Month: August 2017

When The Accessible Hotel Room Is Inaccessible

The first thing we thought about when planning THE TRIP was finding a wheelchair-accessible place to stay on Long Island. I love my Mom, but having three extra people in her house would not be a clever thing to do. We thought about renting a room in a house, but couldn’t find a place accessible for me that was also kid-friendly. Now.  I like staying in hotels.  I especially like staying in hotels rooms with bathrooms I can take a shower in. So, we needed an ensuite family room with a roll-in shower.  Because I’m disabled and a mother....

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Not So Random Connections

One of the things I love about blogging, maybe the first thing I love about blogging, are the connections we make with the people behind the blogs. I love the randomness, the silly and the serious, the excuses to connect.  I’m answering these random questions because Becca and Gloria wanted to know my answers to them. And because I like random questions.  I think random questions help people think about/work out/put words to the not-so-random things in life. And so, questions from The Married Cat Lady: Which Hogwarts house would you be sorted into? (Here’s a link, if you need it.) Hufflepuff.  Still haven’t finished the books.  Gotta work on that. Are you a cat person or a dog person? (Or neither?!) I grew up with both.  I like non-yappy dogs and tropical fish. Backstreet Boys or *Nysnc?      If I must declare, New Kids On The Block. What is your favorite TV show to binge watch?   When I was pregnant with Isla I got really emotionally invested in Real Housewives of New York.  Then when she was born, I was all about Nurse Jackie and Friday Night Dinners.  Now, Neil and I are watching Ozark, and Child Genius, and Twin Peaks.  And I would probably be into a bunch more if I could relax more these days. Describe yourself in 3 words.   A little cracked....

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Like It Is

Seven years is a long time. Since my last post, people have been congratulating me on 7 years here.  While I appreciate it, I haven’t really done much with it in all those years. OK, so I got married and had a kid.  There’s that.  But in terms of ass on seat, tell stories, and keep doing it, there’s been not a lot. I haven’t really done what I originally set out to do, which was connect with other people and talk about access and expat issues and try not to be too drunk while doing so. There’s been a lot of procrastinating and writing about not writing. While on THE TRIP, I actually thought a lot about the blog and where I wanted to go with it.  Since Italy isn’t an option, I’ve come up with the following changes/plans: I’m going to do more actual writing. I’m going to be as real as I promised I would be.  I’m going to fly my weird little third-culture freak flag. I’m gonna talk more about being disabled and a mother, and all the times when I am a disabled mother. I will swear when necessary. I will tell it like it is. I also wanna talk about books and coffee and other stuff I love. And I’ll be opening up the blog to more guest writers who might also want...

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New York Book Haul

These are ALL THE BOOKS I acquired while in NY or at the airport on the way. Airport books: The Crow Girl by Erik Axl Sund, Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann, and Not Working by Lisa Owens. The rest of these BEAUTIES were found at B&N where I wanted to spend ALL day, and Book Revue, where we nearly did. Also, had a blind date with a book curtesy of the beautiful Biblioflames, where I could have bought ALL THE CANDLES. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch – Because I’ve heard great things. Dorothy Parker Drank Here by Ellen Meister – Because Dorothy Parker The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers – Because I should have read it at Uni. The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout – Because I loved Lucy Barton The Fact of a Body by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich – Because OMG All Over Creation by Ruth Ozeki – Because I loved A Tale For The Time Being The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy – Because I feel I should Marlena by Julie Buntin – Because why not? A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra Because look at the photo…                   Some notes: The book links are Book Depository affiliates. Which means if you choose to buy through them I get a teeny tiny bit of the sale. The formatting on this post...

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Where Everybody Knows Your Name?

Hello! Picture it: A relaxed but working writer on her laptop in a coffeeshop.  Sipping coffee and eating a complicated but delicious sandwich.  Inspired by the coffee shop music of various conversations punctuated by random laughter and maybe some tears.  Inspired by her coffee and her complicated but delicious sandwich. Setting the scene out the window.  Or at the next table. Happily caffeinated and writing words. That writer WAS NOT me. I know I said I’d be blogging throughout the trip, but I left my laptop charger in the car in at the airport. A new one from there was money better spent on dinosaurs and baseball. And penguin encounters. And so, no acts of public writing for me, but we did have some days.  You guys.  All the days with all the emotions in them. I shall try to scribe all of the New York feelings while sitting here at my kitchen table on Skye. I’ll be using my new collection of marble composition books and No. 2 pencils.  One of the many gifts bestowed upon me and my family from our family over there. There isn’t enough to repay all of those kindnesses.  I do promise to be better with Skype and letters and our home is always open.  You might have to move some books to find a place to park your ass, but there will...

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