All posts tagged: Valentine’s Day

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Weekend Project: A Totally Free, Unbreakable Valentine’s Heart

  Being a homeowner is a bit of a double edged sword. You finally have a space of your own to decorate. But you’re also paying a mortgage, which means your decorating budget is pretty much non-existent. This is why I really like recycled crafts. And by recycled, I mean the main ingredients consist of cardboard boxes, not cardboard boxes plus $89 worth of junk from the arts and crafts store. Given that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and that not decorating is a major faux pas on my block here in South Philly, I decided to make a wreath. I already have a wreath mind you, but it’s made of dried flowers and isn’t all that sturdy and when you have a constant stream of men coming and going through your front door (contractors, electricians, sheetrockers, not to mention your dad, your brother and your boyfriend) you have to account for the fact that men don’t see a dried flower wreath and think, “Hmmm… that’s lovely! Maybe I should be careful as …

Engagement ring

Put a Ring on It

I’ve always been rather suspect of marriage proposals made on Valentine’s Day.  I consider them too predictable for my high-drama tastes, too commonplace.  Plus they allow the man squeak by with very little effort.  I mean, what’s one more box of jewelry when the entire universe is already decked out in hearts and roses and boxes of chocolate? That said, I have some very dear friends who got engaged on Valentine’s Day, and they don’t seem any worse for the wear… and so, without further ado, I’d like to introduce you to my new best friend: It’s a lot bigger than I’d ever imagined. And much more sparkly. In fact, it’s the prettiest ring I’ve even owned.  Unfortunately it still feels weird wearing a ring after nearly three decades of not-wearing-a-ring so I’m glad I’ll only have to wear it once a week. Which reminds me: I’ve let out a few significant details concerning the acquisition of said ring :) This time next week, I’ll be delivering the first lecture of my cultural anthropology course …

You Can Never Have Enough Chocolate Covered Strawberries

This is what The Wedding Date got me for Valentine’s Day: This is what I got (or rather made) for him: Great minds think alike, I guess. Thankfully I work almost exclusively with women and women like chocolate so we’ve all been enjoying the overabundance of chocolate covered strawberries. And now, getting back to the point of today’s post, we’re on our way to dinner when The Wedding Date turns to me and asks, “Am I costing you your readers?” “My readers?” “Yeah, it seems like people don’t comment on your blog as much when you’re writing about—you know—happy stuff.” It’s true. Even my friend Date #6 has stopped reading (“Who wants to read about normality?”) and it seeing as The Wedding Date reads my blog and all of the associated comments every day, he’s picked up on the fact that no one likes reading about relationships that are going… well, well. “Yes,” I reply, after a bit of consideration, “you are.  But I don’t care.  I mean I do care—I’ve put a lot of …

Shhh! We’re Dating Here!

I was reading through a list of local Valentine’s date ideas when I came across the following: Looking for love this Valentine’s Day? Find it at the Free Library of L’amour! Throughout the beginning of February, we’re holding various free speed dating events in many of our branches, just in time for you to find a special someone to be your Valentine. Participants are encouraged to bring a book they loved, hated, or just recently read to use as an icebreaker. One lucky couple at each event will win Author Events tickets to see Anne Rice, bestselling author of The Vampire Chronicles series, and have their first date at the Free Library on Valentine’s Day! Included as part of the initiative are: Events for singles ages 25 to 35 Events for single Latinos ages 25 to 35 Events for single Queer men and women age 25 to 35 Events for singles ages 35 to 45 Events for singles over age 50 How cool is that? This just confirms that A) Philadelphia is a f*cking cool city …

Easy Valentine’s Gifts for the Jane Austen Lover

Yesterday I wrote about my college boyfriend (who bought me the complete works of Jane Austen for Valentine’s Day) and my current beau, The Wedding Date (who bought me a Jane Austen necklace for Christmas instead). As noted, the complete works don’t make for a very good gift if your significant other already has the complete works (unless it’s some sort of special collector’s edition, which is a totally different story, but frankly I’d still prefer jewelry). I never realized just how much Jane Austen merchandise exists nowadays, but there’s tons of it, so I’ve compiled a list of the highlights (including Darcy pajamas… for men!) in order to help you find the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for the Janeite in your life. (You can click on the picture for quick and easy online shopping.) Related articles How to Blow the Curve: A Modern Man’s Guide to Romantic Gifts (fieldworkinstilettos.com) A Jane Austen Inspired Valentine’s Day Giveaway with Bingley’s Teas (austenprose.com) Compulsively Mr. Darcy Blog Tour with Author Nina Benneton, & Giveaway! (austenprose.com)

How to Blow the Curve: A Modern Man’s Guide to Romantic Gifts

Shortly before Valentine’s Day during my senior year of college, my boyfriend-at-the-time asked me to name my favorite author. “Jane Austen,” I replied.  Wasn’t that obvious? Evidently not, because on Valentine’s Day he presented with the complete works on Jane Austen, all bound together in a single hardcover volume. When I didn’t immediately burst into tears and commit the volume to a prominent position in my messenger bag, he acted surprised.  And disappointed. “Don’t you like it?” he asked. “Yes,” I replied, “but I already have all of her books.”  (Favorite author, remember?) He looked hurt. “That’s not to say that I don’t like having them all together,” I added.  “In fact, it’s great to have an extra copy!  Now I’ll be able to keep this one as reference!” I could tell that he’d tried, so I did my best to assure him that I appreciated the thought he’d put into my gift, but several months later, he brought it up again. “How come you never read the book I got you?” “Because I’ve already …

And the Winners Are…

The results are in!  But before I announce the winners of Mitchum’s Sticky Situation Sweepstakes, I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to share their stories.  I received over 60 entries (who’d have thought deodorant could be so inspiring?) and it’s taken forever to select to the best of Facebook entries and the best of the blog entries so if you weren’t chosen this time, don’t worry: I’ll definitely be holding more contests in the future. First up, we have three honorable mentions. Linda (who shared an awkward confession from her mother-in-law concerning her husband’s high school sweetheart), Wendy (whose eHarmony date committed himself after she refused a to grant him a second date) and Brazilian (who accompanied a lady-friend home after a few dates only to find himself hiding in the closet and sneaking out the bedroom door when her father came in to say “goodnight”).  You can read their fabulous stories and many more here. And now, without further ado, the winners of the Mitchum Stickiest Situation Sweepstakes and a $150 …

Speed Dating: An Accident (waiting to happen)

Okay, I know I just finished writing “enough is enough” (and subsequently cancelling all of my online dating subscriptions) but my little “breakthrough” took place after I’d already committed to a night of speed dating.  (Leave no stone unturned, and all that.)  For those of you who’ve somehow managed to escape the many trials and tribulations that comprise dating in the 21st century, speed dating is the Russian Roulette of romance.  You pre-register (in order to ensure that there are an equal number of men and women), dress to impress, head over to your local bar and take a number. If you a girl, you’re lucky: you find a table, take a seat and wait for the men to come to you.  The men have to make the rounds, sitting down at the start of each “date” and moving on to their next victim/PSM at the sound of the bell. You make small talk for a minute or two with each prospect (hence the “speed” part of speed dating), mark their name or number on …