Reiterating my annual request for smart people to breed. Thank you.
All Your Heart Are Belong to Me, $5
I just set you up the bomb.
Boobies Calculation, $4
A much more sound approach than kicking her because you like her.
Carl Sagan Valentine, $5
Cyrano got nothing on Sagan.
Space and Time Valentine, $5
You should probably let those guys go.
Dr. Who Valentine, $5
Comes see the softer side of gears.
Replenish My Hearts, $8
You are a life-giving force, son.
Texting Bubble Stationery Set, $16
Maybe you’re old fashioned, and you want to text a love letter.
Papercut Protest Valentine, $5
All of us know Valentine’s Day is a fake holiday created by greeting card companies anyway. But if you’re going this route, maybe grab her some flowers too.
Plus some old guides that might give you good ideas:
I Love You, Nerd Valentine: Top 10 Valentines for Geeks
Nerds in Love: 10 Valentines for Geeks
Scientists are in the planning stages for a march on Washington D.C., as well as sister marches, perhaps in your area.
“This is not a partisan issue, scientific research moves us forward.”
Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays, so I’m about to come down with another gift guide flurry as an exercise in alleviating my anxiety. Love! It’s chiller than hate.
The couple that reads together lives happily ever after.
Walt Whitman Valentine, $4
The ultimate outcome of growing old together.
George Orwell Valentine, $3
Let’s embrace our dystopian future as a team.
Reader Valentine, $4
Another year in paradise. Until she meets his old friend Milton, am I right guys?
Pablo Neruda Valentine, $5
Charming or foreboding, depending on where we’re at with this relationship.
Ernest Hemingway Valentine/Print, $8
I have no snark for this quote. Classic.
Our friend Evany married us, and this photo was taken just as she muttered something about spinning wheels and our first born child.
We got married in July, and man is it a bear to find non-trite wedding readings. This is especially true when it’s not your first marriage and there are already kids in the mix. In case you’re curious, or looking yourself, here’s what we picked.
Here by Grace Paley
Here I am in the garden laughing
an old woman with heavy breasts
and a nicely mapped face
how did this happen
well that’s who I wanted to be
at last a woman
in the old style sitting
stout thighs apart under
a big skirt grandchild sliding
on off my lap a pleasant
that’s my old man across the yard
he’s talking to the meter reader
he’s telling him the world’s sad story
how electricity is oil or uranium
and so forth I tell my grandson
run over to your grandpa ask him
to sit beside me for a minute I
am suddenly exhausted by my desire
to kiss his sweet explaining lips
An excerpt from Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird:
“E.L. Doctorow said once said that ‘Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.’ You don’t have to see where you’re going, you don’t have to see your destination or everything you will pass along the way. You just have to see two or three feet ahead of you. This is right up there with the best advice on writing, or life, I have ever heard”
And finally, Brad is a big fan of Bob Ross and his happy little trees. We chose a bunch of his quotes together, and I arranged them into a sort of found poem. It was so simple, and true, and I ended up loving it:
Arranged quotations from Bob Ross
It’s so important to do something every day that will make you happy.
Just let go, and fall like a little waterfall.
That’s when you experience true joy. When you have no fear.
We’re gonna make some big decisions in our little world.
Don’t be afraid to make these big decisions. Once you start, they just sort of make themselves.
That’s what makes life fun. That you can make these decisions. That you can create the world you want.
Life is too short to be alone, too precious. Share it with a friend.
It’s life. It’s interesting. It’s fun.
Let it make you happy.
If you have good suggestions for wedding readings, please fire away in comments.
Today is lunch with an old friend I haven’t seen since I ran into him at a Paris flea market, and dinner with Brad’s bestie and his new(ish) love. This weekend we’re joining the Women’s March in San Francisco with some friends, and Sunday we have many plants that need potting. What are you up to? Are you joining in any civic unrest? Or does resting in general sound better? Take care of yourself. Some good links for you:
“For three weeks, I wrote down any thought, image or memory that gave me a tingly feeling. I animated the list, and what it accidentally became was a stream-of-consciousness trek through my life. This is the trailer to my brain.” –Nate Milton (via Swiss Miss)
Sunken, 600-year-old Buddha emerges from water in China. This is my jam.
“Surround yourself with people who are doers and who are positive. If you’re going to be influenced by people, both consciously and subconsciously, it may as well be people that are smart, talented, and fun to be around.” Justina Blakeney’s Meditation on Creativity
Ooo. Tea pour-over set.