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Author Jamie Sobrato's Diary

2.14.2006

Beyond the Hearts and Flowers

How can you not love a holiday that celebrates sex, romance, and chocolate? Valentine's Day covers all the good stuff. (And Cindy, please don't sully my blog with your rant about how dumb and commercialized Valentine's Day is.)

Maybe it is dumb and commercial, but only if you allow it to be. You can pretty much make a case for everything being hopelessly sullied by commericialism if you really want to. But I digress.

I'm supposed to be talking about sex or romance or chocolate or something. Um, right. What do you really find romantic? When you go beyond the heart-shaped box of chocolates and the dozen roses, what do you wish your significant other would do for you as a romantic gesture?

Okay, now spill. We want all the dirty details. And then go tell your partner what to do so they can get a clue and do it (you get bonus points if they already know what you want and have done it for you).

Oh, and don't forget to ask them what they want, if you don't already know, so you can return the favor.

18 Comments:

At 2:00 PM, Anonymous bethany said...

I don't know about romantic, but since I went back to work in August, Lee has made time for me to write an hour each night, which is huge. AND he always changes the dirty diapers and takes out the cat litter. What more can you ask for? and what are empty gestures worth when you have nasty cat litter to take out?

 
At 2:21 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

What a guy! Real romance is usually not what the stereotypes make it out to be...

 
At 3:03 PM, Anonymous Cindy said...

sully, sully, sully...

 
At 3:15 PM, Anonymous Theresa said...

It is the everyday extra stuff that show's a guy cares. Buying cards, flowers, chocolates etc. is the easy part. But the cat litter is huge.

 
At 3:29 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Stop it, Cindy!

 
At 3:32 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

The cat litter thing should be on a Valentine's Day card: "My love for you is so deep, I will clean up the cat shit for eternity." With a picture of a litter box and a cat in it all hunched over taking a dump on the front of the card.

 
At 5:19 PM, Anonymous melissa said...

I second (or is it third?) the cat litter. But the ultimate in romance as far as I'm concerned is getting up in the middle of the night with the toddler who has decided to quit sleeping.

 
At 9:35 AM, Blogger Tim said...

What would I like the most for valentine's day? How about starting with a special someone? :-D The rest will come. :-D

 
At 10:31 AM, Anonymous Cindy Procter-King said...

I agree with Theresa and Melissa. Romance is the little things he does for us when it's NOT Valentine's Day. That said, I gobbled up the heart-shaped box of chocolates I received yesterday with no regrets!

Cindy

 
At 2:18 PM, Anonymous bethany said...

Thanks, Jamie your cat hunching image will be in my mind forever!

 
At 5:58 PM, Anonymous Sir Galahad said...

No wonder Jamie got rid of me! The cat hunching image is insulting. Do you humans not hunch over the toilet to shit and piss?

I have it on good advice from my current caregiver that seeing me hunching over in my litterbox is not as bad as hearing me take a piss and hoping like hell it is in the litter and not on the carpet!

For me the hand-me-down cat who is persnickery about my litter, romance is having a warm bed at night with someone who snuggles with me, having someone to pick me and pet me, and someone who feeds me when I demand it.

 
At 6:09 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Oh great, now my mom's cat (formerly my cat) is blogging. What's next? Blogging goldfish?

 
At 7:01 PM, Anonymous melissa said...

Wow ladies, it's like my hubby was reading our minds (or possibly our blog). I came home tonight after being gone all day with the kiddo, and he had taken out the trash, picked up all three million toys, and yes, you guessed it, cleaned the cat litter. YAY! :-)

 
At 10:37 PM, Anonymous Theresa said...

I have to second the getting up with the toddler in the middle of the night as high on the list too.

Or maybe a day when I don't have to nag my husband to do the little things. That would be lovely.

 
At 8:44 AM, Anonymous cindy said...

Hey, Jamie, your addy keeps bouncing my posts, for the past two days now. I just tried sending a test post to your non-dotcom address. Let me know if you get it!

Cindy

 
At 9:47 AM, Blogger Jamie said...

hmm, that's weird Cindy. I'll keep an eye out for messages from you.

 
At 11:31 AM, Blogger Jamie said...

still no messages from you Cindy. You could try sending to my gmail account.

 
At 1:14 PM, Anonymous me said...

Okay.

 

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