Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Marianne Mancusi GuestBlog: Love Don't Cost A Thing...Except On Valentine's Day

2 Big Contests!!! One LCB wins from Dorchester Publishing a Ruby Red Suede shoulder bag (photo below) w/ 2 romances of your choice, 2 bags of gourmet popcorn, and the “Dark Prince” audiobook! (Total value: $50+!) Plus… Another LCB wins signed copies of “A Connecticut Fashionista in King Arthur’s Court,” and its sequel, “A Hoboken Hipster in Sherwood Forest,” and a special sneak peek booklet w/excerpts from her August Dorchester/Shomi selection, “Moongazer.” All from Marianne!
Marianne Mancusi is a very nice young woman who lives in my fave city, Boston. I met her very briefly at RWA National last summer and found her funny and charming, as I think you will today. Please offer Marianne a warm buongiorno as she reveals another side of Valentine's Day...

In addition to being an author, I'm also a tv producer and last week I was assigned to cover a story called the "Million Dollar Valentine's Day". Yes, folks, this package, put together by the fine folks of the Taj Hotel in Boston's Back Bay actually costs a whopping $1,069,000! (Including tips and gratuities, at least.) Okay, sure, there were luxury automobiles, consummate pampering and major 70 carat bling involved--but still! A million dollars to show your sweetie you care? Who was it that said my love don't cost a thing? Evidently not these folks!

I personally find Valentine's Day kind of a sick holiday. People put under a ton of pressure to present the perfect present to prove their love. And these days, a dozen roses just won't do. We're talking iPods, people! And, of course, there's the requisite dinner out -- some ridiculous prix fixe number that's overcooked because the chefs are overworked. Long waits, crowded seating--it all screams romantic night out, doesn't it? And meanwhile the guy is so stressed out trying to make you happy that he can't enjoy any of it. And thus, neither can you.

If only our husbands, boyfriends, lovers would pick up a romance novel once in a while. Take a cue from the heroes on the page who instinctively seem to know that a simple gesture, a soft touch, and a caring word can do so much more to spark love and devotion than any box of expensive chocolates could ever hope to do. Perhaps if they understood what we really want and need deep down, they could learn to relax and enjoy the holiday for what it's supposed to be--a day to celebrate the wonderful thing we call love. To me, that would be the perfect Valentine's Day gift.

Er. not that I'd turn down 70 carats of high quality diamonds were they to be presented to me! Wouldn't want to seem ungrateful, after all... :)

What was your favorite Valentine's gift and what made it particularly special?

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Encore! Click on the pic at right to see Dorchester's very cool line of do-it-yourself "Gift Bags."

Encore due! Anna DeStefano -- a Bella favorite -- GuestBlogs tomorrow with Valentine's Day fun and a great contest!

Encore tre! I'm guest blogging Valentine's Day with our friends at RidingWithTheTopDown.bgspt, with a sweet contest, too!

64 comments:

Kris said...

My favourite Valentine's gift isn't really a gift in the physical, wrap it up with a pretty pink bow kind of way. It's more the opportunity that Valentine's day presents to my husband.

He won't get me any flowers, and I definitely won't get an iPod, but he has spent a week thinking about what to do. He'll have taken the time to call around and make reservations at a nice restaurant. He'll let me pick out the girliest movie at the theater and buy the really expensive chocolate treat, then won't eat any himself because he doesn't like them. And, he'll be dressed in nice black pants, and a button-down shirt because he knows that I'll drool all over him.

So, that's it. A pretty common night out, but it's just what I want. :)

amy*skf said...

Kris, common is in the eye...it sounds lovely.

My husband likes to get me things like coffee beans or a bottle of good red wine, but the best Valentine present was the year my youngest was born. My due-date was feb. 14, later they changed it, and he was born on the second, but I always consider him my Valentine baby.

krissyinva said...

I'm not really into Valentines gifts, but I'll take the chocolate. We always buy each other chocolate and share them while watching some girly movie that he would never agree to watch on any other day. I make something special for dinner, I dunno we are simple people. I'm not one of those people that have to go out to dinner especially on Valentines when it's so crowded.

katie said...

I just want a gift of romance every day that doesn't cost a thing...like the little things (like telling me one thing he loves about me everyday). He gets so busy this time of year, Valentine's Day is a nice 'kick in his pants' that he needs to remember me. Pathetic, I know.

Princess of Everything (and then some) said...

I have been single for 14 years so I used to really dream V-day. Last year, I started pantipalooza on my blog. That made V-day better for me. I donate panties and things to pamper with to womans shelters on V-day. We take the simple act of pulling fresh clean panties out of dresser drawers for granted. It is a blessing because so many woman cannot do that today. So, the best gift I have ever received on V-day is knowing that I had done something good for someone else and maybe bringing a little cheer into a woman's life who was not doing as well as me. It also gave me power back over the *couples* Valentines day.

If you want, you can check out pantipalooza II on my blog!

CrystalG said...

For me, it doesn't really matter what the gift is that my husband gets. It is the thought he put into getting it. It means a lot to me when he takes the time to pick out a gift that he thinks I will like.

traveler said...

My husband brings me a special card that is original and meaningful in many ways. Since we have been married forever he is fussy about choosing one that reflects our understanding of each other as well as our similarities.

Vivi Anna said...

Welcome Marianne!!! I can't wait until Moongazer comes out!! This line is totally going to be my thing. I loved how Dorchester takes chances. Loved the Crimson City series, so I know I'm going to devour yours and Liz's and Eve's books!!

I"m not big into V Day. Never have been. And I've been without a man for a looooooooong time, so it passes by unnoticed..except I always buy some chocolates and a stuffed animal for my daughter.

The best valentine's gift I ever got was from my reluctant boyfriend a long time ago who never wanted to show any type of strong emotions because he was a tough army man who never wanted to settle down...he gave me a leather jacket. I still have it somewhere...

alissa said...

Since we have been married for only 2 years we are still celebrating, but knowing my husband he will buy something special since he is so thoughtful and considerate of me everyday of our lives. He treats me like a queen and I know that I am so fortunate to have found this wonderful man.

ElsieHogarth said...

Welcome Marianne! I loved your "Conneticut Fashionista" and "Hoboken Hipster" books. I love the humor in them.

My favorite flowers are carnations and I just love receiving them for no reason at all at any time not just on Valetine's Day.

Jennifer Y. said...

My favorite Valentine's gift was a Teddy Bear that my parents gave me in high school. Back then I was sick all the time and in and out of the hospital. Around Valentine's Day I had to go to the doctor's and I saw the most adorable bear in the gift shop window. I showed my mom and she got it for me as my Valentine's gift from her and my dad. The following week I had to go into the hospital for a few days and I took that bear with me. He was a great comfort to me and reminded me of my parents when they went home. A couple of years later when I went away to college, Mr. Tibbles (I didn't name him...it was on his tag...I added the Mr. though), came with me. Once again he reminded me of my parents and home and was a great comfort. I still have Mr. Tibbles...he is sitting on my bed. He was a special Valentine's Day gift because my parents gave him to me to make me feel better...and he continues to do so.

Jennifer Y. said...

Oh, and my parents continue to get me something every Valentine's Day! Last year they shopped separately and I ended up with two gifts...LOL. Yet, I have never gotten a gift from anyone else. Poor me! LOL

ellie said...

Valentine's Day has been for the most part fun but we never indulged in special gifts due to working and responsibilities. I did receive wonderful and precious hamd made cards which have a great deal of meaning for me. More than anything else since it is from the heart with emotion and thought.

kim said...

it was flowers from my family and friends, those are the best, they thought of you, i like that

pearl said...

Normally we don't do anything special for Valentine's Day except for cards, but this year I decided to buy my husband a special CD by a new artist/singer whose voice is beautiful. It will be a real surprise to receive this wonderful CD as well as a card that is interconnected since it is a European theme.

KimW said...

Hi Marianne! Nice to see you here.

I have to agree about Valentine's Day. My husband and I don't do anything special. I think it puts a tremendous amount of pressure on the men in this world. Oh, and some women, too. I don't expect to get a gift and my husband doesn't either. We were engaged on Valentine's Day and have been married for 21 years. That's enough of a gift to last me a lifetime. I'm more than happy to forego the gift in exchange for all the wonderful things he does throughout the year like kisses on the cheek for no reason, cleaning the snow off my car, calling to make sure I got to work safely, etc.

RDCICON said...

I would love to receive a single rose on Valentines, that would do nicely for me, but alas will wait and see *sigh*

Playground Monitor said...

My absolute bestest Valentine gift was the year my husband had a barbershop quartet show up at my workplace and serenade me. The local barbershop organization does this as a fundraiser. They were dressed in tuxedoes, gave me a single red rose and sang two songs, one of which was "Let Me Call You Sweetheart." I was gobsmacked to say the least.

I'm getting my XM radio in the car renewed for V-Day. That way I remember the DH every time I listen to an XM station. He's getting a gift certificate from the nail salon for pedicures so I don't have to feel his ragged toenails and cracked heels under the covers. *g*

Marilyn

P.S. We have a male romance writer blogging with us tomorrow

Julie in Ohio said...

Welcome, Marianne!!!

I love V-Day. I love the flowers, the candy. Give me a Hallmark with a S.W.A.K. on the back anyday. Every year I hold my breath just waiting to see what dh will get me. Last year he kept me waiting. I guess after 11 years, he figured he didn't need to...WRONG!
But I have big plans this time around. I don't require anything that costs alot of money. (Although that million dollar package pique my interest. :P) I just want to be acknowlegded as the love of his life and this is the one day a year he's required to do so publicly. Hallmark and FTD demands it. :o)

My favorite V-Day gift was a card and heartshaped box of Dove chocolates. The card was the most special because he wrote a little poem in it. He has a way with words. I love my guy... :o)

sharon said...

I regard everyday as important in our marriage with little thoughtful gestures, kind remarks and even sometimes a cute, inexpensive gift. It is the small, but important kindesses each day that contribute to our well being and make us feel loved. On Valentine's Day I will give a specially and sensitively thought out message which delivers what I really feel inside.

Melissa said...

welcome Marianne! Your books sound intriguing. I'll definitely be checking them out. I'm 41 and have never been anything but single on Valentine's Day. My parents have always at least sent me a card though. My daddy (yes I still call him that) usually leaves gift buying/giving to my mom. One year when I was in college though, he gave me a pair of very delicate heart earrings. I still have them. I think unexpected gestures big or small make the perfect gift.

PoE(ats) I love the pantipalooza idea! I may have to borrow it and encourage my friends from my women's group at church to take part. Sounds like a perfect project for us.

Marianne Mancusi said...

Thanks for the warm welcome!! :) And Vivi Anna - thanks for mentioning the Shomi books! Liz Maverick and Even Kenin I are so excited about the new line!! We're so lucky to have a publisher like Dorchester who lets its authors think outside the box!

Your Valentine's Day stories are great! Sounds like a lot of wonderful, kind, thoughtful men out there! I love it! Especially being single myself...gives me a bit of hope for the future! In the meantime, I can live vicariously through all of you! :)

Marianne

LizeeS said...

Happy Day Before VD everyone,
I have such sophomoric humor when it comes to Valentine's Day. The ridiculous VD joke always makes me giggle like a 10-year-old (and I know I'm the only one because it's a horribly PI "joke"). But, having admitted that, I love Valentine's Day.

To me it will always always bring back, first and foremost, those days in grade school when there was no boyfriend, but a row of decorated lunch bags into which everyone put valentines bought at Walgreens or (much later) Target. It was so fun to go home and look at, and sort through the 20-30 little cards. (I still have to squelch the urge to buy a box of those cheesy little valentines every year.)

Then the day morphed into Valentines from and for a first/second/third boyfriend and finally a husband and, ultimately, the best valentines in the world -- kids. I used to write them all little poems - some of them I still have.

VD (hee hee) has always been elaborately simple at our house. Rarely a night out - it's a night for cooking something sort of special (trust me, a gift in itself)and decorating with red and pink construction paper hearts. I always have valentine napkins and spend $4 on those silly paper heart doilies. Sometimes I get one or two helium balloons. But that's all. Sometimes there's candy, sometimes flowers, sometimes not. Never are there expensive gifts.

It's just a wonderful day to say I Love You - and not just to my romance hero, but to all my friends.

So Happy VD everyone. Enjoy!!!
Lizee

principessa said...

Valentine's Day is another day to express out appreciation and love for someone who is special to us. Whether it is our parents, or a great sister or brother who have been there for us or a wonderful friendship that has endured for many years. For me it is form my husband whose strength and supportive nature has brought me through various trials and tribulations within our life. Without him it would be a tough grind. For his devotion I will cook a special meal at home, after his day of work and give him a card made with love and emotion.

Maureen said...

When my kids were little they would make my husband and myself a Valentine's card and I thought it was the sweetest thing. A card that says I Love You is always a great gift.

Eve Silver (Eve Kenin) said...

For all the years we've been together, my dh buys me a huge box of hand made truffles from the same store, Swiss Master Chocolatiere. These chocolates are sheer perfection, melt-in-your-mouth, to-die-for amazing (and cost about a bajillion dollars each). Three things make them special: 1. he's buying them for me 2. he's been doing it since the store first opened its doors 3. he still thinks I'm beautiful, even with the extra pounds the chocolates put on, LOL!

orannia said...

HI Michelle and Bellas, and welcome Marianne,

I've never received (or given - I'm guessing it works both ways?) a Valentine's Day present, probably because I've never had a significant other. (I'm beginning to think he's been abducted by alients, or maybe I have?). Anyway, if I did have the opportunity to celebrate Valentine's Day, I don't think I would want anything tangible - just some one-on-one time :) If anything, I'd like to be able to spontaneously celebrate it on any day.

orannia

robynl said...

My favorite V-Day gift was a box of homemade fudge from my Mom when I lived a distance away from them. The candy came in a homemade heart-shaped box that Mom made. She made the box from cardboard and decorated the lid with material, silk flowers, beads, lace, etc. They are beautiful boxes and I now have 3, I believe. Mom has since passed away and I treasure the boxes so much.

Maria, Lover of All Things Romance said...

My favourite gift was a daisy from my crush when I was six years old. It was so unexpected and I was so happy

Liz said...

My favorite was 3 dozen roses and 2 huge stuffed bears from my eldest daughter her boyfriend & best friend 2 valentines ago. My husband copmpletely forgot V-Day and I was totally bummed out over it. This is the same man who forgot to get me anything for my birthday last year.
So I was not a happy camper well the next night when we where over some friends house playing cards , there comes a knock on the door its my daughter and her friends with the roses 12 red 12 white and 12 yellow for me and a red & a white 3 foot bears just to say they loved and appreciated me. It was wonderful and Greatly Appreciated

Cherie said...

My favorite Valentine's gift was a year when hubby and I were dating. he brought me roses, a stuffed white bear with a heart, a t-shirt with aheart, and a huge card. We had a wonderful dinner together and i felt really connected. What made it special was not really the gifts, even tough he made me feel spoiled, it is the way we connected that day. Up until then I was discouraged I would never find the right one for me and that day I felt hope. The feeling is indescribable..

Cherie Japp

Aisling said...

I love getting flowers so when an ex sent me a bouquet of red roses a few years ago, I was won over. And we're still together

Mary J said...

I once got a beautiful silver bracelet on Valentine's Day from a boyfriend. I really loved it

MD said...

My Dad got me a dozen roses on the Valentine's Day after I broke up with my fiance. That was really wonderful

Angelina said...

I didn't know what day it was except I knew that it was the dead of winter, the middle of the week and he was late. Our two young boys were getting whiny and dinner was getting cold. And then he throws open the door in his overcoat and scarf (he's still painfully handsome) with a huge smile on his face and two enormous shopping bags in his hands. Out of one he pulled a heart-shaped box of chocolate -- and I mean a box made entirely of chocolate that you opened and found chocolate truffles inside. He'd ordered it at a patisserie down the street. Out of the other bag, a mini-helium tank and balloons. The boys went wild. I melted. That house, that not seconds before had been a Wednesday night house with the dark pressing against it and a grumpy wife inside, he transformed into a place of laughter and chocolate decadence and an overabundance of ceiling-tapping balloons.

Patricia W. said...

I love fresh flowers. But no roses, despite how much I love them. Roses on V-Day are overpriced and overrated. I take pleasure in my husband's selection creativity. Then, there's the family celebration (we always involve the kids although the focus is still on us), followed by the little extra (small gifts, cards, etc.) we do for each other.

Lois said...

Well, I don't have a Valentine or anything, so it's usually chocolate or other type of candy from me, or Mom or sis. :) But I'll take some of the 70 carats of diamonds if you really don't need that many! LOL :)

Lois

Jennifer Y. said...

I am single myself, Marianne, (one reason my story was about a gift from my folks), so it is nice to read all these stories...it does give one hope!

Cathy said...

I am really not into the V day hoopla. I too would rather have that out of the blue bouquet, carnations please, a special delivery mocha frap, just because, and an offer for a dinner out, when he knows I so don't want to cook that night. My favorite valentine gifts were the home made cards my kids used to make when they were in school. You know those cute cards where they say why they love their mom...aw, loved that.

Teresa said...

One year my boyfriend at the time left me a package on my front porch that contained a cute teddy bear in it along with a card. Inside the card was a pair of tickets for me and him to go see Billy Joel in concert the following week. What a nice surprise!

Adriana said...

these are great posts. I'll fess up to two favorites -- one, I receive every year from my husband, and it's always a thoughtful Valentine's "I love you" letter that reflects on our year and our relationship. Can't beat that.

But one of your posts reminded me that all was not always so wonderful. Many years ago after my first marriage split up I was feeling terribly lonely and sorry for myself on my first Valentines day alone with no romance in sight, and my parents sent me a dozen red roses, bringing tears to my eyes!

Needless to say, current DH was definitely worth the pain and the wait!

Adriana

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Hi, everyone! I'm loving reading all this stuff, and am just getting to it after working. Now, I have to take my kids out to buy valentines. I'm so lame. We usually make them (no Martha Steward comments, you evil Bellas, it's the only crafty thing I know how to do well), but this year they'll be store-bought.

Hey, I wish I could win this Dorchester bag.

I'll be back to finish reading all the really sweet and funny Val Day stories you've been sharing.

Maggie Robinson said...

I've gotten the usual candy/ flowers/cards in the past...but the one V-Day present I actually remember was the folding table for the laundry room my husband bought. I was not impressed. He has now been forbidden to get anything practical or electrical for holidays and birthdays.

Lis said...

I'm always single at Valentine's so the nicest v-day's gift has to be the one I got today. My dad bought me a dozen yellow roses and a box of belguin chocolates with a dvd I've wanted for awhile. Pretty up the office for awhile :o)

Joyce said...

The special valentines were always the hand made ones from my children. They always put their hearts into it.

Jennifer Y. said...

Hey, I wish I could win this Dorchester bag.

It is a great bag...I didn't even know they sold bags...went to the site and they have a nice selection!

Sue A. said...

One of my favorite Valentine's gifts was the dozen roses I received from a group of authors. It made what would have been just another ordinary day, an extra special day.

So thank you to all the authors who share their gift of story telling with their readers and also go the extra mile to offer these contests.

Karen W. said...

My favorite Valentine's Day gift is the one I got for myself this year -- the first season of "Beauty & the Beast" on DVD! I had been waiting for that to come out forever!

Stacy~ said...

Hi Marianne, great to have you visiting us. Don't be a stranger.

I can't think of anything memorable from a guy, but when I was in high school, on Valentine's Day they would bring in red, pink and white carnations: red for love, pink for someone special, and white for friendship. The money collected would go to charity. It was fun getting them from friends and buying them carnations too. I always thought that was a pretty cool thing to do.

Playground Monitor said...

I checked out those bags too. Sweet! I'd love to win it. 'Twould go lovely with my purple outfit and red hat. *g*

I remember having the measles on Valentine's Day in the 2nd grade. My mom took my Valentine box (made from a shoebox covered with red paper and doilies with a slit in the top where you could put cards inside) to school and one of my neighborhood friends brought it home. I'd missed to party (meaning I'd missed the cookies and chocolate and Kool-Aid) but at least I had the cards.

Marilyn

ev said...

Karen- I am hoping someone gets me that dvd for my b'day on Saturday. I have outright asked for it.

I am not big on V'day. I do buy hubby a bunch of cards and hide them all over the place. Like his suitcase when he left on Monday with a big note not to open until Wed morning. But his trip got cut short and now he is home. I buy candy and give it out before hand. I hate going out to dinner, it's always so expensive and crowded (how can that be romantic??) so I make a nice meal here.

I love the red bag. I love handbags, especially when I can find a pair of shoes and the right outfit to match them.

Pick me, my birthday is Saturday. It's another anniversary of my 29th b'day!!!

Hunkering down for the proposed snowfall of 2 feet or more. If i am not out shoveling all day, I will try to pop in. I have missed being here the last couple of days!!

Jennifer Y. said...

Happy early B-day Ev!

You know, I never watch Beauty and the Beast, the tv show.

Jennifer Y. said...

That should have said "watched"

ariberkana said...

My most memorable Valentine's Day gift was from my favorite Auntie. When I was about six years old, she gave me the sweetest little heart-shaped, sterling silver pendant. I felt so very special and grown-up to have something like that. I still have it, through several long-distance moves, and the intervening twenty years!

My husband and I aren't into the traditional Valentine's Day stuff - instead of going out to dinner with crowds of people and buying each other expensive gifts (a month and a half after Christmas!), our tradition is to eat at home and have chocolate fondue for dessert. Not something you can eat everyday, but it definitely makes sense for Valentine's Day!

Cheryl said...

My favorite gifts on Valentine's Day have always been the homemade things my kids have made in school. The lopsided hearts made with love, the little books stapled together with coupons for "breakfast in bed" and "this coupon good for one cleaning my room without being told". As a matter of fact, those little coupon books always seem to come up missing the day after they're given to me. But it's the thought that counts. :-)

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Ev! We missed you, too, and wish you buon compleanno. Ah, I remember my 29th birthday like it was just last month... Don't forget to make us all say nice things about you!

Gosh, I'm loving these memories from childhood Valentine's Days lots of you are writing about.

Was anybody else worried they might not get valentines at school as a kid? I was pretty shy and didn't have a lot of confidence, so I definitely worried.

Plus, I can remember some meanies in my classes who wouldn't give Valentines to the less-liked kids. One year, this smelly boy didn't get many, and even as a first grader, I couldn't understand how parents didn't make their kids give them to everyone regardless. I hope that boy ended up being a totally hot underwear model who owns a Fortune 500 company.

Tomorrow nite, we'll take the kids to dinner at a little Italian place, cause we love them a lot, and I think once you have kids, the day is fun to celebrate with them. They bought cards and chocolate bars for Dave, but since he's travelling til tomorrow afternoon, he'll probably feel guilty that he didn't get me something from them.

I'm gonna give him a cd of a band he's really diggin on called Little Big Town. Have you seen this c/w group? All's I'm sayin is they're hot, and one of the guys in it is wicked handsome to me (Jimi Westbrook). I was, like, blushing while watching him on a CMT special the other night. It felt really good. :)

So, yeah, the cd's for Dave, but don't tell him. About the gift, or my crush on Jimi.

Pamk said...

My hubby bought me a little stuffed devil the first year we were married and I vividly remember it. Cause he not one for flowers or stuffed animals. he said it made him think of me. lol. He's right I can be a little devil.

Jen in WA said...

I'm so not a Valentines person. I've never had a special somone on the holiday, so it's always just been another day to me.

That said, I do generally treat myself to some sort of sweet. This year my mother brought me a cherry cheesecake. Not exactly part of my diet, but much appreciated from someone I love.

readingissomuchfun said...

Hello Everyone,

What was your favorite Valentine's gift and what made it particularly special?
Answer: Glass roses from ym fiance. It's special because real roses die and yes I get upset when that happens. So my fiance decided to get me some glass roses. I still have them and I don't have to worry about them dying LoL. I have them in red, pink, yellow and blue. They are very gorgeous.

Happy Valentine's Day To You All!!!

Hugssss
Linda.H.

readingissomuchfun said...

Btw, very nice giveaway. That is a gorgeous bag :)

Happy Valentine's Day To You All!!!

Hugssss
Linda.H.

Jennifer Y. said...

Was anybody else worried they might not get valentines at school as a kid? I was pretty shy and didn't have a lot of confidence, so I definitely worried.

I was always afraid of that I had no confidence...something I still struggle with...then they implemented a policy that you had to bring a Valentine for everyone in the class or you didn't get to give any...cut down on my worries, but it didn't make me feel much better knowing I only got one because they had to give it rather than because they wanted to.

Has anyone seen the Publix commercial where the little boy convinces his mom to help him make a heart-shaped cake from scratch for someone special and it turns out it was for her? Well, my dad mentioned that he loved that commercial so I am going to make him and my mother a heart-shaped cake tomorrow (from a box though...not scratch...I can't cook). They do so much for me it is nice to be able to do something for them.

P.S. I love Little Big Town! I have the first CD...don't have the latest.

ev said...

I love Little Bit Town. Course, I loves my country music. Could I have Toby for V'day?? I am going to see Trace Adkins the day after my b'day.

Michelle- Do I have to make a decree so everyone has to say nice things on Saturday??? VWEG

the snow has started. I think the next day or so will be the perfect time to catch up on email, and reading. I may not dig my way out til spring. Glad i don't live up north any more.

Joye said...

My best Valentine's Day was when I was young my older brother came home from the war in Vietnam.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Oh, Joye! What a story. I can only imagine what that must have been like. God bless him, huh? :)