Romance 101: ACI Does Valentine’s Day

With less than two weeks until the 14th, Valentine’s Day is on everyone’s mind – especially at the ACI office! The ACI team is happy to share their favorite Valentine’s stories and gift ideas.

To start the conversation, ACI’s Adora Horton explains one of the most thoughtful gifts she’s received.

Adora Cupcakes

“My husband Darrell threw a surprise birthday party for me at Buca di Beppo, and had cupcakes especially made for me – each representing a part of my life.

Row One: Georgetown University, where I got my Masters.

Row Two: I love volleyball -I played in college and now coach!

Row Three: I got my undergrad from UMES, and that is where I met Darrell


Row Five: I do not like the University of South Carolina.

Row Six: I LOVE Romance Novels and am writing one of my own!”

ACI’s IT guru Alex Ramos goes all out for romance – his idea for a perfect Valentine’s Date date is a dark and decadent meal at Opaque San Diego! This hot spot in downtown San Diego is known for the unforgettable experience of dining in complete darkness, heightening the other senses of sound, taste, smell, and touch.

Wellness Specialist Kate Vidmar shared her special Valentine’s tradition:

V-day Waffles“I love Valentine’s day! Every year I make homemade valentines and send them to family. Growing up, I would send them to aunts, uncles and grandparents. Now I send them to all of my siblings, parents and nephews.

This will be my 5th Valentine’s with my husband. I make him pink waffles for breakfast every year and he always makes me a nice a dinner. The best way to let someone know that you love them is to tell them! And that is what Valentine’s Day is all about.”

Now that’s how you do it!

Romantic gestures can mean so much, and they don’t need to be super expensive. What do you do to prepare for Valentine’s Day or other important relationship occasions? Please share with us your wishlist, your gift ideas, your past romantic moments… anything in the spirit of Valentine’s Day and romance!

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