This year I saw an interesting trend: people apologizing. If someone wasn't apologizing FOR celebrating the day, then they were apologizing for NOT celebrating. My goodness, I thought the only day that caused THIS much guilt was Mother's Day! (Or Good Friday if you're Christian. ;)) I don't apologize for the years we celebrate OR for the ones we don't. This year, we had a mixture of both.
For the most part, K and I tend to be a little casual about most holidays. We pretty much have had to, as the first few years we were married, he was off sailing the seven seas, so we were apart. Then he got his job at the power plant and was at work more times than he was at home for holidays, because of shift work. So, we celebrate at OUR convenience and not necessarily on 'the' day. This year, he is working night shift for Valentine's Day, so we didn't get to do anything special. However...
About a month ago, I ordered K's gift for the day. It was personalized M&Ms and a small bubblegum dispenser to put them in. Despite the expense--personalized M&Ms are NOT cheap--the dispenser is a great addition to the hockey cave. And the Wisconsin Badgers colors are red and white, so we can get 'team color' M&Ms from Sam's Club often enough to keep us supplied. ;) He likes his M&MS, so he was more than pleased.
I knew I wasn't going to be making a special meal for the day, so I pulled out the old cookbook/recipe cards to see what I could do instead. When I came across my recipe for red velvet cake, I KNEW I had to make one. I used to do this every year for February 14, but haven't made one in many years. I forgot how much work was involved--probably the reason I quit doing it--and I ALSO forgot how great tasting this cake is. YUM! I may have to make another one before the year is up. K was very appreciative, as I'm sure he had himself convinced that he would never get another one in his lifetime.
Hopefully this looks as good as it tastes. The picture doesn't do justice to just how red this cake is, however. You DON'T want to eat too much and forget that you did when you go to the bathroom--it can be scary. ;)
Kind of surprisingly, K didn't get me anything for V-Day. I don't think it had anything to do with his not being thoughtful, however. He most definitely gets a pass from me because he was extra-special good to me for our anniversary (October), my birthday (November), and Christmas. (All gifts were jewelry, by the way--and he is very good at buying jewelry.) Also, this past weekend I bought myself another NOOK, so I kind of look on that as my V-Day gift. But I think what K DID do for me was just as special--if not more so--than any gift he could have bought: before going to work, he made sure to tune the living room TV to the secondary station where the Wings game was being broadcast, so I wouldn't have to search for it. Now if THAT isn't love, what is?