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St. Valentine? There's a Saint involved? [Jan. 24th, 2004|04:09 pm]
Zoethe
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Okay guys, it's coming up, and you know you have to buy her a gift.

What better than a red feather boa with twinkly lights?

I mean, a red feather boa all by itself would be the ultimate in tacky. But as soon as you add twinkly lights to anything, it becomes the pinnacle of class and elegance.

This is decidedly this week's winner of the "What the Fuck?" contest. I'm ticking through my head and can think of no female person over the age of about 10 who would open this box and say anything except, "Oh, honey, you shouldn't have!"

And mean it.

Valentine's is a silly holiday, of course. It's not even so faux important as to rate a day off from work. And yet every year restaurants, florists, candy- and card-makers, and the "useless-gifts-no-one-really-wants" market (otherwise known variously as "knickknacks," "memorabilia," "collectibles," and "that shit from your mother") bank on this holiday.

So I guess, if I'm bound to get something, I should have a list. One of the highlights was the first year I was married (the first time) and for Valentine's Day for which I received a barbecue. I thought it was cool, but John's mother was almost apoplectic - how was that a romantic gift?

It didn't help when we pointed out that it was red....

What would I live to receive for Valentine's this year? A theatre-screen television - which, interestingly enough, matches theferrett's fondest wish, so could be a gift to each other (and would permanently seal the relationship, what with neither of us willing to part with such a luxury [g]). A little more realistically speaking, price-wise, new linens for the bed as ours left the realm of shabby some time back. No satin - I don't want to need cleats to gain purchase when the sex gets lively.

More traditionally, flowers. Not, though, dead ones cut and daintily placed in arrangement. No, I would like a gift certificate to a nursery, either local or internet catalog, which I could use to buy plants for the garden.

And time. This Valentine's will be matching up with the deadline for my Law Review Note, so a weekend away is Right Out. But if I could get any wish, it would be a quiet evening for just the two of us, together in front of the fireplace, just enjoying each other's company. I'm almost guaranteed that - it's mine for the asking. So no matter what, it will be a good Valentine's Day.

So, tell me. What do you want?
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[User Picture]From: thestalkycop
2004-01-24 09:39 pm (UTC)
I, quite simply, want to be in Leeds for that weekend. Sadly, the powers that be have decided that I can't have the time off work (they've taken it very personally that I resigned, as well they should). Instead, I'm looking forward to text messages, a card and hopefully a (lengthy) phone call.

I've been reading your journal for awhile now, it's about time I commented, so hi.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-01-24 09:42 pm (UTC)
Hi! I've been reading you as much as my insane schedule allows, and have enjoyed your entries. Alas, would that I could get over this nasty needing-sleep habit, I could have time to comment in people's journals as much as I'd like.

The whole Leeds thing is a bitch. How much do you need their good recommendation? I know I would be tempted to call in "sick." But I can be evil that way....
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[User Picture]From: thestalkycop
2004-01-24 09:49 pm (UTC)
Sadly (and this is quite tragic), this is the most impressive job I've had so far (for my CV), and I really do need a good reference from them, so calling in sick isn't an option. I'm going to Leeds the following weekend. Which will be brilliant even if the following weekend does not contain a Friday 13th followed by a Valentine's day. *grins*
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-01-24 10:16 pm (UTC)
Well, at least you get to go sometime. Bummer, though, about St. Greek-mythological-figures-subsumed-into-psedoChristian-legends Day....
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[User Picture]From: princessheacock
2004-01-24 09:49 pm (UTC)
For Valentine's Day to go around and not exist anymore? Because as long as it does, you can't ignore it when you've got a steady without feeling betrayed. But anything you do everyone has to worry if you did it "right" -- when love should be something that is shown all year round. Not just one day of the year.

D.J. wanted to take me somewhere for Valentine's Day. perhaps the Melting Pot we had so much fun at last year. But considering the wedding in March and that we are financially strapped for the honeymoon as is I suggested (and I think he's okay with it... I hope so) that we go out to a movie and then come home for a dessert. Or something.

Except I don't really have an idea for a gift for him this year. (well I do but unloess I get a job in the next week or two it will completely blow the budget such that it isn't possible) And I'm not sure my gift last year ever went over that well. And. Bleagh.

Just wish Valentine's Day didn't exist.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-01-24 10:14 pm (UTC)
Whereas in Ohio, unsatisfied with a measly one day per year devoted to embarrassing romance, Sweetest Day (sometime in early fall?) is a Serious Event.

Three years running and I'm still SO not getting it....
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[User Picture]From: ladymeshel
2004-01-24 09:53 pm (UTC)
I don't want anything for valentine's day...BUT...it is our anniversary. Our plan is to read each email to each other on the day we sent it and re-create our first dates.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-01-24 10:17 pm (UTC)
Awww. That's so sweet!

Someday I would like to take a real Niagra Falls, tacky honeymoon sweet Valentine's weekend. Not in the next couple years, though. Alas.
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[User Picture]From: jessihiggs
2004-01-24 09:55 pm (UTC)
My anniversary is the 15th of February, so we always pick one day to go out and one to stay in. But we have always been terribly broke around this time so we will probably do what we always do, stay in and rent some movies.

Though Jim has said he has some big suprise on the horizon, so whatever that means. For him, and I know it is corny, butI make him a collage out of magazine clippings and poster board. I have done this for every Valentine's since we have been together. It began as an "I'm so broke" type gift, but he looks foward to it. He even puts them up on the wall in "his" room.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-01-24 10:18 pm (UTC)
That is an amazingly wonerful gift. No wonder he looks forward to it. You rock.
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[User Picture]From: mamafrog
2004-01-24 10:13 pm (UTC)
What better than a red feather boa with twinkly lights?

Is it so bad that I want one?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-01-24 10:19 pm (UTC)
It's awful. But understandable. They are delightfully over-the-top.
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[User Picture]From: mamafrog
2004-01-24 10:20 pm (UTC)
It's the over-the-topness of the item that makes it so delightful.
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[User Picture]From: lyssabard
2004-01-25 01:35 am (UTC)

Yes...

I want one, too!!!

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-01-25 04:18 am (UTC)

Re: Yes...

Quiet, you!

;-)
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[User Picture]From: nuala
2004-01-24 11:11 pm (UTC)
*cracks up* so very classy and elegant indeed!

What do I want for heart day? For my darling husband to NOT say, 'But I got you roses for your birthday - that was just a week ago! They've barely wilted!' ;o)

That said, I honestly can't think of anything that I really want. Sparklies are ALWAYS nice, but not necessary. It seems greedy to ask for more when my birthday is the week prior.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-01-25 04:12 am (UTC)
Ah, the tragedy of the holiday-bound birthday. It's bloody unfair! You should get twice as much for having to endure it, sez I!
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[User Picture]From: wundergeek
2004-01-24 11:16 pm (UTC)
I'm so happy that there's someone else out there who feels the same way about Valentine's Day that I do! I'd much rather get something cool or useful than a lame card or flowers. I always make a point of doing alternative kinds of gifts.
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[User Picture]From: demetria23
2004-01-24 11:27 pm (UTC)
I'd like a boy, personally :).
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[User Picture]From: shadesong
2004-01-25 12:23 am (UTC)
*small voice* I want the boa.

But then again, I'm the girl who wore a Burger King crown on the airplane last week.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-01-25 04:15 am (UTC)
You could pull it off. I'll give ya that [g].
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[User Picture]From: shadesong
2004-01-25 10:58 pm (UTC)
See I'm a total tomboy - until I go all whimsical and dance around in my tiara.
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[User Picture]From: solitaryway
2004-01-25 12:48 am (UTC)
For my boy to be here again and spending the weekend with me. We wouldn't even have to GO anywhere; I just want to be able to enjoy his company, in person rather than on the damn phone or online. *sigh* But he was just here, and I'll be in school by then, so no go this year...

Hi, by the way. Been a longtime fan of theferrett, decided to add you as well. :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-01-25 04:18 am (UTC)
Hi! Long distance relationships are a pain - been there, done that, had the loneliness. I sympathize - it sucks.

Hugs given, and welcome to the insanity.
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[User Picture]From: beckyzoole
2004-01-25 01:57 am (UTC)
Hey, I would love to twinkle with a "fashionable, fluffy red feather boa" draped around my shoulders! It would be perfect for wearing to dances at gay bars (where you do get the best dancing, by the way).

But I have *never* received a good Valentine's Day gift, and I would like to get one some year. Sure, it's a tacky invented holiday. But it's a tacky invented holiday that has acquired strength and meaning.

What would I like to get? A giant bouquet of roses. A handmade card, full of lacy sentiments. Jewelry. Belgian truffles. Anything that means to say, "I overflow with love for you".

And a red feather boa with 20 miniature lights.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-01-25 04:20 am (UTC)
Aw. You're a romantic. That's sweet. Here's wishing you truffles and lace!
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From: appleblossomtru
2004-01-25 02:54 am (UTC)
I'd settle for getting an apology from the one who claimed that he loved me one week before I was unceremoniously dumped without explanation. In an email.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-01-25 04:21 am (UTC)
Clearly not in your league or worth your time. But...

Ow.

Sorry to hear it. Sympathy and hugs.
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From: appleblossomtru
2004-01-25 04:36 am (UTC)
Thanks. *hugs* It was really hard not to write him a scathing, kiss-my-ass letter back. But I didn't, because like you said, he's not worth my time.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-01-25 04:22 am (UTC)
You're really sweet. Wishing you what you wish.
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[User Picture]From: wolfieboy
2004-01-25 03:59 am (UTC)

Re: V-Day

I've come up with a variety of ideas as has cindygerb. One year, I gave flowers but the flowers were each in a water tube and the "soil" was a few bars of toblerone. We gave each other super soakers one year. Cindy gave me a picture of a wolf giving another wolf some sticks another year. I love having a partner with a well developed sense of play.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-01-25 04:23 am (UTC)

Re: V-Day

That's sweet. I like it - unusual and thoughtful. You guys rock.
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[User Picture]From: correspondguy
2004-01-25 06:48 am (UTC)

Emily

Emily gets an engraved business card case this year, for her business cards when she opens her voice studio. I have also reserved a table at the local semi-fancy resturant for the $70, three-course fixed price meal (which includes a bottle of wine, so she'll get pleasantly tipsy (and not sick instead of cuddly)).

I may get her the boa, too. It's an inside joke - when we were dating, I asked her what I should wear to something, and when she didn't have a suggestion, I threatened to wear a thong and a red feather boa. Actually, I am going to buy it. She's the one-in-half a million that will like it (since 'Song said she would as well.)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-01-25 01:58 pm (UTC)

Re: Emily

It's rather like the self-mocking use of yard flamingos - tacky turned toney by tongue-in-cheek.

Have a wonderful Valetine's date, dear!
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[User Picture]From: darthfox
2004-01-25 07:30 am (UTC)
a date. that'd be a start. when was the last time i wasn't single on valentine's day? ... 1999, i believe. even a phone call. bottom line: the knowledge that someone would rather be with me than anyone else.

of course, that's pretty much at the top of my wish list for every day -- but most days, the wish list doesn't come into that really sharp focus that valentine's day affords us all.

you better believe i won't be wearing red. :-/
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-01-25 02:02 pm (UTC)
Poor thing. But I have faith - you are young, and it will come.

Hell, wear red. You might attract someone special's attention!
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[User Picture]From: megthelegend
2004-01-25 11:42 am (UTC)
Now, I want a red feather boa with twinkly lights!

Dayum, that thing is cool!

Meg!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-01-25 02:04 pm (UTC)
This company is gonna wonder what the heck happened, if everyone who says they want one orders one. I would never before have imagined there beign a danger of shortage in the red-boa-with-twinkly-lights supply.
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[User Picture]From: megthelegend
2004-01-26 01:34 am (UTC)
Hee! ::runs off and tries to buy stock::
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[User Picture]From: alphafem
2004-01-25 02:15 pm (UTC)
Add me to the boa list!
And I'd like a quiet dinner with my husband and my kids, because these three people are my world, my greatest loves and I can't imagine not spending a day devoted to love without the three of them. Hubby and I get plenty of 'alone' time after the kids go to bed... except this year because he has to work and I have to dogsit my parents' four dogs, so the kids and I will be crashing over there.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-01-25 03:07 pm (UTC)
Bummer. I completely understand those "should be special but can't be because of circumstances" days.

And may you get your boaand wearit in good health![g]
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[User Picture]From: crystalvh
2004-01-25 09:50 pm (UTC)
Last year, my Valentine took me out to a nice dinner, then to a movie, then proposed! It is going to be kind of hard to top that and we have recently bought each other more expensive jewelery (our wedding bands), so I think a nice dinner out will be perfectly wonderful this year. :-)
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[User Picture]From: shiftercat
2004-01-27 04:47 am (UTC)
We were thinking of shopping for sex toys on Valentine's.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-01-27 10:45 am (UTC)
Well, that's always fun. Our problem now is that a trip to the sex toy shop is generally, "have that, don't want that, don'tget that...."
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From: iggy182
2004-01-27 02:36 pm (UTC)
Our gift this year is going to be finally having our baby come home after having been stuck in one hospital or another for all but 50-some days of his almost 14 months (on Feb 5th), of life.

Well, he had a g-tube put in last Friday, and the hospital will keep him in for a minimum of two weeks for recovery. Then we'll see how it goes.

He'll either be home for Valentines, Vic's birthday on the 26th, or mine, smack dab between the Ides and St. Paddy's Day.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-01-27 02:39 pm (UTC)
Yay! Congratulations!!!! I can't imagine a better gift.
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From: iggy182
2004-01-27 08:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
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