In the 13+ years that James and I have been together, Valentine’s Day has been relatively low key. I remember during the first or second year, James ordered Olive Garden and brought it back to our dorms for “date night” as a throwback to one of the first times we hung out as just friends (ha!). I’ll admit, that every now and then, we’ll become suckers and opt for going out, only to be stiffed by a price-gouged prix fixe menus at jam packed restaurants. Très romantic.
In more recent years, we created a new tradition where I treat James to dinner out a few days before February 14 and he cooks me dinner on the day of (I’m talking grocery shopping, meal prep and dishes!). We had a good thing going when V Day was over the weekend, but it’s been a little more difficult on a weeknight. Last year, I wasn’t even in town! Instead, I was traveling for work and spent the evening with my colleagues at Buca di Beppo. I know, there seems to be a pattern with me and chain restaurants for Valentine’s Day. Not intentional, I swear!
This year, I imagine it’s going to be another low key night. Don’t get me wrong, I love celebrating love (and wearing on my sleeve — or in the case of this sweater, on my chest). I just don’t need a specific day to celebrate it — just like I don’t need a specific reason to get flowers (hint hint James!). I’m sure James and I will celebrate in our own way over the weekend — chocolate included!
How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? Are you all about it or are you low key? Let me know in the comments section below!