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last-minute valentine's day gifts

Truly Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts

Although you may no longer have the time to wait for a package in the mail, you can still deliver these thoughtful last-minute Valentine’s Day gifts for the holiday.

Hey guys!  How was your weekend?  Adam and I laid low on Saturday but tried stand-up paddle boarding for the first time yesterday.  We didn’t have a hard time keeping our balance – the boards are much sturdier than than surfboards, which is how I imagined them – but the going is slower than on a kayak.

We don’t have big plans for Valentine’s Day, although I did put the Jet’s ad for their Perfect Couple Combo on our fridge when it arrived, folded and warm, in our Super Bowl order last week.  Can’t wait for our heart-shaped pizza and cheesy bread.

It took me about 50 years to eventually think of a small present for Adam, which is why I put together this ‘truly last-minute’ Valentine’s Day gift guide.  At this point, you may not have time to visit a specialty store or wait for a package in the mail, but you can still have a thoughtful gift ready for your significant other or friend.  Read on for a list of ideas – many of them will work for either gender! Continue reading

Weekend Recap + A Netflix Hidden Gem

Good morning!  I hope you had a nice weekend.  I’m glad to have today off – this year got off to busier start than I anticipated, but I should be all caught up (hopefully with a semi-clean apartment) by tomorrow.  Here’s what I’ve been up to over the last few days…

My team spent part of the afternoon volunteering at the YWCA Family Center and then got to go home a little early, since the center’s closer to all of our downtown apartments than it is to our office in New Albany.  I used the extra time to take a three hour nap and then groggily make cheese quesadillas in the microwave for dinner like I used to in college.  Friday evenings always felt like the twilight zone in Ann Arbor – I’d fall asleep after coming home from the library, and when I woke up no one was heading off to student organization meetings or study groups like they might on a Thursday, but they hadn’t gone out to the bars yet either.  I always felt sort of lost during those hours, even though I do things alone all time.  Anyway.

Netflix Hidden Gem: Adam and I watched an episode of Worst Cooks in America over FaceTime later that night, which I found hilarious despite having seen it before.  Each season, Food Network casts about fifteen goofy people who seem to be truly clueless when it comes to food and cooking and sends them to “boot camp” with two chefs (Bobby Flay and Anne Burrell) who manage to keep totally straight faces as they respond to the ridiculous things the recruits say and do.  It’s like watching a favorite teacher interact with the funniest kids in class.

I took some photos for upcoming blog posts in the morning, then headed to Mad River Mountain for the afternoon.  I thought drinking an Angry Orchard in the lodge would help me loosen up enough to ride some rails – I always approach features in the terrain park too slowly and have to bail before I jump on – but I realized as I tripped on the flat ground while making my way to the lift that it had the opposite effect.

Mad river map

Mad river chairlift

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Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts

Valentine’s Day makes me cringe.  I don’t think Adam and I have ever spent one together, since our entire relationship has been long-distance – if we have, I probably don’t remember it because we ordered pizza and watched Netflix, which is not exactly a deviation from our normal routine.  But my frivolous nature and love of buying gifts just barely edges out my ambivalence toward the holiday, so I’m still mailing something to Adam.  Follow the jump to see what I picked for him, as well as three more easy gift ideas that work for either gender. Continue reading