Sunday, August 23, 2009


My honey and I have been hitched now for 10 years. We try to always make it a priority to get away regularly, just the two of us, for a meal, a movie, a weekend in a city that has stores, 4 days on a far-away island...

I always assumed we would do something extra fun for our 10th anniversary.

But, Summer has conspired against us in many ways this year, and this was no exception.

Friday night, after Nana and Papa whisked the kids away for a blessed overnighter, I surprised Cory by pointing to some piles of bacon, lettuce and tomato and inviting him to make himself a sandwich or two.

It was our anniversary, after all, why not go all out?

Then, we were off to see Julie and Julia - the late showing! On the way, we drove under a beautiful, full rainbow. No picture to prove it (I know!) but we took it as a good omen. Well, I took it as a good omen. Cory believes there is no such thing as a good omen, and upon further consideration, I think he may be right. We'll call it a good sign, I guess, even though I don't believe in signs (or omens) and still think "omen" sounds much more poetic.

As I was saying - the movie! 4 huge thumbs up.

Afterward, we stopped by Applebees and shared a platter of nachos and I felt bad about our middle-aged waitress who seemed like she should have been elsewhere at 11 p.m. on a Friday night. We did what we could to improve the state of her evening and I tried to tell myself that maybe she has just really always enjoyed waitressing.

Then, I came home and penned a proclamation of Stanley Tucci's dreaminess. Just go see the movie and you'll agree that it couldn't have been helped. Cory was relieved that I did not blog about the fact that he may have loved the movie ever-so-slightly more than I did. He should know that I would not do such a thing.

We had big plans to spend the following day up in Michigan, visiting quaint towns, breezing through some antiques shops and second-hand bookstores, eating fancy food, etc... I was sure that I'd have scores of swoony pics to share.

Instead, we woke to a downpour.

Cory, feeling especially optimistic, grabbed The Beast, then spent the rest of the morning asking me if I could carry all umpteen pounds of it in my bag.

Hopeful that the weather would be clearer up North, we ventured to St. Joe, MI. The rain subsided long enough for us to make it into a deli for lunch. Just as we finished up, the skies cut loose, once again.

So much for leisurely strolls.

We dashed to the car, then headed Southward.

Cory tricked me by taking a route that pretty much required him to stop at his favorite camera store. Which do you think he should buy next - a wide angle, or a macro? I cautiously vote wide angle, though it is almost double the price.

In short, we spent the better part of our big day in the car. Thank goodness we had On a Clear Night and The Trumpet Child to keep us company. And Sonic.

Too full from lunch to eat a good dinner out, we returned home, worked on a few projects, kissed Ruby and Calvin's cheeks, put them to bed, ordered a pizza and watched the first two episodes of Mad Men - Season 2.

Proof positive that any day is a good day when you are celebrating the best decision you ever made.


  1. : )

    Julie M.

    ps my verification words were "pughisie" and "bactili" oooh...what will they think of next! "Quarunr!" Is that like a forunr..but from only a quarter of the distance???

  2. That is so sweet! I call Mr. Hughes my best decision! Happy Anniversary!

  3. Oh how sweet is that? And look at you sneaking in a picture of his bum. Thanks for that.

    We are celebrating #10 this coming April and even though we have long dreamed of going to Sonoma and buying me a fantastic saphire and diamond platinum estate style ring (oh maybe that was just me) it will probably be something more along the lines of Barnes and Noble and Red Robin.

    It's nice to see that when it comes down to it, it doesn't matter how you celebrate, it's that you do.

  4. Happy 10th Anniversary! Sounds like the perfect way to celebrate. You two make an adorable couple. Congratulations, Lori

  5. Happy Anniversary! Sounds like a perfect day to me. I love that I know and have been to the places you talk about. :-)

    LOVE Mad Men! What do you think Don was thinking about last night when he was watching the Maypole dance? That has me perplexed.

  6. Nice post, glad you were able to make the post of it, doing the things you loved today. And of course, secretly happy that you had a nice soundtrack to keep you company on the drive! :)

  7. Well..i think i will just let you have stanley all to'll be hard for me to give him up...but you deserve him.

  8. Happy Anniversary! Sounds like a wonderful weekend. :)


    Sounds like a wonderful day!

  10. Happy Anniversary! Your day sounds similar to the ones that we spend together...we have finally concurred that our time together doesn't matter so much WHAT we do, but rather, just that we ARE.

    Heres to 50 more years of marital bliss (to the both of us!)


  11. Happy Anniversary. You two are so cute holding hands with evidence of Sonic there:) Even though your plans changed it looks like you made the most of your precious time alone together. Here's to many many more anniversaries!! Can't wait to see that movie.

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  13. I think we saw that same rainbow on our way up to Mishawaka! It truly was a happy omen.

  14. Awww...Happy Anniversary!!

  15. It seems just like yesterday we first met the man who stole your heart and visa versa. Just wait until your 25th Shan,you will be packing 50# worth of Cory's equipment,if I know him like I think I do!!

  16. Sounds like my kind of way to celebrate! Happy 10 to you! :)

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