I think Valentine’s Day is sort of a ridiculous holiday. First of all, there’s all the candy. Please, if you love me, the LAST thing I want is a bunch of crappy sweets sitting in my house, especially ones that you spent WAY too much on. Then, the flowers and teddy bears…the second to last thing I need around the house is something you picked up on a display of “Get Your Valentines Day Gift Here” stuff. Flowers are wonderful, but I don’t want you to get me flowers because you are SUPPOSED to get me flowers. I prefer the random “I saw these and they were so pretty I had to get them” or “You were having such a bad day I thought you needed these”.
Then there’s just the whole expectation around the whole day. If it’s not the most magical and lovely and wonderlandy day ever your partner is a failure and it’s ruined forever. And when it’s the only day ever to show that you love someone *rolls eyes*, you better make sure you lavish it on them, right? Why try to make sure that you be loving and wonderful to that special someone every day when you can just do it once?
Ok, ok, the venom is coming out. And it’s not as if I’m single – or have been for a long, long time. I remember how awful THAT was.. but I digress.
While neither the Zliten monster or I are very keen on making a big deal of the day (we forbid presents each year and stay away from those expensive 5 course dinners out at the fancy places), but we do at least something small to celebrate. This time, we are partaking of chocolate teddy bear peeps (seriously – 40 calories a bear and they taste RIDICULOUSLY good), cinnamon imperial red hots (my favorite V-day candy, have to get a bag of them each year), and cooking for each other.
Yesterday, Zliten made me an awesome crab boil (one of my favorite meals)! We had a heaping portion of crab legs, red potatoes, and corn, with drawn garlic butter. We had a great night splitting a bottle of wine and breaking open the legs of crustations. Tonight, it’s my turn to cook (well, sorta), and I’m making four cheese ravioli, prociouto and parmesan tortellini with a cilantro pesto and basil cream sauce topped with fresh asiago cheese, garlic bread, and caesar salad. Instead of doing it all super homemade like I was planning – I went with super yummy gourmet pre-packaged stuff from the nice grocery store (Central Market). We’re going to try to do the soda trick with a box of cake mix and see how that turns out (use a box of cake mix, and instead of the other ingredients like butter, eggs, and whatnot, dump a can of diet sprite in it and it’s supposed to taste just the same). And, I think there will be vodka.
As long as no pink teddy bears or sappy cards get near me, I think I may just enjoy the hell outta this long weekend. Unfortunately, I may have given my cold to Zliten…I give the BEST Valentine’s Day gifts ever. What can I say – he gave me crabs, I had to give him SOMETHING appropriate back. Anyway, hope you’re having a great one!