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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Belated Valentimes

ValentiMes is what Big Red calls every person he saw leading up to the big day, including the friendly greeter at Fred Meyer.  Sometimes he's so precious I just want to spread him on a cracker.  Other times, he's having a tantrum because he wants to play a video game in the theater lobby after his mother took him and his brother to see Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.  But I digress.

We all made handmade valentimes for each other at our house.  The man gave me beautiful red and white roses after I commented to him that Valentime's Day has never been his big holiday.  He and the boys brought me breakfast in bed.  This is the good stuff.

In homage to PW, here are some things I love:

  • The cold side of the pillow
  • rain
  • fire in the fireplace
  • period costume romantic movies
  • how cherubic Big Red looks all tucked in and asleep
  • knitting
  • the first day of a fresh pair of contact lenses
  • peppermint tea
  • snuggling up and reading with Tank
  • dark movie theaters
  • long hikes on new trails
  • my new green wallet
  • Burt's Bees Fig lip balm
  • The bounty served up by my crockpot
  • a freshly vacuumed house
  • a great song coming on the radio as the boys and I pull up to the house.  We pull in the garage, fling open the doors, crank it and jump out and dance
  • watching my husband do physical things like move hundred pound bushes, wrestle with the boys or swing a tennis racket.  He is a specimen of physical grace.
Happy belated Valentimes!


  1. Hey glad to see you're back. I just put The Worst Hard Time on hold at the library. If it makes me even more of a Debbie Downer I'm totally blaming you!!!

  2. You may be depressed by The Worst Hard Time, E.L., but it's such good reading I swear you won't even care!

  3. Your Tank and Big Red stories make me wish I had munchkins at home...