• 2014,  achievements,  crafts,  Uncategorized

    Here’s (One) Two I made earlier

    At the end of January I did a clay sculpture workshop and made a bowl with a lid and a jug. I blogged about it and posted pictures of the work in progress (along with a finished picture of a tea light holder I’d made in the same workshop a couple of months before). That was in my post “absolutely filthy”, the title of which relates to what I said later that day when my mum asked me on the phone how I was (I truly was covered in clay as was my powerchair). Yesterday I picked up the finished objects after the tutor had fired them in her kiln,…

  • 2013,  achievements,  friends,  NaNo,  nano group,  NaNoWriMo,  Uncategorized,  writing

    The End of NaNo

    So it’s the end of November and Nanowrimo ends at midnight. I’m a nano winner in that I’ve written over 50,000 words this month. I’ve not written a book. I’ve not even written anything vaguely like a first draft of a book. Some of my friends are talking about submitting for publication pretty much straight away. They are either much better writers than I am or totally insane. Or both. What I’ve written is a mess. It’s a variety of scenes from the idea I had. Some I planned and some I didn’t. Some work and some make me cringe just to think of them. I suspect when I look…

  • 2013,  achievements,  C-A-B,  personal,  success stories,  Things I am proud of,  things people say,  Uncategorized

    Thank You

    I’m quite well known for not noticing people waving to me when I’m out and about. Or not knowing who people are when they know me. Part of that has to do with the fact I meet so many people through things like CAB. I’m usually the only person they deal with but depending on if I’m doing appointments of gateway (10 minute triage like interviews) I might see up to 4 people in one session. The big thing in training for CAB is confidentiality. One of the points made about it is that due to that you shouldn’t acknowledge clients outside the bureau. That’s easier than it sounds because…

  • 2013,  acceptance,  achievements,  Attempts at World Domination,  disability,  friends,  Uncategorized

    The National Diversity Awards

    So if I were to mention the name Hannah Ensor or Stickman Communications I suspect a lot of people who read this would know who I meant. Hannah and I have known each other since our school days. Back then I was rocking the wheelie thing but not quite as well as I do now. I was walking a lot of the time which took a lot of energy and I’d fall a lot. I didn’t hurt myself often having learnt mad falling skills. And the level of acceptance i have now (possibly better referred to as my “sod it quota”) was an unthought of dream, Hannah was this accident…

  • 2012,  achievements,  Attempts at World Domination,  CP related,  disability,  dose of happy,  standing frame,  Uncategorized

    Gold!

    “And on this banner day during the Oxfordshire Crip-Olympics 2012 the Gold medal in the standing frame event is awarded to Emma Crees. In a breathtaking performance she wows the crowds and sets a personal best of 40 minutes standing in the frame. A well deserved gold for the talented CPer who just a year ago was a novice in the standing frame with no expectation of ever achieving greatness. The grin on her face when she realised just what she’d managed has to be seen to be believed. A gold medal day to never be forgotten.” And the crowd goes wild…. ♥ Emma

  • 100 days of writing,  2012,  achievements,  Uncategorized

    >Achievements #100daysofwriting #amwriting

    >Today is Day 50 of 100 days of writing. Halfway there. If this challenge was a roller coaster we’d be just at the beginning of the downward drop. Not quite there yet but on the small level bit knowing its coming just not quite sure when. I’ve said before and I’ll say it again I’m sure but the way I’ve been getting on with this challenge is massive for me. It really is a huge achievement, showing that I’m leaving my depression behind. Probably not completely, I doubt that’ll ever happen, but in a very noticeable way. I’ve written a poem all about achievements to celebrate all I’ve done. I…

  • achievements,  botox,  physio,  serial casting,  standing frame,  Uncategorized,  you know you've got CP

    >You Know You Have CP When…

    >…You aren’t sure that getting discharged from physio is the good thing everyone else is making it out to be. I went back to the hospital on Wednesday and saw two physios and an orthotist. They were very pleased with the progress I’ve made with the standing frame (and so am I). I’ve been able to maintain the improved range of motion in my ankles and my feet are still looking what I consider to be wrong – they used to turn in a lot and I can’t remember a time when they didn’t. Now they are straighter (I believe my talus – one of the bones in the foot…

  • 101 in 1001,  achievements,  Uncategorized

    >A complete list of the items I have completed on my 2nd 101 in 1001 list

    >Today being day 1001 I’ve just sat down and worked out what’s completed.  I’ve completed 54 goals this time round which is slightly better than the first list which I completed 51 goals from.  Several I was very close to completing (more this time than last time I think) but didn’t get there.  Whilst I never aim to complete the entire list I do hope to better it with my third list (which I am very excited about). Here are the goals I’ve completed 1. Read Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte2 Read the first Swallows and Amazons book and the rest if they’re any good3 Read War and Peace4 Complete…

  • achievements,  competitions,  photos,  sailing,  Uncategorized

    >Oxford Regatta 2011

    >This past weekend was the Challenger English Championships 2011.  And as it was held at Oxford which is my “home” sailing club I was able to go. I went up Friday to help get things ready but it ended up with my Dad helping out and me sitting in the club house chatting to other sailors who I only see at these regattas.  One of them gave me some really useful tips on racing skills so that was good and cleared up something I’d been confused about.  Also, gossip and catching up is always good. Saturday started with the traditional pre-regatta bacon and sausage sarnie.  After the briefing I was told it…

  • achievements,  Attempts at World Domination,  sailing,  Uncategorized

    >Burghfield Regatta 2011

    >Last weekend was the Burghfield Sailing Club’s Challenger Open Meeting.  And I took part. I sail in the Bronze class which is for people who need someone with them on the boat.  I do sail by myself on a Tuesday evening at sailability but the regattas can get a little scary with how close people get to each other and all jockeying for the best start etc.  So I don’t feel quite ready to go by myself in a competition. As I think I’ve blogged before, I’ve previously found the competitions great fun but difficult because although they are for disabled people they’re not a great match for my own…