Friday Five: Valentine and Love Edition

For my work, Friday the 13th (today folks) is technically a “holiday”… or at least that’s what my time sheet says. Today is moving day so we ended up having the day off.

I’m taking advantage of this three-day weekend by sleeping in until 8:00 7:40am (!), getting my eyes checked and having a lunch date with my Valentine. So while I’m enjoying my day off, you can enjoy some random thoughts on love and Valentine’s Day.

1. I usually wear something red or pink on Valentine’s Day. I also usually feel cheesy when I do… but I’m still going to do it. Continue reading

Gifts For Him

I clicked over to a “Valentine’s Gifts for Him” list and it included items like socks, belts and sunglasses. I thought about Brad and the things he likes, but also the things he likes to receive. Sure, my husband likes to wear interesting socks.

Exhibit A: Hashtag Socks

But, I highly doubt my husband wants me to give him socks for Valentine’s Day. They don’t really say, “I love you,” in any manner that could be construed as romantic. “I love you, now cover your toes in argyle.”

So I thought about some of the things I think Brad would like (without any input from him) and made a list. Honestly, we don’t exchange Valentine’s Day gifts anymore, we cook an awesome dinner together and give each other cards. For the past few years, he’s brought me flowers at work but Valentine’s weekend (and Friday the 13th) are moving weekend so flowers would be in danger this year! (If you do flowers, give one fewer flower and donate that cost to save a kid), so this list isn’t extravagant. Continue reading

Love Notes

Today is Valentine’s Day. In general, it’s a day of heart, flowers, cards and candies.

This year, there has been much more emphasis on other forms of love, beyond romantic love. Which is wonderful!

Brad knows I love coffee too!

I’m blessed with a wonderful husband who is incredibly caring and thoughtful and I love him more each day. I’m also blessed to have so much more love around me with an ever-growing family by DNA and by marriage, wonderful friends, caring coworkers and fabulous readers. I was so encouraged by the comments on a couple of recent posts that came from my heart and I wasn’t sure anyone would connect with. Thank you all!

So here’s a Friday Five that’s all about Love:

  1. Romantic Love, even if it isn’t all romance. There are so many posts about Brad and how great of a husband he is, but I’m looking back at this one today: The Ones Who Love Us.
  2. Love of Family. I have a large family, I write about them here and there, yesterday’s post however resonated with many in my family, if you missed it, please read: My Mom is Getting Married.
  3. Love Remembered. Love doesn’t end when you lose someone. The lessons that my father taught me and the love that my grandmother shared are a part of me and how I live my life.
  4. Friend Love. Sometimes I wonder if I could have gotten through a lot of things without my friends. Friends like Natalie make life much sweeter.
  5. Loving Strangers. Doing good, helping others, savings lives. There’s still time to Spare a Rose and share some love.

Are you willing to share a little love with me? It’ll take a few minutes, but could you vote for my favorite refashion (Tea Party dress) for a best DIY blog post award? While you’re there, check out some other great bloggers and vote for them too (you have to vote for each category to submit the form). Click the button below to go vote.

What kinds of love are you celebrating today?



The Unanswerable Question: How We Met

With Valentine’s Day at the end of this week, I’ve been thinking about some unique parts of Brad’s and my relationship, one of them being the very first time we met.

It’s a common couple question:

How did you two meet?

Facebook even wants to when how I met Brad!

Here’s the problem: We can’t agree on when we first met.

However, our differing answers to that question show you how nerdy we both were are. Both answers involve high school speech tournaments. Also these stories make more sense if you know what the National Forensics League (apparently the name has changed?) and extemporaneous speech are (I was international extemp and Brad was U.S. extemp).

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Spare a Rose: I Can’t Say It Better

When I was diagnosed with type 1 a couple of years ago, I felt like I was so sick that I could never recover. When I look back, I know that I’m lucky to be alive. I’m lucky to have access to what I need to continue being alive.

Not everyone is and that hurts my heart. Last year, the Spare a Rose, Save a Child initiative started. With this effort, bloggers with diabetes (myself included) encourage their readers to buy just one less rose for Valentine’s Day and donate that to a wonderful organization called, Life for a Child.

I’m a little later on posting this than I’d like, but I doubt you’ve bought roses yet anyway. I’m also sure that I can’t say anything better than what’s already been said by the other people on this list.

Even if you don’t (or can’t) donate, please at least check out the website and share it because you might know someone who can help.