I have to admit I am starting to get a little cabin fever around here. I have been a virus magnet [a]this year, and though I’m quite proud of the contributions I have made to the tissue and cold medicine industry, it’s time to say enough already! To keep things on the positive, I must say I can make a mean soup at this point.

You know what? I’d like to take my pity party a step further and implore you the readers to please send me your stories of warm vacation settings and fun times in faraway lands. Let your fellow readers and me live vicariously through the tales of your adventures.

So far, I have seen documented Alex and Maggie Morrison’s tour of Cannes, France, complete with boat rides and vistas, and of course enjoyment of the local cuisine and libations. Meanwhile, Michael and Megan Brown made many exotic friends in their visit to Thailand, including beach dragons and surprisingly docile tigers.

So where is everyone else off to this winter, and more important, any chance you can fit me in your suitcase?

Next weekend, we’ll have our love to keep us warm, as the old song goes. To prepare for the celebration of Valentine’s Day, it’s time to bust out all things cupid — the red construction paper, the glitter and doilies, and of course the ubiquitous rose. To help the kids prepare, there will be a duo of Valentine making workshops in the Children’s Room at the Library, Friday, February 7, from 2 to 4 pm and Saturday, February 8, from 12 noon to 4 pm. Materials will be provided. Call 508-627-4221 for details.

Another upcoming event to get you in the spirit of the holiday: the Harbor View presents “Romancing the Oyster,” Wednesday, February 12, at 6 pm, which boasts a buffet-style offering of that delectable native bivalve. The event benefits theMartha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group, Inc. and the Edgartown Growers Association. Call 508-627-7000 for ticket information.

Attention voters: Leaders of the new organization, 350 Martha’s Vineyard Island (350MVI), will be guests at the monthly meeting of the Democratic Council of Martha’s Vineyard (a.k.a. MVDems). The meeting will be held Saturday, February 8, from 9 to 10:30 am at the Howes House, West Tisbury (across from Alley’s General Store). 350MVI leaders will describe the Island chapter and the work they’ve been doing to address climate change and to create a website (350MVI.org) as a resource for organizations interested in conserving a healthy environment for the Vineyard.

All are welcome to attend. For more information, email info@mvdems.org.

Slow Food Martha’s Vineyard presents “Genetic Roulette,” at the Edgartown Public Library, Wednesday, February 12, at 7 pm.  This film explores the health dangers of genetically modified food and its impact on our food system and on us. Slow Food Martha’s Vineyard is showing the film as part of its Slow Food MV­—GMO Free initiative, whose immediate goals are to support GMO labeling legislation in Massachusetts, and to educate and inform Islanders, especially those in the food producing and food supply chains, including farmers, feed suppliers and garden centers. For further info, call 508-696-8649

Happy birthday wishes go out this week to Karen Jardin, who celebrates February 6; to Stephanie Teller, February 8; to Arielle Hayes, February 11; and to Drew Smith, Stephanie Vincent, Steve Saxonis, and Steven Dunayer, who all celebrate February 12. So hey, Bruce Farland — this is your reminder that today is the day! Get home and wash those dishes!

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