Not to pat myself on the back too much, but I have just successfully pulled off the Valentine’s Day to end all Valentine’s Days.

I will remind you that this whole thing started when The Fella and I went out to dinner with friends and the gentlemen proceeded to complain about how much effort is expected of them for things like dating and Valentine’s Day.

You wanna complain about effort? I’ll show you effort. Challenge Accepted (We watch way too much How I Met Your Mother).

The Day started out with small things. I left twenty or so notes around the apartment and in The Fella‘s stuff, each explaining a reason that I love him.

Some were silly, like how he doesn’t know the words to any song and just makes them up as he goes along, and some were more sentimental, like how he tells people that he’s “happily married” even though we’re not married yet, and probably won’t be for another couple of years.

Then I left, because I had things to do. People to see. Desserts to buy. Lingerie to pick up, and hair to be done.

When I got home in the afternoon, The Fella had a little surprise waiting for me.

A nutritious lunch if I ever had one.

For dinner we went to Candle CafΓ©, an amazing vegan restaurant in our neighborhood.

The best part of the meal was by far the soup. We started with the smoked leek soup, topped with truffle oil and fried onions.
I have to figure out how to make this at home.

Next we shared a roasted portabella mushroom in a red wine reduction with brussel sprouts.
So good.

I had the sofrito tempeh with plantains

He had the sesame crusted seitan

We opted out of dessert, because I had dessert and more surprises waiting for him at home.

We left the house together, but as if by magic, when we returned the whole apartment was decked out in candle light and rose petals πŸ˜‰

I’d arranged for a friend of ours to come by while we were at dinner and decorate the place, put out dessert and place even more love notes around the apartment.

As Roy searched the place for more reasons I love him, I changed into my strategically chosen evening attire, and was waiting with his present. One final note with his present in it.

We’re leaving today for a 3-day, 2-night cruise to nowhere. Let the pampering begin.

That will teach him to complain about holidays!

What did you do for Valentine’s Day?