Monday, 14 February 2011

Assorted updates

Hello people. Happy Valentine's Day.

How do you feel about V Day, out of interest? I have mixed feelings. I love the idea of a day to celebrate love, spoil TSC and eat chocolate. But I hate the plastic roses and restaurants filled with smug couples and drunk singles offering exhorbitant V Day set menus.

It's a day that makes some people go totally overboard with cheesy rhyming Hallmark cards and stuffed toys, while others go overboard in the opposite direction with the whole I-hate-V-day-because-it's-a-commercialised-marketing-ploy-to-pressurise-us-into-buying-things-covered-in-red-hearts-and-remind-us-that-Hollywood-love-is-a-lie rants.

I'm somewhere in between.

I flat out refuse to go to out for dinner on V Day (have you ever seen how many couples end up in huge fights in restaurants on V Day?) and I won't let TSC buy me the ridiculously priced red roses (I'd rather have sunflowers). And I love it when the day falls on a week night so that there's not as much fuss about it.

But we do spoil each other a bit because it's fun. I woke TSC up this morning with bodem coffee and breakfast in bed, along with some little presents and a homemade card, and he made me a card and earned big brownie points with a gift voucher for me from Rain.

This evening we'll enjoy a candlelit dinner of Woolies readymade yummies on our veranda with a bottle of bubbly so there's no cooking or cleaning.

For me, that's perfection.

After such a hectic week and weekend, it's nice to have a chilled night at home planned. It's been such fun seeing friends, meeting new people, hosting big dinner parties, doing supper club and catching up with people we haven't seen in years over the past few days, but now I'm quite peopled out for a bit.

We've also been exercising hard. We did a killer V-core class at gym on Thurs and I had an equally hectic aqua step class on Fri (so much fun though!). By the time we woke up on Saturday morning, I was painfully stiff. But we headed off to a special Battle of the Sexes training event where we got pushed through an obstacle course, running drills, sit-up and push-up events and more. I was so glad to have a Pilates class yesterday just to stretch all my poor exhausted muscles. Still stiff today though! But it feels good (the exception being my pathetic feet, which are in spasm again. Joy).

In other news, I have to admit that I have become a convert. From hating my BlackBerry to embracing the joys of BBM, whatsapp and not having to rush home to check my work emails, I am convinced, especially since I've managed to set up the predictive text on my phone. Now all I miss about my ancient Nokia is the one-handed typing.

What's new in your world?

9 comments:

po said...

I am way too cynical for Valentines day. I don't hate it, it just doesn't exist for me.

Helen said...

You're alive!

I don't usually bother much with Valentines Day (I do enjoy the late-Feb chocolate sales though). I always felt like it made people not in relationships feel excluded, and those in relationships lose out on the fun anti-valentines things organised by people on their own.

Sunflowers definitely beat roses though!

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Tamara said...

Um, WTH?

Jeanette Verster said...

You see that comment... it's reason enough to move to wordpress ;)
anyhoo, we don't do Valentines day... waste of money completely!

Steve Hayes said...

My response is Ho-hum". I ignore it.

Cam said...

Tam, I don't do Valentines! I'd rather spontaneously show my fiance I love her and surprise her with flowers and gifts, than be part of a cliche' to be honest. I just find it fake... but that's me!

Louisa said...

Sounds like a good way to celebrate Valentine's day to me.

Angel said...

I went from loathing Valentines Day and wearing black to boycott it, to having a man who loves me and spoils me for the first time in my life!
I feel like you do about it. My hubby spoils me so often that we don't need a cheesy day to tell each other how in love we are, but it is fun to do a little extra for each other.