Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine's Surprise!

Last night I came home from work with a package waiting for me at the front door.  Hmmm ... had I ordered something?  No, nothing for Nirvana had been ordered lately.  I excitedly opened the box ... I love surpises!  There were several items wrapped in tissue paper, and the first thing I unwrapped was the "Love Goddess" chocolate cake mix.  Could this be the Patron tequila gift set that I had tried to win by entering a contest last week? 

The next thing I unwrapped was a red candle, then some edible rose petals, a cheese cutting board, and then ... two Patron glasses.  Woo hoo!

Yes, this was the Patron gift set that I was hoping for!  Although I have to admit I was hoping to find a little bottle of Patron tucked in the box ... I was still stoked!  I'm so easily amused and was grinning from ear to ear over my new prize.

To make things even better, we received a postcard in the mail stating the Ken had won a 7-day cruise from any port in the United States.  Yeah, yeah ... I bet it's another time share presentation!  We know better than to think we've just "won" a free cruise, like we won our Patron prize pack.  That would be too good to be true!  But, we figured that Ken should give the number a call to claim our "prize" and see what the catch is.  Yes, we do have to attend a one-hour presentation, but we've been promised it's not a time-share.  Evidently, this is some kind of new "club"... kind of like a Sam's Club.  Soooo, this Thursday night we're headed to New Orleans to hear the presentation, expecting to claim our free cruise without spending a dime.  We've been to some time-share presentations in the past and we're really good at standing our ground, frugal folks that we are.  Ken and I have never been on a cruise, and the cruise ships leave every Sunday right down the road in New Orleans.  We desperately need a vacation, so we hope this works out as promised.

So, the eve of Valentine's Day was pretty good and for once the mail didn't have any bills ... just these two items.  As I mentioned on our last Frugal Friday's post, Ken and I don't do a whole lot for Valentine's Day.  I find the day a great excuse not to cook, but we don't want to fight the crowds in the restaurants nor spend a lot of money so ... pizza tonight!  I may even make the chocolate cake that came in the Patron prize pack so we'll have a little dessert.  What more could a girl ask for ... LOL!  Money saved now is money in the future for Nirvana and our cruising dream.

I posted this picture to the left last year and thought I'd post my "sweethearts" again.  This is Ken and our daughter in Destin, FL about 19 years ago.  I love this picture ... they are my heart!

Here's a little "gift" for ya'll on Valentine's ... a great little video that shows how to tie your own celtic heart knot.  This would make a great necklace, and I hope to try this soon.   Enjoy  ... "Happy Valentine's Day"!

Tomorrow I'll be in the stores stocking up on all the half-priced Valentine's candy! 

Hasta luego ... until then.  Mid-Life Cruising!


Sandee said...

How cool and I too hope the cruise becomes a reality. Way cool indeed.

Have a terrific day and a very happy Valentines day. Enjoy that pizza tonight along with the chocolate cake. :)

Barco Sin Vela II said...

Criuises are awesome! Good Luck!!!

Pineapple Girl said...

that is so awesome! Good for you and happy Valentine's Day.

Dani said...

That's great news! Really try to not spend anything...

Word to the wise, 6 years ago I went on one of those free cruises, but before listened to a time share presentation..and silly me actually BOUGHT ONE!

4 years later and $20k poorer I finally was "able" to pay ($1k) the Florida Veterans Association to take the timeshare out of my name...haha bye bye maintenance fees.

I am 100% against timeshare, be careful, they were good Swindler's..I mean salespeople.

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