For those of you who thought I was going to let Valentine's Day pass this year without comment, fear not. I've been meditating for about a month on what to say. It's really been stressful. After the somewhat scathing review I made of happy loving couples last year, I just didn't quite know how to approach the day now that I'm the better half of a whole. Lucky for me, Joe Jackson once again came to the rescue. Listen, the man knew some things. Look Sharp! is a gold mine of priceless life advice--every single track on that album has a nugget of wisdom buried in there somewhere. The title track has been my life motto for many, many years, I kid you not. I had no illusions way before it was cool. I was telling people to check their watch and wallet now before I go and it's too late at 8 years old. Also, any man who can write a song about newspapers has my respect for eternity. He made it an upbeat dance classic. It's genius.

But I digress.

The point here is that nothing has changed. I still believe all the things I used to believe, believe it or not. Valentine's Day is kind of a sham--actually all of Catholicism is kind of in question (better hope Benedict was keeping up that IRA) if you ask me, which really doesn't say a lot for this "Saint" Valentine. Actually the aforementioned other half is a similarly minded skeptic, although I doubt he's put in as much research time as I have on the subject. There are just some things a girl has to know. Jumbotrons are still my nightmare. Pink and red should not be together at last. Steak dinner specials still send a shiver down my spine. I'm sticking by my self-deprecating manifesto of why I have to do things in my own time, why I can't rush into being a happy loving couple. Look how well it worked out! I'm sticking with Joe--fools in love think they're heroes, they feel no pain, they're zeroes. I should know.

Long hair, don't care, and guess which half brought up the Westminster dog show first? Hint: it wasn't me. I wasn't kidding when I said that's all it would take. SOLD. So that's what I have to say about that.

In other news, the real reason I haven't posted is because I've been in midterms which means I've been thinking deep thoughts about many intellectual texts and also the Constitution. This, understandably, turns my brain into a weird mush that proves incapable of fun, lighthearted blog posts like this. Also my writing (of the creative kind) has been forcing me to write weekly fiction exercises which I hate. I don't make things up. I put myself on paper and that's it. That's my wheelhouse. The struggle has been real...but that's a story for a different day.

xoxo, Lauren