• 2016,  A to Z blogging challenge,  Uncategorized

    An A to Z of Books and Authors: The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

    For the A to Z blogging challenge this year I’ve decided to have a bookish theme and share some of my favourite books and authors – ones that I’ve loved, those I revisit time and time again. Ones that made me laugh and ones that have been influential in other ways. B is for The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood I read this back in 2013. Really I could have chosen any Margaret Atwood novel (or at least any of the ones I’ve read) as I’m slowly working my way through her backlist and have found all the ones I’ve read so far intriguing and interesting.  They are enjoyable but…

  • 2016,  A to Z blogging challenge,  books and reading,  Uncategorized

    An A to Z of Books and Authors: Jane Austen

    For the A to Z blogging challenge this year I’ve decided to have a bookish theme and share some of my favourite books and authors – ones that I’ve loved, those I revisit time and time again. Ones that made me laugh and ones that have been influential in other ways. A is for Austen. As in Jane Austen. Classics are something I read a few times a year.  Not on a hugely regular basis but enough to say they are a part of my reading loves.  I read some classics as a child – The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett was one I read again and again one…

  • 2015,  A to Z blogging challenge,  Uncategorized

    Z is for…

    Z is for Zzzz This post is being backdated to appear on the 30th but is actually being posted on the 1st because after a month of blogging everyday I forgot about it on the very last day! Then I did remember but I was making much sense as I was tired and it was late. Having CP is known to cause fatigue.  I’ve seen various figures quoted for “people with CP use between X and Y times more energy” but they all vary and I think just like even people with the exact same CP diagnosis/classification are different that is too.  It’s true and it’s definitely something I have…

  • 2015,  A to Z blogging challenge,  argh,  Uncategorized

    Y is for…

    Y is for “you have got to be kidding me” Today has been a day filled with aggravations and annoyances and has left me feeling pretty battered. It’s all little stuff and bar two things it’s petty stuff – someone was thanking the key people involved in doing something and forgot that I’d been one of them. I popped quickly into Waterstones to look for a birthday present as I had a spare 15 mins and the layout of the store meant I couldn’t get into the section I wanted (too closely packed).  The trouble is it’s all today and no matter how petty something is and how unimportant in…

  • 2015,  A to Z blogging challenge,  Uncategorized

    X is for…

    Today I want to write about something different. I want to talk about voting. Next week is the General Election here in the UK. I’ve always voted since I had the opportunity. I think it’s really important. People died so women could have the vote in the UK and in countries all over the world people are still fighting for the right to have a vote and a say in government. As a disabled person the ability to vote is even more crucial because there are still in 2015 people who can’t use their votes. Because the polling station is inaccessible or because they lack the support to get them…

  • 2015,  A to Z blogging challenge,  Uncategorized

    W is for…

    W is for What I Saw Yesterday Yesterrday I went to visit the botanic garden in Oxford.  It was one of my 20 things I wanted to do by the end of this year.  We saw some amazing things and I’m sad to say my knowledge didn’t extend far enough to know what a lot of things were.  The fact that the majority were labelled only in Latin didn’t help either!   A photo posted by Emma (@funkyfairy22) on Apr 26, 2015 at 12:33pm PDT I think the picture above is tulips but I’m not sure. The picture below is definitely tulips. They were some of my favourite flowers there…

  • 2015,  A to Z blogging challenge,  C-A-B,  Uncategorized

    V is for…

    V is for Volunteering (how is it possible we’ve reached V already?) I do a lot of volunteering and I have done for over ten years.  It’s a great way to fill my time and allows me to make a positive contribution to society whilst working around the limitations of my disability and my inability to work in a paid role. OK that sounds pompous and technical but basically volunteering works for me because I can do it on my schedule.  I can ensure that I pretty much never volunteer two days running and that I only do a few hours at a time.  If I can’t manage to go…

  • 2015,  A to Z blogging challenge,  Uncategorized

    U is for

    U is for Underground I was going to do L is for London back when the A to Z challenge reached L but then I figured I didn’t have anything for U so I’d do this instead. I love London. I seem to go every couple of months and that’s gotten much more frequent over the last few years.  So far this year I went to London in January (to see Cirque du Soleil) and I went twice in March – for one day to go up The Shard (when we also ended up going on the Cable Car too) and then overnight a few days later to go to…

  • 2015,  A to Z blogging challenge,  Uncategorized

    T is for…

    T is for Today As in what I’ve done today. I woke up having not slept as well as I’d expected. I’d been practically falling asleep while getting ready for bed and as I was a bit sore I took doses of both paracetamol and codeine right before bed. Being that codeine can knock me out I’d expected to sleep really well that wasn’t to be. It’s not that I slept badly just not great. This morning was CAB and I saw two drop in clients (gateway) and then did a full advice appointment. Busiest session I’ve had there in a while and every client was something slightly different.  Sometimes…

  • 2015,  A to Z blogging challenge,  sailing,  Uncategorized

    S is for…

    S is for Sailing I take part in a local sailability (adaptive sailing) group once a week between April and October. My relationship with sailing is a strange one because it’s not something I’d ever thought of taking part in until a friend spent over a year going on and on at me that i had to try it. I said I’d go. But only once and if I didn’t want to go again he had to shut up about it. I wasn’t going to want to go again, I was sure of it. Well, I went one day back in 2006 and I’ve been going ever since. I loved…