01 February 2018

Valentine's Opinions

Sharing my Christmas Opinions was fun, so let's continue the trend, shall we?

1. Kisses or Hugs?

I've made it pretty clear that I am not by nature a touchy-feely type of person. Within my own family, hugs may be appropriate on occasion, but I am so not the type that greets everyone with a hug. 

2. Candy or Flowers?

I like candy but I'm a bit picky--dark chocolate with orange, or sweettarts or nerds or sour gummy worms...candy or chocolate in general isn't quite enough. With flowers, on the other hand, I'm not picky at all. I just see flowers and I think they're the best thing ever. So it's probably easier to give me flowers.

3. Baking or Cooking? 

I don't have an oven, but I really, really like baked good. I miss the baked egg casseroles or strawberry pies or homemade bread I used to make back when I had an oven in the USA. But I like the oven-free life, too. It keeps your meal plan simple, out of necessity. 

One of my all-time favorite pictures of us.

4. Do you remember your first kiss?

Well yeah, because it was with Angel, so I probably shouldn't be forgetting that, now should I? The year was 2009, I was leaving for Malaysia the next day, Angel said, "I know you would be mad if I kissed you, but I wouldn't be mad at all if you kissed me." I laughed my head off first, and when he was already pretty certain that the line hadn't worked, I thought, "Hang the consequences!" and kissed him. His response was "Next time, some warning would be nice!" My non-verbal response was a raised eyebrow...thinking: "What makes you think there'll be a next time?"

*Spoiler Alert* We're married.

5. Favorite color of Roses?

Dark red until they look nearly black. Or any shade with a hint of purple.

6. Conversation Hearts, yes or no?

I have a great fondness for reading them and trying to make the hearts have conversations with each other as I take them out of the bag. It must be admitted, though, that as far as flavor goes...they really are not that great.

7. Do you leave love notes? 

Oh yes. I am very good at love notes. The best. I leave Angel thank you notes or little happy notes frequently, like when I'm eating some cereal he bought me at the grocery store and I really love the cereal, I'll write him a note about it.

8. Do you decorate for Valentine’s Day?

I might,  not opposed to it, but haven't this year.

9. Red or Pink?

In college, I would purposely wear a red sweater underneath a hot pink shirtdress every Valentine's Day. It was my festive outfit. One Valentine's Day, I walked into class and my professor was also dressed according to theme, with pink shirt and tie and glasses, and he told me he liked my outfit, and I knew I had met my match in the world of festive outfits.

10. Milk, White or Dark Chocolate?

Like I said, Dark Chocolate, with orange.

11.  Do you believe in love at first sight?

When it comes to food, absolutely. I feel like it's more likely that you would take an instant dislike to someone at first sight and only later fall in love with them. Doesn't that seem far more plausible in your own experience of humanity?

12. Do you give Humorous or Serious Valentine Cards?

More likely, I'd make funny cards. I don't usually give Angel actual cards for anything, I just write letters to him, so those are more on the serious side. But I give cards to my family and friends, and humor takes priority there.

13. Favorite Chick Flick or Romantic Movie?

"Roman Holiday" is my favorite love movie because it's a story of choosing duty over romance, and that has always made it seem like the coolest love story ever, to me. To choose to say "no" to 'what might have been' because it is what's best for the larger society.

14. Stay In or Go Out? 

I stay in frequently, so if I have the choice, and I'm feeling healthy, I love to go out and do something really fun to celebrate a special occasion. I much prefer activity outings over mere food shops are painfully boring to me, but I love a theme park or mini-golf or arcade or bowling, or just about any kind of actual activity. On Valentine's Day itself, Angel and I have a notoriously hilarious track record for romance:
1st Valentine's with Angel: We'd been married a couple months and Angel was working night shift so I went to a Valentine's party with a bunch of single friends and had a blast making cookies and participating in a Valentine's Card Exchange where we made love cards for each other and it was hilarious.
2014: We had a special date planned, then my parents called and told us they'd rented a U-Haul and everything they owned needed to be loaded into the truck, so we spent Valentine's sorting and packing and carrying heavy furniture
2016: We really, really tried to go out for dessert...and after several restaurants didn't work out for various reasons (one of them had no ice cream??) we ended up at McDonald's and I got an Oreo McFlurry which may be the only good thing about McDonald's.


Today's opinions are entirely my own, but the festive post idea is brought to you by the Love Blog Challenge  today and The Blended Blog on Monday--where we're talking about Valentine's Day and love in general. 

How do you feel about the holiday? Is it even a holiday?
Carolann Chambers said...

This is such a fun questionnaire! I am not a huge Valentine's Day fan, but I do love everything pink and red! I love to write love notes for Nick. I tend to make them serious - I just can't help it!. I'm not very good at being funny, but I am working on writing him funnier things for his deployment!

accordingtoalicex said...

I love that you had a go to outfit for Valentine's Day! That's so cool. I really love the picture of you and your partner too. I love these opinion posts, really great idea. I don't bother too much with Valentine's Day, my boyfriend and I will most likely stay in with a movie and possibly a pizza! x


Brita Long said...

These are such fun questions! I have always gone all-out for Valentine's Day, from pink and red clothes to heart-shaped sandwiches. That reminds me, I need to find my Valentine's Day window clings... I don't do tons of holiday decor because then I have to store it, but window clings take up very little space, and as long as they don't have bugs stuck on them, you can reuse them! This will be the third Valentine's Day with window clings. I did have to toss out my fall ones this year because of the aforementioned bugs.

Alessia said...

Funny cards are the only ones I like. As you say, for being serious nothing beats an old fashioned letter. I even write in fountain pen!
Someone last year made the huge mistake of saying they found the perfect card for me despite my protestations that I didn’t want one, and it turned out to be the perfect card for them. I had to question whether they knew me at all.

aclassyfashionista said...

Oh this was too fun! I'm definitely a flowers girl, too! I chuckled when you said love at first sight about food--THAT is totally true. People on the other hand--that's another story lol! I just love valentine's day though--I LOVE love, so any excuse to celebrate it, I'm there!

Unknown said...

I'm definitely not a hugger either unless it's my husband. My favourite chocolate is dark chocolate with orange too(actually any fruit really). I LOVE that you dress up for Valentine's Day! I really want to start being more festive for holidays since I always forget about those smaller holidays.

Bailey said...

I'm not a huggy person either! Only for my husband and close friends/family.

Jennifer L. said...

Oh it was so much fun reading your Valentines day questions. I literally LOLed when you said love at first sight was possible wth food. But it really is true. Humans can be a bit more complex.

La Shell said...

Loved this! I'm not a kiss person either so just hugs for me please. I prefer to stay in most times, but on the odd occasion, I get an itch to get out. I think it's a great balance. Lol. And def flowers over chocolate.

Steph L said...

These are fun questions!

"When it comes to food, absolutely" hahaha :)

Bethany Carson said...

When I saw you posted on this, I knew I had to read! Thanks so much for sharing, Rachel!

Preppy Empty Nester said...

You don't have an oven? That sounds like my kind of kitchen!! Have a great week.

Brenda @ Chatting Over Chocolate said...

The pic of you and your husband is so cute! I can see why it's one of your favorites! Your answer of love at first sight with food made me smile! :) Wishing you a beautiful upcoming Valentine's Day!
- Brenda //

Callie said...

I love reading these posts - I laughed at your "dislike at first sight" point. I agree, I think that is a far more likely story!

Lauren said...

Aw, I love that you leave notes to Angel about random things. That's sweet. And it's really cute that he was your first kiss too. :)

Omg, I love your festive Valentine's outfit! Too cute.

These Q&A's are too fun!!


Lea @ CiCis Corner said...

Well, this is for both of the above posts. Congrats to your husband on a great win. I admire anyone with the dedication to run. Goodness! And, so enjoyed your answers and all the best on these last days of your pregnancy. Nice to have met you and I'll definitely be back!

Charlene Maugeri said...

Aww I love this post! I used to hate Valentine's Day. Even when I had a boyfriend. Because it just always seemed like too much pressure and consumerism. But now I like it because Pearson and I usually just stay home and watch sappy movies. And I get another excuse to spoil him with silly gifts. Oh and chocolate and flowers are always a plus!

Mardra said...

This is fun. Love it!