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Valentine's Day Playlist

14 February 2012

Happy Valentine's Day! I hope that you are enjoying the passion and pink that comes from my favorite commercial holiday. I know I probably sound like a shmuck now that I am married to Mr. Romance, but I do believe that the holiday is about love for others and ourselves, not just cutesy, coupley stuff. Some of my favorite Valentine's memories are from my mom and when I was single on V-Days in college I still always wore my pinkest shirt with pride to class and would pass out chocolate bass fish (my Valentine of choice, sold at Walgreen's) to my friends.

Maybe Valentine's is about extending some love to someone you think might need to feel included. At my elementary school in Kentucky, Joe the janitor was an institution and everyone knew him. When my second grade teacher said we were going to have a Valentine's luncheon and we could invite an adult I wrote Janitor Joe on my invitation. Then my teacher suggested maybe asking one of my parents, so I invited my dad but not without crying that my mom might end up feeling left out. If I had to do it all over again I'd invite all three! Why should we only have one Valentine?

Markus and I have always loved music. On our first date we sat on the floor and counters of my kitchen with the ipod dock between us and played songs of each of our ipods for each other. For, like, 26 hours. Here are some of the songs that were running through my mind today as I thought of how fortunate I am to have so many people in my life that I love!

Bob Schneider - 40 Dogs
"We're like good times that haven't happened yet but will."

Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young - Our House
"Life used to be so hard. Now everything is easy 'cuz of you."

Brandi Carlisle - Closer to You
"And when the seasons change I will too. I just want to be closer to you."

Jack Johnson - Do You Remember?
Our original, most perfect song about our family.
"You played me boogie-woogie, I played you love songs.
You said 'We're playing house,' and now you still say we are"

I'm going to make it a point to put on these tunes tonight and do a little dancing around!

Ladies and gentlemen, if you are looking for a man to spend Valentine's Day with, consider the video below my trusted field guide for scouting.

What are your plans for speading love today?

What are some of your favorite love songs?

Happy Valentine's Day from the Neubauers! Lilly, Crazy Eyes and Little Child.

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