Monthly Archives: December 2013

365 days – Are you the same person you were a year ago?

I can honestly say, I’m not.

2013 has been a horrifically stressful life-or-death type of year. And despite giving up my job to become my mother’s full-time advocate and carer, I’ve never worked so bloody hard in my life.

2012 Amy was still shy and reluctant to challenge authority. This year, I’ve not had that luxury. I’ve had arguments with doctors so vicious other people have been forced to intervene. A doctorate means nothing to me now. If you can’t do your job properly, I’ll fire you after making a formal complaint and find a replacement. Three times I’ve done exactly that.

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Review: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. LewisRating: 2 stars

Gifted to me for Christmas 1994 by the Sunday School I temporarily attended – according to the bookplate (below right) – after I’d watched the 80s film adaptation at school, I remember the ungrateful disdain I felt for the novel; feeling I’d already read the book having watched the film. How ignorant I was. Granted, I only 8 years old, but we all know that adaptions are usually inferior to the original.

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Happy Winter Solstice!

Snow covered woods

One year ago today we were wondering if we’d experience an apocalypse according the popularized interpretation of the Mayan calendar coming to an end. For me it meant the traumatic end of my laptop’s life. But, ordinarily, we witness the shortest day and longest night of the year here in the Northern Hemisphere.

In the UK, winter solstice is observed and celebrated by pagans visiting Stonehenge.

So, dear pagans, Happy Yule!

Are Introverts Wrongly Labelled with Asperger’s?

While reading the “Daily Fail” to my ill mother, I came across this slightly disturbing article.

Darryl Hannah, actress with Asperger'sAs an introvert I intensely despise small talk, but I’m not autistic and I do not have Asperger syndrome, unlike actress Darryl Hannah (right). The “Daily Fail” has a rep for misrepresenting facts and blowing situations out of proportion, but I couldn’t help but question if introverts and those that can’t handle small talk are really being labelled with disorders, either officially or by self-diagnosis.

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Disenchantment & Bitterness

So I haven’t blogged for a while. This is partly because catching up from my hectic November has been more challenging than I thought, if only I could press a ‘pause’ button on the world…

Another reason is my recent bitterness on Goodreads; jumping to conclusions on a simple issue, one that had I been less supremely cynical, I would’ve been able to solve on my own. My embarrassment at my own behaviour there prompted an on-off avoidance of the internet in order to gain some distance and perspective.

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