I’m honestly glad that Valentine’s day was this week. I’ve been so busy lately that I feel I haven’t gotten any quality Brian time… so Tuesday was a great night to devote to each other. Today, we found even more time to fall back into an old routine… but more on that later…

First of all, the subbing picked up this week. I subbed three days, Brian 2.5, although the half day of band SHOULD count for like… 3 whole days! Next week, I have 4 days already lined up, and Brian has a promise from a secretary to call if anything comes up. 🙂 Thursday and Friday, Brian was so popular he had to TURN DOWN jobs because he’d already accepted one. SO thankful that the ‘dry spell’ is over!

Last night, we headed to Kearney with some friends to celebrate a birthday. Tiffany, a beautiful mother of three, looked absolutely radiant as she celebrated the big 2-6 — pregnant belly and all!! (So excited to see what kind of personality baby #3 has! Max and Owen are so wonderful, yet so different!) Anyway, we went out to eat a great Mexican dinner, then headed back to Jake and Tiff’s for some DQ Ice Cream Cake. The food was GREAT, but the company was EVEN BETTER! It made me miss when we all used to live under the same roof of Stout Hall.

I know this post is NOT going in chronological order, but I wanted to make sure I covered everything before I got to the two special days of our week — Tuesday and today, Sunday.

Brian and I have never done Valentine’s very traditionally… one year we both chipped in to buy a Wii and another year we purchased our first water purifier. (We did NOT like Kearney tap water… the water purifier was the best gift ever!) So you see, we haven’t really ever done anything super disgustingly romantic… and that’s kind of become our style. Sure, we’ll go out and have a nice dinner, but no flowers or other sentimental gifts are required.

This year, we both felt added pressure to really celebrate in mushy-gushy romantic style since it was our first married Valentine’s day. But I told Brian not to get me flowers — they are just a waste of money, in my opinion… you get them, they’re pretty, it’s a nice gesture, but then they DIE! Our LOVE isn’t going to die, so why get me a gift that will??? I did say if he felt obligated to, a nice potted plant would be good. But not necessary. He said he didn’t need anything either.

So I come home from subbing (an excellent two-day gig, I might add… the kids are so great in that class!) and what do I find??? Mint meltaways and a beautiful potted hydrangea. My heart melted. And then froze when I realized that I was the unromantic one who didn’t get my HUSBAND a single thing, not even a card! So, I told him that he could get some raw coffee beans that I had previously hinted that I thought he should wait to get. He was so thrilled, and thought it was the perfect gift! (On Saturday when I got home from judging speech, the house smelled like freshly roasted coffee… but Brian will post more about THAT experience later!)

Then, we couldn’t decide where to eat (at least in GI; we thought of several Kearney and Lincoln restaurants that sounded appetizing). So, we just went and got some Chinese and came home, snuggled on the couch, watched some TV, and just ENJOYED each others company — something that we hadn’t done in several days due to my schedule.

I thought that was great — the perfect “US” way to spend Valentine’s day — until today. This Sunday, February 19, 2011 has been the greatest Sunday of the entire year (at least so far). We worked this morning, and when we got off work, we came home and had some lunch. Then gathered our shopping list and did our weekly grocery trips to all 3 supermarkets. No Wal-Mart required! Before we started our shopping, we stopped at the library and each picked out 5 books.

When we got home, we turned on some NPR and unloaded groceries, did dishes, started laundry, and opened the shades to enjoy the last few hours of sunshine. Then we sat down and read for a bit before starting dinner.

I know, it sounds super LAME and very old married couple of us, but friends, it was BLISS. In college, we often spent Sundays finishing homework, reading, and listening to NPR, so it was very reminiscent of our past… and it just warmed my heart. Days like these are the ones where I’m so glad to have Brian by my side. His love shines through when we do simple household chores together. When we laugh together at the little kid dipping his hands into the rice bin at the grocery store. Brian inspires me to read — and I could spend a whole day wandering the aisles of a library with him, searching for the perfect book. When we work together in the kitchen, without fighting, MAGIC happens — I could seriously taste the love in our deep-dish breakfast pizza tonight.

I know we’ve only been married for 8 months and 15 days, but after a day like this, it feels like we’ve been married forever. It may not be storybook romance, but this is US. And today was the perfect end to a Valentine’s week.