How to Stay Close When You're Apart
Whether you are together or apart, socializing expert Allana Baroni shares some creative ways to keep the love alive every day.
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Shared Silliness Becomes Meaningful
As part of your daily health regimen, access your immature side wherever possible. When you love the one you're with, even something as mundane as a trip to the store can be hilarious. Once, by accident, my husband and I found ourselves in the self-checkout line at the grocery. If you've tried it, you know that a smooth departure is rare. Now it's a running contest: Who can master the self-checkout without summoning the store checker assigned to help all the underachievers who hold up the line—like me! Every time we hear the computer-voice saying, "Please put the product in the bag" or "Please swipe your card again," we break into pee-your-pants laughter. And a good laugh is worth the trip to the store, even if it's just for milk!
Silly gifts make the best and most original kind of family traditions. For some reason, pepper grinders always fail when they fall into in my husband's hands. We have no explanation for this phenomenon. As a result, we have a standing tradition of giving him pepper grinders as gifts. And today happens to be his birthday. Guess what he's getting? A chili pepper-shaped pepper grinder. He's going to love it!Download the latest chapter of Allana Baroni's book Get Social!