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Back when I was single, Valentine’s Day was a very big deal. If I wasn’t dating someone, I tried to just plow through the day and hope for the love of cupid my mother didn’t send me a gigantic arrangement of carnations to the office with a note reading, “I love you!! Love, Mom.”

If I was dating someone, I prayed with the intensity of a thousand suns that my significant other would send two dozen roses to my workplace. Obviously there is no point in getting flowers at home since you really aren’t trying to impress Larry the doorman.

No, the roses must come to your office where all your co-workers can cast their eyes on the glorious vibrant bouquet and think to themselves, “Wow. That is one lucky girl!”

Since those days, I have celebrated many Valentine’s days with my husband Rick.

He has given me chocolate. He has given me roses. He has even given me a very sexy velour hoodie footie…


But I don’t need any of these things.

For Valentine’s Day, I only need one true act of love. That is – I need my husband to get the electrician over to our house and fix the dim lightening in our master bathroom so it STOPS HUMMING.

When we first got the dimmer installed, it hummed on the lowest setting. It drove me nuts.

It took months to get the electrician back because we kept forgetting to call and when we did call, he kept forgetting to come.

He finally showed up and installed a new light dimmer. Which conveniently HUMS ALL THE TIME no matter what the setting.

Of course it’s totally unimportant in the scheme of things but totally maddening in the daily life of living. So my dear husband, track down that electrician and get the lightening fixed and I will be yours forever.

And if you are looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your significant other, don’t buy him or her these…


(Yes, those are tandem mittens so couples can hold hands while keeping warm. I don’t know who that couple is but boy, they really seem to like their mittens!)

Instead this Valentine’s Day, get the love of your life something he or she will cherish forever.  Maybe get that broken faucet fixed in the downstairs bathroom. Hang the pictures that are still sitting in the hall. Go buy those speciality bulbs for one of the bedrooms and change the light bulbs. Remember to actual record TV shows in HD, instead of SD.  Whatever is driving your spouse crazy… fix it, change it and improve the quality of their life.

Because that is what love is all about.

9 Responses to what married people really want for valentine’s day

  • Angie says:

    That is hysterical – my husband bought me the same red velour footies a few years ago from Pajamagrams! Poor guy, I didn’t have the heart to tell him what I really thought. They mysteriously disappeared soon after Valentine’s Day…

  • Dani says:

    Hahaha, I received a footed onesie once too, but I kinda love it. And I was definitely going to get those smittens one year as a joke! I completely agree though- having something fixed or doing something that has been pushed to the side for far too long is definitely what I would want too!

  • Steph says:

    You know exactly what a wife/mama wants (or at least me). Do/fix something. I don’t need anything. . . except maybe champagne.

  • Shanna says:

    I wish I’d come up with that mittens idea. I’d have named them “Smittens”. And per your latest post- you could totally write all about how to get an 8 year old to do chores! Because I’m new at this and she can barely open the car door for herself yet. When do they start doing dishes? And giving shoulder massages? And vacuuming?

  • Erin says:

    We had trouble with our dimmer humming for a while, too. It turned out the light bulb was too high (or too low? erm. too high. I think.) watt. It’s still not perfect when the light is dimmed too low, but much better!

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