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Friday, February 14, 2014

smells so good

I feel like maybe you might want to appreciate my self-control this week.

Because, see, here's the thing. At Crossfire - that's my church, where I work, all the livelong day - it's what makes up the "pastor" part of "running pastor" - we like to be good neighbours. We're on a main street in our city, so all of our neighbours are businesses.

There's Gilbert's Big & Tall … there's Rolly Rocket's BBQ … there's MJM, across the parking lot … anyway, about 20 of them. All good people.

In past years, we've given them poinsettias at Christmas and lilies at Easter. This year, we thought hey, let's do more of that. And let's do it in a way that supports other local business at the same time.

So on Tuesday, I went to Walker's Chocolates. Note: TUESDAY.

It smelled so good in there, you guys. I wondered if they would let me set up a little work station and just sit there breathing all day.

Anyway, I bought 20 of these.

I brought them back to my office, where I wrote out little "Happy Valentines Day" notes for each of our neighbours.

And then I stacked them neatly in a pile to be given out today. Note: TODAY is FRIDAY.

Which means that these little bits of heaven have sat in my office for 3 days. And I didn't eat a single one.

I thought you might like to know that, so you could fully appreciate my self-control this week.


Happy Valentines Day AND Outrage-Free Friday.

May chocolate (or an equivalent bit of heaven) make a happy appearance in your day.


Anonymous said...

Yay for you! and yay for Crossfire. That seems to me like a pretty good thing to do - to join in a community event. (but note that I'm writing from outside America and I have to say I don't really understand what Valentine's Day means to the average American!)

Patti said...

hello oldblack - thanks for the props :) Although I DO feel obligated to inform you that I'm outside America too. You're talking to a CANADIAN, eh?! ;)

Technically…Valentine's is all about love and romance, for couples and all. I just decided to spread the love a bit. ;) Mostly because I was sick of winter, and it was a good excuse for chocolate.

Anonymous said...

Oh dear! How embarrassing! I really do know there's a difference :-) and of course we Australians have much closer affinity with Canadians than Americans. I have been reading your blog for a while and somehow had the idea that you were up there somewhere near the great lakes, but never really looked around your site to identify the city. I'm glad I've now done so, and learned a lot....and was surprised at how far south Hamilton is!!

Anonymous said...

More embarrassment - I looked back through your posts and now see that I don't have to go very far to see quite clearly that you're Canadian.... I have no excuse except old age and dementia

Patti said...

oldblack - No worries at all. Canadians are very forgiving, haha. :)

I had no idea you've been reading! I am entirely flattered - lovely to meet you.

And although I will always be a proud Canadian, I will also admit that I live an hour from the border, and do indulge in a little cross-border shopping a few times a year. ;)