Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Harvest Moon

I've always been fascinated with space as a whole, but the moon is especially intriguing to me. So, I took my camera out for a little nighttime photography and captured this little beauty of the 
Harvest Moon on September 8th. 

I'm hoping this brief photography session inspires me to break out my trusty old Pentax and snap some photos with film. 


Monday, September 15, 2014

Weekends Recaptured.

Time flies when you're working hard and having the time of your life in between. While I do wholeheartedly support the 4-day work week, this will likely never happen any time soon for me on a permanent basis. At any rate, I have been maximizing the two days I do have off and I've been going virtually nonstop for the past few months. I was also clearly delusional when I thought I would be steadily posting again. Turns out working from 730AM-730PM is just a little exhausting. Anyway, here's a small glimpse of the playing I've been able to do in between working hard...

Micaela's Baby Shower

Toby Keith Concert

and a Meet and Greet with Colt Ford - and also ended up backstage chilling with some bandmates. 

Nana's Big Birthday Bash

Jenn's farewell party with a surprise twist - RACHEL. Reunited at last! 

An impromptu trip to Las Vegas

Complete with a pool party

4th of July Yachting

With the glorious Rachel

A little paddleboarding, a little kayaking, a whole lotta fun.

It was like herding cats at times, but totally worth it. 

But it didn't end there, because there was brunch, pool time, and then hiking

A's Game with a Stomper close-up

A gorgeous day in Half Moon Bay, complete with a dolphin sighting

A scenic drive

The Kings Mountain Art Fair

Vintage Costume Jewelry Trunk Show at the Ritz Carlton 

Acquired some sample fabrics and found inspiration for new art projects

And a little more paddleboarding - the view from the board

And the fun isn't about to stop there because I already have another trip lined up to go back up to Portland to meet Micaela's new bundle of joy, I'm saving up vacation time to visit Jenn in Hawaii, and of course I'm planning to have many more Bay Area adventures with Rachel.


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Reason, Season, or Lifetime

A friend of mine posted this on Facebook recently and it really hit close to home. I'm fairly certain I've read it somewhere before, but it was especially relevant right now. I'm slowly coming to terms with who is/was in my life for a reason, or a season, but more importantly, I'm cherishing those who I know are in my life for the long haul. 

Reason, Season, or Lifetime
People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime.
When you figure out which one it is,
you will know what to do for each person.
When someone is in your life for a REASON,
it is usually to meet a need you have expressed.
They have come to assist you through a difficulty;
to provide you with guidance and support;
to aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually.
They may seem like a godsend, and they are.
They are there for the reason you need them to be.
Then, without any wrongdoing on your part or at an inconvenient time,
this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end.
Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away.
Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand.
What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled; their work is done.
The prayer you sent up has been answered and now it is time to move on.
Some people come into your life for a SEASON,
because your turn has come to share, grow or learn.
They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh.
They may teach you something you have never done.
They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy.
Believe it. It is real. But only for a season.
LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons;
things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation.
Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person,
and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life.
It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.
— Unknown


Thursday, May 8, 2014


Happy birthday to me!! ...and George Clooney. 

Speaking of Mr. Clooney, darn him for dashing the hopes and dreams of so many women by being happily engaged! There goes my birthday wish...

While I would love to be out on a grand birthday adventure, sadly, I have to work. Those are the breaks sometimes though. I haven't accrued much time off yet, and since I'm still fairly new, it just doesn't seem right to ask. Even if I could. Which I probably could. 

Anyway, it doesn't matter because I'm having extended birthday celebrations through the weekend and then some.  I am going to be stretching this out for as long as I can! 


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Back to Business

I've had a nice hiatus, but it's back to business. Okay, truthfully, I've just been so doggone tired after work that I can't even think about making my fingers type another word. Or to strain my eyes even more than I already have. So, I let things go. I stopped writing. I stopped going to the gym. I also stopped sleeping soundly, but that's a different topic for a different day. I'm pretty sure my last post summed it all up rather accurately. 

So, I'm going to make a valiant effort to get back on track and not neglect one of the few things that gives me some peace - this little blog of mine. I know there aren't many people who read it, and that's okay with me. I don't do it for anyone but myself...and anyone who wants to know a thing or two about the latest beauty products I've tried.

With that said, I'll be resuming soon with a belated April Birchbox review followed by a steady stream of posts...hopefully. 


Thursday, April 17, 2014

You're getting sleepy...

I've been so tired.

So tired because I've spent the last 9 business days with my eyes wide, staring at a computer screen and I couldn't even bear to crack open my laptop for a few measly minutes. 

I couldn't bring myself to even think about typing anything. 

And so, my blog has suffered. 

It's not that I don't have things to write about, it's that my brain has been reduced to mush by the time I get home and all I can think to do is forage for food. And drink wine. And maybe watch a television show or two. 

And I've been failing to go to the gym as well. It's been two weeks since I stepped foot into that place. It's terrible. All that hard work, building up my endurance, just washed down the drain. 

That's what I get for taking a new job.

Longer working hours. 

More computer time for work-related tasks.

A room without windows. 

A trek to the bathroom.

I keep forgetting to run my errands after work because all I can think about is how fast I can get home.

It'd be fine if I were sleeping, but that seems to be a thing of the past, too. 

I'm so tired, I cannot sleep.

Insomnia is a bitch.

So is anxiety.

Maybe once my stress level from work dies down I'll find some time to devote to this once again.

In the meantime, know that I'm desperately tired and I'll return...eventually.


Monday, March 31, 2014

March Birchbox Review

This month I received my monthly Birchbox on my mom and sister's birthdays. This was especially fitting because when I was a child I couldn't stand that they both got presents and I didn't. So, it made me laugh a little that I still got a present, even if it was in the form of my subscription.  While I've had it for nearly two weeks now, it's taken me a while to get around to reviewing because I've been so darn busy. But, better late than never!

Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle
INIKA Organic Eyeliner in Green Lagoon
Atelier Cologne's Vanille Insensée Cologne Absolue
Jurlique Herbal Recovery Eye Cream
Jurlique Herbal Recovery Night Cream
Ghirardelli Intense Dark Cherry Tango

Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle

I think I was a little cheated with this one only because my spritzer didn't work...although it seems like that's a common problem based on some reviews I read and I do think it's because the formula is so thick. I'll keep trying to get it to flow, but in the meantime I do what any normal person does and I poured a little in my hand, rubbed my hands together, and ran my fingers through my hair. It sure did do the job I needed it to do and I was left with silky strands. Now that my hair isn't as damaged, I don't have a huge need for a detangled type product, but even my healthier locks are grateful for the heat protecting elements. 

Verdict: It does the job, smells great, and isn't overly greasy. When I'm in the market for a new product like this, I'll definitely consider it to be a front runner.

INIKA Organic Eye Liner in Green Lagoon

Photo from Birchbox

I had received a previous INIKA eye liner in a dark green that was amazing, so I immediately had high hopes for this one. I thought it was going to be more of a jeweled tone, so when I dragged it across my eyelid, I was surprised with how light it was. While I was taken aback, I was pleasantly surprised by how much it brightened my eyes. I wasn't sure if it was going to complement my dark brown eyes, so I was seriously happy when it did. 

Verdict: Glides on smooth, stays put, and is the perfect hue for spring. I'd buy any INIKA liner.

Atelier Cologne's Vanille Insensée Cologne Absolue

Photo from Birchbox

This one was a little tricky because I could smell it as soon as I opened the box and it was overwhelmingly vanilla and amber. It wasn't that it smelled bad, just that it was strong. I enjoyed the fragrance, but it isn't one that I'll be dabbing on just on a whim. It would call for a very specific occasion and likely one revolving around cooler months. With spring and summer just around the corner, I'll be tucking this sample away to enjoy when the temps drop down below sixty.

Verdict: Not a perfume I'll indulge in, but it'll be nice to switch it up with the sample here and there.

Jurlique Herbal Recovery Eye Cream

Photo from Birchbox

Talk about smell goody! This eye cream made me wish it were an all over body lotion. It's obviously too soon to see what's going to happen, but I certainly didn't mind dabbing it underneath my eyes.

Verdict: We'll see what the long term effects are, but it seemed to help with the slight puffiness I was experiencing below my eyes. 

Jurlique Herbal Recovery Night Cream
Photo from Birchbox

It smelled amazing just like the eye cream, but I'm not in the habit of using night creams much these days since I seem to break out a little easier when I do. I'll be trying it on a day when I need to add some extra moisture to my skin.

Verdict: Not a product I'll be adding to my arsenal, but it smells amazing. 

Ghirardelli Cherry Intense Dark Tango

I am incredibly particular about cherries and chocolate. While dark chocolate is usually quite bitter, this combination with bits of cherry and cherry flavoring really sets it apart while the almond pieces provide a bit of crunch. I savored it tiny bite by tiny bite and it was still gone too soon! 

Verdict: I'd buy a bag when I need a sweet fix. 


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Prized Possessions

Sometimes I think about what I would grab if there were a fire at home and I had to act quickly. What would I immediately reach for without hesitation? For me, it would be less about the monetary value of something and more about the sentimental value that it holds in my heart.  That's how my prized possessions are born.

The Ring

This isn't any old ring. It's the ring. And it is incredibly special. It is a gift I have worn for years and I'll continue to wear it for years to come because I love it. What appears to be a simple, silver band is really so much more. This ring holds a unique place in my heart and I will forever cherish the memories surrounding it.

The Hoodie

This was sort of given to me/sort of stolen from someone. I guess you could say I permanently borrowed it without having any intention of returning it...and thankfully the original owner was okay with that. What was once a black sweatshirt has now gracefully aged into a dark gray item with a broken zipper pull, though it has held up surprisingly well with the innumerable wash cycles it's endured (way to go B&E Sport!).

The Jewelry Box

While this one may be a little juvenile, I simply cannot bear to part with it. The base is a star, it's yellow, and it has Mickey and Minnie dancing atop. Does it get much better than that? I'm not even sure exactly when I acquired it, but it has been with me for most of my life and it's something I keep out on display on my dresser even today. It's perfectly me and I wouldn't dream of parting with it.


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Beauty Spotlight

Shiseido IBUKI Refining Moisturizer

Photo from Sephora

Like so many deluxe samples I obtained before Birchbox, I got this one from Sephora way back in September. I initially started using it as a part of my nightly moisturizing routine, but when I realized it wasn't going to completely wreak havoc on my skin, I switched it up and started using it in the morning, too. While that routine was working, now I'm trying something new where I don't moisturize at all before bed, and it's doing ah-mazing things for my skin. I don't know if this Shiseido moisturizer has anything to do with it, but it seems to be working miracles.

First off, I have to warn you, it does have a perfumey smell to it. That said, I barely notice it anymore. This is a lightweight moisturizer that quickly absorbes into your skin without making it feel overly greasy. And while it does have soft reflecting powder particles in it (a fancy way of saying it has a shimmer), it isn't that noticeable unless you're inspecting your pores two inches from the mirror. While the claim is that it "instantly corrects the appearance of unevenness from visible pores, breakouts, blemish marks, and skin roughness," I have to argue that it's not that much of a miracle worker to banish those things in an instant. However, I do think that over time it has helped even out my skin and I'm far more comfortable going without makeup some days.

Overall, I love this moisturizer. I've had the full size product since December and I still haven't finished it up yet. For me, half a pump does the trick (and sometimes that's even a little much), so I'm probably saving a ton of it that way. If you have super dry skin, you might need something that moisturizes a little more, but otherwise, this might be the product for you!


Tuesday, March 11, 2014


This morning I took out a pair of scissors before work and impulsively cut a solid 4 inches off of my hair. Why? Because I'm getting it cut on Thursday anyway and I don't have anything to lose but more inches. Besides, I've been feeling discontent and cutting my hair myself is oddly cathartic.

I'm not quite sure what I'm going to do yet in terms of how I want it styled, but I'll figure it out soon enough. I'm just so sick and tired of the damaged ends (most of which I conveniently chopped off this morning) and I really want my hair to be all natural for a while before I get that first, dreadful gray hair. *knock on wood* Once that happens you better believe I'll be dying my hair like crazy.

I've been growing it out since the last time I got it colored in August...of 2012. It's certainly been a lesson in patience. So while it has made some definite progress, it's not nearly enough...but it's so close. Anyway, I've been playing around and giving myself makeovers on InStyle by trying on celebrity hairstyles and changing up their colors to better suit me.

This one hairstyle is a dark version of Cate Blanchett's hair. 

I think I've lost hours of my life from this site. 

This is just one of many styles I played around with. I highly recommend it if you need to kill some time or you're thinking about change up your look or if you want a few laughs. 


Monday, March 10, 2014

'Tis Better, Though I'll Forever Suffer

Alfred Lord Tennyson wrote: 

I hold it true, whate'er befall;
I feel it, when I sorrow most;
'Tis better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all.

Indeed, I believe it to be true. 
I have loved. I have lost. 

And because of this, I'll forever suffer from the heart-wrenching loss of love for the rest of my days. 
Because, in the words of Dionne Warwick, I know I'll never love this way again.


Thursday, March 6, 2014

The Trip That Wasn't

Months and months ago a trip was planned.
The months turned into weeks.
The weeks turned into days.
And then it all faded away. 
Like a melting snowflake in the palm of my hand.
I was supposed to be out on a grand adventure, but I'm not. 
I guess some things just aren't meant to be! 
C'est la vie.


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Beauty Spotlight

I don't know if you know this or not, but I am a Mary Kay Beauty Consultant and I have been for quite some time. Though I have long since given up on the "party" part of the job, I do still sell products and I must say they do carry some exceptional ones. One product, in particular, is the showstopper of them all and it's their...

Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover

Photo from Mary Kay

This is by far the best product I've ever used and I likely won't bother to use anything else ever again (unless I receive a sample via Birchbox, of course). I used to think Avon's eye makeup remover lotion was IT, but then I made the switch over to Mary Kay. I've even tried Estee Lauder's gentle eye makeup remover and it didn't do squat when removing the waterproof stuff. Hence, the reason I stick with the tried and true. It takes off everything.

I don't just think this product is great because I sell it and I want people to buy it. I honestly believe it is the best product out there and one of the few MK products that I think is worth it's retail value. I typically sell at a discount because I don't think anyone should have to pay full price, but this one might be the exception because of how effective it actually is. Although I usually do some kind of deal.

While it is oil-free, you will see that the solution separates. It is imperative that you shake the bottle before using it, otherwise it won't work properly and you'll be left shaking your head instead and wondering why you took my word for it. So shake, shake, shake before squeezing it onto your favorite cotton pad and gently wiping away your look for the day. This stuff is amazing. 

Want to purchase products, but don't want a pushy beauty consultant? Well, look no further...your search is over. 


Friday, February 28, 2014

February Birchbox Review

This month's box was full of amazing goodies, just like always! So, without further ado, here are the products.

Bain de Terre Color Preserving Shampoo 
Bain de Terre Color Preserving Conditioner
Joan Vass L'eau de Améthyste
Previse HydroMilk Moisturizer
Ruby Wing Color Changing Nail Polish in Ride 'Em Cowgirl

Bain de Terre Color Preserving 
Shampoo & Conditioner

Photo from Birchbox

I was excited that I received a sample for both steps of the hair washing process because I really feel like I get the full effect that way. Not to mention, the size was great because I've already used it a few times and there's still plenty left. The products were a little thinner than I thought they would be, but that doesn't mean they weren't effective! It's hard to say how well it'll preserve color since I haven't been dying my hair lately, but in terms of how my hair responded after washing, well, it loved it. My hair wasn't heavy, it looked fantastic, and it sure did shine! The fragrance of the two is passion flower and it smelled great without being overwhelming throughout the day. 

Verdict: I would buy the full-size product.

Joan Vass L'eau de Améthyste

Photo from Birchbox

At first I wasn't sure about this because before I had even tried it, the musky patchouli description turned me off. However, once I sprayed it on a testing strip and waved it under my nose, I was intrigued. It wasn't a scent I would gravitate towards on any normal perfume sampling day, but I liked it. It was strong enough without overpowering my senses. I spritzed some on the inside of my wrists and then dabbed my neck in the morning, and while I could smell it throughout the day, it wasn't so much so that I felt like I had bathed in it. 

Verdict: I'll put it on my wish list. 

Previse HydroMilk
Photo from Birchbox

I always have a brief moment of hesitation before putting anything new on my face because I never know how it will react immediately after, a few hours after, or the next day. While I'm still not 100% sure how my skin is reacting to this one just yet, so far so good! I liked that it was lightweight, but it did seem to take a few minutes to sink in completely. Once it did though, it didn't leave my skin feeling too greasy. I loved the soft fragrance of flowers and I'm looking forward to seeing how it responds to a daytime use with makeup (I've only used it at night so far). At sixty bucks a pop, it's more than a little pricey, but if it works as good as it says it does, it might be worth it. 

Verdict: I like the scent, the feel, and the fact that it doesn't have a lot of icky stuff like silicones, petroleum, or synthesized oils. I'd buy it with my Birchbox points.

Ruby Wing Polish in Ride 'Em Cowgirl

Photo from Birchbox

This was a fun product to try. I knew I should have put on two coats when I first tried it, but since it went on clear, I figured I'd be golden. That is, until I stepped out into the beautiful sunshine and you could see where it didn't quite cover completely. Ooops! I've always been a fan of color changing things (like those color changing Vans shoes I once had), so this is the perfect thing for me. The
glitter doesn't apply as heavy as I'd like, but that's pretty typical. As soon as you step outside, it doesn't matter though because your nails go from clear to berry in a matter of seconds. Step back inside and they're back to clear. I don't know about you, but I think it's awesome! I'll be interested to see what kind of effect it has if I use a light colored polish beneath it first. We'll see! 

Verdict: LOVED it. I'd buy another color changing polish in a heartbeat. 

Birchbox, for me, keeps getting better and better because I'm constantly being introduced to products I wouldn't otherwise try. For a beauty products gal like me, it's been a dream come true. Looking forward to next month as always!


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Beauty Spotlight

It's no secret I adore Birchbox, but have you heard of Julep? Like Birchbox, it's a monthly box sent directly to your door, but instead of haircare, skincare, makeup, fragrances, etc., it's primarily nail polish or nail related products (it seems like they're branching out). Now I've only recently started painting my nails regularly, so while Birchbox is right up my alley, Julep isn't something I'm willing to invest in at the moment. My seester on the other hand, well, she's basically a nail polish connoisseur and my go-to manicurist.

Recently she painted my nails with Sadie, a dark, matte color with a sea salt finish. I fell in LOVE.

Photo from Julep

Julep describes it as a black lava sea salt finish, but quite frankly it reminds me of asphalt, which I strangely enjoy. It's got just enough glitter to keep me placated and just enough texture that it doesn't weird me when I absent-mindedly run my fingers over it. 

Also, it's crazy strong. I've talked about how nail polish doesn't really hold up too well on me, but two coats of this (even without a top coat) lasted 5+ days! A new record for me! Sometimes I'm lucky if a polish holds up 5 hours.  All in all, this is one of my favorite new polishes. Unfortunately, Julep has discontinued this particular sea color; however, if you go to their website and shop Nail Color, narrow the search by Finish and select Special Effects and then you'll find another sea salt version as well as a stardust finish, which is equally as enjoyable. 

Since I don't like to take no for an answer when I really want something, I did a little web searching and found an untested bottle for sale. It was reasonably priced and had free shipping, so I bought it! Best part is, now I won't have to steal my seester's bottle! 


Monday, February 24, 2014

Lille, Little Bite Bake Shop

On Valentine's Day I entered a contest...and I won! I was just as shocked as anyone else because although I have won a few other contests in recent months (the SF Birchbloggers dinner and a Birchbox private movie screening), my good luck cup doesn't exactly runneth over.

Anyway, the contest was for the Lille, (pronounced lee-lah) Little Bite Bake Shop reaching 300 likes on Facebook. I had already sampled the Fleur De Sel Creme Caramels from a family friend, so I knew they were delicious, but I really didn't think I'd get picked. I still took the chance, liked the page, left a comment, and shared the post. The next day I found out I had won and I was ecstatic! Although I was even more excited when they actually arrived!

Laurel and Jennee are the mother/daughter team behind the Lille shop and they are quite talented! While I've only tasted these delectable candies, the presentation of all of their other treats is pretty impressive. I mean, check out the detail on this cake...

Photo from Facebook

Isn't it absolutely gorgeous?!?

Or this holiday cake with tiny snowflakes and an impeccable poinsettia...

Photo from Facebook

They're almost too pretty to eat! And by almost, I mean they are beautiful, but I'd still eat each and every petal...after taking a photo for posterity. Honestly though, if their cakes taste half as good as they look, (or even half as good as the candies I won) they'll be doing just fine.

But back to the prize, these Fleur De Sel Creme Caramels are seriously amazing. They're soft and chewy, sweet with a little bit of sea salt and absolute perfection. I could eat the entire package in one sitting, but I'm practicing some self-control and making them last. After all, they're only available on holidays or special occasions so it's not like I can enjoy them whenever I want!

Thanks Lille Little Bite Bake Shop for sharing!!!


Friday, February 21, 2014

Simple Pleasures

Yesterday I thought it was Friday, so you can imagine my disappointment when I finally realized it wasn't. But, TODAY is Friday and I'm in great spirits. Here are my latest and greatest simple pleasures:

Boy or Girl

Photo from here

Now that my bestie has let the cat out of the bag and announced she's preggers, I can freely write about it (it's been killing me not to!). Today she finds out if she's having a boy or a girl and I honestly cannot wait to find out. The suspense is almost too much to bear! She'll be happy either way (as will I), but I have to say I'm especially looking forward to being a godmother!!! Now if only I didn't have to wait so long to find out!


Photo from here

I love a good haunted house, but this one must be seriously scary to have so many frightened faces! A visit to Niagra Falls is on my list of things to do in life, so while I'm there, I'm going to make sure I don't miss out on the Nightmares Fear Factory. I don't particularly like the thought of a hidden camera capturing my terrified expression, but these photos are truly hilarious.

Time for Taxes

Photo from here

This weekend my schedule is WIDE OPEN and I'm especially thankful for this because I have so many things I need to get done, like my taxes. Most people aren't exactly excited about doing their taxes, and quite frankly, neither am I, but I needed this weekend of nothingness so I could get it done in one swoop. It's a little more involved than simply entering the information from my W-2 form in since I'm a beauty consultant with Mary Kay and have a "thriving" acting career in the works, but I do it because I love it, not because it's a pain in the rear when tax season comes around. At least I can usually count on a decent refund! Also, I really need to get some cleaning and organizing in, so if I have some time left over, maybe I'll start spring cleaning a little early.


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Lego Magic

This past weekend the fam and I went to see The LEGO Movie. I don't generally gravitate towards animated films when going to movies, but it was dad's choice, so that's what we saw! Overall, I enjoyed the flick and I definitely had some laughs. It wasn't just a kids movie! And I'm not afraid to admit that after a few minutes in, it definitely made me miss my LEGOs! Especially that little shark.

I can honestly say I loved LEGOs more than Barbies and I think that was evident by how many more hours I would spend building anything and everything as opposed to how little I pulled out the dolls. There was just something so magical about LEGOs that I couldn't get enough of them. Maybe it was the endless possibilities, but I definitely loved those things. In fact, I'd like to think I was much like the tomboyish girl in this ad who was just having fun making something new with her interlocking blocks.

I may not have been a "master builder," but I definitely enjoyed the creative process, even though I know I was awfully particular about the way I wanted things to be. I guess not much has changed!


Friday, February 14, 2014

Simple Pleasures

Happy Friday and Happy Valentine's Day!

Or as my seester likes to refer to it...Happy Sappy Day!!!

I decided it wouldn't be much of a Hallmark holiday if I didn't wear something with pink or red, so I added just a little pop of color today with the flowers on my blouse and my pink POP Beauty lipgloss in Floating Rose.

Getting into the Valentine's Day spirit with a floral top.

I can honestly say this is the first year that I haven't been heartbroken over not having a valentine. Okay, so heartbroken might be a little strong, but I'm surprisingly content about the whole "Love Day" thing. I'm genuinely not bitter that other people have significant others who are sending them flowers and balloons and little stuffed animals and chocolates because I have Valentine's day socks and that's a-ok with me! 

My Vday Socks

Besides, my bestie sent me a card that made me cry and that always trumps little stuffed animals. 

A beautiful, heart-warming card

Truly, I'm just happy to have people around me who love me and whom I love just as much. I mean, isn't that what today has really come to be about anyway?

And at the very least, I've got mad love for myself!