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The best Valentine’s gift is time: Our no TV week

vintage tv ad
My husband and I are not into extravagant gifts. We have nothing to prove to each other or ourselves. Plus we have everything we need. On birthdays and holidays we give each other a little something. Like this winter, for example, he gave me a Claire Nereim print I’d been coveting. I took him out to a special steak dinner. I’m a vegetarian so it was a special treat for him and we had a ball.

Experiential gifts are the best kind. There’s nothing we’d rather do than be together having a romantic dinner at home or out. We’re going to Joshua Tree in Cali during March break. What could be a better gift then a trip?

To kick off our Valentine’s celebrating early, we’re taking a hiatus from TV this week. No TV at all. Not even a minute. We’re not big TV watchers to begin with but sometimes I get home from work and work on my art for hours till he gets home. Then we cuddle up, watch something on our netflix queue and eat dinner. Then we get tired and lethargic.

This week, we’re going to have dinner at the table each night, with candles and wine. After dinner we’ll play a game, read something together, talk about our Joshua Tree trip, and just be together. It was his idea. He told me that I’m always saying that I feel that life is going by faster and faster,  that sometimes a day, a week, or a month go by in a flash. I guess that’s what happens when you are in love. So he thought slowing down a little, taking heed of every moment together, would be romantic.

That’s the plan, no TV!

Are you doing anything experiential with your loved one this Valentine’s day?

fabulous vintage ad from elestratografico on flickr

(all that being said, the love book is still available and is a bestseller on blurb!)

10 Responses to The best Valentine’s gift is time: Our no TV week

  1. Sub-Studio February 9, 2009 at 10:12 pm #

    I like that…great gift…

  2. Jenean February 9, 2009 at 10:56 pm #

    What a wonderful idea! I love it!

  3. Samantha Hahn February 10, 2009 at 5:41 am #

    thanks Anna….
    you and Sean doing anything special?

  4. Samantha Hahn February 10, 2009 at 5:43 am #

    thank you jenean….i just had to share this one…

  5. xine February 10, 2009 at 7:57 am #

    I love this! I can’t imagine not coming home to Greg playing Rock Band… I think we should give this a try too. 🙂

  6. samantha February 10, 2009 at 8:28 am #

    so far it’s going really well. Had a leisurely dinner last night, did some more work after…then played boggle…chatted and just spent quality time together. Give it a shot….let me know!!

  7. Jolie February 10, 2009 at 3:14 pm #

    Wonderfully romantic! Nothing is better than QT with the one you love.

  8. Samantha Hahn February 10, 2009 at 3:17 pm #

    yes totally….I guess you and G are always on the no TV bandwagon. Good for you!!! XOXO.

  9. yasmine February 10, 2009 at 4:43 pm #

    aw. that’s a nice present to yourselves 🙂 we don’t give extravagant gifts during hallmark holidays or whathaveyou. we do give extravagant and little gifts whenever we feel like it.

    oh and yay for veggies! i don’t eat meat either 🙂

  10. Samantha Hahn February 10, 2009 at 5:55 pm #

    We’re so much alike Yasmine!! Two little veggie surface pattern designing girls!! I really prefer time together to any trinket he could possibly purchase. 🙂

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