Another Sweet Valentine’s Day

I have said before that Valentine’s Day is not my favorite holiday. However, I have also boldly denounced the people who viciously attack it. It might not come as a surprise, but February 14 has become a little sweeter to me over the past few years. When you get to spend a love-obsessed designated holiday with your life partner, no matter how commercialized that holiday might be, it does take a bit of your cynicism away (I still don’t love Valentine’s Day though!).

On the first Valentine’s Day I spent with Sidney, I pulled out all the stops. The two of us dressed up and hit arguably the most well-known fine dining franchise in the country. We enjoyed an extravagant meal at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, an experience that I still fondly remember.

Sidney and I at Ruth’s Chris on Valentine’s Day 2015.

Last year, we scaled back a bit. Fresh off purchasing our honeymoon and with a wedding months away, we celebrated at home. I brought breakfast and flowers to Sidney’s house and we simply enjoyed the day together.

I gave Sidney a very simple Valentine’s Day gift in 2016.

This year, we are celebrating by merging together components from the past two Valentine’s Days…kind of. To pay homage to our first V-Day, we will be eating steak once again; it just won’t be $100 steak. We are ordering takeout from Outback! I am just about to go pick up the food to bring back to the house. We will then slip in a Redbox that Sidney picked out earlier this evening and enjoy the same “meal and movie at home” concept we did last year.

But this year isn’t a complete mashup of the past two years. Believe it or not, we started a brand new tradition this morning. At 5:15 a.m., we traded Valentine’s cards. During a period where I am usually hustling to get out the door to hit the gym and Sidney is getting ready to go teach school, we spent a few peaceful moments together. We opened the cards we each got for one another and admired the thought that each person put in, even it was a small gesture. It was an amazing way to start the Tuesday.

The Valentine’s Day cards we exchanged this morning.

Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone. No matter if you have a sweetheart or not, remember that the sun will come up tomorrow. Don’t Blink.

A Heart-Shaped Thursday Rundown

Good evening to you all. I hope it has been a great week for you. If not, hang in there, tomorrow is Friday. Until then, here is the latest Thursday Rundown…

Loving 2016 – I am trying to make the most out of each day this year. Why so? Well, for starters, it is just in my nature. I am the Don’t Blink guy…remember? But in all seriousness, it is just too significant of a year not to live each day up. Of course getting married is a big piece of that. But it is also a Presidential election year and a Summer Olympics year. Things don’t get much more interesting than when you mix those three things together. Each morning when I wake up I am trying to focus on what a charmed time I am living in.

Loving 2016 like it is my job.

Loving 2016 like it is my job.

Valentine’s Day 2016 – With Valentine’s Day falling during Lent and on a Sunday this year, it loses luster for some of us. For others it won’t have a bit of impact at all. Then you have another group that hates the holiday so much already that it doesn’t matter when it falls. Sidney and I actually don’t have plans as of right now. I am thinking we will end up having a nice but low key celebration. No matter how you feel about Valentine’s Day, make sure to be respectful of the people who might think differently than you. Three years ago I wrote this blog post regarding the polarizing nature of the holiday.

Best  Kind of Mail – Speaking of Valentine’s Day, look what I found in the mailbox when I returned home! No matter how old you are, it is always nice to get mail from your parents. Thank you mom and dad!!

So thoughtful of my parents to send this to me!

So thoughtful of my parents to send this to me!

Wal-Mart Kindness – Yesterday I was doing some shopping at Wal-Mart. It came time to check out but I needed stamps. Usually at any Wal-Mart store they will only have one or two registers that have stamps. It was busy and I didn’t want to wait in a long line only to be denied. So, to save time, I asked an associate which one I needed to stand in to purchase my postage. She told me I would just have to go to customer service to buy them after I checked out. I told her thanks and started to wait in a huge line. As I stood there I could feel her looking at me. I wasn’t looking forward to standing in another long line at customer service after I bought my groceries. When I had just a couple shoppers in front of me I could sense the lady wasn’t looking at me anymore. A minute after that observation I noticed that she had approached my soon-to-be checker and mentioned something. I finally reached the front of the line and the checker asked me if I was the one who wanted stamps. Puzzled, I said yes. The employee then told me that the associate had gone to customer service and got the book of stamps for me and brought them up to my line to save me a bunch of time. Thank you!!

Wedding Update #19 – The biggest item I have to mention in this latest update is that we are exactly four months away from the big day! That means Sidney and I are now 2/3 of the way through our engagement (I popped the question in June 2015). This past weekend my mom called Sid’s mom and they had a nice long discussion about wedding developments. The day will be here before we know it.


Have a great rest of your week. As a Valentine’s Day present, Sidney will be blogging for me on Sunday. I will be back in touch on Monday. Have a nice weekend. Don’t Blink.