Thursday, February 14, 2013

Orange You Glad?

Today, of course, is Valentine's Day.  If people have a sweetie, they usually want to give them some type of present.  Every day this week at the Customer Service desk I've answered questions about the candy, perfume, lingerie, and jewelry stores in the mall. Today the questions reached a crescendo; over the lunch hour I talked to several frantic-looking people who barely waited for the answer to their question before walking away.

I understand where they were coming from. Although I didn't wait until the last minute, this year it took me a long time to figure out what to get Hubby Tony. Have you ever noticed that most of the fancy Valentine's Day gifts go to women? At least in my social circles, men's gifts are practical; they don't get flowers or fancy jewelry.

That doesn't mean they can't be fun (or even goofy).

My inspiration for a present struck the other day when My Last-Minute Valentine, a blog post from the Whole Foods blog showed up in my Reader. It offered suggestions for items you could buy in their store, and had a link to some "punny" downloadable cards which caught my attention.

Their cards were solid red with white lettering. Our printer is telling us the color cartridges are getting low, so I didn't think we had enough red left to print a card for my hubby. However, taking one of their models as an inspiration I put this together using Word:

I cut the heart out and signed my name to the bottom.  Last night I bought a bag of "Cuties" clementines to go with the card. After work today I assembled a basket with the fruit and an additional gift-a new mouse for Tony's laptop.  The basket will be waiting on the kitchen table when he gets home from work

Five years ago today: New Thing #34--A Heart-y Meal