• 2015,  A to Z blogging challenge,  Uncategorized

    Z is for…

    Z is for Zzzz This post is being backdated to appear on the 30th but is actually being posted on the 1st because after a month of blogging everyday I forgot about it on the very last day! Then I did remember but I was making much sense as I was tired and it was late. Having CP is known to cause fatigue.  I’ve seen various figures quoted for “people with CP use between X and Y times more energy” but they all vary and I think just like even people with the exact same CP diagnosis/classification are different that is too.  It’s true and it’s definitely something I have…

  • 2015,  A to Z blogging challenge,  argh,  Uncategorized

    Y is for…

    Y is for “you have got to be kidding me” Today has been a day filled with aggravations and annoyances and has left me feeling pretty battered. It’s all little stuff and bar two things it’s petty stuff – someone was thanking the key people involved in doing something and forgot that I’d been one of them. I popped quickly into Waterstones to look for a birthday present as I had a spare 15 mins and the layout of the store meant I couldn’t get into the section I wanted (too closely packed).  The trouble is it’s all today and no matter how petty something is and how unimportant in…

  • 2015,  A to Z blogging challenge,  Uncategorized

    X is for…

    Today I want to write about something different. I want to talk about voting. Next week is the General Election here in the UK. I’ve always voted since I had the opportunity. I think it’s really important. People died so women could have the vote in the UK and in countries all over the world people are still fighting for the right to have a vote and a say in government. As a disabled person the ability to vote is even more crucial because there are still in 2015 people who can’t use their votes. Because the polling station is inaccessible or because they lack the support to get them…

  • 2015,  BADD,  Uncategorized

    Signal Boost: Blogging Against Disablism Day 2015

    I suspect most people who read this will already be aware that 1st May is Blogging Against Disablism Day (BADD) as it has been every year since 2006.  But I wanted to post a reminder here just in case. That’s this coming Friday BADD is an opportunity for both disabled and non disabled people to blog and share about disability discrimination (otherwise known as ableism or disablism) – what they think, what they’ve experienced and even any successes (which for once it’s looking like I might be able to share at some point soon although probably not in time for BADD).  BADD has proved a very popular event over the…

  • 2015,  A to Z blogging challenge,  Uncategorized

    W is for…

    W is for What I Saw Yesterday Yesterrday I went to visit the botanic garden in Oxford.  It was one of my 20 things I wanted to do by the end of this year.  We saw some amazing things and I’m sad to say my knowledge didn’t extend far enough to know what a lot of things were.  The fact that the majority were labelled only in Latin didn’t help either!   A photo posted by Emma (@funkyfairy22) on Apr 26, 2015 at 12:33pm PDT I think the picture above is tulips but I’m not sure. The picture below is definitely tulips. They were some of my favourite flowers there…

  • 2015,  Self-Care,  Uncategorized

    Self Care Sunday

    This will be my last Self Care Sunday post for a while.  Having written one of these every week for four months I’ve decided to take a break for at least May so I can do other things with my blog. Good things from this week: I took part in the readathon.  I didn’t get anywhere near as much reading does as I have in previous ones but I’m mostly OK with that. I spent today with a friend and we did something I’ve wanted to do for ages (one of my Twenty Things to do by the end of this year).  We went to the Botanic Gardens in Oxford…

  • 2015,  books and reading,  Uncategorized

    Reading Down My TBR Pile – Bonus @Readathon Edition

    Last updated 7:48 pm I knew I was going to be late starting because I spent the morning at a ceramics workshop and I wasn’t home until slightly after the readathon started.  But I was later than planned.  Making time to read is what’s important though A Day In The Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn paperback, 143 pages on TBR since 20 March 2013 (according to Amazon) This is one of the 1001 books you must read before you die and I can see why this is the case.  I felt like I learned something reading this book with it’s hard hitting subject matter.  A worthy read but…

  • 2015,  A to Z blogging challenge,  C-A-B,  Uncategorized

    V is for…

    V is for Volunteering (how is it possible we’ve reached V already?) I do a lot of volunteering and I have done for over ten years.  It’s a great way to fill my time and allows me to make a positive contribution to society whilst working around the limitations of my disability and my inability to work in a paid role. OK that sounds pompous and technical but basically volunteering works for me because I can do it on my schedule.  I can ensure that I pretty much never volunteer two days running and that I only do a few hours at a time.  If I can’t manage to go…

  • 2015,  A to Z blogging challenge,  Uncategorized

    U is for

    U is for Underground I was going to do L is for London back when the A to Z challenge reached L but then I figured I didn’t have anything for U so I’d do this instead. I love London. I seem to go every couple of months and that’s gotten much more frequent over the last few years.  So far this year I went to London in January (to see Cirque du Soleil) and I went twice in March – for one day to go up The Shard (when we also ended up going on the Cable Car too) and then overnight a few days later to go to…

  • 2015,  books and reading,  Uncategorized

    Reading Down my TBR Pile – Week 5

    I’m continuing to try and read books that I’ve had a while and not read.  I picked up a set of two books when I was in Sainsburys earlier this week but then I went and put it back because it was a total impulse by and very much driven by the fact I was getting a book I thought I might like and a freebie too. Three of the four books listed here I’ve been reading for a couple of weeks in a stop start fashion and are on the 1001 books list. Empire of the Sun by J.G. Ballard paperback, 351 pages, on TBR for an unknown number…