• 2015,  books and reading,  Uncategorized

    15 in 31 Update

    I set myself a goal of reading 15 books in the 31 days of October.  It was a challenge I saw on twitter and I was really behind with my reading goals so I thought why no give it a go.  I wrote about my reasons for doing it here. Well now it’s the last day of October so I should probably write a post detailing my progress.  I’m terrible for posting about challenges and things I’ve decided to do and then not getting back here to update so this is my attempt at breaking that habit.  Of course part of the problem is that I’m also really really good…

  • 2015,  dose of happy,  Emma,  Family,  good things,  hospital,  photos,  Uncategorized

    Auntie Emma

    Last week I became an Aunt for the first time! Several of my cousins have children as do one or two friends and lot of those kids know me as Auntie Emma (something which surprised me).  But last week I became a proper Auntie.  My brother and sister in law welcomed their first child which was really exciting. Henry David Nicholas was born Tuesday 13th October 2015 weighing 8lb 1oz. The level of excitement in the Crees family really had to be seen to be believed. I think in the past week most of us have fallen in love with the baby but calmed down somewhat. I haven’t seen my…

  • 2015,  books and reading,  Uncategorized

    Readathon – October 2015

    It’s the readathon today! Usually on the morning of the readathon (it runs lunchtime to lunchtime in the UK) I would go buy supplies. But I’ve been waiting in to get my broadband fixed (and fixed it is!) so with an hour to go I’m off to Sainsburys quickly. I’d like to read 4 books but I’ll be very happy with 3 and would settle for two. 2:45pm update: I’ve been listening to the audiobook of Dance Dance Dance by Haruki Murakami for the last week or two and so far I’ve listened to that for 33 minutes (I was listening at 1.5x speed so actually listened to around 45…

  • 2015,  books and reading,  Uncategorized

    Readathon thoughts and tips

    Readathon blog. For the last four years or so (I think) I’ve been taking part in Dewey’s 24 hour readathon every April and October. My first readathon was an October so I think the one this Saturday/Sunday will be my 9th. I enjoy the readathon and get a lot out of it. So much so that I’ve been spending a few hours this week running their Twitter account @readathon. I’ve enjoyed that too and at some point soon I must add some of the people I’ve chatted to there to those I follow on my own account. Meeting new people is one of the best things about the readathon for…

  • 2015,  acceptance,  attitudes,  books and reading,  disability,  fiction,  language,  quotes,  Uncategorized

    “Special Needs”

    Language around disability is a really tricky thing. Some terms are acceptable to some people and completely unacceptable to others. Some are fine for disabled people to use amongst themselves or to refer to themselves but problematic when used by strangers.  And there are times when disabled people argue amongst themselves about the terms.  People first language and identity first language are two of the biggest culprit’s there. One term that I’ve been saying I don’t like and arguing against for the last few years is “special needs”  I can explain why I don’t like it but it’s something I find others always agree with although some people do come…