The Georgie Gazette #3

It has been a really long week, and I think I spent a good portion of it working on my talk for my A11y Bytes presentation that was on Thursday night. There were a couple of late nights and I started it quite late, but in the end, all that hard work really pulled off!

Dinner catch-up

I caught up with Nick and some of my old coworkers for dinner. Nick will be leaving his job soon as he has a new one lined up, so this was a bit of a farewell. I’m very happy for him! :)

We had pizza at a very cool authentic Italian restaurant. There isn’t much else to say except that the food was good and I was so full afterwards. 🍕

A11y Bytes event

I got some laughs during my presentation, which was titled It’s not our parents’ fault that they can’t use the internet. It focussed on accessibility of websites on touch screen devices, and it could only be eight minutes long – so it was a little hard to squeeze everything in. Accessibility is such a broad topic that you can write so much about.

I was the first speaker and I think I left a good impression. There wasn’t a recording, but if you’re interested, I have my slides available. I’m thinking of trying to grab a recording by doing the talk elsewhere where it will be recorded. :P It was cool because my presentation was live-captioned, and I had to consider anyone with a disability when I gave my talk. I had to read everything on my slides or explain any visuals, I had to speak clearly, and make sure my slides had all necessary information needed for someone to understand what I was talking about.

I really enjoyed most of the other talks on the night, they showed just how broad accessibility can be. I found Andrew Downie’s talk really educative and eye-opening – as someone with a visual impairment, he had built some quizzes that were accessible using a screen reader and a keyboard.

I sort of gauge how successful my talks are by how many people approach me afterwards. I know not everyone feels comfortable with approaching people to say, ‘Great talk!’ but I’ve had people approach me simply to say that, or sometimes to say more. It’s very nice, and I know they might have plucked as much courage to approach me as I did to talk. It reminds me of the days when I was nervous to approach my favourite musicians to tell them they played a great set, or even to ask for an autograph or a photo.

New, flat, lace-up shoes!

It occurred to me that I own so many heels and heeled boots, but very few flat shoes. I have some cheap, loose black flats that I use for driving to the train station sometimes, before I change into my heels to go to work. I have found that because of my slightly uneven bones in my foot, and my very high arches, I cannot wear ballet flats or completely flat shoes. I need something with a bit of a heel and a bit of arch support.

I should try some insoles if I ever find arch support to be an issue. But that aside, you guys know I have been on the lookout for brogues. I will have a look in Europe but I had a look at the Wittner shoe store here, looking for some flat and practical walking shoes. I settled on these Quinn tan lace-ups. This is the first pair of light-coloured or tan-coloured shoes that I have owned and I am already really liking them. I am going to wear them a lot in the next couple of weeks so they have broken in.

I am so excited for Europe! Just 14 sleeps to go. ✈️

The Grounds of Alexandria

Although it was a pain to drive to and find parking for, we visited The Grounds, a very hip coffee roastery and garden. I found out about it a while ago on Instagram and it looks like it’s very popular. We had some burgers and chips – I had a great vegan burger that had vegan mayo and cheese, and a chickpea and onion fritter (it was so thick and crispy!).

We had some nice drinks, Nick got a pina colada smoothie and I got an organic orchard drink which had some watermelon, apple and orange juice. I didn’t take any photos except this one.

Nick and I holding nice fruit beverages
Yum 🍍🍊🍉

Until next time. :D

Comments on this post

I would have loved to have listened to your presentation on accessibility. This week I’ve been training with another company and they didn’t seem to understand accessibility, or at least they didn’t care about it. It made me so angry!

I also can’t wear ballet flats, or any slip on shoes for that matter. But I can wear ballet flats if they have straps across (I’ve just ordered a new pair so fingers crossed they’re comfortable!). I really like the lace-ups you’ve purchased though.

Congratulations to Nick on his new job! Hopefully he’ll enjoy the new place and learn some neat stuff on the job.

Look at you bossing in the presentation! I can imagine your presentation/public speaking skills being 1000% on point ;). Accessibility is definitely important for older people, there’s no way for them to be reading a 11px sized magazine! Annnnd buttons gotta be big enough!

Your new pair of shoes look classy! Definitely looking forward to seeing what outfit you’ll pair with the shoes ;).

The drinks look delicious!

Your presentation looks really interesting! I’m sure you nailed it! ;) After speakers or shows, I always like to go up to the person and say a few words like “good job!” because I know I would appreciate it if someone were to do the same for me. I usually don’t stick around tho unless they initiate further conversation because it’s still a bit awkward for me, haha.

Haha! I am the complete opposite! I own so many flat shoes that I realized a couple months ago I don’t own a good pair of heels! :P So of course I had to go out and buy a couple, and I really like them! Good heels are hard for me to find since my feet are so narrow. They tend to be the right “size” but still too big. The tan-colored shoes are cute! You’re so close to your Eurotrip, YAY!!! I am so excited for you!! (And jealous, let’s be real lol.)

That orchard drink sounds soo good. I’m not a fan of pina coladas, but watermelon and apple, yum!

haha, I like the title of your presentation :) I feel like there has been more focus on accessibility lately, which is definitely a good thing. I looked at your slides, and I was amazed you fit all of that in only 8 minutes! I remember attending a JS conference and one speaker worked on the UK government site, so accessibility is always on their mind. It was pretty enlightening to see the things they care about that I hadn’t thought of.

Ooh, I like the look of your new lace-up shoes. They look both practical and versatile. That’s exciting that you’re heading to Europe soon too!

Cute photo at the end! Those drinks look good!

Ahhh government sites. I have worked on a couple of them myself, and we’ve had to follow strict guidelines. Some clients just don’t believe that people can sue you for an inaccessible website!

Good luck to Nick on his new job – hope everything goes well for him. And congratulations to you on the successful talk. Accessibility is such an interesting topic – I have to consider it to a certain degree when I do brochure etc layouts. I would definitely be interested in hearing a recording of your talk.
Those shoes are adorable – very much my style. I’m not one for heels, I mostly wear boots but those are very nice.

Your slides for A11y Bytes are nice; I especially enjoyed the Instagram song. XD It was neat to see details about accessibility I may not have seen otherwise, though, and I do think we, the people who use and create things online, are the ones who can make the web more accessible to everyone, because those who don’t create things may not be as skilled…? I don’t know if I’m making any sense. :s

I tend to wear flats and flip-flops a lot, but I recently got my hands on some old Toms and wear those more often, along with my Velcro tennis shoes. Since I fell, I’ve realised flip-flops might not be the best shoes for me to keep wearing out and about. I’ve never heard of brogues until this post.

You always seem to go to really cool places. :p I like the colors of your drink; it looks like a gradient. :o

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