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Valentine’s Day Fun Facts and Book Club

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I’m kind of a nerd and kind of love useless facts. I feel like when you share them with other people and absolutely shock them it’s really really entertaining and fun. So, in the interest of allowing all of you to do just the same thing…I’ve put together a Valentine’s Day Fun Fact list…just a continuation of the Christmas One! I mean…who knew Mistle Toe was really another way of saying Poop Twip. Shocking!!

  • Around 1 billion cards are sent. After Christmas it is the second largest card giving Holiday.
  • Children between the ages of 6 and 10 account for 650 million cards given to teachers, friends and family members. Teachers receiving the largest  number of Valentine’s Day cards.
  • In Korea, if you are not given a gift on Valentine’s Day, then you along with all of the other singles go to Korean restaurants and eat black noodles to mourn their single status. Wowie. 
  • Cupid is the symbol of Valentine’s Day because he is the son of Venus, the goddess of love and beauty. He holds the bow and arrow because it is believed that the arrows were magical and aroused the feeling of love. 
  • Juliet, from Romeo and Juliet, still receives about 1000 Valentine’s each year in Verona.
  • In the middle ages, young men and women would draw a name from a bowl to see who would be their valentine. They would wear the printed name on their sleeve for a week and was done so that it becomes easy for people to know their true feeling. This is where “wear your heart on your sleeve” comes from.
  • In America, pilgrims used to send confections for Valentine’s Day because it contained sugar and it was a rare product. Hence, the beginning of sending chocolates to your valentine!
  • The heart is considered the source of all emotions. In early days, the shape of the heart came about when people attempted to draw the organ without knowing exactly what it looked like.
  • In olden times, some people believed that if a robin flew over your head, you were going to marry  a sailor. If it were a sparrow, she was going to marry poor but be happy. If it were a goldfinch, she would marry a millionaire.
  • The Romans celebrated Valentine’s Day on Feb 14 in honor of Juno, the queen of the Roman Empire gods and goddesses. She was also the goddess of women and marriage.
  • Physicians would prescribe chocolate if someone was pining for a lost love.
  • 3 percent of people give gifts to their pets on Valentine’s Day! Down 4% from Christmas!!

 

Fun!! There are definitely some goodies in there! If you know any other fun facts, post them in the comments!

Last Night’s Book Club

Last night I headed out to Boston to meet with a bunch of ladies for book club! I had been a part of the book club 3 years ago before I moved to Florida, and they are still getting together 🙂 It was sooo good to see these girls again because it had honestly been 2 years since the last time I was at one. There are some new additions and some people that have moved off but it was definitely a good time.

This month, it was held at Shannon’s apartment and she had a yummy spread out. I won’t spoil it because I know that she is posting it on her blog, Dresses and Desserts. She blogs about all of her sewing projects and delicious yummy desserts that she whips up. I saw a few of her projects that are in the works, and daaaaaang. She has a black dress that she used the fabric from a prom dress that she hemmed. And also the LARGE T-shirt blanket that she has been working on for a while. Rumor has it that her next project is flower girl dresses for a wedding. It’s amazing the things that she can do.

Anyways, for book club, we read The Chaperone.

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It is a book about a woman in the early 1920’s who was an orphan in New York City. She, along with several other girls were sent off on an orphan train across the country. The train would stop, the girls would line up and people would walk by them and select them tom come home with them. Cora is selected by a family in Kansas who raises her as her own. They suddenly die in a grain silo accident leaving her without a family. She eventually meets her husband, Alan and settles down in a small city in Kansas.

The story follows Cora as she travels back to New York City as the chaperone of a friend’s young girl. She leaves Kansas in hopes of finding out the truth about her past at the orphanage and her own family.

It is a very different story. The author brings in twists and turns that you really won’t see coming. The book was an east read and captivates you right from the start. It was rated as a great book by everyone in the book group…and that NEVER happens.

If you have read this book, feel free to email me with the link and I can post it below…of just comment with your own review!

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!!! Hope you all get chocolates and flowers!!

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Where’d You Go, Bernadette??

Last Night I relaxed on the couch and finished up a book that I had been reading for a while now. Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple.

 

I had picked it up because I was perusing in Barnes N Noble a little while ago and I came across this one on the Staff Picks Shelf. I usually end up walking out with one of the Staff Picks in hand because it takes this overwhelming store of possibilities and narrows it down to 20 good reads. Simple and easy. 🙂

Where’d You Go, Bernadette is a story about the husband of a Microsoft Guru and the mother of Bee, a smart, spunky teenager attending one of the most prestigious private schools in Seattle. Bernadette is misunderstood amongst her neighbors and suddenly goes missing. Bee complies letters, emails and notes between the members of her community in order to track down her mother.

The format of the book, is the compilation of letters that Bee has organized. Although, I didn’t find that to be apparent until 3/4 of the way through the book. The family dynamic and the character development is definitely a bit different as well. Bernadette herself comes off as a frivolous person that just acts upon a whim. She’s very unaware of her surroundings and can either act just to make the people around her happy, OR purposefully act against those people. You then dig more into her past and begin to understand more about what drives her.

It’s definitely an interesting read, but I didn’t find it to be a page turner. It’s light and short. A good read for just before bedtime.

Breakfast:

This morning I got up, wrote out some of the Thanksgiving cards that I had made this weekend and whipped up a quick breakfast. I was already feeling stuffed for some CRAZY reason, so I just started throwing veggies on the skillet and topped it with 3 eggs to hold it all together.

In the egg scramble was some onions, green peppers and spinach leaves. I sprinkled some cheddar cheese on top, along with salt and pepper. Not such a bad start to the day. It’s light and easy but packed with enough protein that it should get me through lunch.

How do you go about selecting your books?? Friends recommendations?? Google?? Barnes N Noble??