Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for female independence, but I’ll be lying if I say I don’t like romantic surprises. My husband Marc is as busy as I am. We run a home-based business, but he’s out meeting clients and client prospects almost on a daily basis. My job involves staying in front of the computer all day, I don’t really get to go out much except for my daily one-hour runs and bike rides. Sometimes I feel the need to set an appointment so we could find time together during work week, Saturdays and Sundays being the only “blocked off” days for our couple time 🙁

I’m not complaining (well, not much, anyway), as this indicates that our home business is doing better. But still… I can’t help but long for the hours when we got to spend a lot of time during the day at home together, and the lunch or dinner dates of “just because” occasions. I am a woman, you know. I may be very practical (sometimes even to the extent of being called “totally un-romantic” by my friends), but sometimes it’s hard not to be lonely here at home even with our hyperactive Shih Tzus running about. Work stress, topped with occasional bouts of loneliness, hasn’t really been good to my temper during the past few weeks.

Our friends can attest to this: my husband is as practical as I am… and probably even more “un-romantic.” :p Just think of it this way… I got Facebook flowers instead of real ones for Valentines’ Day, because, as he said, “it’s the thought that counts!” But he does leave me surprises (like tangible surprises) every now and then — that’s my Marc for you, he can be quite unpredictable. I was feeling cranky last Monday, so many things to do and Marc had to ask me to be the one to feed the dogs their dinner. Imagine my excitement when I saw that little black box lying innocently on top of the dogs’ food container.

Jewelry? No, it’s not what you think.

It’s a Timex Ironman Triathlon watch!!!!!!! WEEEEEEE!!!!!!

I’ve been hounding Marc for weeks to get my own watch. I borrowed his sports watch during the recently concluded Neutrogena fun run, and it really helped me a lot in pacing. He never really thought the watch would benefit me much as I don’t really wear watches on a regular basis. I usually just depend on my mobile phone for the time. But the Neutrogena fun run proved to him that a sports watch, especially with an interval timer like the one he just got me, would help me a lot in improving my running performance. And since my husband is a sports freak… Well… He got me my very own Timex Ironman Triathlon (50-Lap Full) sports watch!!! I just love the color, it matches my cyan/black/silver Adidas Ozweego running shoes perfectly! 😀

Did you really think it was jewelry in the box? I wish! Hehe 😛 Thank you, hon!!! 🙂