Monday, February 11, 2008

I Wonder What We Will Do For Valentine's Day

Superman and I are not big on Valentine's Day. We never have been. I do not think it is due to a large hatred of the so-called "Hallmark Holidays", but I think it is mostly due to how expensive the holiday itself has become. Personally, I love the idea of Valentine's Day, but resent that a dozen roses can be up to 50% more expensive just because of this one day. Restaurants are booked months in advance, charge for every little extra, and sometimes set a special menu (and it is never what I would choose off of the menu! Why?!).

Since we have known each other, Superman and I have only spent one Valentine's Day together. (Which sounds really sad, but it is not because we have only known each other since 2005! How crazy is that?!) Our first Valentine's Day was spent apart due to our living in different states. That was the year we started the tradition of dining out at The Melting Pot either the weekend before or the weekend after the big Valentine's Day holiday. That was a year that he went all out with the flowers, cards and gifts. I think it was mostly due to it being our first Valentine's Day and the fact that we were thousands of miles apart and we were both lonely beyond compare. Our second Valentine's Day was spent together because we got snowed in. Actually, we got the day off from work because we got snowed in by DC/VA standards -- which means that we got something like six inches of snow and the world around us panicked beyond belief -- we spent the day at the Post Office applying for my passport so that I could accompany Superman on his international business trips. We traded Valentine's Day cards once we returned home and I fired up the fondue pot and we shared chocolate fondue for two on our living room couch. We had already been to The Melting Pot the weekend before Valentine's Day and had stuffed ourselves into oblivion. That did not, however, deter us from doing it again on that fateful Valentine's Day in the comfort of our own home.

So, I know what will happen at our house on our third Valentine's Day. There will not be bouquets of roses or big fancy dinners out. There will more than likely be cards (I do know that Superman will have a surprise waiting for him in the form of cards but that is only because I am slowly attempting to re-claim the title of Greatest Gift Giver Ever over the course of the entire year). There will probably be a dinner of some sort...Domino's Pizza maybe? I will probably bake Superman a heart shaped cake again this year and I have no doubt that some sort of wine will be part of our evening plans. I know that may sound boring, but I think that there is nothing better than spending some quality time with my spouse to show him just how much I love and appreciate him on the day of love, Valentine's Day.

And if that is not good enough there is always The Melting Pot this coming Saturday. So, really, Valentine's Day for us is more about taking a moment to celebrate us and to use the holiday as an excuse to stuff our faces at our favorite restaurant. Ah, romance.

6 comments:

3 Parrots Island said...

I agree with this casual approach. We usually eat out on Valentine's Day, but we like to eat out, so it's a decent excuse. We've also spent a bunch of them in doing nothing. Depends on the night of the week.

This year we're staying home, and before I leave for work in the morning I plan to stash about 4-5 cards in the house in areas I know he'll hit (like the john. how romantic). He gets a kick out of that, and I love picking out cards - so it's a winwin.

MSO Rin said...

The Melting Pot. The Melting Pot. The Melting Pot. Mmmmm.

I remember nothing else about your post.

The Melting Pot. Mmmmm.

glove said...

It's hard to comment without spoiling my own post. So I won't. :)

super jane said...

i've never been to the melting pot before. i can't even say that i've ever eaten fondue before. am i not livin'?

Wicked M said...

I also do the multiple cards all around the house deal for Valentine's Day! It makes Superman laugh and he enjoys finding them in random places like the beer drawer in the refrigerator!

And super jane, you MUST go to The Melting Pot ASAP. It truly is beyond divine. The fact that you have a Melting Pot in Indy and have not been is making my heart hurt a little. Go now! You will love it! And you must have the Yin & Yang to drink. It is the absolute best drink I have ever had. I am already dreaming of the three of them I will drink this coming Saturday!

glove said...

Don't worry sj, I've never been either. We keep meaning to go, but never get there. One day . . .