photo by Ashley
The mister and I don't celebrate Valentines. Going through the motions on the one day of the year everyone else is trying to be sexy and romantic seems pointless. The last time I tried celebrating—many moons ago—I ended up cobbling together a last-minute gift for an ex that I was kind-of-sort-of seeing again but for whom I didn't buy anything because I didn't want to make assumptions. He casually called me up on Valentines and asked me to come over because he just had a little something he wanted to give me. Slightly touched but completely annoyed, I stopped by a florist on the way over with the intention of making a bouquet of half red roses and half yellow roses, which in itself was a pretty good indication of my waffling over the whole relationship. I opted to neglect this sign.
Naturally, the florist was stripped bare. The only roses he had left were pre-made bundles of red or yellow ones. I begged him to make me a half-n-halfer, but he insisted that there was no such thing. "These are all pre-made, you see. If you break them up, it's like ruining two bouquets."
"No it's not. Just take a little from here and a little from there and it'll be fine. It'll be better than fine! People do half red half yellow all the time!"
"I can't help you" he said "you just have to choose one or the other."
"No no!" I pleaded "you can have both, you can! I can make it work! I mean you can make it work!"
We argued for a bit longer, me eventually coming to tears because he was merely talking about roses and I was clearly talking about something else.
So nuts to all that. Thankfully though, I have rediscovered the joys of Valentines Day as a ladytime holiday. On Friday night, Rachel, Ashley, Kathleen, Jen and Annalise and I had a girls-only lingerie party at Jen's apartment. There was a brief period of cheeky photo-ops, but the evening quickly settled into talking about guys over gin and pink-lemonade cocktails. We even pranked called Isla and played Never Have I Ever.
I look a lot more photos on my 35mm camera, but those will have to wait until I get them back from the photolab...and explicit approval from all involved ; )
*Update: Rachel has just posted some more cheeky photos on her blog