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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Yet Another Reason to Embrace the Single Life

After seven days of grueling chocolate consumption, I’ve finally polished off the last of my Valentine’s Day candy.  This is not to suggest that I had any great number of suitors showering me with gifts last week (I received one and only one Valentine this year; it was from one of my preschoolers and it…