Valentine Fail

Oh, I'd been planning Valentine's Day for a while.  And let me tell you, I had big plans.
Big BIG plans that were too crazy for me to rein in, actually.

Roy's favorite food in the universe is pizza.  I was going to go all out and make a homemade pizza and cut the pepperonis into little hearts.
'Cuz, you know, I have lots of time to meticulously cut pepperonis into tiny hearts!

Anyway, that's just an example of my imagined greatness.  Hopefully my visions will be realized over the next several upcoming Valentine's Days. This year, we ended up going out to Mexican with my parents and brothers.  Romantic, right?  Well, we had fun, that's not the valentine fail.  Read on.

 After Mexican we went home and did our own thing, just the two of us.  It would have been pretty close to perfect.

Roy and I use AmazonPrime, which gives us free shipping on items we buy off of Amazon.  Naturally, my husband is now obsessed with ordering everything we need from Amazon.  I mean, down to toilet paper!  He just loves it.

Earlier this month I took a sick day from work.  Before he left for school he said mysteriously, "If anybody drops some boxes off... don't look in them."
And he slunk out of the house all giddy with anticipation.  When the boxes came he couldn't wait for three seconds, much less Valentine's Day!  So he opened up my gifts to show me.

They are the most beautiful set of books!  He knows how obsessed I am with gilded covers and inside cover artwork.  I'll post a picture here in a few days.  They are gorgeous.  And they are the best of the children's classics: Grimm's Fairytales, Hans Christian Andersen, The Chronicles of Narnia.

I already read Andersen's The Little Mermaid in one sitting.  It was really interesting, but um...
I think Disney did us all a favor by making the story a little less depressing.  Like how the Little Mermaid doesn't die at the end while the prince marries someone else.  Good move, I think.

But I digress.

I saved my gifts to Roy for Valentine's Day, and this is where my epic fail comes in.

Gift #1, a Lover's Journal.  Basically a place to finally keep all our love letters in one place.

Gift #2, three frames depicting a kind of map of our journey.  Look how he's trying to smile and look excited but at the same time he realizes something is a little off.

One of these things is not like the others!

But the idea is supposed to be that these frames depict important locations in our life together.  They read "We Met" {Map of Idaho} "We Wed" {Map of Oregon} "We Live" {Map of Arizona}.  So close to being cute but...

Valentine FAIL!  When I wrapped these and snipped off the excess wrapping paper, I chopped off the ribbon too!  Blond!

Other than that, though, our little celebration was good.  We decided we're still pretty crazy about each other, even if my gift didn't do a very good job of showing that.  :-)

And in celebrating love, I thought I would dedicate a little section to Weasley.
Who ever knew that someone could love a fish?  To Roy, Weasley might as well be a loyal dog or something.  (That's as close as we're going to get to a dog or a cat for a long time.)

A while back he said, "Weasley needs something else in his bowl.  It's boring in there."
I thought he was joking.  But a while later I walked back into the kitchen to see the new friend Roy stuck in there for our fish.  Weasley hides under the bear's chin all the time and Roy says, "See?  He likes it."

The other day I was going through my checklist of things to do while Roy was studying.  I read aloud, "Clean Weasley's bowl."

I went over to bring the little guy into the kitchen but Roy popped out from behind his text book and asked, "Wait, you're going to clean his bowl?"


"Oh... maybe I should do it."

"What?  You don't trust me with your fish?"

"I'll just do it," he said.  And he took the bowl from me.  How hilarious is that?
Just look how much he loves his pet.

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