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Trade Off

February 20, 2012

For all intents and purposes, my relationship with Nick is one of fairness and equality.

If I make dinner, he does the dishes.

If he makes the bed, I empty the dishwasher.

Neither of us ever has a chore that we feel like we “have” to do; we just like keeping as much of a balance as possible.

So when Nick offered to return our Redbox movie last night, I offered to heat up something for dinner. Easy trade off, fair and square.

Until he walked in the door ten minutes later with a goofy grin on his face and these in his hands:

Just my favorite flower. NBD.

Gotta give the guy credit for the element of surprise, right?

Nick also came home with a box of brown sugar that I’d ask him to pick up because, for some reason, I had cinnamon buns on the brain all weekend. I have no idea where the craving stemmed from, but it grew to the point where I was looking at cinnamon bun food porn on Pinterest (and that’s the point where you know you have a problem) and Googling recipes for a no-yeast recipe.

I finally settled on this one because it sounded the easiest/looked the tastiest, and, keeping in tradition with our fair and square trade offs, Nick had these guys waiting for him when he woke up this morning:

I know that neither of us does sweet things for the other hoping to get something better in return; we do them because we like seeing the other person surprised and a little bit happier than they were just minutes before.

And sometimes, like today, keeping the balance feels a little bit sweeter than usual.

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14 Comments leave one →
  1. February 20, 2012 7:00 pm

    Awww, what a sweet suprise! Maybe I should say – what sweet surpries. Both the flowers and the rolls sound amazing!

  2. February 20, 2012 7:28 pm

    what a cute post! flowers and sweets- perfect! 🙂

  3. February 21, 2012 6:59 am

    I love this and the fact that you used “intents and purposes” correctly…I hate when people write “intensive purposes.” It makes me question my sanity!

  4. February 21, 2012 6:27 pm

    So sweet! Pun totally intended. 🙂

  5. February 22, 2012 10:38 pm

    I love these! Cinnamon rolls are definitely the way to my husband’s heart. And he’s figured out that Starbucks and flowers are the way to mine 🙂

  6. Nick permalink
    February 26, 2012 2:43 pm

    Always gotta have a little bit of give and take–err, give and eat for me anyway 😉 love!

  7. February 29, 2012 5:20 pm

    go girl! best of luck at Rock & Roll!

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