I’m not a stickler about the date, but after missing even fake Valentine’s Day last year, I made doing something this year a priority. My parents will be here again for the real day, and weekdays are too unpredictable with my boyfriend’s current job. So we settled on celebrating 8 days early. With the mussels we missed out on last year (well, different mussels, but you know). I had my first drinks in over a month (two glasses of champagne, one of port) and we did the first section of the NYTimes‘ “To Fall In Love Do This” thing. Fake Valentine’s Day was a success.