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Tuesday, February 19, 2008


I have a good man. I do. I meant to write about this....oh....last week. Things are different in the new house. Our computer is no longer in the living room with us, which in turn takes more effort to walk to the office and sit down at the computer. This is why my blogging has been less frequent these days. Anyway, back to my good man. So this year for the days leading up to Valentine's, Joel and I were sick, and because of this, we forgot to plan something for Valentine's Day until that actual day.

On that day after Joel had left for work, I decided I wanted to do something wildly romantic for our evening at home.... So I sat on the computer for several hours (I have no idea why it took so long) and searched for love songs online. I found them. I listened to them. I downloaded them. And then I tried to burn them on a CD. And failed. More than half of the songs I had compiled were not in the right format. (long and boring technical details I won't go into). I was disappointed. I spent hours working on my romantic CD and had nothing to show for it.

I also wanted to make amazing steaks. So I searched online for a recipe. I found one - T bone steaks with an Asian flare. Joel loves Asian food. The steaks needed to marinate for about 4 hours. I still had time. I had all the ingredients except the steaks. I drove to the butcher's - $10.98 per lb...hmmm....I remember seeing in the flyer in the mail that Albertson's has them on sale $6.99 per lb. A much better deal. I drive to Albertson's, find my steaks, pick up a cheese cake, a salad, and on my way out, I find the ingredients for chocolate covered strawberries. Chocolate covered strawberries would be way more fun. I buy the cheese cake too. So run one more errand, stand in line, and go home to get started on the meal...but wait...what happened to all my time I had? I guess our steaks will be ready later. I start on the marinade only to realize that I'm out of one irreplaceable sauce...Ahhhh! So then I run to Walmart, grab the soy sauce, stand in the express line and wait and wait and wait, while the woman in front of my tries to use a card over and over that will not work? Can you just use another card??? PLEASE!!! Eventually she does.

By this time, I am so out of time. By the time I get home, and get the steaks to marinate, they won't be ready until almost 9 PM. Joel comes home from work. I had envisioned having the house lit with candles, romantic music playing, and I would be dressed in an amazing outfit, while dinner would be nearly ready. None of that happened. I was disappointed. Joel hands me a box of chocolate (which is a required present for every Valentines Day...required by me.) He helps me figure out why my romantic music CD didn't burn. He helps me finish dinner. Eventually we cook dinner together. Steak, baked potatoes, salad, and the chocolate covered strawberries. It was good. Joel announces that he is full...but then hesitates..."Well, maybe I want some cheesecake." (I put the cheesecake that I bought earlier in the freezer) "You should get it for me....I want to look at it." I give him a weird look, and get up to get the cheesecake from the freezer. I open the freezer, and on top of the cheesecake is a small, white box. "What is this?" and I pulled the box out. Joel says, "I don't know. What is it?" I open it up. Inside is a white gold necklace with a twisty pendant with small diamonds on it. It was beautiful. I was surprised. I loved it. Joel is not the planning type, so for him to plan a surprise, takes a lot of effort. I couldn't believe he actually surprised me with jewelry. It was fun. So this year, V-day started out rocky for me, as all my plans fell apart, but ended quite well. And I would just like you guys to know, that I have a good man.

And by the way, it's not very often that I write such a sappy blog, but since it was Valentine's I made and exception. (just this once)

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