Saturday, October 30, 2010

Rolling With My Homey

This weekend, Cory and I had 24 blessed, childless hours.

I'm a big fan. I'm a real big fan.

There is something about connecting alone that cannot be precisely replicated in the presence of small people requiring assistance with tasks such as mealtime, bathtime, bedtime, everytime, anytime, and wiping.

There is much to be said for tending only to one's own needs, even if just for one brightly lit moment in time.

We didn't take a single picture, but being creatures of habit, our archives are fully able to pinch-hit.

As with most of our dates, this one began with Mexican food.

I wore this hat.

We thought we would split a mango margarita, but it arrived looking like a goblet of nacho cheese, so Cory had it all to himself. In lieu of a date-night beverage, I hooked up an IV to the salsa bowl and teetered out of the joint in a self-imposed tomato stupor.

From there we found ourselves splitting up for a half hour. One of us found a TJ Maxx. The other found a camera store, serendipitously right next door. The together-but-not date. I don't recommend this arrangement for the entire date, but history has taught me that racks of tank tops and Cory do not mix.

Having had less than three hours of sleep the night before, I fell asleep not once, but twice on the way to the movie. Both times Cory jolted me awake with what seemed at the time like very nonsensical questions. I felt like I was back in study hall, trying my best to look like I hadn't been sleeping with my face smooshed into my physics book when the bell rang.

The Social Network lived up to the hype in a big way. I loved every thing about it, and as my friend Holly said it best, it made our college years look like Vacation Bible School.

Back at the hotel, we were asleep by midnight (minus the kid, of course).

Scratch that. One of us was asleep by midnight. The other was saying things like, "Hey Honey - why do you think they titled the movie 'The Social Network'? Do you think it was a legal thing?" and "Did you think that Stanford girl was sort of strange looking?" and "Why do you think they went to such great pains to make ______ appear crazy?"

After three unanswered questions, I took a hint and drifted off into the blissful sleep that only comes when you know you will not be stripping bloody-nose sheets at 3 AM or making a bed on the couch for "I got a bad dweam" boy at 4 AM.

I dreamed that we were vacationing in Nassau, Bahamas. I have never been there, discussed being there, or even hoped to go there, so I have no idea where such specificity came from, but I can tell you this - It was dreamy.

We did not get out of bed until 10:30 the following morning.

Lunch was bowls of soup and that salad. You know the one.

Then the outlet mall, where I spent an entire hour in one store and lingered up by the cash register just to hear the totals racking up for the ladies with the high heeled boots and high maintenance hair.

I walked away with my new favorite sweater - dove grey, adequately gramps-ish and most importantly? On clearance.

Another stop at a camera store gave me a chance to sit in a quiet car and read.

It was a perfect day. We pretended that we're going to do this once a month, and even though we both knew it wasn't true, there's no one else I would rather dream big with.

29 comments:

  1. Do you every say "we aren't going to talk about the kids?" but it only lasts about three seconds? :) Sweet dates are the best, glad you got one!

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  2. Sounds perfect, especially the part where you said you got to sleep until 10:30. I don't even think I could if I tried! I thought the Social Network was a great movie as well. Hope you guys have a great Halloween!!

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  3. Sounds absolutely perfect! I am so glad you thoroughly enjoyed your time away!

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  4. Oh, that's lovely. Hubby and I shop pretty much the same way you and Cory do!

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  5. Good for you. Dates or time alone is very important to your relationship and in raising your family.

    Hope you do get to have at least one date a month.

    Love and hugs ~ FlowerLady

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  6. Sounds like you had a great date, no fights. :) I cracked up thinking of you lingering around the lady with the high maintenance hair.

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  7. sounds like a dreamy time:) I need that more often!! Next time see RED- I loved it!

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  8. How nice to hear you had a wonderfully day with the honey. PS I met Keir up at the local outlets for a belated October birthday treat. Ironic. XOXO Me

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  9. Where did you go? Michigan City? Sounds GREAT. Glad you had a good time!

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  10. That sounds like it was a perfectly wonderful time together. So glad you were able to have some down time. x

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  11. by the way, love the homeage to the Clueless era in your title;)

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  12. Thanks so much for the comment on my post!! Yeah it was tons of fun!! So glad you and your honey got to get away for a little time alone. So important! I have a very close friend that has 2 adopted boys and I have told her about your blog. I was with her the day it became final and it was so beautiful!:) Very special people you both are..love seeing your pics and reading your posts. God Bless and keep em' comin'. (That's Texas talk)haha

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  13. Glad you took some couple time... you need it when the kids are little and take so much care. We still do date nights... salsa and TJ sound like an excellent start.Party on, dude!
    PS Did you see The Help is coming to the big screen next year. I read about in People and hope it can measure up to the book.

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  14. Oooh, I'd love a dove grey sweater. :) Sounds poetic. Hehe.
    Hey! Just last month, I got to discover TJ Maxx for the first time (yeah, i know, unexperienced little me) with a friend and my sister. :) It was pretty dang cool, saw/tried on a few prs of heels but heck did I have money? Nope. :)

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  15. ahh that time - one on one with the hubby time - its SO SO nice, isn't it?!? we get it twice a year - on each of our birthdays... and i wait for it otherwise! It sounded wonderful:) and you said lunch was bowls of soup and THAT salad?!? no i don't know the one my friend - WHAT salad!?!? salad is my second favorite food (chocolate and hummus are tied for first, and salad ties for second with homemade pie, any homemade pie!) and i must know of a great salad i could possibly be missing out on! please do tell... :-)

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  16. Sounds like a wonderful, relaxing and romantic 24 hours. Does a marriage so much good!
    I saw that movie and had a panic moment, because I have two in college and that movie was set 10 years ago, so- what in the world is the college life like now?!? YIKES!!! I will just keep praying...

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  17. That sounds amazing!!! Now I can't stop singing Rollin' w/ my Homies : )

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  18. ACK! I'm just so happy that you got some sleep.

    And? Now I want salsa. And a gramps sweater. And salsa.

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  19. Awesome...sounds like a perfect date. Thanks for sharing it with ME! HA...love that pic of you holding up the sweater with only your eyes peeking out. Date nights are vital. We had one tonight...SO fun!!!!

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  20. Awwwwww....sooooooo sweet! So glad you had time to connect. Sooooooo important! Totally living vicariously thru you -- Note to self, MUST PLAN DATE NIGHT ASAP!

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  21. Time alone to reconnect with your spouse is a blessed thing.

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  22. I need one of those days with my honey. Man, we've gotta find a babysitter.

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  23. I love those kind of days!!
    Sounds perfect!!

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  24. Sounds like a wonderful time. Especially the mexican food... my husband will NOT try any food that is not "american", with an exception for pizza.

    You really put my Lowe's date night to shame!
    Chris

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  25. I'm trying not to covet and be envious :) But, I had a mini Saturday date "day" myself, complete with a $5 matinee of "The Social Network" and a BOGO dinner at Texas Roadhouse :) I'll definitely have to try the 30 minute separation for shopping. Could prove beneficial to us both.

    Glad you have been recharged! And gotta ask, what ya readin' now?

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  26. Oh I'm jealous. However, I worked up quite the proposition with my little sister for Date Night once a month. One night a month she keeps my kids while we go on a date & then we keep her kid while she goes on a date. A once a month date would be AWESOME! We haven't went overnight somewhere for awhile. I love overnight honey and me trips!

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  27. That sounds like a perfect date! And Sonic makes it even better.

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  28. i love knowing i get to sleep all night!
    this sounds like a really nice night.
    i love time away.
    :)

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