading at the moment is Patently in Love by Rhoda Baxter.  I was sent it to review and that will be up later in the week.  Suffice to say right now that I’m enjoying it.  I was also offered the opportunity to interview Rhoda for my blog which I’m very excited about as it’s my first author interview on my blog. About Rhoda Baxter   Rhoda Baxter started off in the South of England and pinged around the world a bit until she ended up in the North of England, where the cakes are better. Along the way…