Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day!

Valentine's Day is that one day of the year that almost no one is happy. If you're single, the day reminds you of how single you are. In a relationship? Now the pressure is on to do something great/romantic foe your significant other. In along term relationship? Good luck. The pressure is on to one up whatever it is you've done in the past.

In my opinion, you really can't win on this day.

The one constant on Valentine's Day, however, is the candy. Whether its the candy hearts, chocolates, or some other sweet treat, most people will indulge in something today. And the ones not getting chocolate from their significant other may well drown their sorrows in a bottle of wine and a box of chocolate.

If you're in the market for some chocolate on this classic Hallmark holiday,do yourself or your partner a favor, and opt for the darkest chocolate you find palatable. Darker chocolate is certainly more bitter, since it has much less sugar and cream as other forms of chocolate, which makes it a bit better for you. The darker chocolate also has a higher concentration of anti-inflammatory flavonoids which are actually good for you. Note, I'm not authorizing dark chocolate as a health food, there are some benefits of a small amount of dark chocolate over a whole box of milk chocolate. But if you're going to eat a whole box anyway, make it dark instead of milk or white.

As for me, I thankfully married a girl with low Valentine's Day expectations. So I'm getting off easy today. A simple card this morning and a trip to Home Depot this evening, as well as an ice cream stop on the way, and she's as happy as a clam.

My wife's the best. I love you, dear.

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