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What's your favorite Valentine's Day oblation?

It's getting near the middle of February, a time when those of us who are single bemoan this fact and those of you who aren't are expected to produce an offering to remain that way. So what's your ritual sacrifice of choice? Candy? Jewelry? Flowers? Or do you rail against the commercially imposed standards of society and get your significant other something more out of the ordinary? Ladies, do you often get your gentlemen presents, or is it mostly a one-way street? Personally, I'm in favor of composing sonnets. It's inexpensive, about as old-school as you can get, and doesn't put money in the pocket of De Beers. When e'er I see you after lab is done, You make me wish that zero could divide If only so our 2 could equal 1, Such that our theories could be unified, You move like music set to calculus, A SIN-curve body makes sin seem divine, Curves like space-time but oh so sinuous, That make me wish that I were your COS, But TAN to this topic, I do feel Some measure of quantum uncertainty, What your superposition might reveal, Should I ask you, what you might say to me, So 'til I feel that I could stand the shock, I think I'll leave that cat inside the box.

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KentsOkay5 years ago
Bloody single's exclusion day.. why the hell is there and advert for thongs?
Mother Natures Son (author)  KentsOkay5 years ago
...is there an advert for thongs?
Indeed
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Kiteman5 years ago
I tend to do as the whim takes me.

In the past, it's been poetry, chocolates, breakfast in bed, once I got her flowers delivered at work.

Last year, I carved a pair of entwined wooden hearts.

I'm making again this year, but it's proving fiddlier than I planned. It should be ready to be installed while she sleeps on Saturday morning.
Mother Natures Son (author)  Kiteman5 years ago
Wow, the entwined hearts thing is radical. Despite my boyscout background, whittling has never been my forte...
I need more practice - those hearts took me a full week of evenings carving.
gmjhowe Kiteman5 years ago
I'm making again this year, but it's proving fiddlier than I planned. It should be ready to be installed while she sleeps on Saturday morning.

Do i want to know? and do you think it might be best to have a first aid kit on hand..
Kiteman gmjhowe5 years ago
Haha, no, I just want it to be ready when she comes down in the morning. I have a horrible feeling I may have to beat the Sun up on Saturday...
Bigev5 years ago
I'm under strict orders NOT to buy anything for the boss this year. She's not material ;)
I've never really gotten much for Valentine's, and I don't really expect it. :) My birthday is two days after anyway, so it seems weird to celebrate such a weird corporate holiday right before.
You could celebrate it on May 2. That's when the actual Vaentine's day is supposed to be--depending of course on your definition of "Supposed to". Apparently Valentine's day is celebrated as a festival of romantic love at least in part due to a poem by Chaucer, stating, "For this was on seynt Volantynys day Whan euery bryd comyth there to chese his make." By "chese his make", he apparently means, "choose his mate", and it seems unlikely he was referring to the Valentine's day in February. I guess there used to be several Valentine's days, though, and the one he was probably talking about was actually May second.
Goodhart5 years ago
It does become one of those cursed if you do, cursed if you don't situations, though.

Definition of not putting much thought into the LOVE part = buying a card from a shop.

Definition of cheap = putting a lot of thought into it, and making it yourself .

You can't win....
Mother Natures Son (author)  Goodhart5 years ago
Ah, that's the trick--making something cheap that doesn't look like it. I've done a sonnet on parchment sealed with a ribbon and wax--that went over quite well.
Aye. My wife knows I love to cook. But cooking a meal in our kitchen is, at least for now, a very hard thing to do, but I may be able to clear enough space to bake a cake for her (not that I am overly good at baking, it is a totally different animal then cooking). I have made them from scratch before, and she likes them, but this one, I will try to shape differently :-)
skunkbait5 years ago
I refuse to be guilted into a purchase by Hallmark! I always try to get something that will not support the "Valentine industry". I've bought my wife clothes, a gun, a car, etc. for Valentine's day, and I'll make her a card. But I refuse to be held hostage by corporate sponsored emotionalism! Then, like a week later, when it no longer supports the pseudo-holiday, I'll take her out for a romantic dinner, and buy her choclate or flowers.
I prefer to do this also, but I tend to run low on time and cash (she spends her share and more sometimes), so a quick discount card is sometimes the second order of the day (if she doesn't get the card, she is mad about it somehow *shrug*).

I normally do something (like this year.....and don't tell her...but i am baking a cake from scratch, and will make it heart shaped myself). She also likes to have a nice dinner out too, but that is not always possible.....now, if the Entertainment Book arrives on time, maybe ;-) I took her to Accomac last year and she loved it (even with one meal of our two being free, it cost me over $38 ! ).
clothes, a gun, a car,???

Well, planning to rob a bank isn't the best idea for valentines day... but i guess you can rob hallmark.

I meant, over the years, I've bought those things for her on Valentine's day. :-)
i know! i joke.. just the collection of items.
That reminds me.... forgot the ski-mask!
Mother Natures Son (author)  skunkbait5 years ago
Good on ya! It's always annoyed me that most of the valentine's day "traditions" were invented by companies and people basically just went along with it out of fear of getting called out, emperor's-new-clothes style. I'd much rather do something that shows that I put time and energy into it--cut a bouquet myself, maybe, or make the chocolates. I'm right with you on not cowing to the "traditions" like a frat-boy wannabe on pledge week. "Oh, how romantic...you bought me a three dollar piece of card-stock with a crappy pun...this is truly a metaphor for our relationship."
gmjhowe5 years ago
Personally, i tend to go with the old school Victorian idea where-by the card would be of a handmade nature. Last years had a hdd platter, and a love heart sweet. And was mainly corrugated card.
caitlinsdad5 years ago
I'll spam this in the name of love.
Doctor What5 years ago
I buy a valengram. High school makes everything easier.
Mother Natures Son (author)  Doctor What5 years ago
A truth you won't fully appreciate it until you're out, friend.
Goodhart5 years ago
I am going to bake her a special cake, and of course, bought her a card, as long as she doesn't snoop (like she has in the past).