Runs for Cookies: Valentine’s Day

Ever since Noah moved out–well, over the previous couple of 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 would mentioned “sure” extra; held off longer on shopping for the children’ 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 includes tremendous corny romance. And I actually want that I would indulged him all these years. On my birthday just a few weeks in the past, he mentioned he needs that I would wish to rejoice my birthday. It made me really feel dangerous!

That obtained me serious about how celebrating it does not need to be for me; if he actually needs to do one thing as a result of it makes him really feel good, then I can definitely associate with it. And since I felt dangerous, I informed him that we might rejoice Valentine’s Day nevertheless he wants–regardless of how tacky it’s, I mentioned he might make plans and I would get within the spirit.

And actually, I’ve truly been type of enthusiastic about it! I even put plenty of thought into a few presents for him. Jerry will not see this publish till after I give the presents to him, so I will share them right here. The one clue I gave him was, “I promise you that not one different individual on this planet has both of this stuff… and never one different individual on this planet would need them.” Hahahaha, it is true!

Every reward has a narrative behind it…

In the future (in all probability 15-20 years in the past) we had been stopped at an intersection ready for the site visitors gentle 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 point out the route of the place you can purchase fireworks.

The signal was the wrong 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 wrong way up in order that the arrow was pointing the other way (slightly than remake the signal).

We each stared, checked out one another, then burst out laughing. We could not cease laughing! I do not bear in mind the place we had been going, however we laughed so onerous for the remainder of the drive that we had been wheezing. The signal is lengthy gone, however often 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 chunk 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 obtained 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. After we had been courting, 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 obtained somewhat bit melted in order that they do not match some other Legos anymore–they solely match one another.” (Okay, I suppose perhaps I used to be somewhat corny again then!)

Now, often once we’re cuddling, certainly 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 plenty 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 in the end selected to make a hemp necklace (like those that had been common once we had been courting) and add the Legos as a attraction. I selected spherical ones–a black and a white–and then I put them collectively and used a lighter to soften the facet. I needed them to nonetheless be capable of 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 some other Legos.

I completely *love* giving presents, however I’m admittedly very dangerous at making them look fairly within the packaging. For Christmas, I wrapped issues in Amazon packing containers or leftover packing containers from different issues. It is truly type of a joke between us! I even watched some YouTube movies over Christmastime to attempt to learn to wrap higher (I realized that I simply haven’t got the endurance 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 a substitute of reusing a field from one thing else! Nevertheless, the necklace seemed manner too plain within the field by itself, so I seemed across the craft room for one thing to put underneath the necklace. I assumed perhaps a chunk of material. And after I noticed this white satin (I would minimize up a gown to make use of the material some time in the past, and there was a white satin slip beneath), I obtained the thought to go full-on tacky romance.

At first, I used to be simply going to make somewhat pillow to place the necklace on. Then I simply saved including to it. I used pink 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 a substitute of a interval, it seems as an area after which b. How do I do know this? As a result of I’ve carried out it one million instances, too.

So I began replying with one thing like, “Okay, b, goodbye.” Jerry has all the time known as me Boo, so calling him “b” truly sounded type of becoming! That is why I added the lowercase b on the satin. Then I figured I would as properly add some hearts. (I did this freehand with the stitching machine, and I’ve to say, I am type of impressed that you would be able to 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. (In case you are a Associates fan, do you bear 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* onerous to wrap it neatly, and I used a few the methods I realized within the videos–I believe 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 twig adhesive for the tag I made. (That is why it appears spotty.)

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

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