>I should have known for just one second you’d be back to bother me…

>As I mentioned in yesterday’s entry I’m up 1lb this week.

Which means in the last four weeks I’ve lost 1 lb, gained 1 lb, lost 1 lb and then now gained it again.
Part of me is really tempted just to say “fuck it!” and deal with my weight after Christmas but I’m not going to do that.
I’ve taken my meds every day this month and I’ve drunk water as well each day (which is an improvement) although not the 1.5L that is my goal every day. Exercise is the one I’m really struggling with but I am pleased with what I’ve managed. I need to go update my progress entry with that info.
But first, I think, Lunch is a must.

>Emma and the no good, horrible, terrible day.

>So today:

I had trouble getting out of bed and waking up again
I got a t-shirt caught round the wheel of my powerchair
Had to resort to cutting said t-shirt in two to get it out but thankfully didn’t damage my chair
Was later than I planned getting to the bureau because of the above.
Was asked to advise rather than doing my SP which I didn’t mind (especially as I had a good client) but which always throws me off.
Broke the zip on my relatively new handbag and it can’t be fixed
Sent loads of things flying in the supermarket.
Had a random nose bleed
Discovered I’d gained a pound
My hip and knee hurt on my right leg.
I can’t really say it’s been a good day! But once we got past mid afternoon it all evened out and got a bit better.

>International Day of Disabled People

>Today is the International Day of Disabled People (wiki link as I can’t get on the official UN site for the day) I don’t know very much about the day to be honest, I just thought it was Thursday until I saw that on Twitter.

I feel like I should write something about it or rather, for it. But I’ve got nothing at the moment.
It does occur to me however that it’s a little bit sad that we have an “International Day of Disabled People”. I realise that it’s a good way of raising awareness and breaking down barriers but… I wish the day would come when we no longer need it. After all, there’s no such thing as “international day of all the temporarily able bodied people” is there?!
I’ve been planning to write something about statistics and disability for a while. But that hasn’t gotten beyond my realisation that the statistics I know of are several years old and I should probably try and track down more recent ones (or at least the sources for the ones I know as I can remember the numbers but not where I got them from). And I’m not in a researching mood right now.
I also find it interesting that what little research I’ve done about IDoDP tells me that it’s a UN thing that’s been around since 1992 but this is the first year I’ve really been aware of it. Thinking back now I think I have heard it briefly mentioned in passing in previous years. That i suspect however is to do in part with the power of twitter. Another topic I must blog on.
Also I am majorly amused to note that 1981 was the International Year of Disabled People. The year I was born. It’s almost like whatever powers that be there may be went “well, it’s almost the end of 1981. Perhaps we’d better do something more to celebrate this year of disabled people. A spot of oxygen deprivation at birth leading to CP and life long disability for Emma, that’ll do nicely.”

>Chris Cleave

>Every year for oh about the past five years (I think this year is five anyway). I’ve done the same end of year meme at some point in December. More towards the end of December than it is now but not necessarily right at the end.

One of the questions on it is about your favourite book of the year. I pretty much always end up listing two or three and being unable to decide.
I absolutely love to read and just finished my 91st book of the year this evening. Hopefully I should finally manage to reach my 100 book goal this year after trying and failing for the previous two (72 in 2008 and 93 in 2007 I believe, I need to move all three lists to this blog). So narrowing it down to just one “best book” of the year is all but impossible for me most of the time.
I’ve not thought about that meme really yet for this year. But I can tell you about my answer to the favourite book questions. Both of Chris Cleave’s books.
I read The Other Hand (which I’ve just seen was published in some countries under the title “Little Bee”) back in the summer. It really blew me away. My mum and my sister both read it as well. Can’t remember what Sophie said about it but she did like it a lot I think. My mum read it much more recently and I know that she too had that “this book is amazing” reaction that I did. Astounding, really clever.
When I met up with an old friend from uni the other week books were on buy one, get one half price in Borders in Birmingham. We split the two books and the cost. She picked up The Other Hand (I was like “you have to read that!!”) and I got Incendiary.
I finished Incendiary this evening. That’s quite a different book. Different in comparison to The Other Hand and also different in terms of different to a lot of the other stuff I read. Heavy subject matter but subtly infused with humour that at times made me smile and laugh. I read the last page and it really left me thinking “wow”. It’s also a book where you finish it and realise you never knew the main characters name or that of her “chaps” (husband and son). Both books left me wanting to know more and to know what happened next but I think Incendiary did that the most. Of course I did just finish that so it might be why.

>End of November Updates

>I have zero time for a proper update.

I’ve just posted an update post below this where I hope to track how I do with my main goals each day this month. Hoping having it visible for comments will help me keep on track better than the spreadsheet idea did (went out the window after about five days).
Lost 1lb this week! So that’s the one I gained last week, gone.
and means that in November 2009
I wrote 60,594 words for NaNoWriMo making me a winner for the first time since 2006 (I think)
And I lost 5lb!

>NaNoDieYe December 2009 Update Post


1.5L of water a day
15 mins of exercise (everyday except Christmas Day)
If the date is in purple it means I hit all goals. Turquoise means I attempted all goals but didn’t complete them. Red dates indicate one or more goals failed.
01/12/09 – 15 mins dancing, 1.5L water, meds taken!
02/12/09 – Meds, 15 mins not weights, 1.5L+ of water (1.5L plus half a cup)

03/12/09 – Meds, five minutes standing stretches, 1.5L of water
04/12/09 – Water 1.5L (finishing the last of it now) – done, meds. no exercise 🙁