"sometimes love is a surprise, an instant of recognition, 
a sudden gift at a sudden moment that makes everything different from then on.
some people will say that's not love, that you can't really love someone you don't know.
but, i'm not so sure.  love doesn't seem to follow a plan; it's not a series of steps.
it can hit with the force of nature...  an earthquake, 
a tidal energy that is beyond your simple attempts at control."
+ deb caletti
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This quote just works on so many levels for me today.  How appropriate that love/romantic love is, first of all, described so accurately for me, and second of all compared to tidal energy... Because that just so happens to be the subject I will be working on branding for graphic design {hence the pic} till 8... Then I am free! Hallelujah! The sweetness of cupcakes and brownies have already filled the apartment, then double that with a tender-hearted phone call from my grandma and the yummiest pictures of my baby nieces sent my way and I am one happy lady.

Speaking of happy. I awoke happy, so happy this morning. Okay, so not quite morning but not quite noon.  Let me take the time to reemphasize... I woke up! 4 am bed times are not my fave. And giddy. And like twelve apparently? Cause I finally wore my retainer to bed? Fun fact of the day: I used my retainer for a different graphic design project yesterday. Weird girl alert! Another fun fact of the day: someone stole my retainer on Venice Beach, straight up. Don't ask why my retainer was at the beach. Why all of a sudden am I obsessed with my retainer? Is this a total mood killer? But GUYZ. Valentines day! Be so happy! I am! If I could, I would send you all a heart shaped pizza because I love you so. Know that.

And now, for the blogger's cryptic haiku of the day, brought to you by the Harlem Shake:  

hot babies and del taco
it must have been lousy not to know
 i mean what?
Nataliehappy, valentines