Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and I've been noticing the usual mixed reactions about it from my friends. There are those who insist it's a "Hallmark holiday," designed to encourage the masses to spend money. Others adore it, and extensively plan fancy dinners and seek out the perfect gifts for their sweethearts. Some cringe at the sappiness and actively boycott it. Some look forward to it as a way to have a little one-on-one time with their significant other. Others view at it as a fun excuse to gather friends and go out to see music or have some drinks. And others don't care about it one way or the other. Personally, I think it's pretty cool to have a day about celebrating love. Yes, we should celebrate love everyday. But in reality, we all have crazy busy lives that get cluttered with work and school and errands and schedules and day-to-day madness, and if it takes setting aside a day to remember that we love each other, that's alright by me.
I'll admit that I've always been on Team Valentine. I remember waking up on February 14th as a little girl and feeling like it was a mini Christmas morning, because I knew there would be an extravagantly adorned heart-shaped box of chocolates waiting for me downstairs from my dad. In grade school, we used to have contests decorating shoe boxes to act as Valentine card holders, and it was my favorite project of the entire year. I'd spend hours carefully pasting pink tissue paper, paper doilies, and red ribbon to my box until I had it just right. As an adult, for many years I'd make handmade Valentines embellished with random pretty things to send in the mail to all of my pals. These days, even when Robbie is on the road with the band for Valentine's Day, I still make him a big, old school style construction paper Valentine heart. A couple of years ago, I even went wild and made him an entire man cave in the basement as a Valentine's Day gift. True story. (Sorry babe, I love you more than anything, but I won't be getting quite that creative this time around).
This year, the band is coming home the afternoon of the 13th for a short 24 hours, and I'm looking forward to a nice, relaxing day at home for our first Valentine's Day as a married couple. When we do get to spend V-Day together, we usually avoid going out to restaurants in favor of making something together at home and dorking out over old movies. We don't get each other extravagant gifts or do anything overly romantic, but we do enjoy each others company, exchange unique little gifts or cards, and make sure to especially appreciate our love for each other. (Don't barf. The same holds true for especially appreciating how much I love my friends and family, and how much I loved my Bubby dog!) In the end, I think it's kind of awesome to have that special 24 hours where the focus is on loving each other, whether you're in a relationship or not. My opinion is that Valentine's Day can be whatever you want it to be, but love is always a good thing.
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What are your thoughts on Valentine's Day?
sister for the weekend. It's been almost two years since I've gone to visit her, which is completely unacceptable. Robbie's band is playing at the Superbowl Village in Indy Saturday, and while my sis and I will be avoiding that madness like the plague, we're going to pick Robbie up when the show is over that night and have a slumber party. We're also going to watch the Super Bowl there on Sunday, which for me means staring into space or immersing myself in my iPad and eating a lot while the football fans do their thing. We'll be working on some some projects for the blog too, so stayed tuned! Whatever your plans, I hope your weekend rocks.
Photo of Robbie and I participating in P.D.A. and photos of framed art taken by Bliss Studio.