Sunday, May 19, 2013
Date Night with Brien
I was remembering how energized I was after our marriage retreat in January and went back through the binder Thursday evening as a sort of refresher for myself. I knew I was starting to slip back into old habits and didn't want to continue down that path.
So, Friday evening, we went to dinner at Plaza (YUM!) and then forwent our typical date of an evening spent at B&N or Lowe's (we are so romantic), and headed to CW to walk there instead. I know so many people go to movies for dates, but I've always said my time alone with Brien is precious and we get it so infrequently I don't want to spend it sitting in a darkened room where we can't talk or interact.
Instead, we walked and we talked and we explored. I was telling my friend Terri the other evening I was really lucky I had married my best friend. Even more, I can't imagine B and I will ever run out of things to talk about. Ever. We find the world endlessly fascinating and love hearing the other person's ideas.
(As an aside, can you imagine how delightful to live in that little white house with that little white picket fence and look out over this garden?? Okay, sure, except for that whole people-are-continually-walking-through-my-yard thing...if you spend that much time on your gardens, you want folks to come and enjoy them.)
FYB with photos of all that's in bloom right now.
Shortly after I snapped this, we came to a cross street where a CW security vehicle was approaching with lights on and sounding its siren in bursts. As we were about to cross that street, B and I stopped instead, moving out of the way. Suddenly, the officer steps from the vehicle (while it's still rolling--having failed to put it in park O.o!) and announces to us, "I have something that belongs to you!"
We were so confused. I had my phone. Brien had his phone and the car keys. What could the man possible have?
Putting the car in park (yes, finally), he rounded the front of the vehicle (it looked as if he were walking towards us, our faces reflecting our confusion) and headed for the rear passenger door. At this point I'm wondering how in the world he has our children. Yes, that was all I could conclude he had, when out popped an elderly woman.
Our faces were really reflecting our confusion at this point, as this man continues to look at us and the woman starts hobbling our way!
Then, we realize, she's heading for the folks who were behind us as they begin to tease her about being lazy and getting a ride with the cops instead of walking with them. Oops!! :oP
We cruised back on around the backside down Nicholson and then across the Palace Green and back to Merchants' Square where B informed me it couldn't be considered a "true" date unless we had been in a bookstore. So, we went into B&N (I think it was just an excuse for us to ride the escalators--we really are just big kids after all), read a couple of Pigeon books and then drove home, stopping along the way for a cherry Slurpee. Because, you know, it was necessary. :oP
It was a beautiful night and I thoroughly enjoyed spending time strolling along, holding hands and simply talking about nothing in particular.
2. S/he's baaaaaack:
3. Ellie managed to stay dry all morning yesterday. Brien had to go out and run an errand and the girls insisted they needed to go with him (ha!) and later, when he was putting Bean down for her nap he was changing her pull-up only to discover she had on underwear instead. !!! O.o!!! She made it dry the entire time.
4. Talking with my Aunt Hope today. I'm so terrible about talking on the phone to anyone, I really am. :sigh: But, she called and we had a lovely chat. It made me realize just how much I miss my family back home.
5. Lil's at a "Mad Science" birthday party this afternoon. So, really, this is sparkly 5a. She was invited by a little guy who isn't in her class this year but was last year and he wanted her to come. How sweet is that?
5b. Lil's at the party and I'm at home. Alone. Well, except for a sleeping Bean. And, while yes, it's true I have this during the week, the difference is, I have chores that have to be done. Today, I can just sit and veg and not feel a lick of guilt. She insisted her daddy needed to take her so he did.
6. I had a card recognized by the Paper Players this week. :o)