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Runs for Cookies: Valentine’s Day


Ever since Noah moved out–well, over the previous few years, if I am being trustworthy!–I’ve began to really feel remorse. I am not simply speaking about large selections, however remorse within the little issues. I want I might mentioned “sure” extra; held off longer on shopping for the youngsters’ cell telephones; taught them far more about residing on their very own; and, amongst a number of extra, celebrated holidays with enthusiasm.

I deliver this up due to Valentine’s Day tomorrow. I’ve all the time been within the “it is only a Hallmark vacation” group, and I do not know if Jerry and I ever celebrated it. We in all probability did within the early years we had been dating–Jerry loves holidays, particularly if it entails tremendous corny romance. And I actually want that I might indulged him all these years. On my birthday just a few weeks in the past, he mentioned he needs that I might need to have a good time my birthday. It made me really feel dangerous!

That bought me interested by how celebrating it would not should be for me; if he actually desires to do one thing as a result of it makes him really feel good, then I can definitely go together with it. And since I felt dangerous, I instructed him that we might have a good time Valentine’s Day nonetheless he wants–regardless of how tacky it’s, I mentioned he might make plans and I might get within the spirit.

And actually, I’ve truly been form of enthusiastic about it! I even put quite a lot of thought into a few items for him. Jerry will not see this put up till after I give the items to him, so I am going to share them right here. The one clue I gave him was, “I promise you that not one different particular person on the planet has both of these items… and never one different particular person on the planet would need them.” Hahahaha, it is true!

Every reward has a narrative behind it…

At some point (in all probability 15-20 years in the past) we had been stopped at an intersection ready for the visitors mild to show inexperienced. Forward of us was a utility pole (does anybody else nonetheless name them phone poles? or simply me?) and it had an indication on it that mentioned “FIREWORKS” with an arrow beneath, to indicate the course of the place you might purchase fireworks.

The signal was the other way up, and I wasn’t positive if that was intentional or not. However I pointed at it and mentioned, “What manner do you suppose the fireworks are?” After which Jerry checked out it, opened his mouth to state what ought to have been apparent, then realized what I had–that somebody could have deliberately put the signal the other way up in order that the arrow was pointing the other way (moderately than remake the signal).

We each stared, checked out one another, then burst out laughing. We could not cease laughing! I do not keep in mind the place we had been going, however we laughed so laborious for the remainder of the drive that we had been wheezing. The signal is lengthy gone, however sometimes at that intersection, we’ll ask one another “Which manner do you suppose the fireworks are?” And we giggle about it.

Sooo, that’s what prompted this reward. I took an image of the intersection, after which I grabbed a bit of cardboard and a sharpie and recreated the “FIREWORKS” signal. I took an image of the signal after which photoshopped the signal into the image to look the way it did that day we first noticed it. I bought it printed in a 5×7 (I used to be truly embarrassed to go choose it up at Walgreens!) and put it in a body. So, that is reward primary.

Backstory for reward quantity two. This one is not as particular, but it surely’s one thing ongoing between us. Once we had been relationship, we had been cuddled up on the sofa one time and Jerry mentioned, “We match collectively like Legos.” And I mentioned, “However there are tens of millions of Legos that match collectively. We match like some Legos that bought just a little bit melted in order that they do not match every other Legos anymore–they solely match one another.” (Okay, I assume possibly I used to be just a little corny again then!)

Now, sometimes once we’re cuddling, considered one of us will point out that we match collectively like melted Legos. Which is how I got here up with reward quantity two. I truly put quite a lot of thought into which Lego items to use–color and shape–because I needed to place them on a necklace or bracelet and even keychain. I finally selected to make a hemp necklace (like those that had been in style once we had been relationship) and add the Legos as a appeal. I selected spherical ones–a black and a white–and then I put them collectively and used a lighter to soften the aspect. I needed them to nonetheless be capable to pull aside and push again together–but solely with one another. It truly labored very well!

I can nonetheless pull them aside, however they do not match with every other Legos.

I completely *love* giving items, however I’m admittedly very dangerous at making them look fairly within the packaging. For Christmas, I wrapped issues in Amazon containers or leftover containers from different issues. It is truly form of a joke between us! I even watched some YouTube movies over Christmastime to attempt to discover ways to wrap higher (I discovered that I simply haven’t got the persistence for it). After I watched the movies, Jerry and I competed a few instances to see who might wrap higher. I nonetheless misplaced. Haha!

Anyway, I made a decision to go over-the-top corny with the necklace field. I truly purchased this little field to make use of as an alternative of reusing a field from one thing else! Nonetheless, the necklace appeared manner too plain within the field by itself, so I appeared across the craft room for one thing to put underneath the necklace. I assumed possibly a bit of material. And after I noticed this white satin (I might lower up a costume to make use of the material some time in the past, and there was a white satin slip beneath), I bought the thought to go full-on tacky romance.

At first, I used to be simply going to make just a little pillow to place the necklace on. Then I simply saved including to it. I used crimson and pink thread across the edges. Then I put a “b” within the center. I began calling Jerry “b” (in lowercase) as a result of he all the time manages to by chance press “b” simply earlier than sending a textual content: “I’ve a gathering after work b”. And I knew it was from shortly double tapping the spacebar (which makes a interval) and by chance hitting the letter b within the course of. So as an alternative of a interval, it seems as an area after which b. How do I do know this? As a result of I’ve executed it 1,000,000 instances, too.

So I began replying with one thing like, “Okay, b, so long.” Jerry has all the time known as me Boo, so calling him “b” truly sounded form of becoming! That is why I added the lowercase b on the satin. Then I figured I’d as properly add some hearts. (I did this freehand with the stitching machine, and I’ve to say, I am form of impressed you could even inform what it is presupposed to be. It wasn’t simple, however I used to be too lazy to do it by hand!)

I continued by adorning the field itself with some markers and stencils. (If you’re a Associates fan, do you keep in mind the episode the place Joey used a thesaurus on each phrase when he wrote a letter to the adoption company for Chandler and Monica? As an alternative of “large hearts” he wrote, “full-sized aortic pumps”.)

Then I put an image of us on the within.

I attempted *actually* laborious to wrap it neatly, and I used a few the strategies I discovered within the videos–I feel it’s going to truly make Jerry giggle when he realizes I did that–and then I STILL messed it up after I used a sprig adhesive for the tag I made. (That is why it seems spotty.)

Anyway, I am truly actually enthusiastic about these items! I feel they will make Jerry giggle. And he’ll very a lot admire the hassle I put in to this “Hallmark vacation” 😉

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