Chocolates, flowers, candlelit dinner with wine and romantic music...ah...Valentine's Day...
...in the movies!!
Chocolates? Already have too many of those, compliments of my darling third graders who giggled as they handed me red cardboard boxes wrapped in cellophane...
Flowers? Screamer would decimate those 10 minutes after they were in a vase, leaving only green stems sticking out of the water.
Candlelight? Also a Screamer issue. We just picture that little black cat going "poof" in a cloud of smoke.
So instead, Brian asked me to get a sitter for G so we could go out on Valentine's Day, just so we could enjoy an animal free, child free few hours together. No barking of the prednisone-taking dog who needs to desperately go out...AGAIN. No "Momma??? Can I...?" No cats galloping through the house, growling and hissing. That's all we wanted.
Now, the "sitter" is more of a paid "hanging out" companion for the 12 year old. She doesn't like to be home alone at night, and honestly, I don't like it much either. So for now, we still pay a sitter. Talk about an easy job though!
We ventured to a new-to-us Mexican restaurant where we were greeted by a 45 minute wait. No problem--people watching was enjoyable. 80's music was blaring through the sound system. Margaritas, chips and salsa and guacamole, and fajitas were yummy. Bill was paid.
And it was only 8:45.
Umm...we couldn't go home. I had told the girl child that she could stay up until 9:30. What is a couple to do? On Valentine's Day? When there is a sitter at home? And you HAVE to stay out longer?
Coffee shop? The off-beat one we like closes early.
Wine bar? After margaritas? Not feeling it.
Movie? The one we want to see isn't out yet.
So, I ask you again...what's a couple to do?
Head to Wal-Mart to buy a snow shovel! Of course! Snow was in the forecast. I don't own a snow shovel...even after owning my home for 15 years. And the husband? He's a California transplant. He certainly didn't bring a snow shovel into this relationship.
So, this would be OUR snow shovel.
(Thanks for pointing that out, honey.)
((And for those who don't understand...read this post...)
Almost giddy with excitement, we headed to Wal-mart. Not just any old Wal-mart, mind you...a 24 hour kind of Wal-mart...that's something special. HA!
And what do you think we found among all the beach chairs, sand toys, pool floaty thingies, gardening hats, seeds, and potting soil?
No snow shovels.
Not. A Single. One.
Talk about a let down!
The good news though? It was 10:00! So we could go home!
Aren't we living the high life, letting the good times roll?!?!
But don't worry...
Today, after church, we headed straight to a big home improvement store and bought...
Our Very. Own. Snow Shovel.
Isn't it romantic?
Happy Valentine's Day!