• 2013,  anaemia,  courage,  depression,  down,  friends,  memories,  personal,  Uncategorized,  unexpected things

    Surrounded by Sadness

    After I wrote the things that make me happy post on Saturday I’d planned to write some more on the subject. I will write more on the subject I’m sure but tonight sees me writing about the opposite of happiness. Because there is a hell of a lot of sadness around me lately. I heard of the death of a friend of mine and my parents yesterday. It was I think the sixth death I’ve heard of in the past seven weeks. Plus my Dad was saying he and my mum know of two others who have died recently. Two distant family members. For one she was in her nineties…

  • 2013,  books and reading,  my mother,  photos,  things that make me smile,  Uncategorized,  unexpected things,  yayness

    A book that blew my mind #fridayreads #amreading

    I have a copy of a book called 1001 books you must read before you die. There have been several editions of this book so at various times different books have been put on the list and taken off again (and in the case of Memoirs of a Geisha I believe returned to the most recent edition of the list). I have the 2010 edition but I also have an app on my iPad and a spreadsheet both of which list every single book that have ever appeared on an edition of the 1001 books you must read before you die list. I believe the total number of books is…

  • 2013,  blogging,  books and reading,  Uncategorized,  unexpected things

    You Know You’re A Book Blogger When…

    …you go to a club (Varsity in Cardiff) as part of your soon to be Sister in Law’s Hen Weekend. And some book shelves on one wall catch your eye. Lots of books there. And as much as you’re enjoying dancing part of you wants to go check the books out, wonders what the deal is (are they just to read there or is it a book crossing thing) and wishes there were enough light to look at them properly. But more than anything you love to dance and don’t get to do it enough so you leave the books and lose yourself in the music. (image shows bookcases in…

  • 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…

  • Uncategorized,  unexpected things

    >I Saw A Mouse! Where?

    >Yesterday it was arranged that early this morning someone would be popping round for a few minutes to grab something. I let them in, getting out of bed only when I heard the doorbell and then went to the loo after letting them in.  They wandered into my lounge. The next thing I hear is them screaming “oh my god oh my god ARGH” They thought they’d seen a mouse running across the middle of my lounge. At just before 8 in the morning.  It’s safe to say they were freaked out. I was a bit ARGH about the idea of a mouse in my flat but didn’t have time…

  • things people say,  Uncategorized,  unexpected things

    >Opening Gambit

    >I had the most bizarre experience earlier today.  I was walking up to the bureau about lunchtime and there with this guy on a push bike who was riding along but slowed down to talk to me.  Not someone I know. The very first thing he said was “people laugh at you all the time because you’re disabled.”  Weird. Then he started talking about how my chair means I can go down the town and run people over.  The main gist of what he was saying was things about how “isn’t it good what disabled people can do these days?” I responded to him a bit then said I needed to…

  • comedy,  friends,  theatre,  Uncategorized,  unexpected things

    >The Hairy Bikers Big Night Out (AKA After 10 Days, Emma Goes Out!)

    >The Hairy Bikers last night was sooo much fun!  Absolutely hilarious.  My friend was going to drive but then my Dad offered as his car has 4 wheel drive which was cool as it meant we could have a few drinks. The arts centre has two very cool dedicated wheelchair spaces at the back which me and my friend have dubbed the Royal Box and they can put you in the front row – the seats are fold down and they reserve you two to make a wheelchair space as a chair is bigger than one of the seats.  But they don’t put two seat numbers on the tickets.  I…