G and Me: My Favorite Valentine's Day

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G and I tend not to go big for Valentine's Day (you'll never find us out at a fancy, prix fixe meal) and prefer to do something low-key at home. Last year, Sloan was only about a week old and I remember dressing her up in a little red patterned onesie and falling asleep at 8pm. We haven't decided what we're doing this year, but I thought it would be fun to share my favorite Valentine's Day with G.

We celebrated our first Valentine's Day a few weeks after we started dating. G told me he was going to cook me dinner that night, so I decided to bake him something from scratch that I'd drop by in the morning. At this point I was really uncomfortable in the kitchen, but I decided to make heart-shaped brownies from scratch. I envisioned him taking them to work and sharing them with his co-workers, who would all be jealous of this cool new girl he was dating that was essentially a professional chef. Instead, I started a small fire in the microwave heating the unsweetened chocolate, forgot to add sugar and overcooked the entire mess so they resembled bitter little hockey pucks. Needless to say, he didn't bring them to the office.

That night, I showed up at his apartment, not sure of what to expect. I knocked on the door and could hear him inside, fumbling around, but he didn't answer. I knocked a second time and he came to the door. The entire room was dark, but flickering with what must have been a hundred miniature candles. It took my eyes a moment to adjust, as I walked in from the fluorescent hall and into his living room. Coming from a guy who had never even previously owned a single candle, it was easily the most romantic thing anyone had ever done for me.

He'd made risotto (without mushrooms - just the way I liked it!) and served that alongside a bottle of my favorite wine. We ate in the living room by the candlelight until they quietly burnt out, several hours later.

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