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Shrove Tuesday

It’s pancake day! I’ve just been making pancakes from scratch completely alone for the first time – before I’ve always had my Dad helping. It started out badly, but I did begin to get the hang of it, and I think I made some progress:

This year for Lent I have decided to give getting take out. I don’t get it that often, but more than I used to at home. This seems like the perfect thing to give up, as the times when it will really tempt me are the times when it’s least convenient to be tested; when I’m getting in late and I’m too tired and hungry to cook, when I’ve had a few drinks and really crave chips, and aren’t necessarily in complete control, and when my friends are getting it and it would be so nice and easy to just do the same. In addition it will hopefully mean I’m eating a bit more healthily, and will save some money which I’ll donate to a charity, tbc. but probably something supporting homeless people.

I hope that if you had pancakes they turned out better than my first ones, and good luck if you’re giving anything up for Lent 🙂

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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.