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Win Restaurant Week Gift Certificates

Want a V-day do-over? Win a restaurant gift certificate to try again.

Did you bomb Valentines? Here’s your chance for a do-over…and a gift certificate for Restaurant Week!

Maybe the love bug infected you with a nasty virus instead of romantic gestures of adoration?  Or perhaps Cupid’s aim was off? Maybe you’re just not a natural Romeo (or Juliet).

Whatever happened, your Valentine’s Day was more of a downward spiral than a trip to Paradise.

Give me your sob of a V-Day FAIL and what a perfect date would have looked like instead. I’ll award one gift certificate to a Restaurant Week participant Tuesday-Thursday. (You can use the gift certificate whenever you’d like).

Tuesday’s Winner: Olive and Vine, Sonoma $25
Wednesday’s Winner: Forchetta/Bastoni, Sebastopol, $25
Thursday’s Winner: Agriculture Bar & Kitchen, Guerneville, $50
Friday’s Winner: Jackson’s Bar & Oven, Santa Rosa, $25

Want to find out where else you can go during Sonoma County’s Restaurant Week (Feb. 27-March4) Click here.

Fine print: You are welcome to request a specific gift certificate in your post, but winners are going to get what they get. Because hey, it’s a contest and you’re getting something for nothin. If you don’t win, please don’t whine about it. That is really irritating. Here are the complete rules.

Editor’s Note: Travel, dining and wine tasting can be complicated right now. Use our inspirational ideas to plan ahead for your next outing, be it this week or next year. If you visit restaurants, wineries, and other businesses during the pandemic, remember to call ahead, make reservations, wear a mask and social distance.

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  1. This is the first year I’ve had a boyfriend since my divorce five years ago. I thought what a cool idea it would be to make my man a movie with pictures and commentary about all the signficant occasions we’ve celebrated in the last six months. I stayed up quite late the night before (not a good idea as I am a teacher and rise very early on the weekdays) and tried to make it as quirky and cute as I could. I finally finished with such a feeling of satisfaction and looked forward to the response I’d get on Valentine’s Day. After sending it out in the morning I waited. I could hardly contain my excitement as I thought he would be overjoyed to see it, and surely I’d be receiving a bouquet of flowers or chocolates as the day went on. I saw another teacher proudly walking down the hall with a lovely arrangement of red roses at lunch. There continued to be no acknowledgement to my gift nor any reciprocation. Finally as the evening approached I saw an email from my boyfriend proclaiming that he cared deeply for me, and wanted me to know how special I am to him. Hmmm….I finally broke down, called him and asked if he’d received my movie. That would be no. Good heavens then, who did I send it to? I am not sure where it went, but he never got it and when I resent it, he couldn’t open it. Finally that weekend, I showed it to him in person on my laptop and he thought it was very sweet but sadly, Valentine’s Day was a bit of a lame bungled attempt on my part (and on his but I think he’s fabulous so I forgive him!)

  2. This is the first year I’ve had a boyfriend since my divorce five years ago. I thought what a cool idea it would be to make my man a movie with pictures and commentary about all the signficant occasions we’ve celebrated in the last six months. I stayed up quite late the night before (not a good idea as I am a teacher and rise very early on the weekdays) and tried to make it as quirky and cute as I could. I finally finished with such a feeling of satisfaction and looked forward to the response I’d get on Valentine’s Day. After sending it out in the morning I waited. I could hardly contain my excitement as I thought he would be overjoyed to see it, and surely I’d be receiving a bouquet of flowers or chocolates as the day went on. I saw another teacher proudly walking down the hall with a lovely arrangement of red roses at lunch. There continued to be no acknowledgement to my gift nor any reciprocation. Finally as the evening approached I saw an email from my boyfriend proclaiming that he cared deeply for me, and wanted me to know how special I am to him. Hmmm….I finally broke down, called him and asked if he’d received my movie. That would be no. Good heavens then, who did I send it to? I am not sure where it went, but he never got it and when I resent it, he couldn’t open it. Finally that weekend, I showed it to him in person on my laptop and he thought it was very sweet but sadly, Valentine’s Day was a bit of a lame bungled attempt on my part (and on his but I think he’s fabulous so I forgive him!)

  3. Ok, for the third year in a row my husband gave me candle holder!!!!!!!!! WHY, WHY? I hated the first and second and warned him not to try 3rd time is a charmer routine. needless to say I cried and still am mad at him.

  4. Ok, for the third year in a row my husband gave me candle holder!!!!!!!!! WHY, WHY? I hated the first and second and warned him not to try 3rd time is a charmer routine. needless to say I cried and still am mad at him.

  5. “You Don’t Send Me Flowers Anymore” by Streisand was our theme song this Valentine’s Day replaced by Martina McBride’s Valentine”

  6. “You Don’t Send Me Flowers Anymore” by Streisand was our theme song this Valentine’s Day replaced by Martina McBride’s Valentine”

  7. My V-days for the last 11 years and just been me and my kids. As a single mom, my kids or my grand children are my valentines. I love them to death and would do anything for them. As of the 22nd my youngest child turned 18 so now its time to focus on myself and to treat myself. I never make the time to do that, not with 4 daughters and 2 grand children. Any help and I would be very thankful. Hope you had a wonderful valentines day!

  8. Out of work for 8 months, Feb b-day and V day – well, I cooked some delightful meals at home, however the resurrection of the Tunnel of Fudge cake my husband asked for, stuck in the pan and came out in chunks. Probably more people deserving than us, as i can could up a good gourmet meal, without as much salt and fat!

  9. My V-days for the last 11 years and just been me and my kids. As a single mom, my kids or my grand children are my valentines. I love them to death and would do anything for them. As of the 22nd my youngest child turned 18 so now its time to focus on myself and to treat myself. I never make the time to do that, not with 4 daughters and 2 grand children. Any help and I would be very thankful. Hope you had a wonderful valentines day!

  10. THURSDAY WINNER

    As a 35 year-old man, I’m ashamed to say that I’ve never gone out to dinner on Valentine’s Day. This is not because I wasn’t in relationships with women during that special day, nor is it because I’m a cheapskate (or even worse, appalled by the fact that it’s some sort of “Hallmark Holiday” fraught with commercialism, and abstain from celebrating out of principle).

    It’s because I’m a florist, and typically work 15 hour days leading up to the craziness that is 2/14. Fortunately, my wife is a very patient and understanding woman, and just accepts the fact that we don’t really celebrate this holiday in our house. Sure, I’ve bought sappy greeting cards, jewelry and small gifts (although flowers don’t really work for me, she gets those all the time anyway), but could just never make the time commitment to do something special that evening.

    I thought this year would be different. I made 8pm reservations to a restaurant over a week in advance, and was committed to celebrating this Valentine’s Day with my wife properly. We had just found out that we are expecting our first child later this summer, so this was our last chance to eat out without finding a sitter. I got home around 7pm, exhausted, and laid on the couch for just a minute to relax…and woke up 4 hours later. Missed the reservation, will try again next year. Good thing I have an amazingly understanding wife…she let me sleep and heated up some leftovers for me which I ate at midnight.

  11. Out of work for 8 months, Feb b-day and V day – well, I cooked some delightful meals at home, however the resurrection of the Tunnel of Fudge cake my husband asked for, stuck in the pan and came out in chunks. Probably more people deserving than us, as i can could up a good gourmet meal, without as much salt and fat!

  12. THURSDAY WINNER

    As a 35 year-old man, I’m ashamed to say that I’ve never gone out to dinner on Valentine’s Day. This is not because I wasn’t in relationships with women during that special day, nor is it because I’m a cheapskate (or even worse, appalled by the fact that it’s some sort of “Hallmark Holiday” fraught with commercialism, and abstain from celebrating out of principle).

    It’s because I’m a florist, and typically work 15 hour days leading up to the craziness that is 2/14. Fortunately, my wife is a very patient and understanding woman, and just accepts the fact that we don’t really celebrate this holiday in our house. Sure, I’ve bought sappy greeting cards, jewelry and small gifts (although flowers don’t really work for me, she gets those all the time anyway), but could just never make the time commitment to do something special that evening.

    I thought this year would be different. I made 8pm reservations to a restaurant over a week in advance, and was committed to celebrating this Valentine’s Day with my wife properly. We had just found out that we are expecting our first child later this summer, so this was our last chance to eat out without finding a sitter. I got home around 7pm, exhausted, and laid on the couch for just a minute to relax…and woke up 4 hours later. Missed the reservation, will try again next year. Good thing I have an amazingly understanding wife…she let me sleep and heated up some leftovers for me which I ate at midnight.

  13. Where do I begin? On Monday Feb. 13th I was laid-off from my job and was forced to cancel a surprise dinner reservations for the family on the14th. My house is very busy with 3 teen boys(all in school sports as I also coach at the HS level) and a toddler. I would love to take my wife out to dinner to let her know she’s more deserving than just a dozen roses I got her for Valentine’s Day.

  14. I had spent the last week helping my two daughters create 44 valentine’s for the classmates in kindergarten and pre-school. After delivering them all dressed up in their heartiest outfits with their beautiful handmade valentines, I rushed home and made my husband his favorite: peanut butter cookies. I also hand made him a card and gave it to him while he was still in bed this morning. The whole day went by with me thinking that my husband was going to surprise me with something… but no… he did nothing for me on Valentine’s day. There are two reasons: 1) he’s always been grumpy about valentine’s day because of the commercialism and 2) he had just lost one of his best friend’s to a stroke. It had been sad around our house, but I was trying to lift spirits through making valentine’s day special. We deserve a night out — without kids – to just celebrate us.

  15. Where do I begin? On Monday Feb. 13th I was laid-off from my job and was forced to cancel a surprise dinner reservations for the family on the14th. My house is very busy with 3 teen boys(all in school sports as I also coach at the HS level) and a toddler. I would love to take my wife out to dinner to let her know she’s more deserving than just a dozen roses I got her for Valentine’s Day.

  16. I was in a commuter bus on my way to work to the City and as usual I was napping and suddenly I woke up and thought it was Valentine’s Day Feb.14th! I panicked because I have not greeted my wife.
    So what I did was sent her a I text and all of a sudden I realized it was Feb. 13th!
    Feb. 14th came and there was no celebration, no dinner date, nothing. Yes, I came home with a tub of Popeye’s chicken for dinner. The wife did not cook anything thought that I will take her out for dinner that night.
    Shhh don’t tell her if I win to surprise her for a dinner date. How romantico!

  17. Cupid should be shot with one of hisown little arrows. Vday is a nice idea, but come on, how many people get to have one of those great moments in their life where they can just take a deep breath and really relax over a wonderful dinner? Something always seems to come up just when you expect to enjoy something special. Now that our kids have grown and we expect to have more time for us, we are taking care of a family member and somehow holidays or special days are the days that she gets sick more ofter then not. So Valentine’s Day was no exception

  18. I had spent the last week helping my two daughters create 44 valentine’s for the classmates in kindergarten and pre-school. After delivering them all dressed up in their heartiest outfits with their beautiful handmade valentines, I rushed home and made my husband his favorite: peanut butter cookies. I also hand made him a card and gave it to him while he was still in bed this morning. The whole day went by with me thinking that my husband was going to surprise me with something… but no… he did nothing for me on Valentine’s day. There are two reasons: 1) he’s always been grumpy about valentine’s day because of the commercialism and 2) he had just lost one of his best friend’s to a stroke. It had been sad around our house, but I was trying to lift spirits through making valentine’s day special. We deserve a night out — without kids – to just celebrate us.

  19. I was in a commuter bus on my way to work to the City and as usual I was napping and suddenly I woke up and thought it was Valentine’s Day Feb.14th! I panicked because I have not greeted my wife.
    So what I did was sent her a I text and all of a sudden I realized it was Feb. 13th!
    Feb. 14th came and there was no celebration, no dinner date, nothing. Yes, I came home with a tub of Popeye’s chicken for dinner. The wife did not cook anything thought that I will take her out for dinner that night.
    Shhh don’t tell her if I win to surprise her for a dinner date. How romantico!

  20. Valentine’s day this year fell on a Tuesday, but my fiancee and I were planning on staying home and making dinner. We were in the process of buying our first home, and we had just signed paperwork on a fairly new house in North Santa Rosa. We had seen the house and were already imagining family parties, interior designs, and a cozy place for our 5 year old German-Shepard Buddy. I had the idea that we would be eating Top Ramen for the next year or so. This was the 4th house we had made an offer on, and we were waiting to hear back from our real estate agent.
    The day started out as usual, high expectations and stressful phone calls between my fiancee and I. I was shocked and elated when I received an email with the subject line “CONGRATULATIONS!!! You have won the house!!!” I called my family, told my coworkers, and was practically jumping up and down with excitement that we had FINALLY purchased our first home. If you knew our current living situation, you would be excited too (We were currently living with his step-family). Much to my disbelief, I received another email about an hour later that read, “I’m sorry, but there was a mistake. We notified the wrong individuals”. My stomach and heart dropped….I was such a state of disbelief that I don’t remember the rest of the day. I thought it was a joke, and I would get a “Just Kidding” email. It was not a joke. It wasn’t until I left for home, that I got in my car, put my sunglasses on and cried. I probably was overreacting, but I already had images of hanging family pictures up on the walls.
    I learned that buying a house is a long, frustrating, and sometimes emotional process. After that incident, I knew not to get too attached to a home and just wish for the best. I’m happy to say that we finallydi9d get happy news, and found a home that will be ours….and this time it is for real and not an accident.

  21. Thankfully we are past this day but reflecting on what went wrong brings it all back. I purchased my husband a steak for our romantic dinner and when I went to pull it out of the fridge it wasn’t there, it was in the freezer! We got some kind of cardamon truffles that were absolutely disgusting!!! Things were rated with some gold award. So my husband bought me a bush instead of flowers and I went to water them and they had stem rot and bush popped off in my hand. Overall a failure but our love still blooms!

  22. Our Valentine’s Day consisted of the everyday events that our 5, 7 and 6 month year old daughters. We took the oldest to her drama and later in the eveining to her basketball practice which I am also the coach. Later that night I took the two older girls to get my wife an orchid and a bar of chocolate and then ate a simple dinner at home.

    If I could replay the day I would do nothing differn’t as Valentine’s Day is a “a day of love”, and their is no better way to spend it than being with my beautiful wife and girls.

    I would love to take the group out to a dinner in Sonoma County and spend another evening with thier company.

  23. My valentine’s day was a bust. My husband and I are struggling financially so we decided to eat in rather than spend a ridiculous amount of money eating out. Dinner ended up OK, but the mister invited a friend over to join us-so no sweetie, love moments for our v-day time together. I was in bed by 9pm. 🙁 It would be nice to get a do-over where we can eat a nice meal out together-alone!

  24. Cupid should be shot with one of hisown little arrows. Vday is a nice idea, but come on, how many people get to have one of those great moments in their life where they can just take a deep breath and really relax over a wonderful dinner? Something always seems to come up just when you expect to enjoy something special. Now that our kids have grown and we expect to have more time for us, we are taking care of a family member and somehow holidays or special days are the days that she gets sick more ofter then not. So Valentine’s Day was no exception

  25. My husband & I had our first child three weeks before Valentine’s Day. With the new responsibilities of parenthood we forgot about Valentine’s Day. After I dried my postpartum tears, he ran into the store and bought me flowers & chocolates while I sat in the car with our newborn. Although the flowers & chocolates were nice, a romantic dinner would be wonderful!

  26. TUESDAY WINNER

    I see a lot of live music and so don’t have the patience for crowds I don’t *have* to participate in. I usually opt of the VDay stampede to make a special meal at home. This month our mail box yielded an unexpected unrequested copy of “Sunset” magazine. We don’t subscribe, it’s short attention span writing perfect for waiting rooms, not so exciting to pay for. So anyway, perusing it I found a recipe for vegetarian posole. I LOVE mexican food, but as a vegetarian it’s usually “the regular” stuff for us, though I must admit I’m getting very good at various enchiladas, tacos and such. So ready, I tackled this nice dish. I came out yummy, but I spent the night with riotous gas. Seriously affecting my ability to sleep much less be romantic. I guess it’s the canned hominy from Mexico that did me in. G of course handled it fine.

  27. I had everything set up to bake a chocolate cake, hang cute little Valentine’s from the ceiling and have a nice homemade candlelight dinner at home when I came down with the flu. I ended up sleeping in bed all day barely able to get up. I did have a gift for her though which she loved.

  28. Ok I have been married 14 years and have never once received flowers (because and I quote” Valentines Day is not a holiday” and one time when I was 18 years old he brought me flowers and I asked what he did, and he said I will never give you flowers again…Wow talk about a grudge 14 years later and 3 kids and he actually never went back on his word. This year I spent the day at work signing for all of my co-workers flowers (clearly their significants other believe in Valentines Day) and then I came home to a bouqut of paper flowers made by my 3 boys, at least that was considerate since their dad wouldnt take them to the store to buy real flowers.

  29. Plans: My pre- teen son was taking me out to dinner with the money he saved. I was hoping we didn’t run into my cheating ex.

    Reality: Son did’t want to go, I ate leftover pizza at home. Found out later he spent his money but didn’t know how to tell me. However, I got a call from a friend and met up for a glass of wine. Would love to dinner all over again with my son. He feels bad.

    Thank you.

  30. Valentine’s day this year fell on a Tuesday, but my fiancee and I were planning on staying home and making dinner. We were in the process of buying our first home, and we had just signed paperwork on a fairly new house in North Santa Rosa. We had seen the house and were already imagining family parties, interior designs, and a cozy place for our 5 year old German-Shepard Buddy. I had the idea that we would be eating Top Ramen for the next year or so. This was the 4th house we had made an offer on, and we were waiting to hear back from our real estate agent.
    The day started out as usual, high expectations and stressful phone calls between my fiancee and I. I was shocked and elated when I received an email with the subject line “CONGRATULATIONS!!! You have won the house!!!” I called my family, told my coworkers, and was practically jumping up and down with excitement that we had FINALLY purchased our first home. If you knew our current living situation, you would be excited too (We were currently living with his step-family). Much to my disbelief, I received another email about an hour later that read, “I’m sorry, but there was a mistake. We notified the wrong individuals”. My stomach and heart dropped….I was such a state of disbelief that I don’t remember the rest of the day. I thought it was a joke, and I would get a “Just Kidding” email. It was not a joke. It wasn’t until I left for home, that I got in my car, put my sunglasses on and cried. I probably was overreacting, but I already had images of hanging family pictures up on the walls.
    I learned that buying a house is a long, frustrating, and sometimes emotional process. After that incident, I knew not to get too attached to a home and just wish for the best. I’m happy to say that we finallydi9d get happy news, and found a home that will be ours….and this time it is for real and not an accident.

  31. Thankfully we are past this day but reflecting on what went wrong brings it all back. I purchased my husband a steak for our romantic dinner and when I went to pull it out of the fridge it wasn’t there, it was in the freezer! We got some kind of cardamon truffles that were absolutely disgusting!!! Things were rated with some gold award. So my husband bought me a bush instead of flowers and I went to water them and they had stem rot and bush popped off in my hand. Overall a failure but our love still blooms!

  32. Our Valentine’s Day consisted of the everyday events that our 5, 7 and 6 month year old daughters. We took the oldest to her drama and later in the eveining to her basketball practice which I am also the coach. Later that night I took the two older girls to get my wife an orchid and a bar of chocolate and then ate a simple dinner at home.

    If I could replay the day I would do nothing differn’t as Valentine’s Day is a “a day of love”, and their is no better way to spend it than being with my beautiful wife and girls.

    I would love to take the group out to a dinner in Sonoma County and spend another evening with thier company.

  33. My valentine’s day was a bust. My husband and I are struggling financially so we decided to eat in rather than spend a ridiculous amount of money eating out. Dinner ended up OK, but the mister invited a friend over to join us-so no sweetie, love moments for our v-day time together. I was in bed by 9pm. 🙁 It would be nice to get a do-over where we can eat a nice meal out together-alone!

  34. A good friend and I both lost our husband’s in January a week apart. We decided to do a brunch on Valentine’s Day but of course it was an inexpensive brunch since both our incomes are now cut in half. We could use a nice dinner out.

  35. My ex husband got re-married this St. Valentines day. This meant that all my children were with him and his new family celebrating the nuptials. My own husband works 3 hours away and so is gone for 4 day streches, which included this St. Valentines Day…I went out and got myself a ton of chinese take-out and hunkered down alone to eat and wallow.

    A redo would be nice…

  36. My husband & I had our first child three weeks before Valentine’s Day. With the new responsibilities of parenthood we forgot about Valentine’s Day. After I dried my postpartum tears, he ran into the store and bought me flowers & chocolates while I sat in the car with our newborn. Although the flowers & chocolates were nice, a romantic dinner would be wonderful!

  37. TUESDAY WINNER

    I see a lot of live music and so don’t have the patience for crowds I don’t *have* to participate in. I usually opt of the VDay stampede to make a special meal at home. This month our mail box yielded an unexpected unrequested copy of “Sunset” magazine. We don’t subscribe, it’s short attention span writing perfect for waiting rooms, not so exciting to pay for. So anyway, perusing it I found a recipe for vegetarian posole. I LOVE mexican food, but as a vegetarian it’s usually “the regular” stuff for us, though I must admit I’m getting very good at various enchiladas, tacos and such. So ready, I tackled this nice dish. I came out yummy, but I spent the night with riotous gas. Seriously affecting my ability to sleep much less be romantic. I guess it’s the canned hominy from Mexico that did me in. G of course handled it fine.

  38. I had everything set up to bake a chocolate cake, hang cute little Valentine’s from the ceiling and have a nice homemade candlelight dinner at home when I came down with the flu. I ended up sleeping in bed all day barely able to get up. I did have a gift for her though which she loved.

  39. Ok I have been married 14 years and have never once received flowers (because and I quote” Valentines Day is not a holiday” and one time when I was 18 years old he brought me flowers and I asked what he did, and he said I will never give you flowers again…Wow talk about a grudge 14 years later and 3 kids and he actually never went back on his word. This year I spent the day at work signing for all of my co-workers flowers (clearly their significants other believe in Valentines Day) and then I came home to a bouqut of paper flowers made by my 3 boys, at least that was considerate since their dad wouldnt take them to the store to buy real flowers.

  40. Plans: My pre- teen son was taking me out to dinner with the money he saved. I was hoping we didn’t run into my cheating ex.

    Reality: Son did’t want to go, I ate leftover pizza at home. Found out later he spent his money but didn’t know how to tell me. However, I got a call from a friend and met up for a glass of wine. Would love to dinner all over again with my son. He feels bad.

    Thank you.

  41. A good friend and I both lost our husband’s in January a week apart. We decided to do a brunch on Valentine’s Day but of course it was an inexpensive brunch since both our incomes are now cut in half. We could use a nice dinner out.

  42. My ex husband got re-married this St. Valentines day. This meant that all my children were with him and his new family celebrating the nuptials. My own husband works 3 hours away and so is gone for 4 day streches, which included this St. Valentines Day…I went out and got myself a ton of chinese take-out and hunkered down alone to eat and wallow.

    A redo would be nice…

  43. It was a night to remember, which won’t be too hard, because we never made it out of the house. We scrambled to prepare, for a first V-time affair, as our latest little bundle gurgled with much fair. While small, but mighty she shouted with delight, until learning that she was not part of the invite. We soothed and we swung, we swaddled and we sung, yet nothing would settle this princess this night. So, we kicked off our shoes and called out for some delivery, only too smile at our misery and hope that the dinner fairy will come and bless us with another night of chivalry.

  44. This valentines day we spent the evening at the Petaluma school board meeting, where my son was chosen to represent his school as a sixth grader and give a speech about his school. While I am so proud of my little dude and all his accomplishments, it did change our plans for that evening. I would love to spend an evening out with my husband celebrating our own wonderful accomplishments, coming up on 13 years of marriage and 3 awesome boys to boot. So as is definitely was not a Vday fail, it didn’t quite have the romance we were looking for 🙂

  45. This valentines day we spent the evening at the Petaluma school board meeting, where my son was chosen to represent his school as a sixth grader and give a speech about his school. While I am so proud of my little dude and all his accomplishments, it did change our plans for that evening. I would love to spend an evening out with my husband celebrating our own wonderful accomplishments…3 of them to be exact. So as is definitely was not a Vday fail, it didn’t quite have the romance we were looking for 🙂

  46. paying down the debt
    home-cooked bean soup Valentine
    cuddle on the couch

    After 24 years of marriage, your lover and your life together are more gratifying than tokens of love, so while I’d enjoy a restaurant outing, I wouldn’t do this over:

    …. .paying down the debt
    ….. homemade bean soup Valentine
    ….. cuddle on the couch

  47. Ahhh….Valentine’s Day February 14th on a Tuesday, a work day….I am grateful that I don’t have little kids anymore that needs babysitting, Thank God I had no stomach problem that day. I thank God even more that I am not having a baby that I need to be at home just in case the water broke. I’m glad I did not get a red cleaning appliance on V day, I once received (in 1993) a bouquet of red roses though wrapped in a newspaper, bought on sale the next day after V day. Hey, it’s the thought that counts. Married for 24 blissful yrs!
    Oh yes, I remembered that Tuesday when I heard Brent Farris in the morning radio show on KZST. Brent said that St. Valentine’s life was so “complicated” and that he was even beheaded. That stuck in my mind that whole day..how can I celebrate and be romantic on that feast day of a beheaded Saint…oh gosh! Thanks Brent!
    No dinner date was set either. The hubby found a job at the city after months of being laid off. This is how he starts his day on every work day, wakes up at 5 am to get ready, then he takes the Golden Gate transit at 6 am, commute for 2 hours each way. He gets home by 8 pm, and goes to sleep at 10 pm.

    Roses are red (not that cleaning appliance). Violets are blue. Sugar is sweet (oh how sweet can it be to win!!!). The gift certificates comes from you Heather….Bite Club Rocks!

  48. It was a night to remember, which won’t be too hard, because we never made it out of the house. We scrambled to prepare, for a first V-time affair, as our latest little bundle gurgled with much fair. While small, but mighty she shouted with delight, until learning that she was not part of the invite. We soothed and we swung, we swaddled and we sung, yet nothing would settle this princess this night. So, we kicked off our shoes and called out for some delivery, only too smile at our misery and hope that the dinner fairy will come and bless us with another night of chivalry.

  49. This valentines day we spent the evening at the Petaluma school board meeting, where my son was chosen to represent his school as a sixth grader and give a speech about his school. While I am so proud of my little dude and all his accomplishments, it did change our plans for that evening. I would love to spend an evening out with my husband celebrating our own wonderful accomplishments, coming up on 13 years of marriage and 3 awesome boys to boot. So as is definitely was not a Vday fail, it didn’t quite have the romance we were looking for 🙂

  50. This valentines day we spent the evening at the Petaluma school board meeting, where my son was chosen to represent his school as a sixth grader and give a speech about his school. While I am so proud of my little dude and all his accomplishments, it did change our plans for that evening. I would love to spend an evening out with my husband celebrating our own wonderful accomplishments…3 of them to be exact. So as is definitely was not a Vday fail, it didn’t quite have the romance we were looking for 🙂

  51. paying down the debt
    home-cooked bean soup Valentine
    cuddle on the couch

    After 24 years of marriage, your lover and your life together are more gratifying than tokens of love, so while I’d enjoy a restaurant outing, I wouldn’t do this over:

    …. .paying down the debt
    ….. homemade bean soup Valentine
    ….. cuddle on the couch

  52. Ahhh….Valentine’s Day February 14th on a Tuesday, a work day….I am grateful that I don’t have little kids anymore that needs babysitting, Thank God I had no stomach problem that day. I thank God even more that I am not having a baby that I need to be at home just in case the water broke. I’m glad I did not get a red cleaning appliance on V day, I once received (in 1993) a bouquet of red roses though wrapped in a newspaper, bought on sale the next day after V day. Hey, it’s the thought that counts. Married for 24 blissful yrs!
    Oh yes, I remembered that Tuesday when I heard Brent Farris in the morning radio show on KZST. Brent said that St. Valentine’s life was so “complicated” and that he was even beheaded. That stuck in my mind that whole day..how can I celebrate and be romantic on that feast day of a beheaded Saint…oh gosh! Thanks Brent!
    No dinner date was set either. The hubby found a job at the city after months of being laid off. This is how he starts his day on every work day, wakes up at 5 am to get ready, then he takes the Golden Gate transit at 6 am, commute for 2 hours each way. He gets home by 8 pm, and goes to sleep at 10 pm.

    Roses are red (not that cleaning appliance). Violets are blue. Sugar is sweet (oh how sweet can it be to win!!!). The gift certificates comes from you Heather….Bite Club Rocks!

  53. On call. Couldn’t even have a glass of wine. Didn’t even FEEL romantic as I’d worked soooo many hours trying to get a few clients moved to a new house. I’d like a ‘do-over’. Lots of time to get ready. Even buy a special dress. An aperitif, a nice starter to share, a long slow meal with quiet conversation and lots of looking into each others’ eyes. Lovely 😉

  54. TUESDAY WINNER

    Our Scandinavian Valentine’s. We just moved into a new house and with a baby on the way we decided to try to squeeze in an IKEA trip before our big dinner. We were so excited about preparing the nest for our little bundle of joy. About an hour and a half mile into the maze that is the IKEA showroom, it became very clear that we had gotten in way over our heads. I became disoriented and light headed from the unfamiliar Scandinavian strategy of separating showroom and product. Swimming upstream to return to the restroom so my wife could pee every 5 minutes left us both exhausted, battered and bruised. By the time we reached checkout the combination of low blood sugar, weary legs, and the over whelming smell of cinnamon buns blinded us to the contents of our 3 carts. “Help out, sir”. Nope. Of course not. I get offered “help out” for a bag of chips and a Snapple from Pacific market but apparently 500 pounds of unassembled furniture doesn’t require a helping hand in Norway or Denmark or where ever Scandinavia is. We did make it out alive. But in our fevered, weakened state we only managed to purchase about half of what we needed. Not half of our shopping list. But half a couch, half a dresser, half a set of curtains… Needless to say we missed our romantic dinner and spent the next… well, we are still assembling the furniture. Oh cheap allen wrench, how i loath you and your lack of comfort grip and torque.

    I wouldn’t trade our v day for 1000 fancy dinners because we are that much closer to welcoming our new member of the family. And that will be the best day of all. But I would love to take my beautiful wife out to a nice meal before she becomes a beautiful wife and mom 🙂

  55. Let’s not celebrate Vday as our 39th anniversary is FEb 24th…..so what happened I got the stomach flu—couldn’t get out of bed…..sorry babe–could we go out next week restaurant night? Now I am not saying my man is cheap—he is thrifty…..and after 39 years he is not going to change….and did I tell you about the red vaccumn cleaner for one Vday?

  56. Valentine’s Day? Was that this year?! We have 3 little kids and on February 14th the grandparents were out enjoying the romance instead of babysitting (aw)! But for my husband and me it was just another wild and crazy day around the house with each of us collapsing asleep at the same time as our kids. We sure could use a grown-ups-only night and call it a yummy V-Day rain check! This time around, the grandparents promise to babysit and our hearts would be so thankful.

  57. On call. Couldn’t even have a glass of wine. Didn’t even FEEL romantic as I’d worked soooo many hours trying to get a few clients moved to a new house. I’d like a ‘do-over’. Lots of time to get ready. Even buy a special dress. An aperitif, a nice starter to share, a long slow meal with quiet conversation and lots of looking into each others’ eyes. Lovely 😉

  58. TUESDAY WINNER

    Our Scandinavian Valentine’s. We just moved into a new house and with a baby on the way we decided to try to squeeze in an IKEA trip before our big dinner. We were so excited about preparing the nest for our little bundle of joy. About an hour and a half mile into the maze that is the IKEA showroom, it became very clear that we had gotten in way over our heads. I became disoriented and light headed from the unfamiliar Scandinavian strategy of separating showroom and product. Swimming upstream to return to the restroom so my wife could pee every 5 minutes left us both exhausted, battered and bruised. By the time we reached checkout the combination of low blood sugar, weary legs, and the over whelming smell of cinnamon buns blinded us to the contents of our 3 carts. “Help out, sir”. Nope. Of course not. I get offered “help out” for a bag of chips and a Snapple from Pacific market but apparently 500 pounds of unassembled furniture doesn’t require a helping hand in Norway or Denmark or where ever Scandinavia is. We did make it out alive. But in our fevered, weakened state we only managed to purchase about half of what we needed. Not half of our shopping list. But half a couch, half a dresser, half a set of curtains… Needless to say we missed our romantic dinner and spent the next… well, we are still assembling the furniture. Oh cheap allen wrench, how i loath you and your lack of comfort grip and torque.

    I wouldn’t trade our v day for 1000 fancy dinners because we are that much closer to welcoming our new member of the family. And that will be the best day of all. But I would love to take my beautiful wife out to a nice meal before she becomes a beautiful wife and mom 🙂

  59. Let’s not celebrate Vday as our 39th anniversary is FEb 24th…..so what happened I got the stomach flu—couldn’t get out of bed…..sorry babe–could we go out next week restaurant night? Now I am not saying my man is cheap—he is thrifty…..and after 39 years he is not going to change….and did I tell you about the red vaccumn cleaner for one Vday?

  60. Valentine’s Day? Was that this year?! We have 3 little kids and on February 14th the grandparents were out enjoying the romance instead of babysitting (aw)! But for my husband and me it was just another wild and crazy day around the house with each of us collapsing asleep at the same time as our kids. We sure could use a grown-ups-only night and call it a yummy V-Day rain check! This time around, the grandparents promise to babysit and our hearts would be so thankful.

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