I’ve never been big on Valentine’s Day. I think it can be cute, but to be honest, I feel like it’s an excuse for people to spend an excessive amount of money on food/flowers/candy. Don’t get me wrong, I love showing Paul that I love and appreciate him on Valentine’s Day, but neither of us feel like we have to have some crazy expensive date night, and if he sends me a $100 bouquet of roses he knows very well that he will have a response along the lines of, “Oh honey that is so sweet… why the heck did you spend $100 on FLOWERS?! They die! Go to Publix!” (He knows this so well that the last time he bought me flowers, he bought flowers at Home Depot that we could plant in our yard!)
So our Valentine’s Day usually consists of us making a nice dinner together at home, some cards, and of course some chocolate. I usually spend the day doing sweet things for him like making his favorite breakfast and cake (someone once said the way to a man’s heart was through his stomach… I guess I really believed them!). That being said, we’ve never bought presents for each other. So this year, I didn’t think anything changed.
This year, we decided to celebrate Valentine’s Day early. We have friends coming into town this weekend, and we didn’t want to deal with the rush anyways. So on Thursday, we had plans to go to dinner. Nothing crazy. That’s how excited we get about Valentine’s Day! So as usual, I got Paul a card, and Reeses, and I left him cute little love notes in the shape of a heart on the mirror telling him all the reasons why I loved him (cheesy I know, but so fun to do!), then I made his favorite cake and was ready to call it a day.
Well, to my surprise, we exchanged cards and Paul made me go first. I opened the card and inside is a note, “Cirque du Soleil or Orlando Ballet Battle of the Sexes – You pick!” I got so excited I cried (dang pregnancy hormones.)
Now let me explain how this came about… I subtly started hinting around Christmas time that I hadn’t seen The Nutcracker in years, and I wanted to see it… my subtle hints were apparently too subtle. As the dates of The Nutcracker neared, I asked Paul if we had any plans or if he had any surprises for me… he looked at me like I was crazy. (Such a girl thing to do – hint, and then ask for it!) Then not long ago, we met some friends at Downtown Disney for dinner, and we walked past Cirque du Soleil. I looked at Paul and said, “Since you missed my Nutcracker hints, let me just tell you. I WANT to go to Cirque du Soleil, so if you want to take me there, I won’t be mad”. He just laughed at me and gave me a kiss.
So much to my surprise yesterday he came through, and now I have to choose!! The problem is I have no idea how to choose!
Cirque du Soleil – La Nouba – I saw this show about 7 years ago with my mom and sister. It’s absolutely amazing. If you’ve never seen a Cirque show – GO! Seriously! They are absolutely phenomenal and there is no way you can leave disappointed! I’ve also seen “The Beatles LOVE” and a traveling show I cannot remember the name of for the life of me. I honestly think of the 2 options, Paul would enjoy this much more than a ballet.
The Orlando Ballet – Battle of the Sexes – After reading Misty Copeland’s autobiography, I’ve been dying to see a ballet. I guess reading it reignited how much I love dance in general After reading it, I asked Paul to take me to a ballet in New York. He laughed, it’s currently not an option. So I settled for the Orlando Ballet, but I really want to see a classical ballet like Swan Lake or Firebird. So even though I’m sure Battle of the Sexes is great, I want to see a classic.
So now you see my problem. I have no idea how to choose! Help!