• 2019,  access,  attitudes

    An update four years in the making

    I used to go to The New Theatre in Oxford a lot but I haven’t been there since December 2014. Long story short we tried to go to see Dirty Dancing for my birthday that year and ridiculous access problems and terrible staff attitudes meant we couldn’t – and I didn’t feel safe trying again. I wrote about that in several posts back then – Attitude is Everything was the first. A few months later I wrote Third time lucky? and Third Time Lucky? Yes. We’ve not been back and I even travelled to Birmingham and stayed in a hotel to see a show that I was desperate to once.…

  • 2019,  Action 4,  disability normal,  Quickie Jive,  things people say

    In which able-bodied people are weird but if I point it out I’m the weird one.

    I was in my manual chair on Thursday while the powerchair was with the tech. My morning carer said “Wow you must be strong doing that.” And I was pleased because I feel like I’ve lost so much strength and can do so little in my manual compared to years ago. But I was managing well and I liked the compliment. An hour later the tech came and took my powerchair. Once he left the guy who was here working on my bathroom asked if there was something wrong with it. I explained that it had gone for some routine stuff. Then he said “it must be hard pushing that…

  • 2019,  my flat,  powerchair,  Quickie Jive

    At The Moment (15th February 2019)

    I think it probably has been a good week – a productive  one at least. But it doesn’t really feel like it. Because for me the productiveness has meant I’ve had to be at home all day every day. I have managed to get out quickly all of the days apart from one but I’ve not been to CAB, writing or disability active. There’s been contractors here all week sorting out my bathroom once and for all. They are here now laying the floor. It’s been quicker than I thought it would be (I had been told the work may go into next week) and it looks like it’s going…

  • 2019

    At the moment (9th Feb)h

    It’s been quite a week… I am having a writing binge day. I’m actually up a bit earlier than normal and writing the beginning of this entry before going to get showered and dressed. I’ve not written anything for a few days due to being too busy and then too tired. I got a really lovely compliment about my writing from one of my favourite authors yesterday so I am inspired today! It’s been a good, but very exhausting, week. I spent Wednesday and Thursday in London so I could attend the Spring Blogger Evening at Simon and Schuster. It’s fair to say I packed it in around that, going…

  • 2019,  books and reading

    Books and the City Spring Blogger Evening 2019

    I was lucky enough to be invited to the Books and the City Spring Blogger Evening 2019 and I had a great time. The invite said there would be five authors doing authors at the event. When we got there we discovered there were actually ten authors there! First we had just over an hour to mingle and chat to people. There were yummy nibbles and drinks and some amazing cupcakes with pictures of the book covers on them. I had a couple of glasses of Bucks Fizz and chatted to quite a few people. Some of them I knew and some I didn’t.  I was pleased to get to…

  • 2019,  cold,  mental health,  personal,  perspective,  snow

    Snow Days

      Day two of my being stuck in due to snow/ice is coming to an end. It’s definitely melting but the paths right outside my house were absolutely covered in ice today. As much as my chair may well handle it for the short distance to the main road (which I suspect is clearly), it’s not worth the risk.  I may get out tomorrow if it’s improved a bit, I may not.   Snow is something that worries me. It’s pretty to look at but it’s also pretty damn inaccessible.   For the last several years I’ve often stressed myself in winter working on the panicked idea that I had…

  • 2019

    At the moment (1st Feb 19)

    A week in the life of an Emma… We had the CAB post-Christmas, Christmas social on Tuesday. We went to a local hotel/restaurant. It was very nice and I had lovely beef. Unfortunately I wouldn’t be able to go with family or friends as there is a step between the restaurant and where the loos are in the hotel reception – we had a private room for our social. It was a smaller social than usual but that was good because with that and being in a private room we were able to be all around one table and quiet enough to just have one conversation with the whole group…

  • 2019,  care,  lymphoedema

    Jinxed it!

    I wanted to write a post about how proud of myself I am about something. I’ve been telling everyone about an achievement since last weekend. Unfortunately telling them seems to have jinxed it! My care package has been in place for a year now and not once have them come and found me still in bed or in the shower. I’ve always had a set of wraps ready to wear and I’ve never been having a “crap I have no clean clothes” or other major crisis. I have been only part dressed or just in a towel a few times but that’s usually down to their changing the time and…

  • 2019,  books and reading,  reviews

    Blog Tour: I’ll Find You by Liz Lawler

    Today I’m taking part in the blog tour for I’ll Find You by Liz Lawler.  I received a free copy of I’ll Find You to review. I’ll find you is a psychological thriller. It was released in ebook earlier this week and will be out in paperback in May. Here is the blurb: Emily Jacobs, a nurse, is in hospital for a minor operation. When she wakes in the night, woozy with anaesthetic, she sees the doctor frantically trying to resuscitate the woman in the bed next to her. In the morning, she is told that she must have had a nightmare. The bed has been empty all along .…

  • 2019

    At the moment (25th Jan)

    Not sure there’s a lot to say about this week! I went to a writing workshop on getting new ideas. We did several exercises. One of which I like (it seems like I came up with a cohesive piece), another has potential but was too rushed in the workshop. Other things were good to do but probably best abandoned. I’m reading and knitting. I tried to start some crochet but went hideously wrong somewhere. The powerchair tech picked up my Jive first thing this morning and as he left this morning he mentioned this would be the first time they’d fitted the redesigned part to a Jive (it’s made for…