>101 in 1001 – Item 82…


Sort out my sofa so I can use it more

…has been completed!

Actually it’s been completed since part way through January, I am nothing if not consistent when it comes to blogging these things!  No idea why it’s taken me so long to blog another completed goal but it has.  Catching up on my planned and half finished blogs is an aim for the next few days as I’m powerchair less and not getting out often.

I never used to sit on my sofa very often because I found it hard to get up and down from it due to the height of it.  Part of that is due to the weight I’ve gained and increased spasticity I’ve had since I first left uni and bought it. But I’ve now got some Elephant Feet on it.  They’ve made it 9cm taller and much easier to get up and down off of 😉  My parents had been concerned that due to my balance and tendency to “fall” rather then sit in a controlled manner I’d not get on with them and end up knocking the sofa out of them.  But so far, so good!  It does help that it’s right against the wall though I think.

I did have to give my sofa a clear off as well.  And it could do with another one now, I’ve not quite managed to break the sofa as a dumping ground habit yet.

To be honest I don’t sit on it as often as I thought I would but again that’s a getting into the habit thing, it’s been such a long time since that was an option for me.

>101 in 1001 Item 44…


Reorganise all of the flat and possibly get some parts decorated
…has been completed!
Thanks mostly to a trip to IKEA (yay!) a lot of help from my dad with new furniture putting together and my mum with organising.
Have had a major declutter and sent loads and loads of books to the charity shop and recycled a load of bits too. I have no idea how many books I got rid of but it took three trips to get them all out to my parents car. And that was after my sister took 1 book home with her and a friend went through the charity shop pile and took 14(!) books home with her.
I’ve been trying to be a bit brutal and get rid of as much as possible. It’s worked well although a few things felt strange. Like through away a whole folder of old notes from uni. I graduated five years ago and I wasn’t ever going to look at them again but it was just one of several things that were so important so long ago and now are just gone, no longer wanted or needed.
None of my flat has been decorated. In my bedroom the skanky old blue curtains are down and I just have the blinds up now whcih looks great. I have a new desk which is actually the same as the old one but not broken, a big storage unit by it. Then I had a new draw unit by my bed and have replaced the old bookcase with a big tall Billy one from IKEA. My silver craft unit has been emptied but remains (will find a new use for it) but I’ve gotten rid of the silver shelf units I had (in a cupboard out of sight right now) and the plastic storage units I had from uni. I could use a new bed really but that will wait.
In the hall I’ve put a new two draw small unit. I’m thinking paperwork will go in there once it’s sorted. Sorting paperwork is liable to be a HUGE job. I will tackle it soon though.
In the lounge I’ve got a second Billy bookcase the same as the one in my bedroom. That’s completely full of books, no room for any more. It was a bit of an afterthought too but I’m glad I got it, it looks great. The one in the bedroom has very little on right now – a lot of my stuff that’s been sorted is in storage boxes in the corner of my lounge and needs homes.
The bathroom remains as is although one of the outside walls has gone a little bit nasty so it could do with a bit of paint or something. The kitchen is mostly remaining as is. It does really need a shelf or some such putting up as it lacks storage a bit.
So this item is done enough for me to tick it off but a few more bits remain. I’m happy though because the major concerns are done and that’s what I needed the most. It’s pretty good timing too because I got the keys to this flat on 16th December 2005 and moved in over that weekend (think I was actually in on the 18th but then the heating was broken so I was at my parents overnight and my first night was the 19th) so this is my 4th anniversary of living here.

>Strange Weekend

>The ads on googlemail are both interesting and a little unsettling at times.

A friend and I were discussing flowers in an e-mail. So my current top advert in google mail? (the one line text one) – for Interflora AUSTRALIA.
It’s been an interesting weekend.
My dad put my new desk together which looks great and half different half not. It’s basically the same one I had before but one that hasn’t had half the top scratched off and doesn’t have a broken leg. The difference comes from the fact it has no clutter on it at all or purple flower shaped fairy lights wrapped around the top. I miss my fairy lights (and for those who’ve been in my house who are going “for god’s sake how can you miss them when you’ve four other sets of fairy lights up in the flat?!” I just can, OK).
He came back today and put up a new unit to go by my bed but I still need to clear the old one off and move it into place, probably do that tomorrow afternoon when my mum comes round.
Unfortunately we’ve managed to get the two other new pieces of furniture (storage unit for the hall and a huge bookcase/storage unit for my bedroom which will fill most of the wall next to my corner desk in the wrong colour. So they’ll have to go back next weekend. But we have remeasured for a new bookcase (in addition to the one I got that has to go back) and it looks like the one I wanted will actually fit in (we thought it was too wide) so he can get me that too, or possibly two so I can have an extra in the lounge. Too many books in this flat!
I’ve been having a big sort out today – haven’t got huge amounts done but am pleased with what I achieved. Lots of writing too. Sort out is continuing all week as my mum is planning to come round tomorrow and Tuesday and help me as she did for a bit today. Hopefully I can find plenty of writing time too as I’m enjoying it but am back in the bureau tomorrow and Weds.
Had a chat with one of my journeycare guys at Reading yesterday and he was saying a journey we’d been debating doing via train is doable as we weren’t sure if it was accessible – and that if the station in question is unmanned (as it is at times) I’d be changing at Reading anyway and one of their guys would just come with me to use a ramp etc and help me out. So that was really promising. Until I told my dad and he went “Oh I was sure that station had stepped access” and I just looked online and the internet (last updated July 09) says it does. Might need a rethink.
There’s been a couple of other things go wrong this weekend which I can’t blog about but which have led to emotions and tempers running high. Not easy but thankfully I’ve not been to involved in a lot of it so overall it’s been a relatively chilled weekend.
And Doctor Who tonight was BRILLIANT. I saw on twitter that someone said it was a little bit too Torchwood in it’s ending for their liking. But for this girl who originally loved Torchwood and then came to Doctor Who it was great.