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Five Ways to Celebrate YOU on Valentine’s Day

-Rache’ll Brown

Valentine’s Day is here, and for those of us without a significant other, it can be a bit of a bummer. Everywhere you turn, couples are looking longingly into each others’ eyes and being adorable. The affection overload may remind you of how alone you are, but this year, instead of feeling sorry for yourself, do something just for you! Celebrate your awesomeness by relaxing and having a good time doing things you enjoy. Here are some ideas to get you started.

#5 Hike

Grab your North Face and head out for a solo hike. The fresh air and exercise will make you feel great, and a beautiful trek will help you clear your head. I love Spencer’s Butte (shown above)—the hike isn’t too grueling and the view is unbelievable.

#4 Shop

The endorphins you feel while shopping will help you forget about everything else in the world. If you really can’t afford to buy anything, head to Gateway and amuse yourself at one of the tacky dress shops. You won’t regret it.

#3 Spa Day

Break out all of your best beauty tools and spend some time just pampering yourself. Paint your nails, exfoliate your skin, light some candles, and blast some Lana Del Rey and Frank Ocean.

#2 Bake

Cookies, cupcakes, brownies, whatever; get your Laura Vitale on, and dirty up your kitchen. Baking is a fun way to relax, and there’s no more enjoyable way to celebrate yourself than with a giant cake in honor of YOU.

#1 Movie Marathon in Bed

Cuddle up in your comfiest clothes and enter a committed relationship with your bed. Break out all of your favorite movies, turn off your phone, and spend the day in total relaxation.

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Flux Playlist: Some Valentine's Lovin'

Valentine’s Day is three short days away, and we thought we’d help set the mood. Here are some tunes to help you and your significant other cuddle close and enjoy the day together. So eat some chocolates, read some sappy greeting cards, smell some roses, and hug some friends!

Sam

Lady In Red – Eric Clapton
Sex Bomb – Tom Jones

Brianna

Sheet Music – Anchor & Braille
Scream – Usher

Marissa

Motivation – Kelly Rowland ft. Lil Wayne
So Beautiful – Musiq Soulchild

Marissa

Bump and Grind – R. Kelly
Sex Room – Ludacris ft. Trey Songz

Eleni

Work Me – The Black Keys
Glory Box – Portishead

Emily

Skin – Rihanna
Grind On Me – Pretty Ricky

Casey

Kinky Reggae – Bob Marley
You Can Leave Your Hat On – Randy Newman

4 Things a College Relationship (or Break-up) Will Teach You

-Callie Gisler

Relationships, at any stage of life, are a learning experience — especially during the college years. Unfortunately, love doesn’t have a clearly written guidebook, and your education can only come from experience. But somewhere between the first dates, the hook-ups, and those painful break-ups, there are a few simple lessons one can learn.

Yes. You will get hurt.

Bad relationships will happen. You will get your heart broken at least once. There will be break-ups, screaming fights, and plenty of tears. It’s inevitable. Though that isn’t a valid excuse to close yourself from the next opportunity. Take each failure and mistake as a learning experience for the future. It’s the negative experiences that will teach you to recognize the good when it comes along.

The risk is worth taking. Usually.

At the end of your life, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the things you did. And the same remains true in relationships, romance, and love. Never waste too much time waiting for the right opportunity or moment, because honestly, there probably isn’t one. If you love her, say it. If he means the world to you, let him know. A little bravery can take you a surprisingly long way. And when it doesn’t, at least you know you had the courage and capacity to try.

Never let a person – or a relationship – become your everything.

It’s easy to get so wrapped up in another person that you forget about someone just a little more important: yourself. If the relationship fails, you are left with absolutely nothing. Take time to enjoy the things you did when you were single. Dedicate time to your favorite hobby, hang out with your own group of friends, or spend a weekend back in your hometown without your significant other. Whatever it takes, never sacrifice your sense of individualism for a relationship or someone you think might love you. If they really do care, they’ll never ask you to give up the things that make up whom you are as a person.

Being single doesn’t make you anything less.

It’s not usually easy to be along in a room crowded with couples – figuratively or literally speaking. But is it worth it to say “yes” to a relationship, just to avoid being alone? Sex is great, but so is having the self-respect to wait for what you really deserve.

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Flux Playlist: Anti-Valentine's Day

-Flux Blog Staff

It’s almost Valentine’s Day, and for some of us that means planning out a special evening for you and that special someone. But for the rest of us, Valentine’s Day is just another night on the calendar. So we here at the Flux blog staff decided to pay tribute to those who will be spending lover’s day alone. So sit back, relax and enjoy our anti-Valentine’s Day playlist.


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Mike

  • Every Man Has a Molly -Say Anything
  • Roses -Outkast
  • Psychotic Girl -The Black Keys

Tamara

  • Forget You -Cee-Lo Green
  • Hard -Rihanna
  • Smile -Lily Allen

Whitney

  • Fall in Love (Your Funeral) -Erykah Badu

Jessica

  • Seventy times 7 -Brand New
  • Your Ex-Love is Dead -Stars
  • Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright -Bob Dylan

Diana

  • Giving Up -Ingrid Michaelson
  • Erase Me -Kid Cudi

Sam

  • Carol Brown -Flight of the Conchords
  • You Oughta Know -Alanis Morissette
  • Potential Breakup Song -Aly & AJ

Callie

  • Landslide -Stevie Nicks
  • Not Over You -Gavin DeGraw
  • Before He Cheats -Carrie Underwood

Tiana

  • Mr. Know it All -Kelly Clarkson
  • Rumour Has It -Adele
  • 25 to Life -Eminem

 

FLUX's Guide to a Perfect Valentine's Day Meal

– Madeline Dickerson

I’m sure all of you lovebirds are aware, but Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. A lot of you will go out on the town for fancy, overly priced meals, but braving what restaurant industry people call “amateur night” has never been my style. I’d much rather cuddle up with my Valentine for a movie night and delicious homemade meal complete with cocktail and dessert. So why not save some dough and do just that this holiday? I can almost promise it will be more impressive than spending two minutes calling for reservations. To make the process as easy as possible, I’ve put together a Valentine’s Day meal plan that just about anyone can prepare. Most of the prep can be done earlier in the day or even the day before, so you can spend the night focusing on your Valentine and not slaving away in the kitchen.

The meal plan starts off with a rasmopolitan, a beautiful red cocktail. The drink uses black raspberry liquor called Chambord, which is pretty pricey – around $43. But I can guarantee it is worth every cent. And while I know it’s hard for college students to dish out this much money for a bottle of liquor, I always think of it as an investment into a gift that just keeps on giving. The bottle will last for a long time if used sparingly and it is extremely delicious.

After a nice cocktail, impress you loved one with a gourmet entrée of roasted asparagus, thyme bread, and goat-cheese ravioli with parsley sauce. The ravioli is super easy to make, using wonton wrappers instead of making your own noodles, and can be prepared up to a day in advance.

And finally, dessert. This decadent chocolate truffle tart requires no baking and like the ravioli, can be made days in advance.

So, here’s the timeline of events to follow when preparing this one of a kind Valentine’s Day meal:

Step one:  Make the Dessert

Adapted from “Truffle Tarts with Raspberries” recipe by Tyler Florence

Tip: Finish the dessert early in the day, and then you’ll be able to focus on dinner later.

Ingredients: Makes 6 tarts (Share with friends!)

–       ½ cup heavy cream

–       8 oz good quality bittersweet chocolate (Don’t be afraid to splurge. I bought an $8 bar of Scharffen Berger and it definitely made a difference)

–       1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

–       ½ cups fine chocolate wafer crumbs (either grind some chocolate wafer cookies in a Cuisinart/blender or put them in a resalable bay and smash with a rolling pin till fine)

–       6 tablespoons melted butter

–       Fresh raspberries

1) Bring cream just to a simmer over low heat in a saucepan. Pour the cream over the chocolate in a bowl and let stand 10 minutes to melt chocolate. Add the vanilla and stir until smooth. Set aside to cool for 1 hour at room temperature.

2) While chocolate is cooling, make the tart crusts. With a fork, mix the wafer crumbs with the melted butter. Spray the cups of a 6-muffin tin with vegetable spray. Line the cups with strips of parchment or waxed paper, cut so that they are as wide as the diameter of each cup and long enough to overhang the sides (you’ll need the overhang to remove the tarts later). Press the crumbs into the bottom and the sides of the muffin cup, building up the sides about 1-½ inches. Place a raspberry in the center of each cup.

Unfilled tart crusts

3) Once the chocolate filling has sat for an hour, beat it at medium speed until it is thick and light colored. Use a spoon or pastry bag to fill the cups with the truffle mixture. Smooth the tops and refrigerate until set, about 2 hours or until ready to serve. Top with more raspberries before serving.

Step 2: Prepare Ravioli

Adapted from “Goat-Cheese ‘Ravioli’ with Parsley Sauce” recipe by Martha Stewart

Tip: Like the dessert, make these early. They can sit covered in the fridge for a day or frozen for a month. Also, the original recipe calls for wonton wrappers which can be found in the refrigerated section by tofu or the freezer section but if you can only find eggroll wrappers that’s fine, just cut them down to size like I did.

Ingredients: Serves 2

–   3 oz fresh goat cheese

–   ¼ cup part-skim ricotta cheese

–   1 small garlic clove minced or crushed in a garlic press

–    pinch of ground nutmeg

–   Coarse salt and ground pepper

–   12 wonton wrappers (3 ½ inch) or egg roll wrappers cut down to size

1)   In a small bowl, mash together the goat cheese, ricotta, garlic, and nutmeg together until smooth. Season with salt and pepper and stir to combine.

Goat-cheese ravioli filling

2)   Arrange six wrappers on a work surface at a time. Spoon 1 level tablespoon of filling in the center of each wrapper (don’t overfill). Dip your fingertip in a small bowl of water and wet the edges of the wrapper. Fold a corner of each wrapper to form a triangle and press edges to seal. Flatten the area around the filling to eliminate air pockets. Repeat with remaining wrappers. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate if you plan on cooking them later.

Step 3: Cocktail Time

Before you get down and dirty preparing dinner, make your sweetie and yourself, a Rasmopolitan. Then they can sip on it while watching in awe as you pull together dinner.

Adapted from “Rasmopolitan” recipe by Martha Stewart

Ingredients:

–   2 oz (2 tablespoons) citrus-flavored Vodka

–   2 oz (2 tablespoons) raspberry-flavored Vodka

–   1 oz (1 tablespoons) Chambord

–   2 tablespoon freshly squeezed limejuice

–   2 tablespoons simple syrup (bring equal parts water and sugar to a boil and then cool – or if you have agave nectar laying around like I did you can use that, just use a little bit less since it’s sweeter than simple syrup)

–   4 oz  (4 tablespoons) cranberry juice

– Raspberries for garnish

1)   Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Add all of the ingredients except the raspberries. Shake or stir and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with raspberries and serve.

Step 4: Preparing Dinner

It’s dinner time which means time to cook the pasta and make the sauce, roast the asparagus, and brown the thyme bread.

All of the ingredients you need to create an amazing dinner for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day

Ingredients:

–   About a half pound of asparagus

–   Olive oil

–   A loaf of French bread (I bought a demi-baguette, perfect for two people)

–   Softened butter

–   2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves

For the pasta parsley sauce:

–   2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley

–   2 tablespoons olive oil

–   1 tablespoon grated Parmesan

–   1 teaspoon water

–   Salt and pepper

1)   Put a pot of salted water on medium high and bring it to a boil. Meanwhile, prepare the asparagus. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Use about half a pound or however much you think will be a solid side dish for you and your sweetie. The trick my mom always taught me for trimming asparagus is to grab them towards the cut end and snap them. Wherever they snap is where they are the freshest. Repeat for each asparagus and then put in one layer on one half of a baking sheet. Toss with olive oil and salt and pepper.

2)   Slice the bread loaf in half lengthwise. Spread evenly with softened butter and put on the other half of the baking sheet with the asparagus. Put in the oven and set a timer for ten minutes.

3)   Meanwhile, make the parsley sauce: In a small bowl, stir together parsley, olive oil, Parmesan and water; season with salt and pepper.

4)   By now your water should be boiling. Turn it down to a gentle simmer and toss in the raviolis one at a time. Stir very gently so they don’t stick. Cook for 5-7 minutes.

5)   While the ravioli is cooking check on your asparagus and bread. If the asparagus is tender and slightly brown take them out, if not leave them in while you broil the bread. Turn the oven on broil but watch the bread like a hawk so nothing burns. As soon as it’s a nice golden brown, remove (along with asparagus) and sprinkle bread with the thyme leaves.

6)   When the ravioli is finished carefully remove with a slotted spoon and let excess water drain before putting them on two dinner plates. Drizzle the parsley sauce over the pasta. Divide the asparagus and bread between the two plates. Serve and enjoy. And don’t forget to pull out the dessert after dinner to put the final cherry on top of a perfect Valentine’s Day meal.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Man on the Street: The Price of Love

Week 2: Valentine’s Day

[caps]T[/caps]his week our subject was an obvious one: everyone’s favorite Hallmark holiday, Valentine’s Day.

In the week leading up to it, we asked University of Oregon students what they thought about the loved-by-some, dreaded-by-many February 14th. We also asked them to tell us the story behind their most memorable Valentine’s Day.