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Saturday, January 30, 2010

What's your name again and why are you sleeping in my bed?

If you're a parent, you know that sometimes you forget a little bit about who you are. And if you are a married parent, sometimes it seems like you might have a roommate who keeps going in your wallet for money and occasionally asks to see you naked. Yup. Sometimes life interferes with really living and it's important to remember to make some time to re-connect.

B at Life in the BAT Cave is hosting a Date Night Giveaway. Seeing as it's been so long since Mike and I have been on a date and our cash flow is currently involuntarily restricted, I thought I'd toss my post into the ring.

To enter, you just have to blog about your favorite date night, then submit your link to B. If you don't have a blog, you can just tell your story by commenting on her blog. favorite date night. That's a tough one because really it has been about 100 years since we've gone on a date. Our standard fare is dinner and movie, followed by perusing the local bookstore -- Mike in the magazines and me in the mindless chick lit section.

Last summer, we did have a great night at Conner Prairie. Picnic spread, Symphony on the Prairie, terrifying hot air balloon ride. Ok, so maybe that's not a good choice for "best date night."

When I was pregnant with Annie, our date nights seemed to always end at Babies R Us, looking at the endless equipment we imagined our new baby would need. Now, we've graduated to Home Depot where we inevitably disagree on paint colors, light fixtures and which home repair project should take priority. Ooops, arguing. Not a good date night.

Sometimes we try things a little off the beaten path -- an art gallery exhibition, a college basketball game. And sometimes we just stay in.

Actually, that's a good one and something we haven't done in a long time. Feed the kids early, something easy like chicken nuggets or corn dogs. Put them all to bed (or at least confined to their rooms) around 8ish. Then we'll have sushi and one of those fancy desserts for two from the corner grocery store, watching a movie on Apple TV. And if I don't fall asleep before the end of the movie, I consider the date a success.

So there you go, B. Sushi, dessert, and a movie. All in the comfort of your own home, which is convenient in case your "roommate" does ask to see you naked.

(For some really good dating ideas, check out Just Heather's Alphabet Dating.)


Beth said...

Thanks for joining up! I'm not big on sushi but I'll take the movie and dessert!

Annie said...

umm mom ? u should sensor this blog 4 kids !!! cuz laney reads it !

Jenny McB said...

That's funny about home depot, same hot spot here in NH.

Joanne said...

Ahh but hopefully you will realize its about time you made time for you and Mike and seriously dating doesn't have to cost a lot of $$$$

I know its tough with children but spontaneous fun is the best - each of you should plan a day/evening for just you and spring it on the other - making sure children are farmed out and there are no surprises that cause angst.

There is a great show here in Canada called "Til Debt Do Us Part" - she is a finance guru but she preaches relationship rescue and is constantly challenging the people to find inexpensive or free couple fun.

LOL @ Annie

Cat said...

Not married, but every now and again when my son naps I get either sushi or a steak and treat myself. Every parent needs a break!

Shelley said...

We used to have date nights that included a steak and a movie...

Then we had kids and we started going to, say, Bob Evans. And then renting a movie.

Then the recession hit and now we have something from the Arby's dollar menu and watch a show we DVR'd earlier in the week.

But hey. It's a date.

lol, Annie!!!!!!!!