• 2017,  antidepressants,  books and reading,  Citalopram

    A brief update

    I swear I’m not giving up blogging but it does seem more and more like I am with how rarely I’m updating at the moment. I would write about my  plans for this blog and how I want to write more.  But as true as that is writing it doesn’t make me actually follow through on that plan. I do miss blogging but I miss the olden days of blogging (Diaryland and my first year or two on wordpress) more than I miss what blogging is now. It was more anonymous and more of a community and just nicer.  Not to say there aren’t positives to what blogging is now.…

  • 2017

    Random Bullet Points of Life

    For the little things worth recording but perhaps not worth a whole blog to themselves. I’ve been on Citalopram for four weeks now. It’s working although perhaps not as good as it could. I have high levels of spasticity right now which may or may not be due to the Citalopram. Certain other SSRIs have made it worse in the past so who knows? The sailing season has started but at the moment I’m not able to sail. We need to resolve a situation before that can happen and it’s proving tricky. Last week I went to see Billy Elliot the Musical with Rach.  It was really, really good. My…

  • 2017,  antidepressants,  Citalopram,  courage,  depression,  disability,  fluoxetine,  perceptions,  personal,  powerchair,  Quickie Jive,  Sertraline

    A Little Bit of Life

    (I am surprised that with nearly 2000 entries on this site I’ve never used the title A Little Bit of Life before) Two bits of not so brilliant but they could be much worse news are in my life at the moment.  I don’t think dominating my life is the right term but they are definitely big factors in everything right now.  And not easy. Life is never easy. I will start with the slightly easier one first – my powerchair is broken. The easiest way to explain it is to say it has a broken castor.  It’s more complicated than that because of the spider-trac but basically it’s not…

  • 2017,  books and reading,  reviews

    The Gingerbread House by Kate Beaufoy

    Today I am taking part in the blog tour for The Gingerbread House by Kate Beaufoy.  I received a free copy of the book from the publisher to review but this is my honest opinion. Nestled among cherry trees in a picturesque country garden, the Gingerbread House resembles an illustration from an old-world storybook. But beware! For in the fairy-tale, that s where the witch lives… Away from the city, with no distractions, the Gingerbread House seems like the perfect place to start work on a novel. That’s what former advertising copywriter Tess thinks when she goes there to live with Eleanor, her aged mother-in-law. But Eleanor is suffering from…

  • 2017

    Random Bullet Points of Life

    Random Bullet Points of Life entries are for when there’s a lot worth mentioning but nothing that needs it’s own entry. Or not a lot of time to get things down and I don’t want to delay blogging any more. Today it’s a bit of both – a few things I want to record briefly and not a lot of time to write the long entry about another subject I have in mind. And I miss blogging! I had to delete my blog completely and reupload it earlier this week. Some things aren’t working right (for one thing I don’t think any photos survived) and if you were getting email…

  • 2017,  Quickie Jive,  R-net,  Uncategorized

    And I Would Walk 500 Miles…

    Last Saturday marked six months since I got my Quickie Jive M (I think I can no longer call it my new powerchair). I had done 487 miles in that time. I was, however, a tiny bit disappointed that I hadn’t done 500 miles because then I could have written a blog entry using the Proclaimers song for a title. I was still going to write a blog entry about having had the chair six months.  But I was taking my time getting round to it.  Then this morning I did my 500th mile. So now I can both write a blog entry about having had the chair six months…

  • 2017,  Reading Down My TBR Pile,  Uncategorized

    Reading Down My TBR Pile – Weeks Three and Four

    I didn’t write an entry about what I’d been reading last week because I didn’t finish a single book the week before.  I have finished some books since then so I’m back updating this week. I may also have bought three books and received a review book last week (and received another review book the week before) but we won’t talk about that! The Secret Life of Lucy Lovecake by Pippa James This was a fun book and I enjoyed it a lot.  I took part in the blog tour for it and my full review can be read here. Our Tiny Useless Hearts by Toni Jordan Before Christmas I…

  • 2017,  Uncategorized

    NCTJ Level 3 Certificate in Foundation Journalism

    In October 2015 I started studying for a Level 3 Certificate in Foundation Journalism.  This was an NCTJ (National College for the Training of Journalists) qualification and it involved a 1 day session each month at an accredited centre in Oxford. The course turned out to be very different to what I expected. It’s a very new course (it was the first year it was available but it had been piloted the year before) and I think perhaps that played a role in that.  But I enjoyed the discussions we had and it made me write some pieces I never would have done.  My piece Death in the Facebook Age…

  • 2017,  books and reading,  reviews,  Uncategorized

    The Secret Life of Lucy Lovecake by Pippa James

    Today I’m taking part in the blog tour for The Secret Life of Lucy Lovecake by Pippa James.  I’d like to thank the publishers for my copy of the book. Daisy Delaney’s life is pancake-flat. A talented baker and passionate lingerie specialist, she has wound up with no one to bake for and a career that hasn’t proved successful. But when she starts a delicious relationship with famous French author-chef, Michel Amiel, everything begins to look a bit more exciting. That is until Michel’s bestselling cookbook is knocked off the top spot by newcomer ‘Lucy Lovecake’. His outdated recipes slide down the charts, while the popularity of Lucy Lovecake’s new…

  • 2017,  attitudes,  disability,  Uncategorized

    What Have You Done Today To Make You Feel Proud?

    (title is a lyric from the Heather Small song Proud) A few days ago an acquaintance heard I’d done something and was really impressed. She was trying to encourage me to write about it for Tenants Times because doing so could inspire other people and it was a big deal what I’ve done. I was frustrated by that conversation because I couldn’t see what the big deal was and I don’t understand why it’s news and people who don’t know me would be interested in it. Plus all I could see was it turning into some form of inspiration porn even if I was the one to write it. I…