Finding Extraordinary in the Ordinary

Finding the extraordinary in the Ordinary

My Valentine’s Day Plan

As I was in Melbourne for work on Valentine’s day, I had planned an incredible date for the Saturday after. It was going to be very romantic. First we were going to take a long walk along the river in the late afternoon. Than we would proceed to have drinks at a restaurant of our choice, while snacking on some marinated olives. Mark’s favourite.  After this, we would stroll along until we found the most authentic lively Italian restaurant that met Mark’s standards and we would order woodfired pizza. I would order a side of every green on the menu. Asparagus is my favourite. After dinner we would take a Ferry ‘River Cat’, JUST FOR FUN. This would all be followed by ice-cream and who knows what else. 

In my head the scene unfolded seamlessly just like the end of Cinderella

Clearly I would deserve an honourable award for planning such an opulently intimate night. I was definitely winning at life.


When it got to the chosen ‘date night’ the idea of a night out was rather nauseating for both of us. Me: after a crazy busy week interstate I craved to be home. Mark: had an intense full on week of church and work. So you could say we had a slightly different night to the one I had cleverly orchestrated in my head. We went for our everyday walk up to the lookout near our house. Our dinner was a home cooked meal, that I literally whipped up in 8 minutes flat. I know this because I timed myself. Is that weird? Then we watched Bohemian Rhapsody. Mark assured me it had mesmerising acting and was a profound but broken story. It was. We were both in bed before nine.

There you have it people. Valentine’s day celebrations at the Greenwood’s house. Doesn’t get any hotter than that!

But you know what my beloved readers? I actually loved every second of it.

There is something extraordinary, about loving the very ordinary, with the person you love to be with more than anything in the world.

What was in my eight minute meal?

Now here is the answer to what you’re all asking. What did we eat? What could possibly be whipped up in 8 minutes aside from fried eggs, migo ring, and dumpling soup? I have Five ingredients for you. Salmon. Asparagus. Avocado. Cauliflower Rice. Boom. You have for yourself a dinner fit for Oparah herself.

I will post my method in the next article! Stay tuned.

So my take home message is this:

Embrace the ordinary. For therein you may find the extraordinary.

What is your valentine day/date like? I would love to know.

You are deeply loved and richly cherished,

Christine Greenwood

Reign in Life

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