Happy Valentine's Day to you all!!!
I've realised from reading other bloggers over the past couple of weeks that TP and I definitely are not what you might call romantic types.
We do give each other cute cards with heartfelt sentiments.
Yes, he does attempt to shower me with roses on the day.
But I direct him to what I see as reasonably priced roses, so I get my roses (thank you very much) but without the taadaaah and the extra Valentine's Day premium. You see, I'm tight with others' money as well as my own!
We do make some effort though. TP also bought me a lovely pair of potted flower displays for front of house.
My effort was to add touches of pink to today's outfit with pink Zara cardi and Next blouse.
A pink Primani scarf.
After I'd pinked up for him we went out to enjoy the day in our own way, out and about doing this and that. Then snugglng by the fire, which did feel a tad romantic. For a while. Until I declared that I would pop up to the office to hang out with you guys. And he said he was going to paint a kitchen stool or two. Where is the romance eh?
I don't know of anyone who's out celebrating today. At my request, we NEVER go out for a meal on the day. Did that once. Restaurant with lines of tables for two. One red rose on each table. One lit candle. Soft background music. It felt assembly line for lovers.
We stay home on Valentine's, though we do assemble a nice little supper.
Some treat the day as "business as usual".
Fact is, I don't know of anyone who's actually out romancing tonight.
Do you? Are you?!!
Of course, the pressure is on for the youngsters. As my bro commented yesterday over coffee, Valentine's Day sees a flux of girls walking out from work, their arms overflowing with elaborate bouquets, heart balloons with attached cuddly toys and/or chocolates.
Those poor boyfriends are under pressure to deliver on the day on fear of dumping, as the young girls don't want to be seen to be outdone by their co-workers. Valentine's is a expensive business.
Yes, there's a lot of pressure around for the younger generation on the day. It was ever thus. Back when I was about 16 my younger sis, on picking up on all the hype surrounding the day of love, asked if I had a boyfriend. I didn't and told her so but she persisted, because at her age she believed that all older girls had boyfriends. So eventually I had to spill the beans. Actually, I have two boyfriends I said. Max Factor and Christian Dior. And then she was happy and told the world about my beaus. Of course I had to then send myself two Valentine's cards from my guys. Lying is an expensive business too.
So, call me a grumpy old unromantic but I leave Valentine's romance to the youngsters, to the others.
Love is around us every day of the year, love isn't just for Valentine's Day.
How are you spending the day? Wall to wall romance, business as usual, or somewhere in between?
A la perchoine.