Somehow we've made it through a year of unimaginable isolation and find ourselves on the doorstep of Valentine's Day. Yes, it's time for us to celebrate those we love. The past year has felt like an alternate reality. A strange, alternate dimension sort of nightmare. As such, I nominate Wanda Maximoff and Vision, the delightful couple of our favorite trauma-induced sitcom parody, as the grand marshals of Valentine's Day 2021. May their relationship resolve more equitably than recent episodes suggest.
Star Wars & Disney
Every year Funko releases a handful of Valentine's Day themed Pop! figures. This year's collection includes a variety of Star Wars: Valentines Funko Pop! and the Hot Topic exclusive Winnie the Pooh Cupid Funko Pop! I'm a little surprised there isn't a Grogu option. Maybe there's a limit on cuteness.
Those looking for something a little more classic and Disney will find a variety of purse, backpack and handbag options in the Loungefly Minnie Mouse Collection. Pin traders might also be interested in the simple, but beautiful Loungefly Beauty & The Beast Pin Collector Convertible Mini Backpack. Looking for something small? The Donald or Daisy Duck Mini Plush are adorable.
Board Games and Movies
On most Sundays, you'll find me playing board games with my immediate family. For the past couple of months our game of choice has been Carcassonne. It's a fairly simple kingdom-building game featuring a equal balance of luck and strategy. Another one of our favorites has been the railroad building Ticket to Ride. We've played the classic version for a few years. Recently I picked up Ticket to Ride: London because COVID-19 has kept me from making my annual pilgrimage to London. It's a great way to learn geography. Splendor is card game with a economic twist. Set during the European Renaissance, players collect gems and build trade routes. Unlock! Escape Adventures features three escape room games where teams work their way through a series of puzzles.
The Paramount Presents collection features new Blu-ray releases of classic films from the prestigious studio's vaults. This week the collection adds the classic 1970 romantic drama "Love Story" starring Ali MacGraw and Ryan O'Neal and Cameron Crowe 2005 movie "Elizabethtown" starring Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst. Previous romantic titles from the series include the cult classic "Pretty in Pink" starring Molly Ringwald; Alfred Hitchcock's "To Catch a Thief" with Cary Grant and Grace Kelly; and "Ghost," the 1990 blockbuster starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg.