Husbands/Partners/Longtime Loves: You and your significant other have been together for a while now, long enough for the sweet anticipation of guessing who your Valentine is going to be to wear off just a bit. You already know who the girl is—she’s the woman washing your underpants and getting up in the middle of the […]
Image via Shutterstock Men. They can be a bit, well, clueless when it comes to gift-giving, especially on Valentine’s Day. Red roses? Boring. Chocolates with anything other than peanut butter inside? Ick. It’s time for guys to stop thinking of the traditional Valentine’s Day gift route and realize there are many other things we’d rather […]
My husband and I have never really had the time to be romantic. Even if it was his inclination, my husband has been working hard and providing for our family for his entire adult life. I can’t fault him for falling back on my low-maintenance tendencies and letting me make the plans for our dates. And […]
Image via Shutterstock Ask any woman what the most romantic day of the year is and she’ll tell you it’s Valentine’s Day. As soon as Christmas is over and the Santas and reindeers are put away, out come the Cupids and hearts. Women are not just taught to desire romance, but that we deserve it. […]
Then: The day before Valentine’s day, get self a bikini wax, new flirty undies, ingredients for a romantic dessert.
Now: The day before Valentine’s day, clean up blood and gore from a scooter accident, wipe snot off shirt, run to grocery store for gauze and medical tape.
Then: The night before Valentine’s day, order Thai food, take a warm bubble bath, paint toes, drink a glass of wine, cuddle with spouse.
Now: The night before Valentine’s day, eat pizza on the couch, watch a Hawaii 5-o re-run, juggle the two warm bodies on lap so there’s room for the cat.
Then: Valentine’s Day morning. Surprise! Breakfast in Bed! (Meal: champagne, orange juice, naked man.)
Now: Valentine’s Day morning. “Surprise!” Breakfast in Bed. Which is zero surprise because the little one spilled the whole lot of goods yesterday, enraging the elder. (Meal: orange juice, an apple, huge slab of butter…oh wait, toast.) Attempt to eat while two excitable children demons frolic/fight on the bed. Strip sheets from bed. Start washer. Wander into kitchen. Clean up huge mess.