• 2015,  A to Z blogging challenge,  Uncategorized

    T is for…

    T is for Today As in what I’ve done today. I woke up having not slept as well as I’d expected. I’d been practically falling asleep while getting ready for bed and as I was a bit sore I took doses of both paracetamol and codeine right before bed. Being that codeine can knock me out I’d expected to sleep really well that wasn’t to be. It’s not that I slept badly just not great. This morning was CAB and I saw two drop in clients (gateway) and then did a full advice appointment. Busiest session I’ve had there in a while and every client was something slightly different.  Sometimes…

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

    S is for…

    S is for Sailing I take part in a local sailability (adaptive sailing) group once a week between April and October. My relationship with sailing is a strange one because it’s not something I’d ever thought of taking part in until a friend spent over a year going on and on at me that i had to try it. I said I’d go. But only once and if I didn’t want to go again he had to shut up about it. I wasn’t going to want to go again, I was sure of it. Well, I went one day back in 2006 and I’ve been going ever since. I loved…

  • 2015,  A to Z blogging challenge,  Uncategorized

    R is for…

    R is for Readathon Over the last several years I’ve taken part in the twice yearly Dewey’s Readathon. I really enjoy taking the time to really get stuck into reading and focus on it for one day. Usually I only do really concentrated bursts of reading on the days when I have long train journeys. If, for example I go to London or Birmingham for a day it’s not at all unusual for me to get through an entire book and maybe part of a second. It’s not something I do too often throughout the year if I’m at home. And I enjoy spending the time really focusing on my…

  • 2015,  A to Z blogging challenge,  powerchair,  Quickie Salsa,  Uncategorized,  wheelchair

    Q is for…

    Q is for Quickie Salsa M My powerchair is a Quickie Salsa M so what else to write about for Q? I use it daily and pretty much if I leave the house I do so in my powerchair. It’s my independence and so much more than that it’s my freedom. These pictures were taken on the day I got it and it’s no where near as clean looking and is a little battered, three years later. It is however very well loved and a brilliant tool. Despite having had to have many parts replaced and it needing more maintenance than I believe it should do I wouldn’t be without…

  • 2015,  sailing,  Self-Care,  Uncategorized

    Self Care Sunday

    A better week for self care this week but still not the best I’ve ever had. I’ve enjoyed spending time with friends, particularly with new friends on a couple of days and I’ve been wriitng. Mostly the blog entries I’ve shared here but one other thing too. And the plan to get me some time out is continuing to be worked on.  I keep nearly pinning it down and then changing my mind again. There’s a possibility that I have a pretty awesome opportunity coming my way but I won’t know for definite for just under two months. It’s looking extremely likely though and I’m pleased. And the first sail…

  • 2015,  books and reading,  Uncategorized

    Reading Down My TBR Pile (week 4)

    Not a great week for reading.  At one point earlier today I realised I was in the middle of reading four books (have since finished one so it’s down to three).  And I’ve bought two books this week which isn’t great for the TBR. I’ve finished one already though so it’s not too bad. Plus they were books I’ve been planning to buy for ages rather than spur of the moment purchases. Appleby Farm (part 3) by Cathy Bramley ebook, 110 pages. Bought and read on the same day this week I’ve been enjoying Appleby Farm but I don’t think I like the book in installments concept.  I find myself…

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

    P is for…

    P is for Poetry Something I used to writeBut not for a long time Before this April night P is for Poetry So different to prose But sometimes the mood hits And into a poem my writings flows P is for Poetry I’m not sure it’s very good But when I wondered what to write It hit me – a poem! That’s what I should P is for Poetry Strange lines Wasted words And even dodgy rhymes

  • 2015,  A to Z blogging challenge,  Uncategorized

    O is for…

    O is for Oxford. I live near Oxford and I’m there fairly reguarly.  I tend to prefer Reading for things like shopping because it’s more accessible (although Oxford is improving) but with friends living in Oxford and several things I can only do there I seem to end up in Oxford a couple of times a month. I like places like The Jam Factory to hang out with friends.  I like a wander in Christ Church Meadow but don’t do it very often. And I like the Ashmolean although I can’t really explain why.  I often hear of other things I’d like to do there – talks and groups and…

  • 2015,  A to Z blogging challenge,  friends,  NaNo,  nano group,  NaNoWriMo,  Uncategorized

    N is for…

    N is for NaNoWriMo For those not in the know NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month.  It’s a yearly challenge that takes place every November to write 50K words in those thirty days.  I’ve done it several times since 2004.  I’ve won a few times but I’m lost many more.  Only not really because every word written is a win if you think about it. NaNo has been great for me because it got me writing properly.  My first ever long piece of writing was a NaNo project, specifically a very bad Harry Potter fanfiction which before anyone asks was never posted in it’s entireity online.  I think I’d…

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

    M is for…

    M is for Musicals! I love, love, love musicals. I quite like theatre in general but musicals are where my heart really lies.  I’ve seen a great meany in the theatre and I own a lot of soundtracks and listen to them often.  Several musicals I’ve seen more than once. Here is a not exhaustive list of musicals I’ve seen Cats (twice) Grease (maybe 4 times?) Rocky Horror (three times) Legally Blonde The Full Monty The Sound of Music (twice) Avenue Q Sister Act Fame (twice) Hairspray Blood Brothers Rent Wicked Evita Ghost Shrek Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (can’t remember if that’s twice or three times) Les Miserables…