Valentine's Day 2012 - Hubs went over the top with his gift. It wasn't expensive but it hit the mark as one of those gifts that will always be remembered.
I volunteered to publish a phone and address directory for the Twelve Oaks RV Resort - where we are staying in Sanford, FL while Walt works nearby. I volunteered in early November with the intent that I would publish by mid-January. I ran past my January schedule because my fibromyalgia/chronic fatigue was really bad the whole month.
There I was on Feb 12th with it still not done. All the data had been collected by a group of volunteers and a draft document had been edited and proofed. The draft document was on a flashdrive because I had started it on Walt's computer when mine was broken. He fixed mine so I was in the process of moving the project over to my computer - thus the flashdrive.
The week of Valentine's was the "Gauntlet" week as I counted down the days before our trip to Tampa, FL to visit the in-laws, Carla Dalton and Harold Chadwick (Chad) and then a two-week trip to CO, WY, UT and KS to see the kids and grandkids.
One of by absolute "To Do's" this week was to get that damned Directory published and printed. On Tuesday, Feb. 14th, Valentines Day I wake up ready to finish it. I go to get the flashdrive and it is nowhere to be found. I texted Walt to see if he knew where it was. I waited an hour = no answer. I try to call and the call goes right to voicemail. I go to call his work phone and find it is not in my new phone. And then my Phone locked up so I had to reboot it. While the phone was rebooting I thought I would Google his work phone number. While doing that the battery in the wireless mouse died and caused the computer to freeze.
Are you kidding me?! Walt's phone, my phone and the computer at the same time?! What the Hell! Spent the next hour getting things back online. The day is nearly over now. I finally am able to reach Walt on his work phone which is when he first discovers his cell phone isn't working. I ask about the flashdrive. And - then - he tells me it isn't in the RV and he can't get it back to me until after work on Valentine's Day. He took it "somewhere" for the "secret" Valentine gift he is working on.
In 4 years that we have been in the RV I have never used a flashdrive. The one time I do use one he takes it away and doesn't tell me. At this point I deflate. One full day wasted. Two days left to do what I planned to do in four. Whatever.
I worked on the rest of my list the next day, Valentine's Day and picked him up after work. We drove to the little grooming shop in Sanford where we get Bruno groomed, next to the coolest Dog Park on the planet. We went inside and they handed him a big white envelelope, a CD and my flashdrive. He wasn't expecting the envelope. They said he had won the drawing for an 11x13 print of one of the photos.
Inside was the cutest picture of Bruno posed for Valentine's Day. I started crying! It was SO cute and sweet. (Flashdrive and Directory leave my brain temporarily).
Here is one of the photos and a pic of Walt holding the print. Doesn't he look happy?
We went to dinner at our favorite little authentic Mexican Restaurant in Sorrento, FL The El Paso Market and Restaurant and had a lovely meal - on Valentine's Day. I won't go into details about what a bitch I was later on when I started working on the Directory as it dawned on me that I was going to need to stay up until it was done - deep into the night. The neighbors said they didn't hear us but, um, I'm pretty sure they were just being nice!
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