• 2015,  books and reading,  disability,  reviews,  Uncategorized

    Three Amazing Things About You by Jill Mansell

    I received a free copy of Three Amazing Things About You by Jill Mansell to review on this blog. From the No. 1 bestselling author of THE ONE YOU REALLY WANT comes a poignant romantic novel about a young woman whose time is running out. Not to be missed by readers of Jojo Moyes and Erica James. Jill Mansell’s enchanting new novel will drive readers to seize life with both hands and make the most of every minute… Hallie has a secret. She’s in love. He’s perfect for her in every way, but he’s seriously out of bounds. And her friends aren’t going to help her because what they do…

  • 2015,  musicals,  theatre,  Uncategorized

    I believe

    On Saturday I wrote about our attempts to go see Dirty Dancing in December. I was going to write about it but then I had another story to share (this story) and I needed to mention in passing the Dirty Dancing disaster. And I ended up writing so much that it took over the entry. So we tried and failed to go see Dirty Dancing. And then there was much discussion about whether we would try and go see it somewhere else. It had already been to Milton Keynes so that was out.  It’s still to go to Birmingham Hippodrome however. But some of the group point blank couldn’t afford…

  • 2015,  Self-Care,  Uncategorized

    Self Care Sunday

    I’m beginning to suspect that starting up these Self Care Sunday blog posts again was a mistake.  I don’t feel like I’ve got a lot to say and stopping to think about it can get stressful. But actually I think I have still done things this week that are self care.  Little things not really worth mentioning but worth doing perhaps? I can’t remember what I wrote here last week but I think it might have been something similar to this.  Next week may well turn out to be a week with more self care because of what it’s planned to involve.  That doesn’t help me with what to write…

  • 2015,  Uncategorized

    Attitude is Everything

    This is the story that didn’t get blogged at the time it happened.  I’ve told several people and I’ve posted snippets on facebook and twitter but I never shared the full story here.  This isn’t really the full story because it misses out the rude questions and inappropriate suggestions and the stress involved.  I wasn’t going to blog it at all but I have another story I wanted to share and it’s easier to explain that if I post this – but they are very different so I’ll post the second one in a few days in a different entry. In December a group of us were supposed to go…

  • 2015,  Self-Care,  Uncategorized

    Self Care Sunday

    I’m sure there are plenty of things I’ve done this week that can be considered taking care of myself but mostly all I can think of right now is I took a nap this afternoon and I’ve got a dinner in the oven I’m looking forward too.  I’m still quite sleepy to be honest. I have in a miniscule way eaten slightly healthier this week. But lets not pretend that my diet could ever be called actually healthy. Oh and I’ve had my Just Dance 2015 out and used it on several days so that’s exercise. Plus, three uses of the standing frame.  Although the standing frame is very definitely…

  • 2015,  Uncategorized

    Too early in the morning to blog safely

    This was going to be a random bullet points of life blog entry but reading it back I think it’s probably not. I think this is likely to be the only blog entry this year that I start writing before  9 in th morning. Usually if I post a blog before say, 10 am, it’s because I wrote it in advance and scheduled it in advance.  However this one is coming to you live you could say. Judging by how many typos I’m making and the sentences I’ve had to rewrite to make sense it’s probably a good job I started my writing today with my blog and not my…

  • 2015,  books and reading,  reviews,  Uncategorized

    Ivy Lane by Cathy Bramley

    Yay! First book review of 2015.  Also my first finished read of 2015.  Not my first book – I’m in the middle of a very long, very good book and an audiobook but I needed to read something on my Kindle to save carting a nearly 700 page paperback on the train to Birmingham.  And I had an advance copy of Ivy Lane by Cathy Bramley from the publisher (via NetGalley) for review.  It turned out to be a very good choice. Ivy Lane was first released as an ebook only in four sections – Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter –  one every few months over the last year.  The complete…

  • 2014,  2015,  Self-Care,  Uncategorized

    Self Care Sunday

    A weekly moment to stop and think about what I’ve done in the past seven days that could be considered taking care of myself. This week I think self care has been about friends. I’ve been feeling for a while that I’m a bit lacking in friends. One or two have moved away over the last few years, others I’ve lost touch with or otherwise don’t have contact with. Drifted away, that sort of thing.  I’ve been thinking about ways I might meet some new friends but I’ve also been trying to keep in touch with those old ones too. I finally remembered to text one of those drifted friends…

  • 2015,  guest blog,  Uncategorized

    Emma, Elsewhere

    I’ve been doing lots of writing lately.  Lots of writing in places other than this.  So I thought I should probably come and share a few links here.  There are a couple more articles I’m waiting to be posted and at least one I’ve yet to write.  It’s all good writing wise so far this year but I really need to write some of my novel as I’ve not touched that since I think the day after New Year’s Day.  I don’t want to turn down blogging or writing opportunites but I may need to find some balance between those and novelling. Before Christmas I spent some time writing for…

  • 2015,  Self-Care,  Uncategorized

    Self Care Sunday

    I promised myself I’d make more of my blogging this year.  And one of the things I wanted to bring back (again, I think this will be the third time) is Self Care Sunday.  Where I take the time to focus on the good things of the week and what I’ve been doing to take care of myself. I’ve had a good day today. I slept late.  Later than I expected to be honest. I got up at at 8 for the loo and a drink and expected to just doze a bit for an hour or so.  But I fell deeply asleep again for three hours (I was having…