Sunday, February 15, 2009

The Valentine's Day of (mostly) Awesomeness

Ben and I decided that we would have a day of random activities. Our primary goal was to just spend some time together. 

Here's what the day looked like:

1. We woke up to a fresh snowfall. The trees were so beautiful that we decided to head out to the backyard to take a picture.

2. We decided that anytime we were in the car we would listen to the "Love" station on XM radio. Cheesiest. Music. Ever. What was concerning was that I knew almost all of the songs played...ones Ben had never heard before. Once again, I blame my mom for this. I have filled my memory with the lyrics of so many terrible songs that now I have a hard time remembering where I parked my car.  It was painful, but we did it!

3. We had breakfast at Denny's. Neither of us had ever been there (that we recall) and their commercial made us laugh, so we went for it. It was EXACTLY what we expected...

Our server: 

Menus with pictures of the food on it:

Our spread:

I had to laugh when Ben ordered the "Grand Slamwich".  My only Denny's speciality was the "Pancake Hushpuppies". Other than that I stuck with the basics...eggs, grits, and toast. 

BUT! Here's what we didn't expect from Denny's...
The windows overlooked a death trap of an intersection!
While we were sitting there, we saw, not 1, not 2, but 4 traffic accidents!!!
The streets were more slick than they appeared. 

This one was the most concerning of the 4:

I looked out the window to see that street lamp falling on the 2 white cars. Pretty wild. 

4. Went to Walmart. Exciting, right? That's okay. It's not exciting for us, either. But we wanted to make a little care package for our friends, Justin and Victoria, who have a very sick little girl. You can read their story on their blog, "Moments With Moriah"
We also wanted to get the fixin's for our dinner. Where else can you get gifts AND groceries? The Walmart Supercenter! We hate Walmart. Sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do. 

This is what Ben looks like when we go shopping:

We also decided that, since we're on a strict budget this year, we would limit our V-Day gifts to each other to $5...which was to be purchased on this trip together. Ben picked out a box of dark chocolates for me and I got him a card shuffler. 

5. Later in the afternoon, after Ben took a nap and I caught up with Grey's Anatomy, we went to Starbucks (with a V-Day gift card from one of my students!) with the assignment of ordering a drink for the other that we thought they had never had before. Success! I ordered Ben one of the new tea lattes and he got me an espresso truffle. Both were super yummy.  We also played a board of our favorite things to do.

6. We then headed home to make our Valentines dinner only to find this in our living room:

Jack went into the kitchen, took my chocolates, unwrapped them, opened the box, and ate all but 4 of them!! Wrappers included. I wanted to kill him. It's the next day while I write this and I'm still mad at him...and shopping for a kennel for him. 

We were determined to not let the dog ruin our dinner. And he didn't. It was wonderful! Cheese fondue with chicken, veggies, and bread.  Oh, and wine!  

For dessert, I made Ben one of his favorite desserts, strawberry pie. It was yummy. 

That's all! I hope you had a Happy Valentine's Day as well!

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