Thursday, February 11, 2010

Valentine's Day Ideas

I'm sure you will be SHOCKED to know that Jeff and I aren't big on Valentine's Day celebrations and gifts. Our first together (senior year in high school), while everyone else was spending their parents' money at expensive restaurants, we got take out pizza and watched a movie. This year will be no exception.  In fact, we got some gift certificates to three downtown restaurants a few months ago, and when I suggested that we use one to go out to celebrate the "love" holiday, he responded: "Fine.  But not on the actual day.  It will be way too crowded."  (I guess I can't complain really - Poppy gave Granny her early gift today - $10.00 cash.  I hope she will be able to contain herself.)  Anyways, I'm actually looking forward to a quiet Sunday with my Valentine. . We have old souls.  What can I say?  I'm not a flowers and candy kind-of girl anyway.  (I usually just buy flowers when I want them, and goodness knows I don't need the candy.)

However, as the self-designated spokeswoman for gals everywhere (or at least to the five guys from Roanoke that read my blog), I've decided to give a few Dos and Don'ts for V-Day.

Give her a card.  (Yes, even if she says she doesn't want anything.) This reminds us that you, at least, remembered the day existed.  And, please, don't just sign your name.  Write a little something special.  THIS is our favorite thing.

Plan something. Most girls really don't care how much money you spend.  But, people are constantly asking "how did you and  ____ celebrate V-Day?" A hike is fun - if there isn't a foot of snow on the ground.  Iceskating is good too.  A candlelit dinner is nice -- but please refrain from inviting a friend to be your "waiter" and dress in a tuxedo.  This is corny and extremely awkward.

Be sincere. Save the Shakespearean poems and pick-up lines for the movies.  Tell us how you feel.  We REALLY like that.

Remember your mom, grandma, sisters, and girl friends. My dad gave my sister and I a dozen roses EVERY year for Valentine's Day growing up.  This really doesn't have to be an awkward "Single's Awareness  Day." Even girls, believe it or not, recognize that  there are lots of different types of love. :)

And, no matter how big and bad you think you are, WEAR RED AND/OR PINK.  I, for one, think it is so cute when guys do this!  Be proud.

Make your first date on Valentine's Day.  You can do better than this.

Propose on Valentine's Day.  *Unless, your girl is begging for it... in which case, we don't care when you propose... just go on and do it already!

Be surprised if you get a REALLY LAME gift from us.  There really aren't that many options for what to buy guys for this occassion.  Just ask Jeff how many pairs of heart boxers and pj pants he has.

Attend something lame like our local radio station's "Bitter Singles' Mixer."  Honestly?  Is this really how you want to meet someone?  Thinkaboutit.

And finally...

DON'T suggest anything like this.

You still have a few days to prepare... Happy Valentine's Day! :)


  1. I agree with most of your suggestions. You do however have to know your better half, for instance that Synergy thing might be right up Amanda's ally.

  2. On second thought we are not that flexible, maybe The Community Inn would be a better option.

  3. Brian and I are just like yall . . . we exchange cards and do something small. Right now we plan to go see the movie Valetine's Day Saturday afternoon and go to a frozen yogurt place called Yogurt Mtn. Simple is good. And girl you cracked me up with the synergy yoga - that does NOT look like a good time!

  4. Love it. Great advice!! I'm right on board with you.

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  6. E I can't believe you aren't endorsing the Synergy Partner Yoga Workshop;) I laughed so hard when I saw that!! I just want people to know I am the exception to that last don't (I think your friend Prior might be too;)

  7. Ha! Partner Yoga Workshop! My husband absolutely die if I told him I signed us up for that on V-day (or any day for that matter!).

  8. Oh man, Davey really knows me... when I saw that Synergy Yoga thing, I immediately thought it would be fun! Too bad it was last week. Davey... let's combine both of our ideas and go drink at the CI before going to a Yoga workshop! Talk about fun!!

    And E, no way am I buying that you wouldn't love if Jeff came home with flowers :)

  9. I like your list! Funny - especially the yoga :) We usually don't do anything big for Vday but we are celebrating all weekend this year b/c our 15 month old is spending the weekend with grandparents.


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