Charlotte Walton

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Love, Charlie

Dear Reader,

This is going to be a bit different to my usual posts, but there’s a reason why I feel now is so important for me to do it.

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New Year, New…No.

I absolutely hate that phrase. As soon as it hit 00:00 on 01/01/2017 my Facebook page was spammed with “New Year, new me! posts. But is it really?

Yes it’s a new year, but how exactly are you new? When you wake up on 1st January, you’re still exactly the same person as you were on 31st December, you just may have new resolutions/goals/aspirations that you want to complete. That in no way makes you new.

Alas, I like most have indeed set myself some 2017 goals. I call them ‘goals’ rather than resolutions as majority of them are numeric, and have a tangible result. Now these are things that need much consideration, so I decided to take the first week of the New Year to work out what I think I can achieve.

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Blogmas: Day Sixteen – Jumpers for nerds this Christmas

Happy Christmas Jumper Day to all!

As it’s Christmas Jumper Day today, the day that everyone dons their gaudiest, brightest and baggiest (to make room for all those minced pies!) jumpers, I thought I would share the best Christmas jumpers I have seen this year. And yes, as a certified nerd, they will all be nerdy.

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Blogmas: Day Thirteen – Trimming the tree

This was actually  Day 10, however it is coming to you on Day 13 because I was a little bit hungover over on the weekend and didn’t feel like sitting down to write. Then when I did, WordPress decided not to work, so I shuffled it round a bit!

So I give to you Day 13 (which is actually Day 10 (but is now Day 13))

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Blogmas: Day Nine – Lighting me home…

As Coldplay would say; “Lights will guuuuuiiiiide you home…“…however it was Ward Thomas who actually got me over the finish line last night!

I went out for a run when I got home from work. Now I’m not a fan of winter running usually, it’s cold, wet and incredibly dark! But yesterday I made myself don my fluorescent running jacket and brave the elements for (close to) 3k.

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Blogmas: Day Three AND Four – Christmas crafts and a not so ‘traditional’ Christmas meal

Look who’s already running behind on Blogmas…

To catch up as quickly as possible I decided to wrap this weekend up into one post, clearly I did this on purpose, and go over two things that I love to do during the Christmas period.

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Blogmas: Day Two – Ssh…its Secret Santa!

Secret Santa is one of my all time favourite Christmas traditions, and one that I like to take responsibility for each year. Having such a large friendship group, it can get quite costly if we were all to buy presents for each other. Therefore we decided that it would be nicer to buy for a specific person, and we could set a bigger budget.

Thus Secret Santa was born!

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Blogmas: Day One – ‘Tis the season!

That’s right, it’s here. It’s time to trim those trees, deck the halls, and don the gaudiest jumpers you ever shall see. The countdown to Christmas has officially begun!

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This is the New Year…

Another year you made a promise
Another chance to turn it all around
And do not save this for tomorrow
Embrace the past and you can live for now

This is the New Year – A Great Big World

Another year is upon us again, and that gives me the perfect excuse to play one of my favourite songs from one of my favourite bands.

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On this Hallows Eve…

Tomorrow night streets will be swarmed with innocent little children, knocking door to door collecting sweets with a shrill cry of “Trick or Treat!”.

So to get in to the spirit of things I thought that I would share with you my Top 5 Halloween ‘traditions’ (and I put that lightly because I don’t actually do them every year!)

1. Pumpkin Carving

Pumpkin carving has been a classic Halloween tradition ever since I was a child. I would always look forward to the day I could squeeze the big orange fruit of its innards and stab into it with the sharpest knife in the house, drawing scary faces to ward all the other children from stealing my sweets!

But more recently I have enjoyed challenging myself with my pumpkin carving efforts, and have produced some results I feel pretty proud of!

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Now I’ve just got to figure out how to top those this year.

2. ‘Scary’ Films

Now I say scary films because it’s Halloween, but I am actually not a fan of horror films at all. But that doesn’t mean that I should miss out on enjoying a flick or two during the holiday.

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My favourite Halloween film (and it has just been confirmed that it is in fact a Halloween film!) is The Nightmare Before Christmas. I love all things Tim Burton, and this classic just hits all the spots. The dark humour, the colourful animation and the stunning score puts it right up there as one of my favourite films ever.

Some other films I enjoy around this time are Sweeney Todd, Phantom of the Opera, Ghostbusters and I have to include Harry Potter. Although Philosopher’s Stone is the only film that really has any mention of Halloween!

3. The Strictly Special

I am the biggest sucker for some Saturday night Strictly. Give me Strictly over X Factor any day of the week. But there’s just something about Strictly Halloween week that gives it that extra oomf!

4. THE SUGAR

Of course no Halloween is complete without some sugary goodness. My Mum always goes above and beyond with the trick or treater sweets that we put out and never fails to provide one of my all time favourite chocolate bars; Milky Ways. I would always go for them, or drumstick lollies,  whenever I knocked on anyone’s doors. But Milky Ways are always so popular, because they’re so delicious, so im not always guaranteed to get one 🙁

This year however, I’ve bought the Halloween sweets. So you can imagine what I went for first. Yes, the Milky Ways are in, and I’m definitely siphoning off a few for myself before the children get their paws on them!

5. Costumes galore

31st October. Halloween. That can only mean one thing, I need a kick ass costume.

Unfortunately this year I have no reason to get dressed up, I’m on Trick or Treater duty this year so will instead get to experience the creativity of the children of today.

I remember when a top notch Halloween costume consisted of a black bin bag with arm holes cut out and tinfoil stars stuck on – witch no? Or of setting the scissors on grey old bedsheet and floating through the night as the ghost of the street.

 

So those are my spooky traditions for Halloween. I hope you all enjoy your evening, whether you’re getting costumed up to attend a Halloween shindig or, like me, enjoying a nice quiet night in with a bowl full of sugary goodness. But whatever you do, be safe!

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