This is True Love

Lately I’ve been thinking about what true love is. I think it’s less about the expectations of romance that Chick Flicks have ingrained in our brains. Sure those huge productions we see in the movies would be nice, but is it reality? Sometimes I think gestures of love are more romantic when they are the little things that we do for each other.

THIS is true love:

Michael hooked up my lamp on my side of the bed to a separate powerstrip so that I don’t have to get my lazy butt out of bed to turn off the light at night.

How awesome is that? No, it’s not rose petals on the bed or chocolate on the pillows but it made me happy! I was so excited when I saw it. And since he’s been home unemployed he’s been taking care of a lot of the house stuff. He surprises me with my laundry being done (which is awesome) and cleaning the kitchen (even better). True love!

You know what else is true love? The love that you get from animals.

Look at that love! Fat Kitty loves his momma more than anything. He sits in the front window waiting for me and when I pull into the driveway I can see from car that his ears perk up. He gets so excited to see me when I get home! He always knows when I need kitty cuddles. He gives me unconditional love all the time.

This year Michael and I actually celebrated Valentine’s Day. He woke me up Tuesday morning with pancakes for breakfast! It was a pretty nice surprise and the pancakes were delicious!

I also had a surprise card and a big chocolate bar (I did not have it for breakfast, don’t worry).

It was such a nice, sweet surprise from Michael. He did a good job this year. After work we got dolled up and went out to dinner at Hoda. It’s a Lebanese restaurant on SE Belmont that I’ve loved for years. After we decided to go to Hoda a few days ago, I’ve been dreaming of their hummus! I could not wait.

And it was all I had hoped it would be! The hummus came out with the piping hot bread fresh from the oven which I definitely ate too much of. I enjoyed one glass of Pinot Gris with dinner. Michael had an IPA, but I’m not sure what kind.

For dinner I ordered the lamb kebob sandwich. It was sort of like a gyro but a little bit different. It had veggies and a sauce inside the wrap and chunks of lamb instead of strips like a traditional gyro. It came with a side salad and a small dish of more hummus (which I promptly slathered in my sandwich. I liked it a lot and restrained myself–I only ate half of the sandwich and the salad. I saved the other half for leftovers. I was pleasantly full but not bursting, which was good.

It was a lot of food. Michael ordered the lamb and onion kebabs with Basmati rice. I love their rice–it’s mild and buttery and absolutely delicious.

The serving sizes are pretty big, so there’s always leftovers. The service has always been great at Hoda too. It’s a good restaurant to go to when you’re craving Mediterranean food. It was such a nice night!

QUESTION: What’s “true love” for you?

12 Responses

  1. I agree–love is the simple things. It’s the simple selfless acts that happen throughout the week that the significant other does just to make life easier for you. So cute!

    I’m glad you and Michael had a great evening!
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  2. Oh yum! Can we go there when we’re in Portland sometime?

    I totally agree about true love. It’s about feeling loved not about gestures that society tells us means love.

    But we’re ridiculously practical that way. Since we’re going out of town tomorrow, I figured that was part of our present to each other. Chris still got me my new phone, which I needed anyway, but it made it even more fun that it was my Valentine’s gift. I’d be sick if he spent $80 on roses. That’s silly.

    1. You should definitely try Hoda. And Nicholas (owned by the same peeps). It’s so good. Nicholas has a pita bread and sesame seed pizza that’s really good, too.

      I agree about the flowers. While part of me would like flowers for holidays/anniversaries etc, in reality the cats would eat the flowers so it would be a waste!

  3. When I was 385 pounds my husband would tie my shoes for me and help me take them off at the end of the day. At 166 pounds he holds up my skin so I can shave my underarms. That is true love.

    Emptying the dishwasher every morning and folding the wash and putting it away so I don’t have to is true love too.

    I asked him what true love is to him. His response: “The way your voice sounds in response to my voice on the phone.”

  4. Awww! So cute with the lamp! lol

    To me, true love is the way people support your in your time of need and are also willing to kick your butt to get you back on track and do what’s really right for you. That and the way my bf turns into a small child when he wants snuggles- its too cute! True love is also the way our pup looks at us. We can do no wrong in her eyes, and she shows us she adores us every chance she gets. A dog’s love is unbeatable! haha There’s so many things and components, and none of them are it by itself… its a combination of so many things.

    That food! Wow! That looks so good!
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    1. You are right on about the support. It’s so nice to have someone’s shoulder to cry on after a bad day, or someone to push you when you’re being lazy about something.

      The leftovers are my lunch today. I can’t wait!

  5. Looks like wonderful valentine’s day. And your kitties??? What can I say other than AWWWW!!!! To me, true love is the little things people who love each other do for each other without asking. It doesn’t have to be on a special day, it just has to be because they care.

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