The ‘positive’ sides to sleepness nights

Between bad CP nights and a flare up in my anxiety I’ve been having a lot of sleepness nights.

It’s not all bad though.  Yes, it’s annoying sleeping late into the morning instead,  but I’ve noticed there are a few positive things to come out of it.

1. I’m reading loads
2. I’m listening to a lot of music and adding more stuff to my writing playlist
3. I usually get writing ideas as I’m trying to go to sleep.
4. I tend to do physio when I’m having a bad cerebral palsy night or just struggling to sleep

I’ll admit that when I started writing this post I thought there were a lot more of them than I’ve listed here, but they all count.

Fun Fact Friday [ 52]

Hello and welcome to Fun Fact Friday where I share facts about myself that aren’t linked to my cerebral palsy.

I always have a song stuck in my head,  and at the time of writing this post that song is House on a Hill by The Pretty Reckless.

Justin Furstenfeld gig at Band On The Wall 18/10/14

So this weekend I went to see Blue October’s lead singer Justin Furstenfeld doing a solo tour (The Open Book Tour) at Band On The Wall in Manchester. I’m not going to review the gig or anything, although it was amazing, but I going to talk about my weekend.

I was a little nervous about going because I’d never been to the venue before but as it happened I needn’t have worried.

There was a ramp into the building and the staff were really helpful. They’d reserved seats for my friend and I, just like they said they would, and a member of staff led us to and from our seats at all points of the gig. I’ve kept the piece of paper that said the he seats were reserved for me as a memento too, along with my ticket.

The other members of the crowd were lovely too and no one complained at having to dodge round my walking frame Martha to get by me.I know it sounds silly but I sometimes feel self-conscious at things like this that I might get in other people’s way or whatever, but I didn’t feel like that at all that night.

Justin was amazing and he played quite a few of my favorite songs. It was really good to listen to his story and it was nice to hear everyone singing along.

I would definitely go back to this venue if they had a band or artist I wanted to see. This is more than can be said for some of the places I’ve been to, which shall remain nameless.

Going somewhere new with Cerebral Palsy

I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t sometimes get a little bit nervous when I go somewhere that I’ve never been before,  especially if I’m alone.

This weekend a friend and I are going to a music gig in Manchester. I’ve been there a few times and I really like the city so that’s not what I’m nervous about. What does make me a bit wary is that I’ve never been to the venue or the hotel that we’re staying in before.

Of course, I’ve phone ahead and arranged seating for my friend and I as it is a standing event. The venue have been really helpful and said that they’ll arrange a space with some seats for us and I’m pretty sure they have a disabled toilet but that isn’t essential to me.

We haven’t reserved a disabled room in the hotel as we’re only going to there one night so I should be able to cope without a shower, but had we been staying there any longer, or had I been going for a job interview then I’d have had to do it that way. We’ve tried to pick places that are close to where we need to so that it will be easier for me walk there because I’ll be taking my walking frame Martha.

I’m not too worried because my friend is coming with me so i haven’t had to plan as much as I might have needed to if I was going alone. Although things like this can take a lot of planning, and sometimes do not always go to plan when I get there, I never let that put me off. I won’t like my Cerebral Palsy get in the way of me doing all the things I want to do. I haven’t been to many gigs but i love music so I hope to go to lots more in the future.

How do you plan for these kind of trips?