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History of St. Valentine

Sitting at my desk this morning, I heard a bird chirping through the window (I think it was a robin, since those are the only ones I recognize).  How long has it been since you’ve heard a chirping bird?  I totally forgot about birds since basically October and now I’ve been pleasantly reminded that one day it will be 50 degrees and then one day it won’t be colder than that for MONTHS.  Feeling blessed in Illinois suburbia today.  Juicy feels it too.

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Not Juicy

Ok so Valentine’s Day is tomorrow and whether or not you buy Russell Stover chocolates for your sweetheart or for yourself (Ed has priced them to SELL at Jewel) or if you’re a V-Day hater, I thought I’d do a light internet search on St. Valentine and relay the history behind deeply discounted chocolate truffles.

Here’s our guy:

St. Valentine {photo from catholic.org}

St. Valentine {photo from catholic.org}

Let’s start with what Catholic.org says, as I believe they are the keepers of the saints.  Apparently not much is known about St. Valentine, and in 1969 the Roman Catholic Church even took him out of their calendar because everyone was like, “do we really know this guy?” and the church was like, “ummmmm guess not.”  The most common story of St. V is as follows: Valentine’s faith was put to the test when a judge asked him to prove his faith by restoring sight to his blind adopted* daughter.  St. Valentine was like, “NO PROBLEM” and brought the little girl’s sight back.  The judge immediately converted to Christianity right there along with his 44 family members.

*adopted is not a necessary detail in this story, so I thought it was a lolz that the article included it.  They don’t know if anything is true about St. Valentine but they’re like, “do not forget to include that the little girl was adopted!”

Curing the little girl’s sight must have given St. Valentine a confidence boost, because he then went around trying to convert more people to Christianity as well as marry Christian couples (a very serious crime apparently in year 269).  He was eventually arrested and while imprisoned, St. Valentine became bros with the emperor of Rome, Claudius.

One day, Valentine was feeling comfortable enough with his new pal to try and convert Claudius to Christianity, but Claudius didn’t want any of it.  He was so pissed at Valentine for trying to pull a fast one on him that he had him killed on February 14th.  Legend has it that right before Valentine’s head was cut off, he restored the sight of the jailer’s blind daughter (why is everyone blind??), and left the judge’s daughter he had healed in the beginning of the story a note that read, “Your Valentine.”  Not exactly the same message I intended when I sent Mitch Peterka a valentine in 4th grade signed “Your Valentine” (my message was “please sit in my desk pod so I can imagine that you are my boyfriend”).

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During the Middle Ages, it was believed that birds paired in mid-February (evidence in the beginning of this post).  Valentine’s death was eventually linked to the pairing of birds, associating him with romance and devotion, and subsequently a commercial holiday that sells 58 million pounds of chocolate during Valentine’s Day week.

In Catholicism, Patron saints are chosen as special protectors over various areas of life and the things they protect usually overlap with things from their own lives or interests (example: a saint that was interested in nature during his life then becomes the patron of ecologists).  So I thought St. Valentine’s list would for sure include love, marriage, courtship, birds, maybe migration, probably candy, and definitely roses.

Well guess what.  Junior mints are not on the list!  Neither are birds!!

Catholic.org lists Valentine as the Patron Saint of: affianced couples, bee keepers, engaged couples, epilepsy, fainting, greetings, happy marriages, love, lovers, plague, travelers, and young people.  …bee keepers?  Epilepsy??  PLAGUE??  I see now why he was booted from the calendar.

Have a great Valentine’s Day!

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Monthly Round-up: January

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RIP January 2017!  Did anyone else have a pretty good first month of the year, state-of-the-country aside?  I am most proud of the blog relaunch this month (am I allowed to call it that), and have set up some social meeds for supplemental engagement:

Check out foryouloveemily on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest!

If you’re into Twitter, can we please set up a video conference to go over what Twitter is good for besides public transit updates, keeping tabs on celebrity fights, and seeing what The Donald has to say about SNL?  I’m afraid to tweet because that’s always how they pin the murder on the perp in Dateline episodes, and who wants to leave a trail like that?

I know the title of this post says “round-up” but since I only had four posts in January there isn’t much to actually…round up.  So instead, let’s look back at five things that happened on January 31st throughout history:

  1. Jan 31, 1949: first soap opera airs, titled These Are My Children.  The program was marketed to moms and sponsored by soap giants like Proctor & Gamble, and so the term “soap opera” was born (that explains soap but not really opera?).  As this was most likely the foundation for my own, personal soaps (Real Housewives of Anywhere), I am grateful to 1949.
  2. Jan 31, 1961: a chimp named Ham is successfully retrieved from space after being sent there to see if humans could survive space travel.  Not sure why they didn’t include a cat on this important mission, but three cheers for Ham.
  3. Jan 31, 1971: Apollo 14 is launched.  I’m only including this because Apollo 13 is in my top five favorite movies of all time, and it’s a good reminder of the five reasons we should all re-watch this pillar of film: Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Ed Harris and Gary Sinise (<–dream space team.  I wonder if Ham was lucky enough to have a similar crew). 
  4. Jan 31, 2014: Oldest flamingo named “Greater” dies at age 83 in Australia.  Bummer!  
  5. Jan 31, 2017: my printer is officially broken and OfficeMax doesn’t care.

See you in February when the sun will hopefully reacquaint itself with Naperville.

{photo from watcherromano}

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FBF: Tiesta Tea

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We’re going to flash back to last Friday today, when I had the privilege of joining the Tiesta Tea team at their 2nd Annual Spread the Warmth event in Chicago.  A dear friend of mine works at Tiesta Tea (the fastest growing specialty tea company in the U.S.) and she is a daily inspiration to me, as well as the master organizer of Spread the Warmth.  Check out her video bio here.

Some Tiesta background: the company specializes in natural loose leaf tea that comes in 45 flavors and five “functions,” – energizer, slenderizer, immunity, relaxer and eternity (anti-aging).  Yes please to all of those, right?  You can drink it, you can bake with it, it’s great.  Two super nice Midwestern guys began the start-up in 2010 and are making waves in the tea industry.  Fun story: Tiesta Tea recently started selling their product in bulk at retailers like Jewel.  Luckily, I have an insider at Jewel and am pleased to be able to relay the following drama:

Tiesta Tea calls Jewel to see if they need another palette of tea (they do not).  A young, apathetic worker in the grocery department who most likely doesn’t know what Tiesta Tea is, answers the phone.  In order to end the call he has foolishly answered, he says yes, sure, they do need another palette, whatevs, send it over, kthxbye.  A few days later, a huge shipment of Tiesta Tea arrives at the Jewel dock.  It is received by the head of the grocery department who immediately becomes furious that he now has to deal with an extra shipment of tea.  Without investigation, he decides Tiesta Tea is to blame and gives my good friend a call on the horn to let her know badly she has messed up.   He then calls my Jewel insider to let him know the situation is “handled,” and my insider patiently informs him that the Tiesta girl is none other than his sister-in-law*.  My Tiesta friend then gets an apology call from the grocery manager and the world begins to spin again.

*BASICALLY

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But back to Spread the Warmth.  Spread the Warmth is an event that gives back to the Chicago community; it sends volunteers out to various locations around the city with thermoses of Tiesta Tea, piles of donated coats, and hundreds of warmth kits.  We were sent to women’s shelters, soup kitchens, underpasses, and churches.  I’m not sure who left warmer – the people at my location with new coats and socks, or me with a full heart (<–this cheese is dairy free).  Check out the following items that were distributed this year:

   + 250 coats
   + 835 water bottles –> donated in part by Jewel-Osco
   + 1230 granola snacks –> donated in part by Jewel-Osco
   + 350 beef jerky packets
   + 392 gloves
   + 450 pairs of socks
   + 200 Sandwiches –> donated in part by Jewel-Osco
   + 200 hygiene kits
   + 300 flashlights
   + 250 hats, scarves & blankets
   + 2,000 cups of tea + 350 total warmth kits
Because of Tiesta Tea, thousands of people in Chicago had a better and warmer Friday night last week, and now will have a warmer winter.  It was such a moving experience for me; I need to add more volunteering to my 2017 goals list!  I’ve already signed up for Spread the Warmth 2018, and if you’re in Chicago and free on January 19th next year, sign up here to join me!

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