• 2014,  2015,  Self-Care,  Uncategorized

    Self Care Sunday

    A weekly moment to stop and think about what I’ve done in the past seven days that could be considered taking care of myself. This week I think self care has been about friends. I’ve been feeling for a while that I’m a bit lacking in friends. One or two have moved away over the last few years, others I’ve lost touch with or otherwise don’t have contact with. Drifted away, that sort of thing.  I’ve been thinking about ways I might meet some new friends but I’ve also been trying to keep in touch with those old ones too. I finally remembered to text one of those drifted friends…

  • 2014,  Uncategorized

    Opening Lines

    Up until last year I had a survey I did at the end of every year and had done so for many years. I never got round to doing it last year and I don’t think I want to do it this year. Mostly because I can’t be bothered.  And I thought about writing some sort of round up of the year. But it would basically be “had some good times, had some bad times. No one died. Went to one wedding and one friend and a couple of my cousins had babies. Wrote a lot but not everything I wanted. Some regrets but not as many as I could…

  • 2014,  Uncategorized

    Up and Down

    Things have been a bit up and down lately.  I don’t think the majority of it made it here for various reasons but a lot of shit kicked off in the week or two before Christmas (a problem with my flat that took a while to resolve and still isn’t 100% there; some horrendous attempts at wheelchair access that have meant I can no longer go somewhere I used to go to several times a year and a couple of other things). So Christmas was good but I’d been so very overwhelmed and stressed in the days before that I enjoyed it a lot but I was very aware of…

  • 2014,  books and reading,  Uncategorized

    Book of the Year

    I’ve seen a lot of people discussing on their blogs or social media what their “book of the year 2014” is.  So I started thinking about what mine is.  And let me tell you it’s a tough pick. In 2013 I read 140 books or (according to Goodreads) 38,021 pages. That’s not strictly true because some of the books I listed were audiobooks but I count them as having been read so add them to Goodreads.  My goal for this year was to read 100 books.  I read a lot of short books last year and knew that I planned to read longer books this year.  I haven’t actually finished…

  • 2014,  knitting,  Uncategorized,  you know...

    You Know You’re A Knitter When…

    … you end up sat next to a couple of people (a family) at an event. And you can tell straight away that one of them is wearing a (pretty fun) hand knit jumper.  Not only that but I was pretty sure I could tell from the look of it what yarn had been used. Because it was done in one of those varying self striping yarns in a very distinct colour way (It’s been discontinued although a quick google tells me some places still have some colours of it). I had two balls of that exact colourway and knitted myself a scarf with it years ago.  I can see…

  • 2014,  Uncategorized

    Random Bullet Points of Life

    Haven’t blogged in ages – these are the points I can get down in the time before my dinner is ready. I may be going to make big changes to my blog next year. But I’m still not 100% decided on exactly what these will involve.  I am almost there though. My twenty things project is going well Swimming is my next big goal to work on for that I think (not counting the goal I’ve already arranged – Cirque du Soleil) I received mostly books for my birthday and am absolutely drowning in them at the moment. Despite this I still hope to get mostly books for Christmas. We…

  • 2014,  books and reading,  reviews,  Uncategorized

    Merry and Bright edited by Lucie Simone

    I received a free review copy of Merry and Bright, an anthology of six Christmas themed short stories by six different authors and edited by Lucie Simone. Sip your eggnog, linger under the mistletoe, and make a Christmas wish. Merry & Bright brings you six tales of Christmas cheer, featuring stories of budding romances, Southern charm, lost loves, heaps of humor, and lots of pie by authors Isabella Louise Anderson, Cindy Arora, Laura Chapman, Lauren Clark, Libby Mercer, and Nancy Scrofano. From sunny Los Angeles to the Rocky Mountains to the Deep South, Merry & Bright will take you on a heartwarming adventure you’ll love to visit again and again.…

  • 2014,  Uncategorized

    Disability videos

    A bunch of my favourite disability videos. Not all of them. And not the really cool one I just found because that’s getting it’s own entry. But I thought this might be a useful resource so here’s a few favourites. Talk by the Disability Rights Commission part one: part two: French EDF Advert (translated into English) Adam Hills on his missing leg. And disability language. Mayson Zayid has 99 Problems… Palsy is Just One Stella Young is not your inspiration All About The Chair

  • 2014,  Uncategorized

    Unsettling

    One of my friends is supporting some of her loved ones through a tough time. I think it’s fair to say (I don’t know the others involved) it’s overwhelming and difficult. And I when I sent her an email to let her know I was thinking of them and hoping things were improving she asked me to write a blog to make her laugh. This is probably not the blog to make her laugh. It’s something I’d seen and vaguely wondered about posting about. It’s probably not interesting to anyone but me.  I hope however it gives her a distraction for a few minutes if not the laugh she wanted.…

  • 2014,  Monday Music,  songs of my life,  Uncategorized,  wheelchair

    Monday Music: All About That Chair

    It’s ages since I did a Monday Music post. I quite like Megan Trainor’s All About That Bass.  But if I am going to share a version of that song it’s not going to be that one.  Because you know I’m all about that disability bout that disability bout that disability (sorry I couldn’t resist). A you tuber called Heather Schouten who uses a wheelchair has done a version called All About That Chair. And it’s incredible. I can’t find a copy of the lyrics but this article in The Independent includes some of them. The article in my opinion borders on inspiration porn and probably sees things in the…