A few good gems

Happy Valentines weekend, all! We woke up this morning to a flash mob of paper hearts taped to our front door and garage for Maddy (well done, boys). This weekend's also my anniversary because 24 years ago G and I thought it would be romantic and sweet to get married two days after Valentines Day. In practice, it actually increases the probability that one or both days get short shrift around here but still. It's definitely one of my favorite times of the year.

Oh and did I ever tell you about the time I accidentally proposed marriage to myself?

 The New Yorker cartoon, Roz Chast

The New Yorker cartoon, Roz Chast

Okay, on to a few good gems to fuel your weekend. If I could, I would tie them in a red ribbon, attach a paper heart and leave them on your doorstep with a box of conversation hearts:

Speaking of conversation hearts, I love today's Google doodle by This American Life's Ira Glass. When you click on the hearts, you can hear clips of love stories. (The doodle is just on US Google but the link above is for international readers and it even includes a bonus story they had to cut. And here's a video about the making of the project.)

Saturday Night Live's Garth and Kat really want to sing you a Valentines serenade (and if you have trouble streaming this one, here's another link):

Is it the end of the college roommate? The Atlantic takes a look at the rise of the private dorm room and how it may change the college experience. (I'll say! Without college roommates I would have missed out on some wonderful friendships and crucial life and relationship lessons.)

I laughed in total recognition at this Onion (spoof) article: "Area woman said 'sorry' 118 times yesterday." I have to stop myself from this all too often. (Sorry.)

A town that's building life around sleep? Sign me up.

How love rewires the brain. (I might have already posted this. Let's not dwell on what that might say about my brain...)

We are really excited to host a French exchange student next month. My rusty high school and college French skills need some updating, though. I was thinking that this list of 17 feel-good French films you can stream on Neflix would be a good place to start (plus fun).

Have a marvelous weekend, friends! See you back here on Monday.

Reading: Just finished Kelly Corrigan's Glitter and Glue (so good) and Gretchen Rubin's Happier at Home (liked it, too). 

Eating: These ham and cheese sliders are super easy and magically delicious. Also perfect for feeding a crowd.