Forever Valentine

Happy late-Valentine’s Day! My day was incredible, but we’ll get to those details later.

First up is breakfast, featuring mixed dried berries. I cannot believe it took me so long to open the package — These berries are like gold when mixed with anything! Even though I was tempted to dig straight into my berry and white chocolate muffins, I decided to take a more healthful approach to breakfast.

Consumed: 1/3 C oats cooked with 2/3 C water and topped with almond butter, grape jelly, some dried mixed berries and half of a white chocolate and berry muffin.

For not having any school, the rest of the morning went by at a surprisingly busy pace. Before lunch I was able to wrap up some homework, have a fantastic run and complete some errands. I even felt accomplished enough to reward myself with a Chai tea latte, which I sipped over a packed lunch.

Consumed: Burger salad with mixed greens, one sweet potato and tofu patty and a drizzle of honey Dijon dressing. Served with a side of whole-grain Goldfish.

Fast-forwarding through a few hours and a few more things checked off my to-do list, it was officially time to begin celebrating Valentine’s Day. First of all, Dan came over, which is really gift enough — I just cannot get enough of that boy!

A little while later, though, there was a knock at the door and a fresh, beautiful bouquet of flowers was delivered.

The sly grin on Dan’s face told me that the flowers were from him — The sweet card that accompanied the flowers just reinforced that!

Pretty much every day, I wonder how I got so lucky with the man in my life. He is everything I could dream for — My high school “bucket list” even serves as evidence for that!

“Marry a man who makes me laugh, smile and feel good. He must also be a hard-worker who values the same things I do (family, God and education). Must be attractive (to me)!” — Words of my 16-year-old self.

He fits the bill!

The fun of the day was just getting started, as Dan and I took advantage of the moderate weather by going for a stroll on a nearby path.

I just had to sneak that kiss in there!

A little while later, we fancied up a bit and then headed out to one of my favorite restaurants in town, Genovese.

I decided to keep the camera tucked away and just savor the meal with my Valentine. I will say that the food was so delicious that any pictures would hardly have done it justice! I began with a house salad with balsamic, then I had spinach fettucine with roasted vegetables and fresh parmesan. Dan and I split a decadent chocolate torte (“torta,” according to him) to finish the night.

As we were walking back to the car, we couldn’t help but notice something very peculiar in the sky: It was as if there was a big, very clear halo around the moon. Really quite a sight! Still, I couldn’t help but do some gazing of my own.

Dedicated to my forever Valentine.

Questions: How was your Valentine’s Day? Do you have any epic Valentine’s Day memories (good or bad)?


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