(drum roll) It's officially Valentine's Week! Valentine's is just too cool to only last a single day so I celebrate the entire week leading up to Valentine's Day. I adore chocolates that come in red, heartshaped boxes and sappy cards that make weeping willows like me tear up for hours on end. "I Love You's" make me weak in the knees and I'm a total sucker for how we met stories, cheesy love songs and Valentine's Day diamonds and weddings. A friend once called me hopeless in regards to Valentine's Day. I think that's wrong, I'm hopeFUL...not less.
My husband and I weren't a love at first site couple..not even close. I first met him back in 7th grade. He was one of my neighbors and classmates. Way back then, he was a bit of a rebel with no clear cause and I was already well on my way to being voted "Most Likely To Become a Nun". He was a little bit convict to my little bit convent and at the time we shared a mutual feeling of dislike. If anyone ever said way back then that he would be the one who was there later in life when I would need a friend the most, I never would have believed them.
Fate has its funny ways, though and on my first day of work at a police department after college, I bumped into him on the stairs. No he wasn't in cuffs, he was in a police uniform! (yowsa!). I had already morphed into a little bit rock chick and he had obviously changed his tune, as well. To the shock of many of our former classmates, this May we will be celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary. I think that deserves an extra Valentine :)
Today is Thursday Thirteen and in honor of Valentine's Week...here's mine...
1. My Proposal. My hubby actually celebrated the first "Valentine's Week" without me. He very sneakily proposed to me on Valentine's Day after a week's worth of planning to pull it off. That much effort definitely deserves more than a single day of celebration.
2. My black dress with the gold sequins. Part of my hubby's elaborate proposal was going out to dinner. I had seen this dress in a catalog once and I really liked it but it was a lot of money and I had no occassion to wear it. When I arrived at his apartment as part of his plan, the dress was there, complete with the shoes I wanted and diamond earrings. That dress is now terribly outdated, (soooo early 90's) and I know I'll never wear it in public again but there it sits, right next to my wedding dress in my closet. They are the only two pieces of clothing I will never part with.
3. "Buck Lovies". I'm not sure this phrase exists outside my family, but my mom always wanted those extra large super sappy Valentine's Day cards from my dad. He used to joke that they cost too much and gave them the moniker "Buck Lovies". They are my favorite cards, too and they may be $5.00 and up now, but they will always be "Buck Lovies" to me.
4. Chocolate. I'm not that into flowers. I just don't appreciate them like I should. Chocolate, on the other hand, I worship. Everytime I'm blue the hubby brings me a Hershey Bar for instant happiness.
5. My Partridge Family CD. This is a little over the top, but "I Think I Love You" was playing on the radio once when we were eating lunch with a group of people. We hadn't expressed our feelings to each other much less to anyone else. Imagine my surprise just a few weeks later when we were officially dating and I got a phone call at work. When I answered, "I Think I Love You" was playing on the phone. I knew at that moment that hubby was the guy for me :)
6. My Photoshop Training CDs. I must have been staring confused at Photoshop for a while because hubby gave me training CDs one Valentine's Day. Now I can design my own buck lovies :)
7. Lucky Card. This wasn't a romantic kind of card..it had dancing money on the front of it. When I opened it up a lottery ticket fell out and hubby had written "I hope you are as lucky as I am" inside......AWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!
8. My heart shaped ruby ring. Something unfortunate and horrible happened to me once that led to years of many physical and financial problems. One Valentine's Day the very bright light was visible at the end of this long dark tunnel and hubby gave me a heart shaped ruby ring. It's not only a symbol of love, it symbolizes rainbows after storms and never having to walk through them alone.
9. My big fish tank. I love watching fish swim. It's mesmerizing to me and works better than Xanax for calming my nerves. The hubby set up a big old tank for me in our family room and he even moved his foosball table out to the garage to make room. What a guy!
10. My digital camera. I'm a little suspicious that hubby didn't just buy me a digital camera to take pictures of the kids, but whatever we use it for, I love it and can't live without it now.
11. Pajama-Gram. Ok, I hate pajamas (really!), but hubby knew I would like the box with the big red bow they came in. I use it to hold all my buck lovies and other cards I've gotten from loved ones over the years.
12. My little kissy bears. I don't know where hubby found these things, but they are two bears that kiss each other with magnetic mouths while playing an elevator version of Sonny and Cher's "I Got You Babe". They are fabulous.
13. License Plates. I don't have this gift quite yet because someone else has them and believe it or not, it's someone who lives by me because I've seen them with my own eyes! They are license plates that say "HBD", the hubby's nickname for me. It stands for Honey Baby Darlin'. Every February when I have to renew my plates, I check if they are available. One time in the future, they will be an awesome Valentine's Week gift.
Happy Valentine's Week to everyone! Make the world a better place and be sure you tell everyone you love just how you feel. Maybe they already know and maybe they don't. Either way, it's certainly a very nice thing to hear.
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