I thought I’d get to this sooner, but the computer has been escaping me lately (I think that’s a good thing.)
Valentine’s Day. I have mixed feelings about that day. In college I was impartial to it. My mom and dad always got us cards, and mom would give us small boxes of chocolates. It made the day enjoyable. Move onto college and it was similar, although the cards would show up in my post office box and once I received a huge box of candy hearts – like a case of them – from my dad. It just happened to be the year after I had heart palpitations from too much sugar (candy hearts and Mountain Dew can do that to you). Kind of funny, but oh-so-very thoughtful.
I was known for my anti-Valentine’s Day activities in the dorm, and was upset my senior year when I had a boyfriend….therefore taking me away from the dorm and out to dinner (and an engagement story that I won’t share on here.)
Fast forward to 2005 and I had a new boyfriend. We’d only been dating since September, but that Valentine’s Day was the. best. ever. Kenny made me a mixed CD (sounds cheesy, but I still have it) and he wrote in a journal all these lists of things he liked about me, memories, stories. A book all about me. I remember we didn’t go out for dinner – I cooked for him – and I made him a super nice scarf for him (which he still has.) I bet I can even find the photo of the scarf wrapped nicely with the red bow. It was sweet.
I don’t remember what we did in 2006 (he was working on National Board that year, so it wouldn’t have been much.)
In 2007, we had just gotten engaged. We stayed in that year, him making lobster for dinner and giving me an orchid. (We don’t do the traditional roses. I always get a plant I manage to kill.) That was also the year we got sick from the bad lobster. Bad, bad lobster.
Last year, we hit up Olive Garden at 4:30 p.m. and were ready for bed by 7.
This year we tried to keep it a little low-key. I went overboard in January (week before they announced furlough!) and bought him tickets to see Ani DiFranco at the Orange Peel. I knew he wanted to see her, but he wouldn’t buy the tickets and they were kind of pricey. He bought me a Leona Lewis CD and another orchid. My last one survived until April and then a snow storm hit while we were out of town and the orchid died in the freezing temperatures. We went to lunch at Green Tea (sushi) and then to see Coraline. I knew he had wanted to see it and I thought it would be nice to do something he wanted to do….we were also going to go to the WNC Nature Center, but that had to wait until today. We didn’t realize the Nature Center closed at 5. For dinner, we cooked steak. I think we were ready for bed at 8. It was nice and relaxing. The opposite of what was happening down on Tunnel Road where we saw lines backing out into the main road from Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Chilis, Carrabbas and more. Total chaos, and I’m glad I wasn’t in it.
I enjoy Valentine’s Day when it isn’t a huge production. Yesterday felt like a regular “date day” which we sometimes plan for ourselves. Last year we tried to do “date night” once a week and it got to be a too much (just going out every week, in addition to all of our other activities, gets to be very expensive!) I don’t like the pressure of having to buy someone a gift to prove how much I love him/her (I still buy my mom chocolate, though.) I like sending cards, but I can do that any day of the week. I just don’t like pressure, I guess.
Here’s the one photo we have from Valentine’s Day. The movie was in 3-D and we kept the glasses. Oh, and it was pretty windy, hence the hairdos 🙂
I hope you had a good Valentine’s Day! Try to show someone you love him/her every month. They will appreciate it just as much as they did yesterday!