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Monday, February 13, 2006

Monday Questionnaire
Teddy bear holding a heart Edition

1. Let's get right to it: any Valentine's Day plans?

2. In elementary school, did you give valentines to everyone in the class, or only to the kids you liked?

3. If you are single, do you find the holiday nauseating? If you are not single, do you find it more nauseating or less nauseating than you did when you were?

8 Comments:

Blogger kStyle said...

1. We haven't really decided. He has class that night; I want to go to capoeira the next night; we've already been eating out too much lately...I wanted to go to see the annual showing of "Casablanca" at the Brattle for Valentine's but...he has class that night.

2. I don't remember. Probably everyone or no one.

3. I find the holiday less irritating than I did when I was single, but still sort of silly and a trifle burdensome.

2:27 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

1. As this year is my first V-day with the girlfriend, I asked her a few weeks ago what she thought of the holiday. "I think it's stupid," she said. "Oh good," I said. "I think it's stupid too."

Except now that it's here, I do have something in the works. I hope she likes it.

2. Until fifth grade, I gave to everybody because it was the nice thing to do. In fifth and sixth grades, I gave to everybody so that I could maintain plausible deniability vis-a-vis the girls I actually liked.

3. kStyle put this well: silly and a trifle burdensome. I was just in the supermarket buying groceries, and the aisle of candy and cards was swarmed. I thought, "If this is the only day all year you show the person you love them, and you do it by buying a teddy bear holding a heart, your relationship is probably doomed anyway. And if you show it every day, then why do you need a teddy bear holding a heart?"

3:12 PM  
Blogger Emma Goldman said...

1. Nope. I've occasionally done something--when I worked in an office, I'd sometimes make heart-shaped sugar cookies, except I'd spatter red food coloring on the dough so they looked kind of . . . blood-spattered, and I'd glue different-sized hearts together with icing and put icing in various patterns on the cookies. One year I made chocolate chip cookies for C, because they're his favorite. In general, though, no.

2. Everyone, I think, because (a) my mother made me do that, and (b) I was a social outcast anyway, so giving valentines selectively would have been yet another opportunity to be mocked. I don't remember how long this lasted, though.

3. It annoys the fuck out of me, and always has; the cookies were always a way to give a valentine to everyone. Really, though, if you're evaluating the worthwhileness of your relationship by what happens on Valentine's Day, well, your rubric is different from mine. I will say that Valentine's Day was one of the two days I would not go out to dinner by myself when I was single (the other being New Year's Eve): every restaurant would be crowded beyond belief, and with people in pairs, and I just didin't feel like dealing with it. But it didn't bother me to be single, any more than it bothers me to be married.

4:49 PM  
Blogger Ann said...

1. Yes, many. I'm taking the day off work and sleeping late. I'm eating homemade chicken fajitas for lunch with sour cream, plus Pepsi and a slice of cheesecake that J made. J has planned something for the afternoon, but I don't know exactly what; I think it involves, among other things, the Institute of Art and a Mexican restaurant. If there's time, I'm going to buy myself a new pair of glasses.

2. Probably everyone. I'm sure my mom made me do it.

3. Eh, I couldn't really care less about Valentine's Day. The thing that makes the 14th so great is that it's my BIRTHDAY. And I love birthdays.

I do hate institutionalized Valentine's Day, with all the red and hearts and blah blah blah. It's just so damn boring. The only thing a teddy bear holding a heart says is, "I was too lazy to come up with a real present, so I picked this up at the drugstore on my way home from work." Way to tell someone you love them. Or wuv them, depending on the bear.

I don't think Valentine's Day is a bad idea per se. Not as some sort of stupid pressure-filled Day of Romance, but an opportunity to do something to make your significant other happy. Yeah, every day is an opportunity, really, but there's something to be said for ritual celebrations. I guess.

I'd like to add that conversation hearts are just evil. Someone actually went out of his or her way to invent bad candy. WTF?

9:30 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

Happy birthday, Ann!

10:35 AM  
Blogger kStyle said...

We ended up celebrating Valentine's last night. I spontaneously brought home dinner (ceasar salad, rich and delicious eggplant lasagna, and garlic bread) and some red tulips. I set these up in the living room before G arrived home. (It's a treat for him to watch TV while eating, though we didn't turn it on until afterwards.) He gave me a card: on the front, a valentine heart candy that reads "DO ME"; inside: "NOW". We died laughing at it. He also got me a tea infuser with a little heart at the end of the chain. So sweet!

11:02 AM  
Blogger Eric said...

That heart candy is hilarious. What a nice evening!

12:52 PM  
Blogger Ann said...

Thanks for the birthday greetings, Eric!

11:59 AM  

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