Blog Archive

All of the blog posts, neatly arrange by year and category… neat

Archive

Pain and me.

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My response to pain is unusual. This article focuses on the identification and communication of pain.

Underwear: nothing is quite right

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The types of underwear I use and why they are all terrible.

ADHD Meds Decision: Stop or keep going.

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Coming to a decision on if I keep going with meds, or stop using them.

New bike project.

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Our plan to replace the bike that was stolen recently.

Sleeping

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Everything about sleep. My bed, bedroom, routines, clothing and much much more :)

Speech and me

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A deep dive into my speech and how I communicate.

Lockdown adventures

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A look at some of what we’ve been doing to make lockdown easier with a range of adventures suitable if I am spaced out or not.

Babysitting returns

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It’s been a long time since my support could be described as babysitting. But it’s started to happen again.

Someone stole my bike.

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Someone came into my home and stole a bike. Here’s how we’re responding to it by considering our procedures and measures.

Early morning tigger.

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My new early morning routine. How it works, why I like it, and why I named it after tigger.

Accepting impairment

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My impairment varies a lot. More so than usual right now as I try different ADHD meds. In this post I explore how I think about impairment and why acceptance is critical tho not always easy.

Thoughts on a dual diagnoses (Autistic & ADHD)

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Some thoughts and perspectives relating to life with a dual diagnoses. A brief look at some of the ways I approach things and why that approach works doe me.

Pandemic Goals

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Some thoughts on the goals I’ve set during the most recent lockdown as part of the pandemic.

Bedroom Studio V2

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A few thoughts on my bedroom redesign. What we changed and why.

I’m not trying to be happy. Maybe you shouldn’t either.

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Why settle for being happy.

Revisiting Meds

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Some thoughts around ADHD meds and how they fit into my life.

Xbox Series S - Autistic & ADHD Perspective

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Some thoughts and perspective on the Xbox Series S and how gaming fits into my life during the pandemic.

Creating spaces - mancave

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How and why we redesign the storage space to build a somewhere to escape to.

Thoughts on Lockdown 3.0

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Some thoughts on the third UK national lockdown.

My 2021 theme: Year of taking part

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This post is a quick exploration of the theme and why I choose it. Plus a few early ideas for how it may manifest.

My favourite YouTube Channels

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Over the last year I’ve really got into watching things on YouTube. It’s been one of my pandemic coping patterns I guess.

Here is a quick list of my favourite YouTube channels and why I love them.

What does good support look like? 2020 Edition.

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In this post I will share what good support looks like for me and why I think it helps.

3 Favourite Items of 2020

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2020 has been a really weird year for damn near everyone. We’ve all be forced to more of less rethink many of the ways we live our lives.

With that in mind, here are three items which are my favourites from 2020. Beyond being good items, they each also indicate a major change in how I approach my day to day life.

Ending 2020

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My thoughts on 2020

Nerdy: M1 Mac mini - first impressions and Wishlist

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A nerdy sidebar to provide some insight into a recent Mac purchase.

Nerdy: Tech setup late 2020

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A quick over the view of the technology I use and why I choose it.

New Bedroom Studio

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Like most people, my life has changed a lot over the last year. Between the pandemic, changes to my support routines and various health issues, i’ve had to rethink a lot of my day to day life. One of the areas which has been slowest to change is my home. This post explores how and why I have redesigned my bedroom.

Why i enjoy SnowRunner.

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A short review of one of my favourite games and why I like it.

Routine Review & Return to work.

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This is a little post about the latest incarnation of my routine, plus some thoughts on how we’re planning my return to work in the coming weeks.

A personal timezone

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This is a post about why i’ve adopted an offset timezone and how i hope it can make my life a little easier.

Routines update

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The last few weeks have been good. We have been going back to a known good routine. In this post I want to outline the routine we’re using and why it’s been chosen.

5 things I learnt making my mask routine.

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Wearing a mask is not quite as simple for me as it for other people. I’ve had a few issues and barriers along the way. This post looks at the barriers and gives 5 things I’ve learnt so far.

The perils of coping mode.

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A post exploring coping mode and what’s happened during lockdown.

Getting back to work.

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This post outlines my plans for how to get back to work as the lockdown eases and life returns to something totally unlike normal.

It's All Gone.

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Today has been really tricky. I don’t think today was tricky because of what has happened today, i think today was tricky because i am coming to terms with one fact above all others. It’s All Gone.

Lockdown Bike Build: Orange Five.

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I recently brought an Orange Five frame and built it up as an XC / Trail bike. This is a quick post about why i choose the Five and what i am using it for.

The beanbag zone.

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A few days ago I watched a video by CGP Grey called Spaceship You. It’s well worth your time to watch it.

This is an article about how it’s effecting how I am using my home.

#newRoutine Finding my groove

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As we head into the forth week of lockdown we’re starting to find a routine that works.

In this post I want to share our plans for the week ahead and ways we’re trying to improve the new routine.

#newRoutine: Illness & Self Isolation

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Our experience with illness and isolation during the pandemic.

#newRoutine: Routine tweaking

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In the last update I wrote about how expensive transitions have become. Today we started tweaking my routine to remove them.

#newRoutine: Transitions are expensive.

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It’s been a few days since we started my new routine and so far it hasn’t gone super well. The routine is new and we’re finding it hard to follow. It’s easy for things to get missed, or for me to run out of energy.

#newRoutine: The Plan So Far

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In this post I’m going to share our plan so far for my new routine. The techniques were planning to use and why we are planning to use them.

#NewRoutine: welcome & background

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This is the first in a series of posts about my new routine in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

My new Workspace (aka, the cupboard)

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I’m extremely excited today. In a few days time i should be able to start working from my new workspace… built inside a converted cupboard!

A damn good day off!

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I had a lovely day today. Reflections on why and how I can make it happen more often.

Hybrid Living Version 2.0

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A little exploration of how I approach living in many different places.

iPod touch 2019 first impressions

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A new useful gadget!

Adopting uniform

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A post about why I have started wearing a uniform again.

Principles are hard to keep and easy to loose.

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I screwed up. Here’s how and why.

Hybrid living

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We’re changing some things with my support and living setup. Here is an outline of what we’re changing and why.

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