Valentines Day came early at Casa Superfantastic since we likely won't see each other on the day itself. Raj goes back on nights on Sunday, meaning that if we see each other at all, it's for a couple of minutes in the morning when he gets home as I'm headed out the door. So we did our Valentine celebration on Saturday night.
We went to Black Market Bistro (cute and very good food, but still not surpassing our favorite metro area restaurant). The real beauty part of this choice (aside from the chocolate Nutella mousse cake) was that it was a drive-to-and-park restaurant. I literally dusted off a pair of heels to wear since there would be no long walk involved as there typically is when we go out in DC or Silver Spring. Also, we had a wind advisory and the wind chill was something like 10°.
Then we came home for present opening time. Except I've gotten ahead of myself since there had also been a present earlier in the day. See, Raj was leaving to go to the grocery store and he asked if I needed anything. "Just enough time to get my present opened and wrapped back up before you get back," I said.
He told me that there was something I could open right then. Not a Valentine present so much as a house present. He was out shopping for part of my actual Valentine present when he discovered a Bloomingdales going out of business. Which meant he got an excellent deal on this:
He was smart enough to not make this my actual Valentine present. While I do of course love it very much, it could (and likely would) be interpreted as the gift of Make me some cookies, woman. I've told him before that things that plug in are not good gifts for me. Apparently he listened.
But back to the actual Valentine presents. The idea for mine came from a blog somewhere that I found via something on Pinterest, but didn't pin and therefore cannot find again. So I've ripped off her idea and can't even give her credit, which kind of sucks of me. Especially since it was pretty much the perfect gift idea.
See, Raj (as pretty much all men, it seems) likes practical gifts. As a girl, I like to get, and therefore tend to give, romantic gifts. This one is the best of both worlds. What you do is write a list of lots of things you love about someone. I did 100. You type that up and print it out. Then you buy a few gifts that correspond to items on your list. The blogger in question put everything in a pretty box with labels stuck to the gifts with numbers on them indicating which list item they went with. Because I like to draw out the suspense, I wrapped the gifts in brown package paper and wrote the number on the outside, like so:
He read the list first and then for each present, would find the item on the list and guess what was in the package. Many of them were very easy. For instance, "You have soft skin." went with a bottle of Lubriderm Advanced Therapy, the only lotion he will use (people from the desert apparently have strong feelings about these things.) "You appreciate the small things in life. Such as cookies." went with a 6-pack of Oreos. The gift for "You are often sweet to me (but not too sweet)." was pretty obviously shaped like a bag of chocolates, though he guessed Godiva and they were actually Lindt (extra dark truffles, specifically). And the gift that went with "You write thank you notes." was quite clearly a pack of thank you notes.
He was able to guess that the DVD-shaped package corresponding to "You are romantic." contained Love Actually and that "You keep me warm." went with Smartwool socks. And that "You are adventurous." went with the newest scrapbook in his growing collection of The Adventures of Raj and Lori scrapbooks. (I made the first one for our first anniversary. Now I update them every six months-ish for our anniversary in July and Valentines Day.)
But there were a couple of surprises. He did not guess that the DVD in the "You can be boyish and silly and have lots of goofy fun with me." package was Kung Fu Panda. Or that the book in the "You are passionate about the things that matter to you." package was For Cod and Country: Simple, Delicious, Sustainable Cooking. It's largely about sustainable seafood, something that very much matters to Raj.
Recently, Raj had multiple dreams in which he was buying himself new Smartwool socks. So not only did he enjoy my gift, it also made his dream come true! New Smartwool socks!
Not to be outdone, Raj had to go ahead and make one of my dreams come true right back. Resting on a bed of Godiva truffles, my gift was a note inviting me to tea at the Palm Court in the Plaza Hotel. See, we're going to New York for a long weekend in a couple of weeks and Raj knows of my love of the Plaza. Tea at the Plaza is such a quintessential New York experience, I think. One I haven't had before, but soon will!
I'll be just like Eloise, except taller and better behaved! Let us hope.