Yesterday, Chloe came over to Lichfield to visit me, see my lovely little city, oh and to the circus! I noticed that Uncle Sam’s Great American Circus was going to be in town last week when I was given some flyers to put on the till at work and neither of us had been to a circus in a long time so we decided to go along.
First of all, I gave her a guided tour of Lichfield which didn’t take very long (and we missed out the important places like Greggs and New Look) but I managed to show her the beautiful cathedral which I think is one of the best in the country, although I might be biased. We also visited the rabbits who live in the gardens at Erasmus Darwin House museum and they were so cute and friendly, pushing their noses against the wire, desperate for a stroke!

The circus lasted for an hour and a half and was very entertaining. I haven’t included many photos as I don’t want to spoil it if you are planning to go when it’s visiting your town! There were a lot of stunts that really shocked me and now I wish I was able to do some of the things that they did. How do I join the circus?

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I know a lot of people are getting excited about celebrating it with their other halves and are eagerly planning what they’re going to buy for them. However, I also know of a lot of single people who aren’t looking forward to the big day at all and are feeling down about not being in a relationship which is how I felt last year when I had my first single Valentine’s day in seven years. This year, I feel a whole lot better about it after being single for a whole year and I thought it would be a good idea to share some reasons why it is okay to be single, just in case some of you are feeling down about it.

– You don’t need to make sure you’ve remembered to shave your legs/pits/big toes just to please someone else. (Thanks Elizabeth!)

 – You can spend the day lazing around in your tattiest pyjamas and you don’t have to worry about wearing matching or even nice underwear.

– Everything costs half as much as it did before, so you don’t have to worry about the train to London costing £50 or that meal in your favourite American diner costing £30 – there’s only one of you now so it’s half price!

 – You don’t have to put up with any silly interests that men have like football (seriously, who cares?) or cars (yawn!) there’s more time for what you actually enjoy.

– You can do whatever (and whoever) you want, when you want.

 – You can join an online dating site like Global Personals on Wikipedia, even if it’s just for a bit of an ego boost because you get 10+ messages a day from desperate guys who are full of ass licking compliments. You never know, you might even find someone decent on there and even if you don’t, you can get a good laugh out of it.

 – You can go on dates with whoever you want and get free meals or drinks out of it. If you don’t like the person then you don’t have to see them again. They get the pleasure of your company and you get a night out. Perfect.

 – You don’t have to spend time worrying about what someone else thinks about you or worrying if they’re going off you at all. (Thanks Cara!)

 – You can starfish in bed (as long as the cat doesn’t get in the way and if she does then you can spoon her anyway) and you can have all the pillows, yes even the good one.

 – You don’t have to put up with anyone else’s disgusting bad habits and there’s nobody there to tell you off for your bad habits. So when you want to pick your nose or squeeze that huge spot on your chin, you can do it.

– You get to spend time with the most important person in the world – YOU! You can also make more time for the friends that tend to get neglected when you’re in a relationship.

 – Men are pigs.

Image c/o Heidi


I first saw this tag on Michelle‘s blog a couple of months ago and thought I’d join in too as it seemed like a good idea. 

When did you start your blog?
I first started Strangeness & Charm in late December 2010, in between Christmas and New Year. 

Have you had any other online presences?
Since we first got the internet when I was 11, I’ve been a part of many different online communities. It started off with the message boards over at Ty.com (yes, the beanie babies website) which I was a part of for a year or so. I then made my first website when I was around 12 which was called ‘Hedwig1’ and it was all about beanie babies, Harry Potter and Winnie the Pooh. I made several different websites on Homestead and Geocities around this time. I then discovered GirLand which I was on for a couple of years until I discovered LiveJournal (which I’m still a part of now) and a couple of other message boards.. was anyone else a member of Nova, fu.CK or any of those other message boards? I also had a couple of domain names when I was around 14-15, one of them (too-late.org) was a personal blog and the other one (showbiz-online.org) was a Muse fansite which was pretty popular.

Why did you start a blog?
I was at home during the Christmas holidays and I’d been pretty ill with flu so I didn’t have the energy to do much. I’d been reading a few blogs for a while and had been thinking about starting my own up, so I thought there was no better time than when I was stuck at home with nothing to do! It took me a while to come up with a name and a layout that I was pleased with but I had my blog up and running with its first follower a day or so after I decided to start it!

When did you become serious about starting a blog?
I don’t think I take blogging too seriously, it’s only a hobby really and the fact that I make a bit of money from it is just a bonus. I first got involved with meet ups and socialising with other bloggers when I went along to the first BrumBloggerMeet in July 2011, 7 months after I first started blogging. Since then, I’ve been to loads of different blogging events and meet ups, I’ve even organised a couple of my own!

What was your first post?
My first post was a bit of an introduction and a wishlist all at once. You can see it here

What has been your biggest challenge about blogging?
Sticking with it while I was at uni was quite challenging, especially during my third year when I had a lot of work to do. Apart from that, I don’t really find it very challenging. I really enjoy it and if I didn’t, then I wouldn’t be doing it!

Where do you see your blog in one year?
I’d like to get a bit more of a ‘blogging schedule’ on the go as my posts are a bit sporadic at the moment, but apart from that I’m quite content with how my blog is right now. I’d like to make more of an effort to attend events in different parts of the country as well. 

What is the most discouraging thing that has happened to you?
I can’t think of anything to be honest, even getting my own thread on Guru Gossip hasn’t discouraged me at all. It did take me a while to gain my first few followers but that didn’t really bother me, I just carried on blogging to the small number that I had. 

What’s your lasting inspiration/motivation?
Other blogs and bloggers. I’m also motivated by the opportunities that I get from blogging, I never thought that I’d get to do so many exciting things when I first started. 

Let me know if you do this tag too!