Tuesday, February 14, 2012


I love special occasions with my gorgeous better half. There's a lot of excitement in choosing something personal and special, wrapping it beautifully and watching the reaction of the person you love as they open it. Granted, I get a little too excited and end up spilling the beans beforehand and ruining the surprise element for James! He is far better at keeping surprises from me and is also much better at coming up with the most appropriate, thoughtful and wonderful gifts as well. 

I had a lot of fun this year. I had to wake up super early to race out the door without letting on where I was going, leaving James bewildered and guessing that perhaps I had gone to get him an almond croissant for breakfast as a treat (that's what he told me when I returned). I was, in fact, racing to the shops just as it started pouring rain to get a newspaper as I had taken out some column space in the Valentine's Day Classifieds. Those lucky and not so lucky in love write little messages to the ones they love and it's a lot of fun to read. Mine ended up being full of errors as I had to dictate a veeeeery long message over the phone rather than being able to type it up on the computer and upload it myself - there was some sort of technical glitch preventing me from doing it that way. As I made my way back to the apartment, thoughtful soul and sweetheart James was heading out the door, umbrella in hand, looking for me so I wouldn't be caught in the rain.

Once we got home, I was given my presents and was blown away that James seemed to know every single book I had ever expressed an interest in reading and had sought some of them out for me. He was disappointed because most books which are not new releases aren't anywhere to be found in bookstores anymore, apart from those that sell books second-hand. I suppose now that online book businesses are bustling, bookstores are really downsizing. I think he did a marvellous job in selecting three titles for me, including a light read by PR doyenne Roxy Jacenko that's full of gossip about the Sydney PR scene. I wasn't willing to go out and buy it myself because I don't tend to read chick lit, but I had admitted I was mildly curious about reading it because of all the hype surrounding Ms Jacenko and my own soul-crushing experience working in PR! Have started reading it and must say I am surprised at how she writes. Very much a piece of chick-lit, but if you're into that genre, you won't be disappointed. I will admit, I am somewhat enjoying it, actually...

Valentine's Day started kind of early for James as I had baked him some cupcakes yesterday, which we pretty much demolished as soon as he came in from work last night. He refused to open his present until today and was pleased to find I had given him a TV series I knew he was interested in watching and a shirt that I thought would go nicely with all the lovely shorts he owns. He suits grey and blue tops like no-one else but what do you do when he buys his shorts in blue??? I chose a white RL polo, which I think looks fantastic and will satisfy my quest to napi san my whites to a level of unprecedented brightness :-)

One of the things I love most about these special occasions is the cards we buy for each other because we are both so pedantic about choosing one that is one hundred percent perfect and applicable to the other person. I always find writing cards difficult because, as you probably agree, words can never adequately express feelings... but I think we both know what the other means to us.

So anyway, I gave my Valentine a kiss and sent him off to work and, a few hours later as I was still riding on my high from the morning, the intercom sounded. The voice on the other line told me there was a delivery for me downstairs. Just when I thought my Valentine's Day couldn't get any better, two lovely ladies handed me an enormous box and enthusiastically wished me a Happy Valentine's Day. I couldn't have been more surprised and beamed as I opened the card, which read "for the princess"... 

I let myself into the apartment, sat the box down, opening it to find not one but TWO DOZEN red roses and some HUGE chocolate hearts! I think my heart almost stopped right there and then.

I've included some pictures of the roses before and after I arranged them - I used a very simplified version of a technique I had remembered reading on Cupcakes and Cashmere and I think the results are pretty good!

Shortly, I am going to start getting ready because James has made some secret plans for us... I am having an unforgettable day so far and will update you on the evening's events in a later post!

Happy Valentine's Day!!! I hope you all have a wonderful day with the one you love xxxx

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