Here are a few things that were said to make me laugh/smile on Valentine's Day and a couple of gifts, too.
1. My grandfather's latest creation: There is never a dull moment with this guy. You leave him alone long enough and he's going to do something strange. I just so happened to glance at his dining room table to see he'd done this only a few minutes after I walked out of the room.
2. My grandfather's V-day quote: "You can have your valentine as long as you'll still be my punkin." (That's just plain sweet! He calls me "Da Punkin" all the time since birth.)
3. My grandfather on why he won't snitch on our conversations: "Hey, when we talk, what you say is Vegas. Whatever's done in Las Vegas stays in Las Vegas." (Gotta love Grandad for being the one I can vent to or get his opinion, except when it comes to relationships. He tries to play it way too safe with that. He'll listen but when it comes time for me to ask him what he thinks I should do, his usual response is: "You're not going to have me giving you bad advice. I need to hear his side, too. I don't know him. If he came in here and plunked me upside the head, I still wouldn't know we were talking about him." (BTW, I would strongly suggest not plunking my grandfather on the head. If you do, he will revert back to his war days and knock you halfway across the room. :-) And after he's done, turn around, CAUSE HERE I COME!)
5. Purse hooks from Chi Tung: This Asian restaurant was giving out free Valentine's Day gifts to all the women guests. I got this beautiful jewel hook with a red flower inside. You unravel the stem of the jewel and it lays flat. The hook goes under the table for you to hang your purse on so it doesn't have to be on the floor or on a chair. I love the thing and will carry it everywhere. They always have good stuff. The chopsticks they give away on birthdays are almost as cool although I was in Hawaii on mine and ended up buying my own from the Queen Ka'ahumanu Center. When I turn 31, I'm going back for Chi Tung's though.
BONUS 2: My grandfather's quote about Faith (my parents' dog): "Every time she gets mad at me, she storms out of here and walks the dog." We were debating about a relationship topic and all of a sudden he goes, "Uh oh, you look like you're getting ready to go walk the dog, aren't you?" All I could do was laugh. It's true. I've done that with a few family members. They get on my nerves and the first thing I do is drive to my parents' house to walk their German Shepherd Faith. That dog is better than any psychologist, stress reliever or hug. I've read a bunch of studies on the Tribune's health page about why pets are healthy for people, but there's something about hanging out with a four-legged friend who loves you unconditionally and is an easy way to stay fit. I just love to take a walk/jog with Faith. I walked her today, too, although no one made me mad. I walk her every single time I see her, which kinda makes her spoiled but she's just so damn cute!