• 2016,  disability,  freedom,  good things,  powerchair,  Quickie Jive,  Uncategorized

    Miles on my tyres

    I’ve officially had the Jive for three months now.   And I’m pleased ro report that I didn’t come anywhere near falling out of my chair in month three so that’s an improvement on the previous two months.  I did freak people out on two occasions but I think that’s always going to be the case with this chair because of how the spider-trac suspension works – when i go up a steep ramp it shoves me really down onto my back castors and the front castors come slightly off the ground. I did 93 miles in my chair this month and set a new record for the most miles…

  • 2015,  dose of happy,  Emma,  Family,  good things,  hospital,  photos,  Uncategorized

    Auntie Emma

    Last week I became an Aunt for the first time! Several of my cousins have children as do one or two friends and lot of those kids know me as Auntie Emma (something which surprised me).  But last week I became a proper Auntie.  My brother and sister in law welcomed their first child which was really exciting. Henry David Nicholas was born Tuesday 13th October 2015 weighing 8lb 1oz. The level of excitement in the Crees family really had to be seen to be believed. I think in the past week most of us have fallen in love with the baby but calmed down somewhat. I haven’t seen my…

  • 2014,  books and reading,  friends,  good things,  Uncategorized,  you know...

    You Know You’re a Bookworm When…

    You get an email from Amazon that someone sent you a gift card. And the message from your friend is that she was going to send flowers to say thank you but she figured reading or free spending would be more appreciated.  She didn’t need to send me something to say thank you, I didn’t expect it. Just the words were enough I would have enjoyed having flowers. They are always a rare but nice surprise. But my friend knows me well.  I’m definitely a massive book fan and they last forever or there abouts. So I’m loving that.  Currently trying to remember when a book I’ve been looking forward…

  • 2012,  disability,  Disability Glossary,  disability rights,  good things,  Uncategorized,  writing

    Nothing About Us Without Us

    I’m trying to work my way through a series of disability specific terms and especially some disability specific concepts and define them for my blog. A sort of glossary of disability according to Emma if you will. I’ve also been asked to contribute monthly to Bea Magazine. My first piece went up there today and happily the subject I wanted to write about for them is also something I would have written about in my disability glossary. (Although I hadn’t actually planned for it to me the next entry in my glossary). I’m sure all of my readers are now breathing a sigh of relief that they don’t have to…

  • 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…

  • good things,  scale junkie,  Uncategorized,  weight loss,  writing

    >Bits of News

    >I haven’t updated about my attempts at weight loss for a couple of weeks so I’ll start with that and then see how much further I get before my desire to be in bed relatively soon wins. Last week my mum was away so I weighed by myself.  I struggled a lot to balance on the scales and suspect the same would have been true even if she were here.  I gave up on Tuesday after 5 attempts which all ended up with ridiculously different weights.  Wednesday I tried again and managed better.  I was 17st 2lb which was 1.5lb up. Today my mum was back and I was 17st…

  • clothes,  good things,  nsv,  sailing,  Uncategorized,  weight loss

    >A Good Things List

    >When I originally wrote my Good Things List it was after three weeks without coke or chocolate.  As it’s now been more than 100 days it’s time for an update! Previously I’ve had a tendency towards high blood pressure.  Today it was 128/80 or totally normal Blood draws should be easier as I get thinner. Being I’m a terrible stick that’s a good thing. At the beginning of the year my lifejacket straps were as big as we could adjust them.  I’ve had to tighten them a couple of times this year! My measurements have changed downwards slightly. My BMI has gone from 46 something to 42 something according to the…

  • 101 in 1001,  good things,  nsv,  Uncategorized,  weight loss

    >50 days!

    >Today is day 50 since I’ve had any coke or chocolate.  It was one of my 101 in 1001 goals to go without for three weeks.  I think currently I’m aiming for two months without but part of me is wondering if 100 days would be an achievable goal.  That would be a long term one though, I think short term two months and then ten weeks will be the goals. Short term goals on the way to long term ones are most achievable I think, and most satisfying. For perspective I was drinking something like a litre of full fat coke everyday and eating a big bar (100g+) of…

  • clothes,  good things,  meds,  nsv,  scale junkie,  Uncategorized,  weight loss

    >Going Great

    >One of these days I will get here to blog with enough time to write something properly.  I really will.  In fact I hope it’ll be tomorrow.  But it’s not tonight. I weighed this morning and I was down 2lb!  Sooo pleased with that as I was convinced I’d show another gain due to yesterday’s particularly bad eating and the fact I’ve snacked a bit more this past week.  Down 12 and a half overall so that’s last weeks gain gone again and a little bit more But I think really I have been snacking more but still less than I would have done back in the days when I…

  • achievements,  good things,  nsv,  Uncategorized,  weight loss

    >A Good Things List

    >Good things about having given up chocolate and coke and not having had any for almost three weeks. Being told repeatedly by different people that the skin on my face looks a lot clearer and finally seeing what everyone means today. My eyes are brighter. When I went to the nurse this afternoon her jaw practically dropped when I told her. I’ve lost a lot of weight over these few weeks (over 5lb) I still have disgusting feet but now it’s mostly just my nails and not my skin as well. Getting lots of encouragement from different people. Realising that I was addicted to Coke and Chocolate but it is…