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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Romantic Tips and Other Fun Stuff

ROMANCE - To court or woo romantically; treat with ardor or chivalrousness; a strong fascination or enthusiasm for something.  [Romance week starts here. Click for this week's Bliss Initiatives.]

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Found in Dumb Little Man's post 7 ways to Inject Romance in your Relationship (Find 7 tips for almost everything at this site!)

Yesterday I told you that I would do something romantic each day and report back here and tell you about it. So I began the day poking around on some romantic web sites looking for the thing I wanted to do. I never really settled on anything and suddenly my day was underway. Jessie had her gym class and we spent the afternoon up to our elbows in craft projects, lemonade fixings (lemon tree in yard requires regular fix of lemonade!) and pillow forts. Next thing I knew Rob was on his way home and I hadn't prepared anything! Lamely, the best I came up with is wearing a particularly see through shirt, that I would never wear out of the house. It wasn't the most inspired but at least it was something!

Poor Rob arrives home, after a particularly busy day, to his wife expecting an immediate response to her scantly clad look and he really doesn't know what to make of it! Jessie is still up and demanding attention and I am trotting around barely dressed. It was comical at best! I have to give Rob high marks for playing along and making some nice comments about his "sexy wife" but if the truth be told the whole thing was very forced and not really all that romantic! Part of my dilema stemmed from the fact that we have just come back from an overtly romantic and passionate weekend and now a more nuanced and sweet type of romance was calling. I was using a high velocity wind tunnel when a gentle breeze was required!

Ah well, live and learn! Today is a new day and after I get finished looking at all these romantic resources I'm sure I'll find something suitably marvelous!

Hot spot number one for building anyone's romance tool kit is Loving This site is great for all sorts of tips and just plain inspirational reading on the relationship front.  Here is their Romantic tip of the week: "Take your loved one to a place away from the hustle and bustle of town life. Take a blanket and place it under the trees lie and cuddle the entire afternoon and then watch the moon rise from behind a mountain, and remember how special the person you are with is!" 

Romance has a fun "Random Romantic Tip" scroll on their home page. Go there and just watch until something fun strikes your fancy. I think I'll do this tomorrow morning! Write "you're beautiful" or "you're handsome" on a post it note and leave it on the bathroom mirror.  I think I'm going with "I love my sweetie!" however!

Pick up some Love Coupons or other Valentine's day leftovers for some future romantic surprise. Since Valentines day has just passed you can get some really good deals on heart shaped items, romance books and a bunch of other fun treats. Looking over the good deals may inspire you on your own but imagine the fun of having your own private valentines day some time in the future! I'm headed to the bookstore this afternoon!!!

Write out your own list of 101 reasons why you love your sweetie. I did this for Rob last romance week and he still references it regularly. It was really fun to do and really helped me to get present to all the wonderful things Rob is and does.  I think I'll go back and review that list now!

Next post: More romantic escapades...

My 13 bliss virtues: joy, order, creativity, passion, whimsy, serenity, inquiry, community, romance, gratitude, moxie, humility, surprise  


  1. Thanks for the tips. I even have a book of romantic tips somewhere in this house. (There must be a book for everything or now a website.) I am so lame when it come to intentionally being romantic, but I can do the list. I'll try that. Thanks.

  2. I used to think of myself as a romantic person but since starting this project I realize that it isn't really the case. Being prompted to do something romantic or passionate every few weeks is definitely good for my marriage. I'm really glad I have the invented excuse to be romantic to get me off my duff and actually do something!

    Tonight Rob is getting the treat of a foot massage while we watch some Olympics... gentle breeze tonight! lol

  3. Love likes the fire, it can't be made a fool, it would burn your own.
    The true love suddenly broken, not only but like the old man who has lost the stick.
    True love is love which only for two person, and no place for the third person.


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Ben Franklin's 13 Virtues

  • 1. TEMPERANCE - Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.
  • 2. SILENCE - Speak not what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.
  • 3. ORDER - Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.
  • 4. RESOLUTION - Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.
  • 5. FRUGALITY - Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e. waste nothing.
  • 6. INDUSTRY - Lose no time; be always employ'd in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.
  • 7. SINCERITY - Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and if you speak, speak accordingly.
  • 8. JUSTICE - Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.
  • 9. MODERATION - Avoid extreams; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.
  • 10. CLEANLINESS - Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, cloaths or habitation.
  • 11. TRANQUILITY - Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.
  • 12. CHASTITY - Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness, or to the injury of your own or another's peace or reputation.
  • 13. HUMILITY - Imitate Jesus and Socrates.


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