WTF did the time go?

Ok, so the last time I blogged, it was 2015. 2015! A lot has happened since then. Looking at my last post, let’s see…

  • I have had three major surgeries, putting me at a grand total of 8 total joint replacements;
  • I quit my job in academia;
  • I found a job in disability advocacy;
  • I got tattoos;
  • I turned 40 and decided to become a badass, even though my husband said I already was;
  • I got a fancy new mobility van (thanks to Vocational Rehabilitation);
  • I got a fancy new wheelchair (also thanks to Voc Rehab);
  • We have lost and gained some cherished dogs;
  • We have three parrots (wtf!);
  • I’ve become mildly obsessed with adaptive rowing (on and off the water);
  • I’ve made tons of new friends in the disability community, many of whom are kickass activists and advocates;
  • I’ve spent a lot of time learning, coming to terms with white privilege and have put in a lot of work (inside and out) to end white supremacy and to work towards intersectional justice – there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t have to check myself and my privilege;
  • I’ve spent a lot of time learning about disability justice on the ground and how it looks different from disability studies in academia (I have many opinions about how each group could work better together);
  • I’ve spent countless hours trying to undo internalized ableism that has harmed my body and spirit;
  • I’ve done paid talks to educate folks about disability issues;
  • I’ve also done more than my fair share of free emotional labor to educate folks – sometimes people thank me, mostly they don’t;
  • I’ve learned a lot since I last posted, and some of my views are different or more wholly formed, but I’ll leave those posts up even though some of them aren’t reflective of who I am now… but I’ll think of them as a diary.

This post is going to be short, and it isn’t fancy, but it does serve as proof of life and a vow to start writing again (at least once per month, hopefully more). With that in mind, I’d love to hear from you all about topics that interest you. Those of you who follow me on FB know that I will talk about almost anything and everything disability related. Are there topics I’ve discussed that you want to know more about? Drop a comment and let me know. I can’t promise I’ll write about it, but I can guarantee that you’ll inspire me to write something!

An image of my beautiful disability pride tattoo, which is a turquoise, purple, and pink geometrical design (à la stained glass) with a negative space wheelchair heart).  The wheelchair heart is the 3E Love design from Stevie Hopkins.
An image of my beautiful disability pride tattoo from Laura Black at Firefly Tattoo Collective, which is a turquoise, purple, and pink geometrical design (à la stained glass) with a negative space wheelchair heart). The wheelchair heart is the 3E Love design from Stevie Hopkins.
A photo of me rowing at Eagle Creek in a 1x adapted rowing shell. I use a fixed seat so I only use my trunk and arms to row. The scenery behind me is gorgeous, even if it’s a bit of a grey day.
A photo of my 40th birthday cake from my wonderful, supportive husband. It reads "To unleashing epic badassery!"
My 40th birthday cake from my wonderful, supportive husband. It reads “To unleashing epic badassery!” I love that man.

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