While we’ve endured pandemic birthdays and quarantine Christmas, this socially distanced Valentine’s is hitting me kind of hard. Not because I’m especially big on this Hallmark holiday, although I do love romance, don’t get me wrong. I think it’s because we’re approaching the anniversary of quarantine life. And last year’s incredible post-Valentine’s dinner at Waterboy was the last time we ate comfortably in a restaurant. I remember leisurely courses, banter with the staff, closing down the restaurant as we bought our server another round. Just bizarre how different things are this year.
And in light of our ongoing quarantine fun times, I’ve committed to creating holiday trees until the pandemic is over!
Yes, some of you who remember the holiday trees of 2013 might go “You always leave your tree up all year,” but actually, no. Just that ONE TIME. I swear! And mostly because of the madness of grad school. This year though, I need more joy, dammit. So, stay tuned for holiday trees themed for St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Cinco de Mayo (by special request from a friend/former student), National Donut Day/Shawna’s favorite things, National Aviation Day, etc. etc.
But first, behold: My glorious Valentine’s Tree. (Or as a friend on twitter called theirs, a Valenpine. ha!)