Today is Valentine's Day. One of the holidays that I enjoy more than others. I like this time of year. The beginnings of slight pink flowers appear on trees. And the crocus are already up. And don't get me started on the lamenting of "Oh, poor me, I'm single and don't like this day blah blah blah." I don't buy into it. Your life is what you make of it. Period. In case you hadn't noticed, I'm irritated today. It's increasingly more frequent. I find myself less connected to Mother Earth today than I was even, say, ten years ago. I find that nasty people, irresponsible causes, and stupidity find themselves in my mind more than they should. And that I don't put up with them as much as I should.
Valentine's Day. Today is the day that I was due. Well, more accurately, today is the day that my mother was due with me. But clearly, I needed five more days of sweetening up. And perhaps could have used even more. I feel less enchanted with my life today than I have for a while. I feel a nearly overwhelming need to recenter, rebalance. And to stick close to home. I'm almost in a frenzy to create peace in the dark spots of my heart and mind. It's unsettling.
Today hubby comes home from yet another workweek in Seattle. I've made Valentine's Day dinner reservations at a neighborhood place that we have never been to. It comes with rave reviews. Tomorrow our carpets are being cleaned. Did you know that the "Chem Dry" carpet cleaning systems are actually not chemical-based at all? Me either. They operate without chemicals with a carbonation system -- sort of like putting club soda on a stain to get it out. Same principle. We're trying to get the place in shape for the big birthday weekend coming up. And to celebrate the President's as well.... it is their holiday too.
I remember spending Valentine's Day 2004 in Amsterdam with LoverBoy and my parents. We stayed at a five star hotel right in the center of Amsterdam....Dam Square. It was more than lovely. And I remember Valentine's Day 1994 when I received a phone call at work from my mother. My father had been taken to the hospital. He died 35 days later.
We have a new printer....an Epson Workforce 645.....a real gem. I love it. Fits nicely where it needs to in our tiny condo. Works well. Wireless. And with E-Print (or Air Print??) meaning that I can email any document I want to -- from anywhere in the world -- and it will print on my home printer. And only $99. Our taxes were done last Friday....cha' ching. Combine the tax refund with our employer's profit sharing dollars, and we should be sitting pretty on the last day of February or so. That is, until we spend it. But it'll feel good for a day or two.
Sorry kids I'm all over the map today. My lower back is aching worse than it has in a year or more. So much so that I can't even get my socks on without a ton of pain. Moving quite slowly and carefully. but today is better than yesterday so that's good. Wishing you all a happy heart day.