• 2015,  fun stuff,  powerchair,  Quickie Salsa,  Uncategorized,  video

    A Powerchair’s Eye View

    I’ve been lent a gorilla pod after a couple of us who are working on a video project wondered about the possibility of using one to mount a camera on my powerchair. It works really well mounting the camera on the armrest of my powerchair and I’ve enjoyed playing with it.  But the videos make it very clear just how bad the squeak of my chair is – the tech who came out last week did succeed in replacing the wheel with the busted tyre but his attempt at sorting my squeak was a big failure. Here’s a powerchair’s eye view of my trip to the park this evening (video…

  • 2014,  books and reading,  Cheerful Stuff,  freedom,  fun stuff,  Uncategorized

    Going to London

    Wednesday, mid morning my mobile rang.  It was a friend of mine who works for one of the organisations I volunteer with.  She was calling in her professional capacity with good news.  A project I organised and ran has been shortlisted for some form of award.  The ceremony is in London, in February. Did I want to go? Obviously I said yes straight away.  We chatted a bit more and then said goodbye. I spent some time looking up the venue online and being excited and then got on with my day. Yesterday, a bit before 5pm my mobile rang again.  It was still in my bag where I’d been…

  • 2012,  Cheerful Stuff,  Family,  friends,  fun stuff,  good things,  songs of my life,  surprises,  things that make me smile,  Uncategorized,  unexpected things,  yayness

    Party Memories (part one)

    Small bullet point memories of my 30th birthday party.  I’ve been putting off writing this until I feel less depressed.  I do feel like things are moving forward from that point of view but they’re still bad.  It occurred to me however that I might feel better for thinking and writing about something very cheerful so here goes… It was really, really good fun. I danced so much that my back hurt most of the next day.  That was totally worth it. I’d really agonised over the venue because the party room and bar are on one floor and the two disabled loos are on another (right next to each…

  • fun stuff,  photos,  Uncategorized


    > Playing – a self portrait A mistake with a flower A messy self portrait Part of my bedroom – this is at the end of my bed Bobby – my bear I’ve had since the day I was born. My dad calls him Sir Robert Yet another self portrait this time showing my tattoo (a gecko, all in black). In Reading today an older lady told me she usually hated tattoos but she really liked mine All content copyright Emma Crees, 2006 – 2012 unless otherwise stated http://writerinawheelchair.blogspot.com

  • baclofen,  fluoxetine,  friends,  fun stuff,  meds,  naidex,  physio,  Sertraline,  Uncategorized,  uni


    >Recent happenings and not so recent things I’ve forgotten to mention but occur to me now: I’ve made some baby steps on the way to starting to lose weight again so I’m hoping the scales will start moving downwards again very soon!  Specifically I’ve given up coke and chocolate again. My leg is still nasty but is improving very slowly.  I’m really glad they gave me more antibiotics after all because clearly they are doing something.  Being on this level of antibiotics and having been on antibiotics for so long is making me feel a bit rubbish though!  I’ve been resting a lot these last two days and trying to…

  • fun stuff,  Uncategorized,  wheelchair

    >Chitty Chitty … Wheelchair?

    >Sailability is run separately for the most part from Oxford Sailing Club as a whole.  And on Tuesday night one of the regular club instructors started chatting to me in the bar. First he was asking me about Challengers and if we do racing, do we take part in the club racing etc. Then he asked what sort of lifejacket I have.  He explained that they have groups of disabled children come up, some of whom can’t come out of their chairs.  And he had found it difficult to put lifejackets on them.  From the sounds of it that was to do with lack of mobility on their part and…

  • fun stuff,  luck,  surprises,  Uncategorized

    >Lucky Emma

    >Last week I got an e-mail about a survey thing where if you went and gave an hour of your time looking at some proposed new internet thing you’d get £40.  And they specifically wanted disabled people.  A friend forwarded it to me.  So, obviously I went “pick me! pick me!” and unfortunately they had too many people.  A bit disappointing but such is life. But then yesterday I got an e-mail from the company saying they had a survey I could do from home and they’d give me £15 for it.  So I did and I got the cheque this morning, thank you very much.  Gonna spend that on…

  • fun stuff,  interwebs,  Uncategorized

    >Disappointed :-P

    >I saw several copies of The Secret on display in Waterstones earlier.  I still don’t want to read that book (or watch the film) but they were right next to a book I did want to look at.  So I figured I’d have a quick look at The Secret too.  No free shiv.  I was very disappointed.  It would have been the only thing that would have made me consider buying it. All content copyright Emma Crees, 2006 – 2012 unless otherwise stated http://writerinawheelchair.blogspot.com

  • fun stuff,  Uncategorized,  writing

    >NaNoWriMo Update – Day 3

    >Today is day 3 and I’ve gone from being 800 or so words ahead to being about 300 words behind.  Le sigh. I have 4700 (oh, finally got onto the site – I have 4765 words) and something words written which isn’t bad but the end of day three goal is 5,001 so that’s not great. I’m hoping that the magic of the cornerstone bacon bap will work tomorrow and I’ll end the day ahead again. Or at least that I won’t spend most of the day feeling headachy and blah. Still I found what I think is every single thunderbirds episode on you tube and have been watching some…

  • fun stuff,  Uncategorized,  yayness

    >Should have done it sooner

    >I did something this afternoon that I’ve wanted to do for a long time but didn’t have the nerve to do.  I literally had a list of about five reasons why I shouldn’t do it.  I wasn’t actually going to do it but then I heard something that I wasn’t expecting and it made me introspective and thoughtful.  And I just thought “fuck it do it”  So I did. I had my hair cut properly, properly short. I’m very pleased with it and will share some photos later – I need to look for the leads to my camera first.  Sophie, my hairdresser, said afterwards that we should have done…