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    At The Moment – 14th March

    This is the first thing I’ve written this month. Not good but also good to be putting fingers to keyboard once again. So what’s happened since I last wrote? The bathroom is finished but there is a problem with some of the paint as the wall is still drying out. It looks rather grim but I’m told anything they do now will need to be done again once the wall is dry so there is no point. I tied myself in absolute knots over costs and logistics and about a million other things that on the grand scheme of things probably don’t matter but I now have very exciting plans…

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    At the moment – 22nd Feb 19

    It’s been a frustrating week but I think (hope) it’s all about to come good. The work for my bathroom did actually drag into a second week and all the way until today. They couldn’t lay the floor on Friday because it wasn’t dry, came back Monday and it still wasn’t dry plus there was obvious water where there shouldn’t have been (given I’d not been able to use the shower). At which point they discovered the reason I’ve had so many problems with my shower is because at some point in the work last year someone drilled into a waste pipe. So that had to be fixed and some…

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    Reasons why Emma isn’t blogging

    I was talking about this blogtober challenge at my writers group yesterday. Saying how I either need to start blogging again properly or give it up, not keep posting apologies and excuses. This challenge will be kill or cure for my “bloggers block” I reckon. But today was very much a day not designed for blogging. It was a day for only a little internet. For time spent wandering round a bookshop (only to leave empty handed). For lunch with a friend, followed by a large glass of wine at 2pm. For starting a new book on the train to lunch and finishing it once I got home. For entirely…

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    In which I’ve become one of those stories

    When I was looking to buy my Quickie Salsa in 2012 I had to go to a new supplier. I’ve used them ever since. It’s a family business and the guy who owns it brought me the demo chair out. He told me a bit about the business, a lot about the chair, and a few stories. The chair they did this to, the customer they did that for. About the techs going to rescue people whose chairs broke down and giving people a lift home if they were local and could get in a van. And one mostly irrelevant story about a friend of his with Spina Bifida. Sometime…

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    Best Practice by Penny Parkes

    I was lucky enough to receive a free copy of Best Practice by Penny Parkes in exchange for an honest review. This is a book I’d have been buying on publication day if not as I totally love this series – it’s the third book in the Larkford series following Out of Practice and Practice Makes Perfect (along with the ebook short story Swept Away). Here’s the blurb: Dr Alice Walker has become accomplished at presenting a façade to the world – to anyone watching, she is the epitome of style, composure and professionalism. But perhaps it was to be expected that the cracks might begin to show at some…

  • 2017,  Quickie Jive,  R-net,  Uncategorized

    And I Would Walk 500 Miles…

    Last Saturday marked six months since I got my Quickie Jive M (I think I can no longer call it my new powerchair). I had done 487 miles in that time. I was, however, a tiny bit disappointed that I hadn’t done 500 miles because then I could have written a blog entry using the Proclaimers song for a title. I was still going to write a blog entry about having had the chair six months.  But I was taking my time getting round to it.  Then this morning I did my 500th mile. So now I can both write a blog entry about having had the chair six months…

  • 2017,  Reading Down My TBR Pile,  Uncategorized

    Reading Down My TBR Pile – Weeks Three and Four

    I didn’t write an entry about what I’d been reading last week because I didn’t finish a single book the week before.  I have finished some books since then so I’m back updating this week. I may also have bought three books and received a review book last week (and received another review book the week before) but we won’t talk about that! The Secret Life of Lucy Lovecake by Pippa James This was a fun book and I enjoyed it a lot.  I took part in the blog tour for it and my full review can be read here. Our Tiny Useless Hearts by Toni Jordan Before Christmas I…

  • 2017,  Uncategorized

    NCTJ Level 3 Certificate in Foundation Journalism

    In October 2015 I started studying for a Level 3 Certificate in Foundation Journalism.  This was an NCTJ (National College for the Training of Journalists) qualification and it involved a 1 day session each month at an accredited centre in Oxford. The course turned out to be very different to what I expected. It’s a very new course (it was the first year it was available but it had been piloted the year before) and I think perhaps that played a role in that.  But I enjoyed the discussions we had and it made me write some pieces I never would have done.  My piece Death in the Facebook Age…

  • 2017,  books and reading,  reviews,  Uncategorized

    The Secret Life of Lucy Lovecake by Pippa James

    Today I’m taking part in the blog tour for The Secret Life of Lucy Lovecake by Pippa James.  I’d like to thank the publishers for my copy of the book. Daisy Delaney’s life is pancake-flat. A talented baker and passionate lingerie specialist, she has wound up with no one to bake for and a career that hasn’t proved successful. But when she starts a delicious relationship with famous French author-chef, Michel Amiel, everything begins to look a bit more exciting. That is until Michel’s bestselling cookbook is knocked off the top spot by newcomer ‘Lucy Lovecake’. His outdated recipes slide down the charts, while the popularity of Lucy Lovecake’s new…

  • 2017,  attitudes,  disability,  Uncategorized

    What Have You Done Today To Make You Feel Proud?

    (title is a lyric from the Heather Small song Proud) A few days ago an acquaintance heard I’d done something and was really impressed. She was trying to encourage me to write about it for Tenants Times because doing so could inspire other people and it was a big deal what I’ve done. I was frustrated by that conversation because I couldn’t see what the big deal was and I don’t understand why it’s news and people who don’t know me would be interested in it. Plus all I could see was it turning into some form of inspiration porn even if I was the one to write it. I…