Happy Valentine's Day!
What are you doing for this "day of love"? Have you spent a crazy amount of money on a gift? Ordered your flowers and chocolate? Found some sexy something to surprise your someone special?
I don't know about ya'll but I think all of that is just crazy and too much pressure! I don't even like to go out to eat on Valentine's because everyone and their dog is out all at the same time. God forbid if you don't have a reservation and you better like the fixed menu. However, having ranted just a little bit about the commercialization of the day and the ridiculous expectations people have about it, let me say this. I like Valentine's Day. hehe
Valentine's to me is not about spending a fortune on presents and flowers "telling" your special someone you love them. I think you should do that every day (the telling, not the spending). It's about getting out of your day-to-day doldrums, putting some thought into doing something special for the person you love. Thinking about your feelings and really trying to express them. Writing a love letter, making a gift, cooking a special dinner. That is what the day should be. I don't need flowers (though I like them) or some jewelry or slinky lingerie (come on you know that's not really for you but for your partner.lol). Nope, I want to a card with a few meaningful words written in it. That is my only request. Of course, if flowers or chocolate accompany the card, it's a bonus.
As shocking as this next sentence will be, I must share it. My Italian is NOT romantic! *GASP* I know it seems unnatural, but alas it is true. I have shattered many a friend's Italian dream with this revelation. lol He is a very un-Italian Italian in many ways (and yes, I know I am making a blatant blanket statement about Italians, but come on girls, you know it's in the back of our minds). This is not meant as a criticism against my husband either. I am totally fine with that as I am not terribly romantic either. But this year, since we have had so many changes happening and coming up, I decided we needed to have an extra romantic Valentine's.
I am going to bring him breakfast in bed - a yummy almond croissant and coffee. Bought him chocolates, which honestly is more selfish than not because he eats all of mine; picked out a very sweet gushy card on which I will write something sentimental; and a small present he will like. He on the other hand is going to fix me a lovely dinner that he actually put thought and effort into. No every day pasta for tomorrow - no sir. A card and chocolates are also expected. YUM. All in all, someone is going to get lucky *wink*.
I just threw that in to make you laugh. Have a wonderful day and do something special for your loved one!