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Things I’ve loved in January | #1

January is almost over. How did that happen? This month has really flown by, but despite January being known as one of the worst months, I thought I’d round-up some of the things I’ve loved in January. It’s a good way of remembering and appreciating some of the good things that have taken place throughout the month. I hope you’ll enjoy my little round-up and maybe you’ll want to share yours below.

Gig

Our first gig of the year was at one of my favourite music venues, The SSE Hydro, to see the mighty Paramore. If you haven’t heard of Paramore before, then where have you been the last 14 years? We’ve seen them a few times in Glasgow and once in Manchester. The last time we saw them perform was in 2013 so it was a pleasure to see them again with an even bigger and better show. The SSE Hydro is a great venue for many reasons, but I especially love it for how accessible it is. I’ll have a review of the Paramore gig coming soon.

Paramore at The SSE Hydro Glasgow on 20th January 2018.

Hotel

I’ve heard a lot of great things about the accessible rooms at Crowne Plaza Glasgow so I was keen to experience it for myself. Since the hotel is located right at the SSE Hydro we thought it would be a great idea to stay the same night as the Paramore gig. I’m happy to share that it didn’t disappoint and could possibly be one of my favourite accessible hotel rooms I’ve stayed in. I don’t want to give too much away just yet because there will be a full review soon, but for now, I give it two thumbs up for accessibility. We had a great stay at the Crowne Plaza and its definitely a favourite for this month.

Emma of Simply Emma sitting in her wheelchair in her Crowne Plaza Glasgow hotel room.

Song

So this is a tough one, as I love music…but this month, I’ve been listening to a lot of Kings of Leon (no surprise there) and Michael Jackson. Who doesn’t love Michael Jackson? I’ve loved his music ever since I was a little girl. The song I’ve particularly been listening to this month is ‘You are not alone’. This song has been on constant repeat and my ears have been very pleased with that. It is such a beautiful song with a sad but lovely meaning. Go have a listen if you haven’t heard it in a while or even if you have, go have a listen again.

Restaurant

I’ve been to two of my favourite restaurants this month, so I’m finding it really difficult to only pick one. Bella Italia has the most delicious Verde burger and just the thought of it makes my mouth water. Then there is the awesome Pizza Punks who have the best vegan pizzas with unlimited toppings. Yes, unlimited toppings at no extra cost. Can you see my dilemma? Both restaurants are so good but so different at the same time. So I’m going to cheat a little and say both are my favourite this month.

Vegan pizza from Pizza Punks Glasgow

Day Out

There is nothing I love more than spending time with my adorable nephew. He is the best little guy EVER. And that’s a fact! As much as I love to spoil him, I’d much rather give him experiences that he will (hopefully) always remember. So this month we decided to take him for a fun day at ten pin bowling. This was his first bowling experience so we were a little unsure whether he’d like it. Thankfully it was a hit and for only being four and a half years old, he really got into it. Seeing his excited little face and jumping up in the air when he knocked some of the pins down was the best. I’m all about the little things and special moments.

Emma of Simply Emma at ten pin bowling with her nephew using a ramp for the bowling balls.

Blogger

My favourite blog this month has to be the amazing Carrie at ‘Life on the slow lane’.  I’ve been following Carrie’s blog for a long time now and love the insights into her life with Ullrich Congenital Muscular Dystrophy.  I’ve especially loved her posts this month detailing the ups and downs of getting her first ceiling track hoist, a fantastic guide for parents whose children have been diagnosed with MD as well as interesting interviews. Not only am I a big fan of Carrie’s blog but I’ve also gotten to know Carrie on a personal level and happy to call her a friend. Please do go over and follow her.

Carrie at ‘Life on the slow lane’.

Photograph

I’m really loving this photo Allan took of me whilst I was doing my makeup before the Paramore gig. I love how candid it is. There isn’t a lot I can do by myself without needing assistance. So I especially love that he captured me doing something that I can actually still do myself and that makes me happy. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a struggle to do and some days are easier than others and I need the right surface height for my arms to rest on. I get there in the end. Doing makeup may be a simple trivial thing for most people, but I’m proud of what I can do.

Emma of Simply Emma doing her makeup in her hotel room wearing a mustard chenille jumper.

Blog Post

January has been a busy month for blog posts. My favourite post I’ve written this month is the one where I share my experience of being in the hospital and the issues I faced as a disabled person with Muscular Dystrophy. Being in hospital was a challenging time and sharing the whole process with you all might be the most personal I’ve ever been on my blog. It was an important personal experience to share as well as highlighting a universal issue that so many disabled people face when confronted with the inaccessibility of hospitals. I received so much feedback from others with similar experiences and I’m really happy I wrote about it.

Emma of Simply Emma laying in a hospital bed with a cannula pumping IV into her body. Disabled Hospital Inpatient.

New Music

It’s amazing to find new exciting music and this months discovery is an awesome band called Pale Waves. I found out about Pales Waves through The 1975 who produced their music and were on tour with them. If like me, you’re a big fan of The 1975 (you can read my review of their Glasgow show here), then you’re going to love Pale Waves. I was so happy to see they are coming to Glasgow, but then I realised it was at King Tuts which is not accessible. I love new and upcoming bands, but I hate that they start out by playing these small and inaccessible venues. Hopefully the next time they come to Scotland it will be in a slightly bigger venue with wheelchair access.

New music from Pale Waves

Netflix Show

I’m a big TV fan. I love watching old and new shows. Netflix is the perfect place to satisfy whatever genre you desire. I had been hearing lots of great things about the new show, The End of the F***ing World, so decided to give it a go. I’ve only just started watching it, but it’s already my new favourite show this month. It’s a dark comedy about two teenagers who set off on a road trip in order to escape their unhappy lives at home. The two teens have incredibly deep issues bubbling both above and under the surface that creates a lot of disturbing, hilarious, awkward and funny scenes.

The End of the F***ing World Netflix Channel 4 show

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about the 10 things I’ve loved in January.  I’d love to know what you’ve been loving this month so I can check them out too. So feel free to share yours in the comments below.

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  1. I really like your postings. I live with a mild to moderate case of secondary progressive multiple sclerosis. No big deal. I find your positive attitude and humour very encouraging and supportive!

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    1. Thanks so much for your lovely comment. That makes me really happy that you find my attitude positive and enjoy my posts. Much appreciated 🙂

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