Friday, February 08, 2008

*Knit, Purl, Roll The Dice*

Okay, today I was tempted to do a title, but no post. Get it? The opposite of yesterday? I am too clever...

I hosted the homeschool clubs again today, but I was ready for them this time. One of the mothers brought her new baby, who just happened to be attired in an EZ Baby Surprise Jacket (collective gasp from all you knitters who appreciate the serendipity of this occurrence) that she had made herself (double gasp). In other words, I have a new friend (and she isn't even imaginary).

Being a typical knitter, she immediately offered to talk me through the creation of a BSJ; in the same breath she insisted that I learn Fair Isle too (I was admiring the baby's hat). And, since she also homeschools, we'll get to knit and talk about home education curricula at the same time. Life doesn't get any better than that.

I played Yahtzee with David and Rachel after I put the baby to bed this evening. (I am making sure to mention this here so that you all know that I am not always mean to my children.) I was shocked when Larry offered to play, too. Then he was insulted that I was shocked. It's just that he rarely plays games with us, and when he does, he never gets very excited about what we are playing. He doesn't jump up and down and shout when he rolls a large straight, and he never offers a running color commentary on the game. I mean, what's the point in playing if you're just going to sit there and roll dice?

He was raised as an only child, sort of (his siblings are much older than him), so maybe he just can't understand the thrill of intrafamily competition. Those formative years are so important.

Sleep is important, too; and Larry is starting to grumble about my never going to bed until midnight lately. It's just that sitting up in a quiet house is so peaceful....I never want it to end.

What do y'all get your husbands for Valentine's Day? I mean, that you can talk about on a G-rated blog?

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29 comments:

  1. I make him a great dinner, and make him a heartfelt card. We're not that into romance by calendar!

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  2. When is that pesky little holiday? :-)

    We're sort of the last-minute, last card on the rack, kinda people.

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  3. We are cheap, so we don't do presents on V Day. We just give each other cards. Sometimes we go out. He always brings flowers.

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  4. I'm going to turn off my computer. Growl.

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  5. I'm glad to hear that you plan on getting your husband something for Valentine's Day. My wife and I argue endlessly about this day every year, because she is under the impression that it is all about the man showering the woman with attention, and I have a more 50-50 view of the holiday. Am I being unmanly if I expect some chocolates as well?

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  6. Chocolate. So I don't have to share.

    Lame, I know, but February is so not a romantic month for me.

    Heidi

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  7. We make a special supper, I buy him a great gift (silver cufflinks this year) ...I wait for the moment he gives me great gift....and wait...
    I get sent flowers...which I do appreciate, but I'd love him to be more imaginative for a change!
    I'd rather have a bottle of something from Jo Malone - it's not like I'm high maintainance! (haha).

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  8. ooooh, I just read about the fabulous toilet incident and the taxidermy - thank you! I'm not sure that laughing at your misfortune is kind - but I did - great belly laughs - just what I needed!

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  9. My husband and I don't exchange gifts and Valentine's Day is no exception.

    We do exchange cards though..purchased not made! I guess we are really lazy!

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  10. Things he'll never do for himself.

    We have 3 teenagers, yips, I thought that diaper stage was expensive -- but because of those teenagers, there's always something to spend money on besides my hubby.

    So, I start with the little things, like making sure he actually has new socks and his favorite kind. One year I took him out and made him choose the best pair of athletic shoes we could find. Over $130.00 dollars, but he loves them, and he'd never have spent the money on himself. That was too much fun, giving him something that simply pleased him. I've done the cool tools, too. Boy toys and those are always a hit.

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  11. I made him a card & he'll get a Starbucks gift card to feed his caffeine addiction. Luckily for him, his birthday is four days later, so he gets another card and another gift. I doubt I'll get anything except a "Happy Valentine's Day" from him as he heads out the door to work. He was all about the gifts before marriage, but 7 1/2 yrs later, not so much.

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  12. I bought vinyl Valentines Day placemats that the boys have been using since I put away the Christmas ones. We don't do a whole lot for Valentines Day.

    I don't like scheduling my displays of affection.

    (what a grinch)

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  13. I still don't have a valentines for my husband...I don't even know what to get him! We aren't the best with the whole romantic thing! ahhh!

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  14. I adore game night with my kids. It's the most fun and Mr. D has recently been joining us, making it even more fun!
    We don't do V-day--avoiding all disappointment on both sides. Besides, Mr. D will disappoint me enough come Feb. 25 on my birthday as is his wont every year...

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  15. That's the hardest thing - persuading myself to give up the precious precious me-time for the sake of the precious, precious sleep.

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  16. Oh, I'm coveting your knitting BSJ friend. I have two - TWO - BSJ awaiting the proper folding system... So when you figure it out, let me know!

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  17. I try my darndest to clean the house. It's his present because it's never clean. Then I throw the noisy kids in the furthest room from the dining room with their favorite unhealthy snacks(this is a rarity) and I make this perfectly smelly fish dinner for him which he also loves but makes me ill. Candlelight dinner, with a clothspin for my nose and he knows that no one loves him like I do.

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  18. I have no idea what I am going to be doing. I am generally a Valentine's day Scrooge - but since this is our first V Day married, I thought I would be spunky and actually celebrate it. Again, I have no clue.

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  19. Homemade chocolate chip cookies and sex. He says that's all he really cares about.

    And usually, I throw in some little trinket, like a CD or a bike jersey. I love me some Coop. V-day just gives me a chance to get all smooshy about it.

    It's weird, because I don't really wnat anything but he always, always sends me an enormous bouquet of flowers and gives me a card. Once he wrote me a poem.

    I am jealous of your knitting friend.

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  20. True, Barb - same here. He's pretty easygoing.

    Neil - If I were your wife, I'd buy you chocolates just to make sure you keep your hands off of mine.

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  21. Neil, Valentine's Day is definitely 50/50, but I also buy chocolates for my teens.

    We'll probably make a nice dinner together (Joe is a great chef), light some candles, and have a nice bottle of wine. I'm actually hoping the teen will be out of the house so we have the night to ourselves.

    We don't really do gifts or anything but usually give each other a nice sappy card.

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  22. I actually bought my hubby a Valentine today. He may fall over, it's the first time I think I've EVER done that in 15 years of marriage.

    I want to learn to knit. I wish I had more time.

    I LOVE staying up when everyone else is in bed. I love the peace. Unfortunatley that's where the 'tired' in my name came from.

    Sigh.

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  23. It's completely 50/50. Either you do it, or you don't, but it can't go all one way. He'll probably get a Red Sox hat this year. I'd better get on that... although I did already buy the card! (proud of myself there) The sentiment of the card: I don't want chocolates, jewelery, etc. I just want you. 'tis true, too.

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  24. [Husband? Oh gee, I seem to have misplaced mine.] Some of my single friends and I are doing a V-day gift exchange, max $5. I love V-day and make valentines for everybody in the office, because there are people who wouldn't get one if I didn't.

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  25. What I do for dear husband is wait to see what he does for me. Because the matron is the center of attention in this relationship, hands down. When this thought first struck me, I apologized and promised: more focus on you! And he said? "I like being the audience. More my style."

    Thank GOD because I like the other thing :-). I am sure there will be chocolate involved.

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  26. We usually go out for a nice romantic dinner. But we have some leftover champagne from New Year's, and I have a feeling that will figure into the equation this year. We don't usually exchange gifts.

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  27. I think I'm going to help my husband (the clutter bug) clean out his closet. He's been asking me for months if you believe that. And I promised I would. It's utterly unromantic but will make him happy. And it's cheap, cheap, cheap.

    I, too, stay up way too late at night because i love the peace + quiet. It's somehow magical after the chaos of the day.

    Tell your husband, I'm not a game player either. I probably wouldn't even roll the dice.

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  28. Um, I'm a girl, he's a boy. I just show up nekid and bring beer.

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  29. I know exactly what you mean about that late night peace and quiet. And my hubby hates that I stay up so late, too. Although this week I'm giving, the early to bed, early to rise a go and so far no go. My 18 month old has been rising along with me which defeats the purpose of early rising. As far as V-day, a card and favorite candy, nothing too big or too fancy.

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