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We Wouldn’t Win any Awards for Romance

February 15, 2010

J.D. and I are pretty lame when it comes to occasions requiring thought, planning, and/or romance. I was going to go into a big long lament about how our anniversaries have (and will always have) FAILED written all over them. But that’s a depressing thing to do so instead I’ve composed a small list representing memories of the three anniversaries we’ve suffered together:

1. The in-law’s basement
2. Non sleeping/ill tempered infant
3. Badly lit Chinese buffet.

The good thing is that rest of the year usually turns out okay.

We are equally bad at planning Valentine’s Day but the difference is that we care much less. One year we babysat someone else’s three children. The kids went to bed and we tried to cook romantic stuffed chicken breasts. They burned and then the parents came home. The end.

This year we:
-Ate a delicious Polenta breakfast pie

-Went for a ski around the wooded periphery of our neighborhood (no documentation for reasons relating to ski poles being all that I can physically/mentally manage while there are two elongated crazy carpets strapped to my feet) BUT, here is James earning his keep before we went:

-Allowed James to eat chocolate while sitting on the toilet. Double bonus!

-Drew a face on James’ chest, thereby opening the doors to body art and an eventual career as a sketchy tatoo artist.

Or not.

-Took some photos of J.D. for his gun licence. Hmm. Did I not mention J.D.’s gun licence? Well there’s another post for another day. Here are a couple of candidates.


And that’s about it. Oh yes. We ate leftover Polenta pie for dinner. Breakfast for dinner is awesome in case you didn’t know.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Eileen permalink
    February 15, 2010 7:49 pm

    Well, all I can say about #1 above is, we tried to help (even offered the deluxe “mom and dad” suite), and perhaps that thrifty-to-the-extreme husband of yours should have splurged on a hotel! ha ha

    JD is looking like . . . he needs a vacation.

  2. Claire permalink*
    February 15, 2010 8:13 pm

    Yes. I should mention that #1 was self induced misery. So was #3. And I guess #2 as well (no one forced us to procreate) You guys should start a b&b – complete with the “mom and dad” suite. You clearly have the knack. Thanks again for your valiant efforts to salvage our first anniversary.

  3. Jean permalink
    February 16, 2010 9:21 am

    #3 was probably my fault but, as Eileen so astutely phrased it, both J.D. and you, Claire, are thrifty to the extreme. This really does limit romantic options. It was either A&W or the Jade Palace. Besides, you’re old enough to know something might be suspect if a restaurant has the word “palace” in its name.

  4. Elena permalink
    February 16, 2010 2:16 pm

    Claire, We suck at romance too and I’ve given up feeling bad about it. I bought Dave Twizzlers at the last minute because they are red and he likes them. He cooked 3/4 of supper that night. Ben threw up as we were going to bed. Dave cleaned the bed, I cleaned the child. It was all good.

  5. Jean permalink
    February 17, 2010 10:18 am

    This has nothing to do with romance (I think) but could you please write a blog or explain here your comment in the sidebar that cornstarch has the opposite effect of baking soda in kitchen fires? Of course, this could have been a valentine’s day experiment that went horribly wrong and, as your mother, I shouldn’t be asking for details…

    I really hope the people you are house sitting for have no access to the internet.

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