• 2014,  Uncategorized

    Numbers

    One of my old school friends, Katherine, was nominated for the Liebster Award. It’s one of those award meme things that bloggers pass on to their friends and other bloggers.  Specifically this one is for newbie bloggers who have less than 200 followers. I’m not a newbie blogger, I’ve been blogging for practically 14 years so in choosing me as one of her 11 bloggers to pass the award on to she’s breaking the “rules” and being a rebel.  I don’t know or care how many people follow my blog, it’s not why I write. I write because I love to write and because I get so much out of…

  • 2014,  Disability Glossary,  Uncategorized

    Ableism

    A year or so ago (maybe longer) I wrote a few posts explaining a few disability terms.  I called it my disability glossary.  I did intend to expand it to cover other terms but as often happens life got in the way and I didn’t.  Last week someone mentioned my having posted about ableism on facebook and wanted me to define what it was. I struggled a bit when put on the spot in person but said it was basically “like racism but for disability.” This is my attempt at a better definition Ableism is sometimes called disablism.  The two terms are basically interchangable – the difference in my opinion…

  • 2014,  books and reading,  Uncategorized

    Rainy, Reading, Resting Day

    12:55pm Saturday It’s kinda rainy today (although it has stopped raining and brighted up a bit). And I’m tired and a bit blah.  But it’s Dewey’s 24 hour readathon today so that’s basically the perfect circumstances. I’ll be updating my progress here on this post (and maybe on twitter too) through out the day.  Probably going to be a little late getting started though as I need to make a sandwich first. I’m not sure what I’ll be reading but I think I’ve finally settled on my first book.  A reread of an old favourite. I’d call it a childhood favourite but although I loved the series as a child…

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

    You Know You’ve Got CP When…

    …whilst at a famous London landmark a child chooses your wheelchair as the thing he’s going to take holiday photos of. Sod the landmark, her chair’s got lights!* They’re resurfacing the road/path outside my house so I headed home a different way to usual. And doing so meant I had to go in the road a tiny bit (which along with it being a bit out of the way is why I don’t normally go that way). So I put the hazard lights on my chair on. As I did so I remembered this story from a month ago and thought “how the hell did I forget to blog about…

  • 2014,  books and reading,  guest blog,  Uncategorized

    Emma Elsewhere

    Soha, the housing association I rent from, have started a blog.  It’s called Get Greener With Soha and it’s written by staff and tenants as a place to share hints, tips, hobbies etc all around a theme of getting greener and being more sustainable. I’m one of the residents who has posting access and I’ve been writing about ways to get cheaper (or otherwise more sustainable) books – I think I’m a bit more on the sustainable is thrifty and looking for cheaper side of things than the sustainable is green side of things that a lot of the other bloggers have been going down. A couple of weeks ago…

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

    You Know You’ve Got CP When…

    …you get really annoyed when people try to make everything that ever happens to you into a “disability thing” and assume that if you try to do something it’s got to be “because you’ve got CP.” Then you get half way through writing a blog entry about someone remembering you when you meet for the second time, months after the first time and the words “you know you’ve got CP when…” floated through your brain as it happened. Only to stop writing and delete it when you realise that you’re doing it too.  Assuming that it happened because of CP. It’s not (necessarily) a CP thing that she remembered me…

  • 2014,  Uncategorized

    Twenty Things: Go to a TV Filming

    My friend Alison and I went to watch The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice filmed on Wednesday.  So I can tick that off of my Twenty Things list.  Putting that on the list was a bit of a cheat because although I’d been thinking of the list for a few weeks by the time I wrote it on Monday I already knew that we would hopefully be going to the filming.  The gave out more tickets than they had spots for so we had to go and queue.  And although we thought we might not get in we did and it seemed pretty easy. I quite enjoyed it…

  • 2014,  Uncategorized

    Twenty Things

    I used to be a big fan of the 101 in 1001 idea – 101 goals to work towards over the next 1001 days.  I had two 101 lists that each ran for a period of 1001 days and I completed many from. I then wrote a third list but that petered out and I never really did much with it.  I had been thinking of writing a new 101 in 1001 list but the thing is that’s a lot of goals and a long period of time and to be honest it might be better to have a shorter list of goals to work towards over a shorter time…

  • 2014,  disability normal,  travel,  Uncategorized

    Travel

    I feel like this should have a much catchier title but I don’t know what it is! I’ve been thinking a lot over the last few months about travel.  About whether I could swing a proper trip next year, financially, practically and most importantly all of the disability related aspects that go into it.  And I’ve been considering the disability aspects of it even more over the last few weeks. I’ve had a night or two away in this country over the last few years but I’ve not had a proper holiday since 2007 I have two options in mind – a dream trip and a more realistic trip, closer…

  • 2014,  books and reading,  reviews,  Uncategorized

    A Little in Love by Susan Fletcher

    So as I wrote when I posted my interview with Susan Fletcher earlier today I’m taking part in her blog tour for her new book. As a part of the tour, I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. I have been trying to think more before accepting books just because they’re free but as soon as I heard about this book I knew I had to read it because I loved Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables so a book telling the story from Eponine’s perspective really intrigued me.  And I have to say A Little in Love by Susan Fletcher really hit the mark…