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October 19, 2017

Things I Love Thursday: Hopping Back on the Self-Love Train

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    It has been 30 weeks since I last practiced gratitude lists.  I think it is time I got back to it.  Are there anythings that were good for your mental health that you stopped doing?

October 16, 2017

A Shiny New Look

    One of the projects for my blog I had planned this year was an overhaul.  To change up the look and to make my own banner.  But with life and summer classes this got shoved to the back burner indefinitely.  Well I've started working on it again and I've decided to just go ahead and start changing stuff over.  So things around here are going to be changing as I find something I like.

    I want something pretty, that says me,  but I also want something that is legible for people like me who have difficulty reading standard print.  I also want to try and make sure that all my images have alt text for people using text to speech and other such programs.  I have been trying to do that for some time now, but every now and then I miss an image.

    If there is anything else I can do to make my blog more readable please let me know.  I want to be accessible.  I am dyslexic and that gives me some ideas of what to work on.  However, I can't speak for the experiences of others.  So if you see something I can fix or know of something I can do please let me know.

Until later,
Lilian A Brennan

October 4, 2017

I'm Back

    Last month was my blogiversary.  Four years of Petticoat Pedaler.  A lot of changes.  The last two years have been rough.  A lot of challenges and losing some of my independence.  The last year in particular though has been rather painful.  I have taken some time to think about what I want to write about.  What I want to work toward.  I still feel like I need to figure some of it out, but I have at least a couple things I want to work on.  I want to talk about more spoonie stuff.  I want to look into accessibility for the print disabled and if there is more of it than what I know of or if it can be improved.  I want more kawaii and cute in my life.  I have been so tired lately and I do not feel cute a lot of the time.  But I also want to study.  I want to improve my skills.  So I am back and I hope I can write often.  But I also want to write better.  I hope to see you around.  Let's see where we go from here.

See ya around,
Signature reading Lilian A. Brennan

July 17, 2017

Lessons In Baking: Smell the Ingredients


   Yesterday I made brownies.  And they failed.  They came out smelling like play dough.  Weird.  One of the braver of us reported that they tasted like the stuff too.  Eww.  So why?  I make them from a box.  It’s one of the few things I use a box mix for and it has been a hit for years now.  So was the mix old or maybe a bad batch.  That is what we were thinking until I thought to smell the oil I had used.  Sure enough that was it.  So today's lesson in baking is to smell your ingredients.  Have you had any baking fails or wins lately?  
Lilian A. Brennan

April 14, 2017

#spoonie: Learning to Sit Down

    I have these little ticking thoughts in my head quite often.
“If I run a load of dishes tonight there will be less to do in the morning.”
“I haven’t moped this floor in a while.”
"These things need to be put away.”
“These things really need to go somewhere else.  If I clean out the tea cupboard I could fit them up there.”  
    A lot of the times it is chores.

    And there will be no end to the chores.  It is especially bad if someone is coming over.  Now cleaning the home and keeping it organized are good things, but there will always be more work to do.  And my body can’t take too much work at once.  I have to remind myself to sit.  I have to remind myself to rest.  But there is always that ticking in my head.  That thought in the back that thinks I could do just a little more.  Even after a full day where I am so tired and exhausted.  My body is aching and my mind is slow.  I think about doing more work.

    Sometimes it is comical the way I have to tell myself, “Lili you are a spoonie; sit the fuck down.”  Luckily I have good friends that understand and don’t hassle me about needing to rest.

    Maybe I should try affirmations for the thoughts.  Work to reprogram my mind.

    Do you ever have this problem?  What do you do?

Till Later,
Lilian A. Brennan

March 24, 2017

How Do I Learn about Bills & Laws?

    As a teen I would ask adults "How do I learn about the laws I need to follow?"  I did not get helpful answers.  In fact the answer I remember most often getting was, "You wouldn't understand them."  Gee thanks adults.

    Now I figure they gave me this answer because 1) I was still a minor, 2) I was a girl, 3) they did not understand the laws or how to learn them, or and most likely 4) a combination of the last three and other aspects that I am not yet aware of.  

    For a long time I have only had access to the information that the news gives me on bills that are coming out and often I don't see them linking to source material.  But in the last year or so I have finally figured out how to find that material.

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