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Hello...

Just wanted to know what you all are planning to do for Valentine's day?

For Canadians..it kinda lands on a long weekend..we have the Monday off for "family day".

Just curious what people do when they're in long distance relationships....

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Well, we're together now for V-Day (no more long distance!!!), which also happens to be our first wedding anniversary too .... I had planned to take hubby back to this charming old hotel where we stayed last year after we got married. Last year, it had a wonderful special with a dinner, bottle of champagne and the room for $200. This year, the price has jumped to between $400-$500, so that will definitely be a no go. We will probably just celebrate quietly at home on V-day and then, on the weekend, go look at strollers and cribs ... and probably will tie in a nice romantic dinner then too. Do we know how to walk on the wild side or what???!!!


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Seeing as how I've given my wife long-stem roses the last two years, I decided I'd do something different. She's been very stressed out lately, so I put together a "relaxation kit" of my own for her, which contains:

  • One Valentine's Day card.
  • One tabletop fountain (that I researched heavily, in order to make sure it won't splash and cause a watery mess).
  • One satin heart-shaped box of high-quality "artisan" chocolates.
  • One scented candle (vanilla & sandalwood) made from "essential oils in a vegetable wax blend."
  • Two leather-bound hardcover books (both with attached gold satin bookmarks) covering two of her favorite topics.
  • One large heavy-duty Macy's shopping bag with easy-to-hold handles.

You might ask yourself... WHY the Macy's shopping bag, right? Well, since we're not living together yet and she obviously works during the day, I'm having the package sent to her office so she's sure to receive it. My wife lives downtown and doesn't use a car (just trying to find a parking spot would probably take more time than it would to walk), so I figure she could use some assistance carrying whatever items she chooses to bring back to her apartment. That's where the bag comes in -- it'd be a lot easier to use that than heft around a large cardboard package or worse yet, attempt to somehow carry multiple boxes at once.

Anyway... I may have gone a little overboard, but it really wasn't about Valentine's Day as much as it was about helping my wife relax and feel better. I would've done it with or without this holiday; having it come around now just gave me a convenient opening. ;)

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Seeing as how I've given my wife long-stem roses the last two years, I decided I'd do something different. She's been very stressed out lately, so I put together a "relaxation kit" of my own for her, which contains:
  • One Valentine's Day card.
  • One tabletop fountain (that I researched heavily, in order to make sure it won't splash and cause a watery mess).
  • One satin heart-shaped box of high-quality "artisan" chocolates.
  • One scented candle (vanilla & sandalwood) made from "essential oils in a vegetable wax blend."
  • Two leather-bound hardcover books (both with attached gold satin bookmarks) covering two of her favorite topics.
  • One large heavy-duty Macy's shopping bag with easy-to-hold handles.
You might ask yourself... WHY the Macy's shopping bag, right? Well, since we're not living together yet and she obviously works during the day, I'm having the package sent to her office so she's sure to receive it. My wife lives downtown and doesn't use a car (just trying to find a parking spot would probably take more time than it would to walk), so I figure she could use some assistance carrying whatever items she chooses to bring back to her apartment. That's where the bag comes in -- it'd be a lot easier to use that than heft around a large cardboard package or worse yet, attempt to somehow carry multiple boxes at once.

Anyway... I may have gone a little overboard, but it really wasn't about Valentine's Day as much as it was about helping my wife relax and feel better. I would've done it with or without this holiday; having it come around now just gave me a convenient opening. ;)

Those are very lovely gifts and they'll be treasured I'm sure. Does your wife post here? I hope not for this moment anyway. :lol:


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Oops...forgot to post MY Valentine's Day stuff. I don't know what we'll be doing. On Valentine's Day we'll awake in Charleston and eventually make our way down to Savannah. We have a room in Savannah that evening. So I might be in for a surprise, I don't know! As far as gifts....I'm making Gene his gifts this year. Let me see.... I made a dough basket out of hearts that I painted. I made chocolates and chocolate lollipops. I made 100 reasons why I love him slips of paper, and folded them all up into a little heart shaped box. I decorated a small mason jar and put some sweetheart candies in them...the ones with the "sayings" on them. Actually some are quite ridiculous, but they're fun. I painted a small wooden frame, with a heart shaped viewing glass on it, and put a picture of us in the frame. I made two fridge magnets and painted them (also out of dough) and made a pin out of dough, and put a backing on it, for his shirt or hat. I also made a candle for him. All of this stuff will go in the basket with some of that fake red grass! :lol:


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Seeing as how I've given my wife long-stem roses the last two years, I decided I'd do something different. She's been very stressed out lately, so I put together a "relaxation kit" of my own for her, which contains:
  • One Valentine's Day card.
  • One tabletop fountain (that I researched heavily, in order to make sure it won't splash and cause a watery mess).
  • One satin heart-shaped box of high-quality "artisan" chocolates.
  • One scented candle (vanilla & sandalwood) made from "essential oils in a vegetable wax blend."
  • Two leather-bound hardcover books (both with attached gold satin bookmarks) covering two of her favorite topics.
  • One large heavy-duty Macy's shopping bag with easy-to-hold handles.
You might ask yourself... WHY the Macy's shopping bag, right? Well, since we're not living together yet and she obviously works during the day, I'm having the package sent to her office so she's sure to receive it. My wife lives downtown and doesn't use a car (just trying to find a parking spot would probably take more time than it would to walk), so I figure she could use some assistance carrying whatever items she chooses to bring back to her apartment. That's where the bag comes in -- it'd be a lot easier to use that than heft around a large cardboard package or worse yet, attempt to somehow carry multiple boxes at once.

Anyway... I may have gone a little overboard, but it really wasn't about Valentine's Day as much as it was about helping my wife relax and feel better. I would've done it with or without this holiday; having it come around now just gave me a convenient opening. ;)

gotta love the Macy's shopping bag! he he he

I think that any token is great! It means that you put some thought into it. =)

During the week of Valentine's, we'll be in Montreal for our interview. It will be on Feb. 13. I guess the next day we'll be celebrating and perhaps do a romantic breakfast in MTL since we'll be making our way back around noon to Toronto.


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We're with MarilynP in the poor house.. :)

SO.. we'll probably just have a quiet night in..

This will be our 2nd Valentine's day poor :) tee hee.. last year was right after I moved here, and we were too scared to spend money cause we didn't know how long I"d have to go without working :) *sigh.. it's just the cards we have right now!


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Seeing as how I've given my wife long-stem roses the last two years, I decided I'd do something different. She's been very stressed out lately, so I put together a "relaxation kit" of my own for her, which contains:
  • One Valentine's Day card.
  • One tabletop fountain (that I researched heavily, in order to make sure it won't splash and cause a watery mess).
  • One satin heart-shaped box of high-quality "artisan" chocolates.
  • One scented candle (vanilla & sandalwood) made from "essential oils in a vegetable wax blend."
  • Two leather-bound hardcover books (both with attached gold satin bookmarks) covering two of her favorite topics.
  • One large heavy-duty Macy's shopping bag with easy-to-hold handles.
You might ask yourself... WHY the Macy's shopping bag, right? Well, since we're not living together yet and she obviously works during the day, I'm having the package sent to her office so she's sure to receive it. My wife lives downtown and doesn't use a car (just trying to find a parking spot would probably take more time than it would to walk), so I figure she could use some assistance carrying whatever items she chooses to bring back to her apartment. That's where the bag comes in -- it'd be a lot easier to use that than heft around a large cardboard package or worse yet, attempt to somehow carry multiple boxes at once.

Anyway... I may have gone a little overboard, but it really wasn't about Valentine's Day as much as it was about helping my wife relax and feel better. I would've done it with or without this holiday; having it come around now just gave me a convenient opening. ;)

Those are very lovely gifts and they'll be treasured I'm sure. Does your wife post here? I hope not for this moment anyway. :lol:

Nope! My wife never posts here; in fact, she rarely -- if ever -- bothers to check VJ at all. If she did, I'd be a little more careful. :P

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The following Saturday night, me and my husband (assuming CBP lets him in) are going to dinner at Ruth's Chris. If you've never been, you should try it sometime.


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The following Saturday night, me and my husband (assuming CBP lets him in) are going to dinner at Ruth's Chris. If you've never been, you should try it sometime.

Very nice restaurant. My wife took me there for my birthday when she was here in Texas. If you're going on a Saturday night, it'll definitely be dressier than a weekday (and far busier too). I hope you don't get a new waiter or waitress. I have a knack for getting them. :hehe:

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No plans :( we're not really in a position to spend money just yet...c'mon EAD!

Since it's a Thurs, just a quiet night in...I have a little something which I CANNOT divulge since he is on here frequently too :)


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the first Valentines after we met online, hubby (well, he wasn't my hubby at the time :P) sent me a cute Ecard that had kittens on it...... when we first met I thought he was annoying etc... but i started to like him after he sent me that card :blush: .... all the card said was" I know you like cats" .. I was touched that he had remembered something I had told him...

the next Valentine's day, I think he sent me flowers but I can't remember now... :unsure:

the next one we spent together, he came up to Canada so we could get our marriage license and for Valentine's I made him a nice dinner, which he ate and then he fell asleep right afterwards :P:lol:

the following Valentines, he sent me a dozen red long stem roses... (L)

I can't remember if we have done anything for Valentines since i have moved here :unsure:


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