Ah, another Valentine’s Day put to bed. Honestly it’s not so much my thing…but most Hallmark Holidays are not: Valentine’s Day, Mother’s & Father’s Day…I just don’t get into them. I think it may stem from the fact that I love to give gifts, but I don’t like to feel compelled or obligated to give one. I want to give it because I want to give it; I don’t want to give it because Hallmark and their sappy commercials tell me I should.
Yes, I am very Bah-Humbug when it comes to Valentine’s Day. I don’t mean to be. It’s a nice sentiment, I suppose, but not one I feel compelled to go over-board with.
But regardless of all this unnecessary rambling, this was “Valentine’s Week”. And we did get a little bit of celebrating in and it was just lovely…not overboard at all. So with that, I give you my list of Valentine Week Thankfuls (some of which had absolutely nothing to do with Valentine’s Day…we can all be thankful for that).
- I am thankful for a FAB-U-LOUS Cookie Cake from my parents for Valentine’s Day. I would have included a picture but it was kind of devoured before I could get out my phone. (OK, actually I forgot…what kind of blogger am I?!?) My mom dropped it off one day when we weren’t home and so when I saw it on the counter, I (of course) told the PBA that it was all for me. They believed me for about 5 seconds. Regardless of the fact that I have to share with the PBA and Mr. Always Random , I was still very thankful to have it. Who wouldn’t love a chocolate chip cookie loaded with icing? (OK, lots of people, I’m sure, but not really ones I know and associate with…)
- And I was thankful that I could still fool the PBA, even if it only last for about 5 seconds…at this point I’ll take what I can get.
- I am thankful for a Foodie Friday post which included a nice new brownie recipe (which is more like a cake then a brownie, but the creator calls it a brownie cake, so I shall follow suit.) This is the brownie recipe to which I referred last Saturday, for those of you who are keeping score at home.
- I am thankful for a date with my husband (and 4 other couples, well actually there were two singles and 4 couples total…and no, this was not some weird Valentine's tradition…it was a high school ministry leader retreat which also happened to be on Valentine’s Day which is why spouses were invited to come with…Mr. AR is the HS ministry person and I am the ph-so-supportive spouse.)
- And that we got dinner and a night in a hotel and breakfast all paid for.
- And the PBA got to spend the night with my parents.
- And they went to the Indiana Medical History Museum (about which I am somewhat jealous b/c I have been wanting to take the PBA but I couldn’t ever find time/make time to go. And since my parents wanted to take the boys somewhere I let them take them there). As an aside, they said it was great so if you’re ever in the area, it comes recommended. (And I included a few photos courtesy of my dad, just in case you weren't feeling so inspired as to click on the link to their website.)
- And my parents took the Indy-dog too…to their house for the overnight…not the museum. Sorry…I got a touch out of order there. He had a lovely time and made himself at home as soon as he arrived…immediately circling around and pooping on their basement floor. Lovely…he really endears himself to people.
- I am thankful that the hotel room was reasonably clean. I HATE hotels.
- And that when we got home, one of our neighbors had cleared our drive-way for us; we were predicted to get 1 inch but we got 5.5 inches yesterday afternoon and evening. And for those of you keeping score at home, that’s 50.5 inches so far this year. It’s the second-snowiest winter on record for us. And we only need one more inch (which we are supposed to get tonight) which will put us over the edge.
- Sorry…that was a little tangent about the snow which I am sick of. But the new snow does make everything look all nice a clean again. It’s “glitter snow” as my 10yo called it.
- I am thankful for more story assignments…one for March (already completed and turned in), one for April, one for May and one for June. I am over-the-moon.
- I am thankful that sometimes I see glimpses of actual learning going on in out house. In quizzing the 10yo on etymology this week, he only missed 9…and several of those he could give me an example of a word which used the stem but not the meaning; I’m stringent on my etymology grading, let me just tell you. And yes, 9 sounds like a lot…but I have to tell you that this was after week 24. And they get 6 new etymology stems each week. You do the math. Ok…because I am a full-service blogger I will tell you (after I get out my calculator…don’t judge). That’s a total of 144 stems. And he only missed 9. I was impressed. And thankful that something.is.sticking.
Hop on over to see what everyone else is thankful for this week!