The Empty Chair: I Believe You

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Image Credit: Amanda Demme/New York Magazine

Warning: Triggers for abuse and assault

Last week a friend of mine was telling me about an incident that had happened when she was walking on her way to her local shop. In front of her were two girls. One in particular was stunningly beautiful and there were a succession of drivers that had honked at her in their cars as they had gone past. A man was walking in the opposite direction to them, but when he saw her he stopped and started heading towards her.

“Can I buy you dinner?” he kept shouting. She ignored him and carried on her conversation with her friend.

“Oi beautiful girl! Let me buy you dinner!”. By this point he had started walking faster in an effort to catch up with them. Again, she ignored him. Suddenly, he grabbed her on the arm and pulled her around.

The girl was startled, and lost her temper, screaming at him. (Note, I’ve toned down the conversation a little here…) Continue reading

Me, Myself and I #2

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As a further opportunity to share a little about yourself and find out about your fellow bloggers, here is the second installment of ‘Me, Myself and I,’ a weekly collaboration I have started with the lovely Sare over at Diary of a Teachaholic. For further information about the link up, simply click here.

It is Sare’s turn to ask the questions this week…

1. Why did you start blogging?

I was experiencing a difficult time in my personal life. As I had always enjoyed writing, The Bloke suggested that I start a blog, and the rest is history really. It’s a very addictive hobby with a wonderful network of support, and it has been the best form of therapy I have ever had! Continue reading

Share Your Blog With #SundayBlogShare!

imageIn November 2014 I started a hashtag – #SundayBlogShare – that allowed bloggers to share their links and meet new people. It was not a new idea, I had been participating in similar link ups hosted by other bloggers throughout the year, but I found it to be really useful when networking and getting my posts out to a wider audience.

Eight months later it has become the biggest Twitter party of the weekend (to my knowledge anyway), with hundreds of bloggers around the world sharing thousands of links each Sunday, and it now trends on a weekly basis. I’m still in awe of how much it has grown, and I’ve been lucky to have found wonderful new blogs that I follow on a regular basis.

Want to join #SundayBlogShare? The instructions and guidelines are simple: Continue reading

In the Still of the Night

imageIt’s 2.30am and I woke up about half an hour ago on the couch. I was a little disoriented at first – the last thing I remember is waiting for the new series of Ink Master, which was starting at 9 o’clock, and I really hope The Bloke has recorded it for me as I have totally missed it. I’ve still got make up on from yesterday (on both eyes this time), I was feeling really dehydrated and my tongue felt fuzzy as I fell asleep before I had chance to clean my teeth. Bleurgh. I know that The Bloke will have gone to bed about three hours ago after several futile attempts to wake me up, but I think I can hear him pottering around upstairs. However, as I have slept for about five hours, I know that if I go up to bed I’ll be moving around and keeping him awake for most of the night, so I’ll stay down here, even though I know he doesn’t like it when I sleep downstairs. Continue reading

The Gratitude Challenge

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Love this post from Helen – go and check out her blog!

Originally posted on Journey To Ambeth:

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I was tagged in a post by the lovely Dee the other day, challenging me to write about something for which I’m grateful.

I’m actually finding this quite difficult. I’m grateful for most things in my life, to be honest. Therefore, choosing one thing to focus on is tough :-)

And I suppose I should be grateful for that, too – that I have such an abundance in my life. Oh, I don’t mean financial or material abundance – though we’re more fortunate than many on this planet in that we have enough to eat and a roof over our heads. I try and see everything that happens to me as an opportunity to learn – when I had a job I hated, I still tried to learn as much as I could about the role, adding to my experience. I also learned which industries I didn’t want to work…

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Throwback Thursday: Things People Say and What They Really Mean

image1. I’ll be there in twenty minutes: I still haven’t got dressed and can’t find my handbag.

2. I’ll be there as soon as I can, I’m still waiting for a taxi: See number 1.

3. It’s not really my style, but I’m sure it would look good on you: I hate that outfit.

4. Well, if that’s your decision then I’ll support you: I totally disagree with your decision but I’m not going to say anything.

5. Do you think I’m overreacting?: I don’t care whether you think I’m overreacting, I expect you to agree with me.

6. As long as he makes you happy: I think he’s a douchebag. Continue reading

Twenty-One Things That Make Me Happy

imageIt’s been all doom and gloom here lately, so I thought I would take the opportunity to adopt my inner Monty Python, look on the bright side of life and think about the things that make me happy:

1. Running. I haven’t been for a while, but I always enjoy being able to run around the park with some sort of heavy metal music blasting in my ears.

2. Surprise gestures. Lots of people I know dislike surprises, but I love them – I often receive little surprises from my nearest and dearest and they always make my day!

3. Spontaneity. An unplanned evening often turns out to the most interesting. Continue reading

An Evening @ Rub Smokehouse, Birmingham

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Rub Smokehouse and Bar, Birmingham

I have always been a fan of anything that concerns food, so when I was invited to the media/press night at the new Rub Smokehouse & Bar in Birmingham last week, I was delighted. Created on the site of the former Living Room and above The Soloman Cutler at the bottom of Broad Street, Rub promised to deliver a whole range of food with it’s roots firmly in the American Deep South, with a wide range of cocktails to match.

And deliver it certainly did, being one of the best nights out I’ve had in ages. Continue reading

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge – Half And Half

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Meet Hugh! I loved his photography ideas for the Weekly Photo Challenge…

Originally posted on Hugh's Views & News:

This week’s WordPress weekly photo challenge is ‘Half & Half.’

I didn’t think for one minute that I would have anything for this challenge, but then I came across these four photos.

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Did I get it right?  Do you have a favourite from the four?

Thanks for visiting my blog.  I look forward to seeing you again very soon.

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