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I was originally going to wear the navy blazer (I know! It looked grey, which made me feel kind of like a liar when I realized, but I didn’t mean to lie. It’s Navy.) but I decided to go with this one for one reason and one reason only. Comfort. This is as comfortable as pajamas. The navy one looked great as well, and I may still do that pairing before the 30x30 is up, but I have to think about it. This dress has spaghetti straps, which means the blazer could not come off at all during the day. With a knit blazer? No worries! With a blazer blazer? A bit more concern. I’m not sure I’ve ever worn that blazer in that kind of a situation and I KNOW I always end up removing it to let me arms breathe. But maybe I can wear it out one night instead!
This year I have decided to share The Seven Days of Valentines with you. The Seven Days of Valentines have been around since year two of our relationship. On year one Nathan said “Oh, I didn’t actually get you anything, I didn’t realize we celebrated Valentine’s Day”. He decided to make up for it the next year and a tradition was born. The Seven Days of Valentines has two parts. The poems, and the gifts. Neither are elaborate. The poems are more funny and punny than romantic. The gifts are often only a buck or two. It’s not how much the gifts cost, or how long the poems take to write. It’s the consistency. Year after year, Nathan pauses for seven days to say “Hey. I still think you are really special and I’m glad to have you as my girl.”
It’s my favorite time of the year.
The poem comes first. On simple strips of notebook paper cut to fit the poem. He writes them each morning just a few minutes before presenting the gift. Today’s poem:
The poem is a joke about how I get this gift every year, see? And also a clue “gnome more of these” about what the gift might be. I knew right away it was a gnome gift…
A plate! Every year Nathan gets me at least one plate. My dream it to eventually have a 12 piece serving set of all different plates, glasses and bowls. I have not started collecting anything but plates yet due to limited space, but I adore each one he has given me.
(If you hate Valentine’s Day, you may just want to skip my blog for the next seven days, but I hope you won’t. It’s not meant to make anyone feel bad or sad or jealous. I just wanted to celebrate this really special thing Nathan does this year.)
Knit Blazer, Target
Tights, We Love Colors (including black!)
Boots, Doc Martens