Ok, so maybe that's an overstatement.
But I love me some Valentine's Day.
What's not to like? It's a day to tell people in your life that you love them. It doesn't hurt that yummy treats, good chocolate, and fresh flowers are all usually associated with it too.
I have always loved Valentine's Day. I loved it as a kid. I loved it as a high schooler. I love it as an adult. I loved it even when I was single. (I got dumped the Sunday before Valentine's Day my senior year of college because apparently I was still in love with my ex. When I wrote him a card, he called me drunk and told me that my grammar was wrong. I still love Valentine's Day.) Even when I couldn't be with person I was dating, my friends and I always did something fun and fabulous.
I think everyone should go out of their way on Valentine's Day to remind the people in their life that they are important and loved. It's a day to indulge in corny stuff. And personally, I LOVE corny stuff.
He and I spent TEN Valentine's Days together. We were never big V-day people. We were long distance for most of our relationship, so we usually just tried to go visit each other over that weekend. My sophomore year of college we spent the entire weekend in bed (still my favorite). At the time, there weren't a lot of flowers or candies or chocolates, because just seeing each other was enough. (And we were broke college students.) In 2007, we went to Chevy's for Valentine's Day dinner, because I (used to) love me a (virgin) margarita. (Seriously, though, tequila makes me sick.) We tried the romantic route once, and neither one of us particularly liked it. We went to London once (which was pretty spectacular), and then we usually just got ethnic food and cuddled. It wasn't that different from another night, but it was nice to be together.
Even though I am newly single, I'm STILL psyched about Valentine's Day. I'm not sure what I'm doing yet, but here is my Valentine's Planning/Gift Guide/Wish List.
Valentine's Gifts for Anyone in your Life:
You have to eat dinner every day. Might as well make it special. Personally, I'd prefer a hole in the wall local restaurant or a favorite diner, but going out always makes it nice. If going out isn't in the cards, I'd love for someone to make me dinner (as I'm usually the one doing most of the cooking) and take care of the dishes. Personally, I'm not a huge fan of take out, but it might work for some. Just put it on plates so it looks nice! Do this with your SigOt (that's an abbreviation for significant other. I don't think it will catch on.) Have dinner with your best friends. Have dinner with your mom. Have dinner with your roommates. But do something.
2. A walk
I LOVE taking walks. I love them. Part of that comes from my polar bear guilt associated with driving my car places. Part of that comes from being unable to sit still. Part of it was because he and I always had roommates, so when we wanted alone time, we often took walks. Still, walking is one of my favorite pasttimes. I especially love walking in the cold. So, an after dinner stroll? Yes, please!
Repeat after me: YOU CANNOT GO WRONG WITH FLOWERS. Flowers are pretty, and smell nice, and girls like them. They make a whole room seem better. With me, bonus points if they are bodega flowers that you picked up on your commute home. They don't need to be a dozen long stemmed red roses (ew), but they do need to be from the heart. I bought my college roommate miniature roses because she's small, and I bought my ex yellow roses because we were trying to be friends. Flowers win. Hands down. Even if she isn't your girlfriend, you will be a knight in shining armor in her eyes if you get her flowers.
I like Guylian chocolates. I also like those boxes that have the chocolates that are filled with something. I like Valentine's Day because there's chocolate I wouldn't normally buy myself present. Bonus points if you share it with each other. He always liked to buy me chocolates so that we he could eat them. Win-win.
5. Something thoughtful.
Pajama pants? a mix cd? Throw my clothes in the laundry? You're the best. It's about showing someone you care.
6. A card.
I LOVE cards. It doesn't need to be schmoopy. Just needs to be cute. I try to get Valentine's Day cards for all the important people in my life on Valentine's Day. Who doesn't love getting a card?
And a gift for your LOVAH:
I am, how would you say, well endowed. I have been well endowed for the entirety of my adult life. I have no shortage of nice bras (Literally, I feel like all bras in my size are see through), but lingerie was never on my radar. Lingerie can mean different things to different ladies. Boy shorts and a see through shirt? A soft cotton nightgown? Lace and bows and garter belts? Yes please. I would love to be on the receiving end of whatever my lovah wanted to see me in. (A word of caution though--GET.THE.RIGHT.SIZE. I'm very comfortable with myself, but it would have ruined my evening if something a received didn't fit.)
Happy Valentine's Day Kids!! Any big plans?