• 2019

    Stick a needle in me…

    …I’m done! I went to Reading last Thursday afternoon, to one of the vaccine hubs, and received my first dose of the Astra Zeneca covid vaccine. It was a year to the day since I’d last been at CAB. It felt pretty huge and I had a bit of an overwhelmed, happy cry as I went into the lift in the venue. It was also so quick and easy that there felt like there should have been more to it – 15 minutes after I arrived I was back in the car park, practically at the time my appointment was booked for (I’d been early and allowed straight in). I…

  • 2019

    Had Enough

    I have had enough of covid and not being able to go anywhere. I’ve had enough of having nothing to say when people ask “what news have you got?” or “what have you been up to?” I’ve had enough of people asking if I’ve had my vaccine yet and moaning when I say no that it’s wrong, I should have been prioritised because I have carers coming in. I mean, I agree that home care users should have been prioritised along with people in care homes but it is what it is and I’m in group six anyway which is ongoing in some areas and about to start in all…

  • 2019

    Things I’ve been making

    I am trying to complete a Make a Thing a Day challenge this month. So far it’s going well. I suspect the momentum might be tricky to keep up as the month goes on but at the moment I’m enjoying the creativity.. In the eight days gone so far I have six complete makes. On the other two days I did parts of the same project as the facebook group says distinct parts of a larger make count. Some of the makes feel a little bit of a token gesture. Here are a few photos A lego E. I wanted to make a heart but couldn’t figure it out so…

  • 2019

    Merry Christmas!

    I haven’t managed to get back here since I wrote the last entry and finish any of those half done blog entries. They are still on my to do list to finish at some point. I’m not feeling hugely Christmassy at the moment but there have been moments of festive joy over the last few weeks. Sometimes I think I put too much pressure on myself to watch all the Christmas films, do all the Christmas crafts and read all the Christmas books. So I’m trying to take a step back and enjoy what I have done, rather than worry about what I haven’t. And I’m really looking forward to…

  • 2019

    Normally Abnormal

    Every so often something happens which reminds me that my normal isn’t everyone else’s normal. It usually involves a conversation with an able-bodied person, happens unexpectedly, and leaves me confused. When I was a child it was watching people on stage in the theatre and wondering how they could do that. How could they stand there and not be scared of falling off? I have no real balance when standing and I didn’t understand that the falls which then were a fact of my life weren’t for able-bodied people. And in the last week it was several people not understanding that I just fell over. I have no balance, I…

  • 2019

    40 Before 40: Book of Mormon

    I’m not sure I wrote about this in detail here before but as I’m turning 40 at the end of next year (I’m just over 38 now) I wrote a list of 40 goals to achieve (or at least try to) before I’m 40. Several of them are travel related which was already going to be a stretch at best and most honestly unrealistic. But a girl can dream. With coronavirus those are now looking even more out of reach. However two weeks ago (7th March) my friend Carolyn and I went to Birmingham for the day to tick one of them off the list – we went to see…

  • 2019

    Damned if you do, damned if you don’t

    So. Things have got a bit scary out there with this Coronavirus/Covid-19 stuff. I’m possibly, possibly not at a higher risk because of it. It’s hard to say because I don’t have any of the health conditions like high blood pressure or diabetes that are being said to increase your risk. And I’m not elderly. But having a neurological condition does put you in at risk group and qualify you for the flu jab. And it’s known that respiratory stuff can be difficult to clear for wheelchair users as a group (although for me, personally, I am not fully reliant on my chair and I can cough). So it’s fair…

  • 2019

    The Times They Are A-Changin’

    I always thought this year would be a bit of a year of change for me. I had talked to friends and my need to do less, in order to do more but I’m not sure I really wrote about that here. But in order to do that a few things were going to need to change. And I’m less interested in some of the things I was doing and more interested in trying some new things – photography is taking more of a role in my life this year than it has before. When I was at uni (back in the days before digital cameras) I would often take…

  • 2019

    Reading Thoughts

    I feel like I’m reading more regularly at the moment than I have in a long time. I also feel like my 100 book goal for Goodreads is actually going to be met this year – and with longish books rather than novellas and serialisations (like the novel released in 4 part ones). I’m enjoying reading more too and reading different stuff. It feels like sci-fi and memoir are going to feature heavily this year but we’ll have to see. Certainly I’ve read and loved two memoirs and a scifi book since Christmas (in amongst other things). And I’m trying to be more mindful in my choices and in my…

  • 2019

    Project 365

    I have started doing Project 365 over on Instagram this year. I’ve always known it as “take a photo a day, every day. Something you’ve done or seen (or someone” but I think there are some websites that give a daily prompt etc. I’ve tried to do the project a few times in the past and failed. This is the longest in a year that I’ve got as far 16 days in I think. It’s actually not as easy to do as you might think. Personally I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s probably easier to do the project if you live with someone (probably more so if it’s a…