geo~I think hearts are always appropriate for valentines, regardless of gender or age! I bought a package of foam hearts in assorted valentine-y colors at Target last week. Our plan is for me to print out some sort of "Happy Valentines Day" message that DS can cut out, write to/from on, and glue onto said hearts. And, as much as I don't really love candy valentines, we've got a crapload of dum dum suckers (made in my hometown, and my stepfather/stepbrother were working on a project there over the holidays = ridiculous amounts of candy forced on us by stepsister-in-law ), so we're going to tape a dum dum on each heart. Not mass-produced crap, theoretically should be easy (I hope), and nice (I hope).
jl~Sending peaceful thoughts for you and your gram.
melw~Traditionally, we've done SS over a period of about a month-ish, starting in February and wrapping up around the first of spring. I usually send one small-ish package a week, with a slightly larger package for the reveal. Whatever you think might brighten your sprintee's day is appropriate...homemade crafts (I have a couple of awesome things poppy made me a few years ago), running gear (gels, socks, etc), books/magazines, treats, fun stuff for the dinglets, etc. There's something just so wonderful about getting a surprise in the mail!
rr~I couldn't bear the thought of braving the cold and trudging through intermittent patches of foot-deep snow, so I hauled myself off to the Y after school drop-off this morning. I felt shockingly good for running on the hamster wheel. I just wish I would have had a little more time...I barely squeezed in three miles. Four would have been nice.
Other than that, a pretty uneventful day. Errands, a customer service training thing for work. I went to the car dealership to get a replacement rearview mirror to replace the one that I popped off thanks to being a little too close to the garage door the other day. I figured it would be *maybe* $20 or so (it was JUST the mirror, not the housing or anything else). Nope! FIFTY smackeroos! And that was just for the part, they wanted to charge me another $40 to replace it for me. I said no, thank you, popped it on myself (while still at the dealership just in case there was some trick to it), and went on my merry way $50 poorer, but with enhanced lane changing capabilities.