Gifts for the People You Meet on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is a pretty divisive holiday. Some people love it and some people avoid it like the plague. Some of us only remember it exists when there’s a “Red Hot” middle school dance they have to sort of chaperone.

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The Best of Pinterest: Geeky Valentine Edition

Roses are red, Violets are not actually blue, It’s a Pinterest Valentine’s party for you!

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Best of Tumblr: Nothing Nemo Edition

A lot of tumblr last week was preoccupied with Nor’easter Nemo, but the tumblr world moves so fast that, by Friday, it had moved on to the normal preoccupations of tumblr: fandoms, food, gifs, beautiful things, funny things, and Miley Cyrus. This is what I crown the Best of Tumblr: Nothing Nemo Edition. Read More Best of Tumblr: Nothing Nemo Edition

Best of Etsy: Valentine’s Day Cards

Since Valentine’s Day is a a week away, I scoured the internet (read: fell down an Etsy hole) looking for the best Valentine’s Day cards. Here are my finds. Read More Best of Etsy: Valentine’s Day Cards

Morbid Curiosity: Chipped Beef-Peanut Butter-Cheese Hearts

In case you haven’t turned on a television or computer or stepped out of your house for the past couple of weeks, I have a timely public service announcement for you: tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. That’s right… the holiday with all the chocolate and hearts and little naked babies shooting people with arrows. Oh no! Did you forget to do something special for your Significant Other and/or cat? Read More Morbid Curiosity: Chipped Beef-Peanut Butter-Cheese Hearts

Good Night, Sweet Valentines

So another Valentine’s Day has come and gone. It can be a lot of pressure, no? For those without Valentines, it’s kind of annoying. For those with new Valentines, it’s the gauging how you and your new love will celebrate the holiday. For Valentines who’ve been around the block a few times with each other, well, the challenge is sometimes finding a unique way to celebrate, or finding the energy to celebrate, or um, sometimes, remembering to celebrate.

The funniest Valentine story I have was from the year I got engaged (the day before V-day because Mr. Sally J couldn’t contain himself). I was teaching pre-k & kindergarten, and we’d been talking about St. Valentine. The story goes that Roman emperor Claudius prevented anyone from getting married so that soldiers could concentrate on fighting in the war. St. Valentine secretly married couples during this time. We had read a story about this, and that same week I told the children that I was engaged to be married. Without missing a beat, one of the kindergartener’s chimed in, “You’re not married yet? Really? Were you in the war?”

Use tonight’s open thread as you see fit “¦ either to recount your most awesome day of love, bitch about the fact that it wasn’t, or whatever else floats your boat.