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Why I Love February

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General norm says to save the best ’till last, but if something’s that good, why make people wait unnecessarily? So I think the thing I love most about February is the sense that, although we are still in the long, but enjoyable, winter, spring is definitely on it’s way to us. The days are much longer – I’ve been leaving the house in daylight each morning! – there are times when you can feel the warm tendrils of heat from the sun flicker across your face, and of course, the seas of pure snowdrops transforming gardens and roadsides.
I know a lot of people don’t like Valentine’s Day, and I’m always in two minds about it, but I think I love it; the sentiment even if not all the expensive tacky gifts. In my 17 years I have received 5 Valentine’s cards (if you don’t count the friendship ones which my best friend and I did). 2 which I reciprocated from my childminder’s son when I was a toddler, one from a boy in the infants who made me and my best friend matching ones, though he later indicated that he preferred her, and two accompanied by chocolate, again reciprocated, from my then-boyfriend. This year it was on a Saturday, and it was the holidays so no orchestra, so I spend the day at my boyfriend’s house, curled up under a blanket watching rom-coms, and got given roses for the first time which was beautiful.
Like October, February brings with it a Half Term holiday, and since the May one is in exam period anyway, this really was my last. I didn’t do much, but as always it was a much needed week off.
Another thing which (usually) starts in February is the run up to Easter. I love having pancakes on Shrove Tuesday, personally I eat mine with either lemon and demarera sugar, or syrup. I usually give something up for Lent, this year I am stopping buying food or drink when I’m out (details are a bit more complex than that, but I have set very strict guidelines). I’m finding it hard at the moment, but hopefully I’ll get used to it, and I do get a real sense of satifaction knowing that I can resist temptation, even if I need a purpose in order to do so.

That’s all for now, see you in March 🙂

Oh no, nearly forgot a song. I really struggled to decide on one, none stood out so I ended up closing my eyes, thinking February and seeing what song came into my head. It was one I hadn’t listened to in a while, and it seemed right, so don’t ask me why but this month’s song is Wake Me Up by Ed Sheeran.

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Exs aren’t bad guys

One thing that can be difficult when you’re in a relationship is if, for whatever reason, you have to face your partner’s ex. Or, for that matter, your ex’s new partner.
I am quite good friends with my ex-boyfriend, we still have some of the same friends and I see him most days at college, but i know my new boyfriend finds it quite awkward to be around him, and my ex and I have never directly acknowledged to each other that either of us are seeing someone new. I do know, however, that he’s on the verge of getting together with someone. This felt a bit weird at first, although I am over him I guess it’s inevitable that you’re not exactly going to enjoy seeing someone you used to be with with someone else. But actually one of my biggest worries is that his new girlfriend (if he ever actually asks her to be that) will find it awkward to be near me. I barely know her, but what I do know I like, and I wouldn’t want her to feel she couldn’t become better friends with me just because she’s with my ex-boyfriend.
However, something happened today which got me feeling a lot more optimistic about the whole awkward-relationship-permutations problem. I was walking down the road near my college, and I saw two of my friends with a girl whose boyfriend I stole. Ok, it’s not actually as bad as it sounds, she’d sort of stolen him off me first, and none of us ever did anything wrong, but it would be fair enough for the two of us to hate each other. I don’t actually know her, but I knew who she was and I’m pretty sure she knows who I am. As I went past them I smiled at my friends, aiming it at her too, and got a very warm smile back from her. It’s a little thing, but it really made me happy.
So yeah, I guess I’m just saying…don’t judge people on past relationships etc….? I don’t really know what my point is, but hope you enjoyed the ramblings nonetheless.


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Why I love January

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I surely can’t just be me who feels sorry for the bad press that January seems to get? Fair enough, it may seem a little bleak after all the excitement of Christmas, we’re ready for spring but we still have long winter months stretching out ahead of us, but I still like it.
I mentioned New Year’s Eve being an excellent end to December, well, provided you don’t drink to much on 31st December, it can make just as good a start to January. Admittedly my fist hour or so of 2015 wasn’t great, standing in the cold, busy centre of town, looking after my rather drunk friend until the person she was meeting arrived. But once she was safe we could relax and enjoy ourselves again. I walked home with four friends, singing as we went to entertain ourselves, then we got home and ate crisps, chips and cake, then watched Love Actually before going to bed at about 5am.
I’ve also had a pretty sociable month (for me); I might be becoming a ‘proper’ teenager at last! I went to an 18th Birthday party a week for the first four weekends, then on the fifth I was up in Scotland seeing my sisters. It’s been really nice to see friends and meet new people, especially as I’m so busy working at college.
As you can see from the photo, we’ve had quite a lot of snow this January, which has meant me missing college or rehearsals a few times. But as much as other people are ‘sensible’ about snow and find it ‘inconvenient’, the child in me still loves it. I can still remember the excitement of waking up to my sisters calling that school was canceled, looking out my window to see the garden blanketed in white, going sledging with my friends, and the way everyone seems friendlier when we’re stuck in the village, outside enjoying or bemoaning the snow.
I love seeing the sunrise in the morning, but it’s happening slightly earlier every day, and once again I’m being able to actually see the house when I come home in the evening. It is nice to have that little confirmation that the days are in fact getting longer.
One thing which has struck me about the different seasons is the change in my habits. I chose the place for the monthly photo because it’s a good photo location, but also somewhere I often walk to, and around spring and summer it’s a perfect 40 minute break to wander there and back. The walk doesn’t seem quite so appealing in the cold and snow, even as a much needed break from coursework.
Finally though, one of the things I love most about January is the optimism that the start of the year brings. All the bad from last year can be put behind us, and we can focus on the year ahead, in which anything could happen.

My song for this month is Mid-Winter’s Night by Blackmore’s Night. Yes, I know it’s a lie, Mid Winter is in December, but it still feels more January like and it’s a nice song from my childhood.