Sunday, February 14, 2010

Sunday Salon - the Valentine's Edition (2/14/2010)

The Sunday
Happy Valentine's Day!
I have to admit - this is not one of my favorite holidays. I am sure that is heavily influenced by the fact that I have rarely been in a relationship on V-Day and the holiday can be a bitter reminder of the fact that you are alone. In the past, if I was alone on Valentine's Day, I have done everything possible to NOT be alone - planned vacations away with friends, attended parties, etc. This year, I have decided to revel in being alone and am having a massage and facial and will spend the rest of the day curled up with a good book and many cups of coffee. I have to say - I am looking forward to it!

Over at the Book Bench, the book blog of the New Yorker Magazine, they have an interesting post in honor of V-Day - it is a collection of "Dear John" letters submitted by readers. The letters are very clever and play on topics in pop-culture and current events. For example, below is one written to "John Congress":

Dear John Congress,

I wanted to have faith in you, I really did. When you promised to honor and obey me, I thought you meant it. Now I find that your head can be turned by the enticing hips (or do I mean tips?) of any passing lobbyist. Sure, John, their boobs (or do I mean bribes?) are bigger than mine, but can’t you see beyond the superficial?

We had something good together, John. Something meaningful. “Representative democracy,” I think it’s called. I prefer to think of it as love. But these days, you’re not representin’ what I’m presentin’, do you hear what I’m saying? No, of course you don’t. You’re too busy lapping up the honey (or do I mean money?) from your latest sweet-talking minx (or do I mean Incs.?).

My mind is made up. This voter is going to motor. No more congress for you, John.


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Books and Reviews
With things at work still busy, my reading during the week is certainly suffering! I did finish and review Elizabeth Noble's The Reading Group; I also read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society for book club but we were supposed to meet Wednesday and with the blizzard that hit the city our meeting was canceled. I am waiting to see if I will be able to make the make-up date because I would prefer to edit my review with feedback from the group but if I can't make the new date, I will get that review posted. I am currently reading Eternal on the Water for a blog tour for which I will post my review on Feb 16th - so far I am loving the book so stop by on the 16th to hear all about it!

Blog Stuff
This has been a big week for my blog - I reached a milestone and exceeded 1000 visitors - I couldn't have imagined getting here when I was busy checking my stats multiple times a day! Thanks to everyone who has (and continues to) stopped by my blog to read and comment - it means so much! I have two audiobook giveaways going on (see sidebar of my blog) - please enter for a chance to win!

Have a great week!


  1. Congratulations on reaching your blog milestone. Over 1000 visitors is a big deal!

    I liked The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I look forward to reading your review.

  2. Oh and enjoy your Valentine's Day. I hope it is nice and relaxing. I plan to read, write book reviews, and watch the Olympics.

  3. Congrats on reaching over 1000 visits! (I originally had a typo that said "reading" - but I feel like that fits too!). I enjoy reading your blog and look forward to being around when you hit 2000 ;)

  4. Enjoy your Valentine's Day celebration! I was alone on my birthday a few days ago because I had to travel for work. So I treated myself to a massage at a spa that evening and it was delightful! Have fun!

  5. I got that issue of The New Yorker the other day, and will look through it later today. A massage, facial, books and coffee sounds like a heavenly day. Congratulations on your milestone!

  6. Hey, I've been in a relationship for 18 years, and I reveled in being alone today. :-D

    Hope you enjoyed your day for yourself!

  7. Congratulations on the 1,000 visitors! We dont do a lot with holidays, I am just happy if they involve a day off. :)

    Have a great week!

  8. i've given you an award at my blog, you can view it here :-)

  9. Congrats on the bloggy milestone! :)

    I just ignore Valentine's Day. I'm very happy being single, so I don't really worry about it. In college though, the ones when I was single drove me crazy! lol

  10. Good for you, spending Valentines Day doing something for you. I think the whole thing is far too commercialised and a complete waste of money. Hubby and I have never really made a big deal of it.

    Congrats on a 1000 visitors. That is fabulous.