It’s coming up on THAT holiday – Valentine’s Day – which for many can be a time of stressful consumerism (raise your hand if you’re having to hand-craft 23 personalized valentines for your kid’s classroom exchange), loneliness (yes, I have ordered two entrees to hide the fact that I’m dining alone, I mean, saving one for tomorrow), and ill-considered hot takes on the romance genre (I’m looking at you, my misguided brother-in-law).

Me, I’m all about Galentine’s Day.

Screen capture from Parks and Rec: Leslie Knope says, "What's Galentine's Day? Oh, it's only the best day of the year."

So this week, I bring you ladies celebrating ladies.

First up, one of my favorite lady authors released a book last month, and it is SO SWOONY. Pick up Bold Love by Lauren Accardo. It’s got an artistic heroine, a former football player, the MOST hilarious set of side characters you’ve ever met, and all the gorgeous scenery you can expect from Lauren’s Forever Adirondacks series.

Cover of Bold Love by Lauren Accardo, a young couple hiking in the woods and pausing to look at a waterfall
Two tricolor Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, sleeping on the hardwood floor, butt to butt, making a heart shape

Puppy pic!

In the spirit of Galentine’s Day, here are my two gal-pal Cavalier King Charles Spaniels making a heart shape on the floor. Awww! I miss them SO MUCH.