Honestly, I’m not quite sure that I understand all the hype (positive AND negative) surrounding Valentine’s day. That’s not to say that I don’t enjoy the holiday (I do, proudly). I think it’s excellent to take a little extra time out of your day to appreciate those you love, romantically or otherwise, including yourself. It’s easy to forget to slow down a bit and smell the flowers (literally and figuratively), and if this day reminds you to do so, then how bad can it be? I’m all for an excuse to indulge, but I’m just not, and never have been, a dozen long-stem red roses kind of girl.