I am sure I am like a lot of men out there, terrible at surprises. My wife constantly tells me I don’t surprise her, that I am not romantic enough, and that the occasional little thought would mean the world.
My instant reply is that she has watched too many blockbuster Hollywood movies where the leading man constantly sweeps his love interest off of here feet. We don’t live in a fairy-tale after all. This always results with me spending the night on the couch and the cold shoulder for the next day or so.
The last time we fell out happened three weeks before her birthday. I felt terrible and decided that being an uncaring husband was not for me anymore, something had to change, so I thought it was best that it was me!
Hotel, Champagne and A Night at The Theatre
When I say I am not the romantic type, I mean it. I do not have the first clue where to start or what to do, in actual fact, romance makes me feel a little stupid if I am honest, like I am lying about being someone I am most definitely not.
I needed some help, and fast. I looked around for nice things to treat my wife to, and found a trip to New York. It was a three-night stay in a posh hotel, a bottle of champagne would be supplied and included 2 tickets to a Broadway show.
It was the perfect gift in my eyes. It was available for a brilliant price, I don’t mean I wouldn’t have spent more, but everyone has to watch the purse strings these days, I didn’t want to be told off for spending too much!
Still Not Good Enough?!?
I was so proud of myself, so proud in fact that I called my sister-in-law, Julia, to gloat in my new found achievement. She informed me that while the long weekend in New York was a fantastic gift, it still wasn’t from me. She said I needed to make something, like a home made card or a cake, a cake?? I didn’t know anything about baking a cake, but Julia said that is why it would be so special. She told me to look on the internet for a decent stand mixer and some recipes.
I was shocked to find how many makes and models were available. I wanted to buy a decent model, this way my wife could use the mixer when I was done with it. I searched for some stand mixer reviews and found the perfect model.
New Stand Mixer
I purchased a Kitchenaid model, it has ten speed settings, this came in very handy, and was also supplied with some handy accessories, a flat beater, a wire whip and a dough hook. It also came with a guide which included instructions, mixing tips and a lot of recipes. One of which I used to create a birthday masterpiece. It also looks very nice, so I knew after I had given her the cake, she would be able to keep the new appliance out on the counter top.
After about three practise attempts at the cake, I had started to create some fairly decent looking cakes. The last one was going to be cake that we would celebrate my wife’s birthday with.
I had sent the cake to the hotel through the post, after all, my wife would wonder why I had a freshly home baked cake with me at the airport. When we arrived at the hotel and were shown to our room, not only was my wife overwhelmed that I had booked the whole weekend without her knowing, she was over the moon that I had baked her a cake, she couldn’t believe I had managed it.
The weekend went perfectly, the champagne was a treat and the theatre was brilliant. Since our return home, I have had some of our male friends calling, telling me that my little stunt had made their life hell, each of their wives saying if I could do it, why couldn’t they. I didn’t mind, I would rather my friends grumpy with me than my wife! I am just hoping that my wife doesn’t expect me to beat that weekend on her next birthday.