I got this mug at Starbucks a few weeks ago after a colleague totally freaked out on me for using her Buffy the Vampire Slayer mug that was sitting in the kitchen cupboard at work. True story.
Last night I tried to bake cookies shaped like hearts for the morning swim group while watching the 1996 version of Romeo and Juliet with Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes. (No tie to Valentines day…just another wonderful find on Netflix Teen Drama. Flashback to me and my 15-year-old friends going to the movies in our matching bomber jackets.) Anyway, the heart shape was kind of a major fail. But they taste fine.
On this Valentines Day I did a little reading. There is all sorts of folklore about St. Valentine and what exactly he did that ultimately led to his name being forever affiliated with those little sugar hearts that say “You’re Hot” and “Call Me”. In the extensive research I’ve done (read: Wikipedia) I have found that the only thing everyone agrees on is that someone named Valentine was martyred sometime before 500 AD. Nothing about Valentine and marriage or amour.
So this Valentines Day remember that love is more than telling that special someone they are “So Fine” via candy heart. It can be as simple as giving your seat to a stranger on the bus, saying thank you to the janitor that cleans your building, or lending a hand to a clueless coworker who may accidentally trespass on your property.