Why Hate Valentine’s Day?

It’s that time of year again, when the entire world is split into three camps: the lovers, the haters and those who couldn’t care less. Despite the day’s focus on romance, there seems to be a huge amount of bitterness and hostility between the lovers and haters of Valentine’s Day, and I’ve never understood why. Personally, I love Valentine’s Day – I don’t go out of my way to plan something special every year, nor do I buy or expect expensive gifts and gestures. I just really like the idea of a holiday that’s sole focus is romance.

Matthew and I are both thrifty (well, you have to be when you’re a poor student) romantics at heart, so Valentine’s Day has never been a chore for us. Last year, we made a huge blanket fort, watched films and slept in the living room. It was memorable, cute as hell and it meant we could spend the whole night being totally together. Sure, we could have done that any other day of the year too, but our blanket fort felt like a great idea for Valentine’s Day. This year, we’re making our own pizzas, having a glass of wine and watching a film – for us, that’s perfect.

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The busy parents, unhappy singletons and those who are struggling either physically or mentally, simply can’t and/or don’t want to celebrate, and of course I understand that. However, there are also some popular yet trivial problems that people tend to have with Valentine’s Day, and although I recognise them, I really do not understand them.

I love my partner every single day of the year, not just on Valentine’s Day:

Of course, me too! But, I also don’t see any harm in saying “Happy Valentine’s Day!” instead of “Morning!” when I wake up – either way, Matt still gets a kiss and a cuddle.

You can’t celebrate when you’re single:

Sure you can. Go see your mum or your grandma and, if you have some money, buy them a bunch of flowers. Celebrate with your single friends. Why not just have a night in, with your favourite food and favourite film? Valentine’s Day is about celebrating love, not just romantic love. Celebrate familial love, friendship and self-love.

It’s a day for couples to rub their relationships in other people’s faces:

Definitely not. If love, or seeing love in others, bothers you then you’re clearly going through some hardship that you need to take control of. If you’re not and simply seeing happy couples genuinely bothers you, you have issues and your hate should not be projected onto the happiness of others. That’s your problem, sort it out.

It’s just another money grabbing holiday:

Yep, probably, but who is making you spend money? Romance isn’t expensive gifts and extravagant date nights. It can be a homemade meals, or making your own Valentine’s Day cards. Self-love doesn’t have to be expensive either. No need for fancy spas: run yourself a bubble bath and paint your toe nails.

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There’s no need to hate Valentine’s Day. Even if you don’t celebrate, you have to admit, it’s a pretty cute idea. Love is in the air today, so don’t shoot it down.

What do you think of Valentine’s Day?

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Bird Watching

On Valentine’s Day, me and Matthew (unexpectedly) went to Beverley for the day. Originally, we planned to go Bridlington for a walk on the beach, chips, amusements and what not, but on the bus I took a funny turn and couldn’t stay seated in the giant metal death cage much longer – yes, I might be over-exaggerating but I was having a bad morning! Instead, we got off at the nearest town which happened to be Beverley. This was a fantastic happy accident in the end and it even ended up snowing. Context: I love snow. Not only would the beach have been the worst place to be during winter showers, but the streets of Beverley looked stunning in the snow.

As soon as (and I’m not over exaggerating, literal seconds after) we got off the bus, I saw a tiny little bird. A robin, I think. Instantly, I thought the bird was a robin, but after having a look on Google images, I’m not so sure. My bird is a lot shaggier than the smooth feathered robins on Google. Maybe my robin was having a bad day, who knows?

Urban Robin Nature Animal Photography

Here’s the little red-breasted fellow.

I heaved my new telephoto lens out of my handbag, and attached it to my camera as quickly and as quietly as I could. The little bugger was in the middle of the bus station road too, so I was not only fighting against the bird’s natural instinct to fly away but also a bus zooming around the corner and spooking it.

I was so excited. I bought my new lens specifically for nature and animal photography, and on it’s first test drive I spotted a little urban robin. How perfect! With him being so urban-adapted, he wasn’t even scared. He hopped around whilst I snapped away, with some old ladies stood behind me cooing about how sweet the little thing was.

I took dozens of snaps of my little robin friend, but you only need the one to see how lovely he is.

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January

Honestly, January has been a miserable month. People usually moan about the beginning of the year being a tough one, but I’ve never felt it before. I must have woke up on the wrong side of the bed on January 1st, and things just didn’t brighten up!

I’m hoping February will even things out of little, though. I guess I’m starting to feel a little better so I’d like to hope things can only get better from here. February brings Valentines Day, too, and although a lot of people moan about it being a money-grabbing waste of time, I disagree. Me and Matthew are both big romantics all the time anyway, but any excuse to be loved up is a winner for me.

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One thing I didn’t manage to accomplish in January was featuring a guest writer! I’d still like to try this out, so I’ll try again in February.

Anyway, here’s January’s wrap-up and the first wrap-up for 2016. (If you missed it, here’s my December wrap-up, too):

Personal Achievements and Memorable Moments:

  • I went to a board game cafe for the first time called The Boardroom.
  • I did my first bit of event photography for Hull’s Assemble Fest. I’m completely anti-social and as awkward as it gets, but I managed.
  • I purchased a domain name for my blog and it’s now called “The Rose Quartz”. Yey.
  • I made a felt fox and a felt bird and they’re seriously the cutest things in the world.

Entertainment:

  • We finished series 1 of Glee, and loved it. The finale was awesome, and I can’t wait to start series 2.
  • Me and Matt bought a Kinect for the Xbox One and now we can have a little boogie to Just Dance or climb rocks and jet-ski in our living room. The future.
  • We’re currently re-watching Supernatural series 5, and also the new episodes of Supernatural series 11. You can never have enough Supernatural in your life!
  • I’m in the middle of The Girl With All The Gifts, but haven’t picked it up in a while – nothing wrong with the book, I’m just lacking in concentration at the moment.
  • I bought a new telephoto lens for my Canon 750D, and it’s spectacular.

Blog:

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How was January for you?

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-Morgan