Archive for “March, 2008”

On this page the following entries were made in the “March, 2008” time-frame.

Gatecrashers inside my head

Posted March 30th, 2008 by Bliss

My apologies for the recent absence of Rachel, but for now you’re stuck with me, Bliss, on account of Rachel’s brain having taken an unscheduled vacation. It’s a little difficult to tell the difference sometimes… Anyhow, here I am, at long last ready to re-commence work on “Fallen Angel”, and what happens? A couple of [...]

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OU dilemma

Posted March 20th, 2008 by Rachel

The past week or so I’ve been doing not a lot of pretty much everything. Other problems with arms and hands and fingers not working properly have curtailed my typing, and I’ve been mainly reading. I haven’t touched any of my OU stuff since the other week when both assignments for both courses were due [...]

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Wake up call

Posted March 19th, 2008 by Rachel

Yesterday I had a bit of a scare. For the past six months I’ve been on some pretty heavy duty painkillers. The pain I’m now getting in my upper spine isn’t responding to anything much, not even the morphine-like buprenorphine patches, but I have to say that the rest of my back’s responded well to [...]

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Posted March 14th, 2008 by Rachel

A couple of weeks ago I was talking about disability, and what it actually means. I came to the conclusion that labels are often just a shorthand for something, something that saves a long, detailed explanation. When it comes to disability, and how I describe myself, it’s a lot easier to say “I’m disabled” rather [...]

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Writing the wrongs

Posted March 7th, 2008 by Bliss

It’s taken some time, but I’ve finally figured out where the problem is, or rather, where the problems are, with Fallen Angel. It’s fifteen years since the inception of Fallen Angel – fifteen years! I can hardly believe it sometimes. Fifteen years and I’m still only up to Chapter 7 and currently on re-draft #4. [...]

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If you can’t fix it, you gotta stand it

Posted March 7th, 2008 by Rachel

Question: What have the NHS and my body got in common? Answer: They’re both fucked. Last night I had an appointment with my neurosurgeon. Yes, last night – 7.15pm. Why? Because apart from doing his day job, which at the moment is covering at another hospital for another surgeon, as well as his own, twice [...]

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Six Word Memoir

Posted March 5th, 2008 by Rachel

Over at The Pickards JackP’s picked up on the idea of a six word memoir, as mentioned on Stephen Lang’s site. Always up for a challenge, I thought I’d give it a shot. Summing up your life, your achievements, your outlook, thoughts, hopes and desires in only six words? A number of quotes from some [...]

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Time management and modern web design

Posted March 5th, 2008 by Rachel

A few days ago Gill over at JBVoices posted a blog entry about a graphic she’d happened upon on the web, showing a pie chart of a time breakdown for modern web design which had amused her greatly. It amused me too. For those requiring a text version of the image, the breakdown reads thus: [...]

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In the gutter’s where it’s at

Posted March 3rd, 2008 by Rachel

(my mind, that is) There I was this morning updating fields on the management system at work (an exercise in frustration, as updating two simple fields requires going through numerous views to get to the edit button- grrr!), filling in missing data from some customer satisfaction surveys at work, when one of the customer comments [...]

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Posting in my sleep

Posted March 3rd, 2008 by Rachel

For as long as I can remember I’ve been on a cocktail of different drugs. A bit like Alice in Wonderland, one makes me big, another makes me small. Amongst them, one sends me off to sleep, another stops the painful muscle spasms that contort my muscles, yet another stops pain signals travelling along my [...]

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