• 2015,  Uncategorized

    Next verse, same as the first.

    I went to the supermarket this evening. And I saw something and it made my heart sink.  I thought about writing a blog post about it and how it’s such a “you know you’ve got CP when…” moment. And it is and it was and it’s actually kinda funny now I think about it but was annoying at the time. But the reality is the exact same thing happened a few years ago and I wrote about it then.  It was probably a much funnier entry than I’d have managed to write about it today. So I’ll just link to it – A you know you’ve got CP when moment…

  • 2015,  fun stuff,  powerchair,  Quickie Salsa,  Uncategorized,  video

    A Powerchair’s Eye View

    I’ve been lent a gorilla pod after a couple of us who are working on a video project wondered about the possibility of using one to mount a camera on my powerchair. It works really well mounting the camera on the armrest of my powerchair and I’ve enjoyed playing with it.  But the videos make it very clear just how bad the squeak of my chair is – the tech who came out last week did succeed in replacing the wheel with the busted tyre but his attempt at sorting my squeak was a big failure. Here’s a powerchair’s eye view of my trip to the park this evening (video…

  • 2015,  Uncategorized

    On buying books

    I buy books. I buy lots of books. And I borrow them from the library and friends and download freebies from Project Gutenburg or Kindle, receive free review copies and enter competitions to win books. I read lots of books too but I don’t always read the books I have. So I have many books (probably hundreds) that I haven’t read.  It’s part of why I’ve been doing my weekly Reading Down My TBR Pile entries.  And it’s hugely overwhelming.  I look at my bookshelves and I know that I will never get to the point where I’ve read all my books because I have too many and I just…

  • 2015,  books and reading,  Reading Down My TBR Pile,  Uncategorized

    Reading Down My TBR Pile – Week Nine

    Not much to report this week.  As well as the one book I read I’ve been listening to an audiobook still but have a few hours to go before I finish it. But in good news: the one book I’ve read was true “reading down my TBR pile” because I have no new additions to report. I Can’t Begin To Tell You by Elizabeth Buchan – paperback, 498 pages, on TBR for 3 weeks, read in 8 days. I’m not sure whether I’ve read anything by Elizabeth Buchan before – I know I’ve looked at a couple of her books when shopping but I can’t remember if I’ve read them…

  • 2015,  Uncategorized

    Random Bullet Points of Life

    For those little things worth recording but not worth a blog entry of their own. + I’m writing this while waiting for the powerchair technician to come out.  One of my tyres has a couple of splits in it (one serious) so needs replacing.  But it’s a castor and you usually have to replace the whole wheel. Plus, Mum looked over my whole chair earlier and it seems another castor has a chunk out of it. Not sure if that is going to need replacing too. + I have been sailing a grand total of once this year.  Hopefully I’ll get to sail tonight but if I’m honest I sort…

  • 2015,  books and reading,  Uncategorized

    Reading Down My TBR Pile – Week 8

    I nearly skipped this week because when Friday came around I hadn’t quite finished one book this week – I’ve been listening to an audiobook as well as reading this week which meant lots of reading but no progress on the finished side.  But as I have now finished a book I thought I should write a post rather than skip a week. In terms of adding to the TBR mountain (it’s not really a pile). I received one book free to review which I plan to start reading this week and I treated myself to a new Star Trek book.  Which is the one book I’ve finished this week.…

  • 2015,  access,  Uncategorized

    I’m a professional cynic but my heart’s not in it

    Ages and ages and ages ago someone got really annoyed with me because I reminded them that I have access needs. They knew it and more importantly the person doing the organising of that event knew it and as they put it I needed to trust they both because I knew both they and the other person wouldn’t forget. They even went so far as to suggest that my asking was insulting to the third party doing the organising. Which frankly is bollocks but was just another example of this particular person thinking they understood disability and saying ridiculous stuff, much of which was well meaning but inappropriate. The hilarious…

  • 2015,  books and reading,  Uncategorized

    Reading Down My TBR Pile – Week 7

    Week 7 already! Admittedly I’ve not been great at not buying books in these past 7 weeks so I’m not sure I’ve done such a great job of reading down the TBR pile as I might otherwise have done.  But I’ve read several books that have been languishing unread for years and seem to be doing better at buying books and then reading them soon as opposed to shoving them on the shelf and looking at them thinking “I should really read that…” for months and years. I bought three books this week (well, two but one was in a pack with a second shorter book for free) and read…

  • 2015,  disablism,  musicals,  Uncategorized

    Third Time Lucky? Yes.

    Just wanted to post a quick blog to say that it was indeed third time lucky and I not only made it to Birmingham yesterday but there were no problems at the theatre and after a lunch at Pizza Express Rachel and I were able to see Dirty Dancing. It was good!  It wasn’t what I was expecting and wasn’t the most musical like musical I’ve ever seen but I enjoyed it and I’m glad we went.  I’d say that I’m not adding the soundtrack to the vast collection of musical soundtracks that fills my iTunes library but I seem to remember saying that after another friend and I saw…

  • 2015,  BADD,  musicals,  Uncategorized

    Third Time Lucky?

    There are many things I could write about for BADD this year.  Incidents from this week included as well as things from a while ago and just general observations. I could tell you about being screamed at in the middle of mcdonalds for taking too long in the disabled toilet. I could tell you about the person who called my parents when she couldn’t get me on the phone (I was at CAB and apparently the call was too urgent to wait) Those are my two things from this week.  But mostly I’m thinking about tomorrow. I am – hopefully – going to see Dirty Dancing with my friend Rachel…