I wasn’t worried…

Earlier today I booked a couple of goes of assisted travel via the app. I really like using the app. It’s not 100% what I hoped it would be but it’s much quicker than phoning and I never get different routes or trains pushed on me due to being faster like when I ring. You book, it gets sent to the train operator to approve and along the way you get at least three emails per booking.

I wandered off to a podiatry appt right after booking, didn’t think anything of my booking just figured I’d come home to a full inbox.

When I was out “Sandra from passenger assistance” left me a VM asking me to call about my booking. She didn’t say if she was from the app (which us called Passenger Assistance from Transreport) or the train company (who also have a passenger assistance team), give me a phone number or say which booking it relates to. I figured maybe they were confused because I booked two identical journeys for two different days next week. But I was also worried it meant there was an issue with tomorrow’s journey (which I booked a few days ago).

Then I was sat in my podiatry appointment worried that I might have to cancel either my lunch tomorrow or one of my other trips, one of which is for a covid booster. And the head of the podiatry service was sat in assessing the podiatrist. Who gave me a lot of advice on managing my lymphoedema which anyone who actually considered me as a person should have realised I’d never manage (and given that he asked if I have a carer who lives with me and I said my only care need is compression, that I have no help to do)

I got home and managed via twitter to find out that she had to be from GWR. Called them, listened to a recorded spiel about how much easier using the app is. Got more annoyed because I’d tried the damn app. The record message said “up to a 15 min wait” but it was hardly any wait. Did various security questions to confirm I am in fact, me.

Only for the man I spoke to to tell me she’d wanted to make sure I knew that the local stopper service I’m booked on is non-reservable but I’m NOT TO WORRY because there will be a wheelchair space, they’ll make sure I get to it and I WON’T BE ABANDONED unable to get to it.


Seriously?! I’ve been using assisted travel since I was a teenager, I travel at minimum once a month and the local trains are always non-reservable. I only ever use the local stoppers out of Didcot. I was like “is that it? I knew that.” The guy I spoke to said it’s a new policy and sounded as bemused as I felt.

Because I wasn’t actually worried about travelling until Sandra left me a really vague voicemail and managed to worry rather than reassure me!

Random Bullet Points of Life

A few things that I’d like to record but which I might not get around to sharing in a full blog post (going by my current track record)

  • I have a new niece! Her name is Elodie and she is just over a month old.
  • I went to Birmingham last week to meet up with my friend Rachel. We went to Wildwood for lunch, had a good wander round and had a catch up in Costa. It was the first time we’d seen each other since Feb 2020 and the first long train trip I’d done since early March 2021. It was fab but I was a bit over travelling by the time I got home.
  • I hope to travel more next year; I really miss London.
  • Mum and I went to see Six the Musical at the end of August (can’t remember if I shared that), Pat and I went to see Bat Out of Hell in October and then a week later Mum and I went to see Jason Manford. Six and Jason Manford were both brilliant. Bat Out of Hell is based on the music of Meatloaf. The singing was great but the plot was a bit confusing and let it down.
  • On the grounds that it’s not November if I don’t do NaNoWriMo, I’m writing a lot. It’s not massively cohesive because 1) I’m not a linear writer and 2) I’ve done parts of 2 projects. I also am very unlikely to hit 50k but writing more is good.
  • I’m also crocheting a lot. I’m working on my 4th blanket of the year.
  • I have stopped wearing wraps and have been just in (stronger) compression stockings for slightly under a month. It also means I have been able to start wearing Skechers again! I am still not convinced this is a permanent change but it’s going better than I expected

Blogiversary

Once again two months have passed since I last wrote an update. I’ve thought a lot about things I might blog in that time. I’ve also spend a fair amount of time writing a post or two that I never published. In the end I decided over the weekend that I really, really had to either finish one of those drafts or write a post from scratch this week.

Then I looked at the date today and realised that today is my blogiversary. I set up my first blog in the days before they were called blogs. They were online diaries and I used and loved (and really miss) a site called Diaryland.

I set my page up in I think February 2000, wrote a few posts and abandoned it (the first of many abandoned blogs in my life). Fast forward to 8th November 2000 and I deleted all those entries and restarted. Which makes today, 8th November 2021, my 21st Blogiversary.

I’ve blogged both avidly and sporadically since then and I’m not sure I’d have believed anyone who told me back then that the thing I did that afternoon to kill some time would be something I still did 21 years later.

There have been many highs (and lows) in my blogging life since then. I’ve made friends and gain writing opportunities. I’ve used it for fun and for campaigning. And unfortunately I’ve sometimes upset people along the way.

I’m glad of the chance to look back at the days gone by. It’s interesting sometimes to read what I’ve done/thought/said and see what I’ve forgotten. I often try to keep my blogs vague enough so people won’t be identifiable but that has led to a few occasions when I’ve gone back a few months or years later and wondered what I actually met or who I was talking about!

A lot of my early years of blogging are lost to the abyss of the internet, I used to say I thought that was a good thing but actually I think I would like to reread them. It would probably make me cringe though.

But having that space to remember the highs and the lows of life as well as the day to day moments that don’t matter when they happen but sometimes do looking back isn’t something I want to lose. I suspect I’ll always blog (or share my life in some form) online as long as the opportunity exists.

It’s in my DNA.