I quit my job. That’s about the biggest thing, oh, i also went to Geneva for a conference at the WHO. Lindi came with me. it was fun if kind of pointless but i’m really proud of myself for managing it all. It was great to see Lindi even though I’d just come back from scotland a few weeks before. We did lots of cooking/baking in scotland, as usual, and had a really nice long walk up in the woods, had a little picnic on a rock, Went for 2 games of laser tag, apparently I’m the most accurate shooter so it was good not to fail. I went to leeds for a workshop at the uni. This weekend I’m going to Manchester to Eves house for a bonfire night party thing, sleeping over, then catching the train to to chester in the morning for a cafe doodle tour with adele and her friends. So I’m very well traveled this year. London, Birmingham, Manchester many times, Leeds, Cambridge, Chester, Geneva, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Bolton, not to mention Peterburgh and Norwich when I fucked up with the trains on my way back from Cambridge.
I’ve had fun in Manchester with Eve and Jo and Anna and more people. We went to the tory protest raleigh on the 4th of oct, it was a lovely day and everything went well. my first protest. We also went elderberry picking a week or so before and I went back to Eves house to make cordial. need I say it was really nice. the day, not the cordial, though that was tasty too. We played in a park for a bit like big kids. it was great to hang out with people who were so care free about doing fun things that most people would be too embarrassed to do, and to be with folk who are very understanding of each others needs and good with compromise. I feel like everyones voices got heard and for once I wasn’t the tag along or the weirdo that needed looking after.
I was invited on to the committee of autistic UK, and am now the secretary but its all kind of bullshit. nothing really seems to get done, russell stronach takes charge over everything and makes things difficult and awkward. the facebook group is a mess, the organisations public image is a mess because of it, and the meetings last three hours and im supposed to sit there and take notes, its kinda bullshit. there’s an AGM coming up soon, probably be in london, I don’t know if I will be able to go.
At Blott, we have had a few little exhibitions and the current show (which i couldn’t go to the open night for) is up and running. I’ll be staffing it tomorrow I guess. I’m currently helping Corrine work on her ‘be her freedom’ feminism piece for the feminist show in march, she is also paying me to edit and format her MA dissertation. We did a bit of oil painting but I had to take my paintings home to make space in the gallery. we got the office redone, Natalie and Sarah were two women (younger than me, scarily) who were helping out have both stopped working there. We’re not sure about being a CIC now. I’m going to a Blackpool Bid meeting in the winter gardens on tuesday morning to discuss the towns christmas healthy something something. I went to two training days at FYCreatives building, run by left coast. one on creative development, one on finance. both were quite dull and obvious but at least I guess i can feel confident that I’m probably not missing some vital information and running a business isn’t as scary as it seems. (for the woman with a double applied GCSE in business studies)
I finished my level one sign language class. The exam was just last week , i will find out if I pass in a few more weeks or a month. I wont be surprised if I failed but it would be a pain to have to take it again. The exams are hard. we had two weeks were there was no lesson but some of us met at Sharon’s house to practice. mostly people just chatted though which was kind of annoying. I also attended Deaf Pool, the Blackpool Deaf convention. it was noisy. ironic much. My bike was stolen. I’m still glad I went, I picked up a few things and it showed determination on my part to be serious about learning.
But I think I might take a break before starting level two.
and as for that quitting my job thing, Dennis has been a pain this year, I think his wife has something to do with it, them bitching together and him getting ideas in his head and reacting like a dick to me over things, and he was trying to power trip by threatening to not be back next year so I decided now was the time to pack it in. I left a week before the final week because he was being funny with me and i couldn’t he asked with it anymore. I had a nice last day playing with shakira and shania, decorating two big boxes, complete with phones, bells, telescopes, open and closed signs etc. I gave the family my number so they can have me babysit if they want. if not I’ll still go and visit them next year. take them on the waltzers or the beach maybe.
oh, speaking of the beach. One of the best days this summer was when I was down there when Bob was on, Rosies mum was taking the kids to the beach with marissa and the boys, the kids asked me to come so I went too, and ended up playing deep in the sea with shakira and shania. it was awesome. a really hot hot day. So maybe I can do that again in the summer as it would be a real shame to not see them all again.
I have applied for PIP and am waiting to hear back…
and Monique has asked me to look after her kids some times, and i can be paid for it through an independent living fund they get. So i’ve done a few days looking after nick and matt, it can be a challenge but I’m up for it, handy now that I’ve packed in caricatures. So I just have to get all that officialised as a proper registered employee now and it sets me some what on track with this adulting thing. I’m next booked in with them in late november when Monique is away in Russia doing cool advocacy things.
I have a few commissions to get done, hopefully before christmas, and then I have to focus on the art shows I have coming up. my own at the galleon (might submit ink sketches) the joint feminist one which I have one painting for so far but could do with another… and will also see how i feel about the one that ive already done.. and then possibly my own at Blott that corrine mentioned.
There is also the autism show again next year which I can give speeches for but I might want to not do London as accommodation will be difficult.
as for identity-first autistic, the website is up and running and looking fab. I don’t have much time to focus on doing much work around actually campaigning but the page grows with likes and I have cool little business cards printed which are fun for me if nothing else.
So now caricatures is over, BSL class is over, Corrine wants me in Blott two days a week, I still have Kady to see every other week, commissions to do, unexpected invites to things and places that I’d love to attend. Work at the blakemores at the end of the month, maybe by december it will wind down and I can have a slow lazy winter in preparation for 2016.