“At first an ordeal and then an accomplishment, the daily run becomes a staple, like bread, or wine, a fine marriage, or air. It is also a free pass to friendship.”
~ Benjamin Cheever, Strides

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Date Night, Old School

On Friday, my friend Deb sent me a text asking if Mark and I wanted a date night on Saturday.  Um.  Let me think...
Story time with Elmo is way more fun Mommy!
Saturday started early.  I had a fun morning running a 5K with a friend (a write up is coming soon!), and lots of time to think about what we would do for our Deb-granted date night.  So, what did we decide to do for our Saturday night date night?  We hung out at the mall.  Yeah, that's right.  The mall.  Remember when that was the highlight of your week???   Hanging out at the mall with friends, eating Cinnabon, spending money.  No?  Only me?

Mark and I have been talking about getting Avery a "big girl bed," after a couple of these incidents while he was in Ecuador gave me near-heart attacks.
What do you mean NO?
While we were on the subject of beds, I suggested that OUR bed could use some upgrading.  We still have the same Queen bed that we purchased 14 years ago when we first started living together.  I suggested we needed a King size one.  So, we toured the department stores looking at beds.

As we left the first Department Store, Macy's, a delightful aroma tantalized us both.  CINNABON.  We both mentioned how good that sounded and I suggested we share one.  I'm not sure the last time I had one of these things, but this one was delicious.  It was really hard NOT to steal Mark's share.
Why did I agree to share???
After our tasty treat we hit two more department stores, and stopped to have Mark's watch repaired.  (It needed some links out to fit his wrist).  Then, we decided dinner was in order.  Mark wanted to try the Mexican food place in the open-area part of our mall, and after some whining (because I had a long hike the next day, not because I dislike Mexican food), I agreed.

We both had margaritas - I had a pomegranate one.  The first change in the old school mall date.  Maybe it's just me, but all my previous mall days occurred before I was out of high school.
Adult mall days are infinitely better.
I got the Fajitas Tres for dinner.  Steak, chicken and shrimp wrapped in bacon for fajitas.  Yes, you read that right, shrimp wrapped in bacon.  One word.  Awesome.
Mmmm.  Bacon.  I did not put the shrimp in a fajita, they were perfect as they were.
On our way to dinner, I'd noticed a frozen yogurt shop in the mall and peeked at their topping options.  They had mochi.  While Mark was in Ecuador, I drove to three different nearby Frozen Yogurt places for the sole purpose of having mochi topping.  All three had "run out."  (Yet, when I went back a separate time, they were still out.  Liars.)  When I confirmed they still had Mochi,  I told Mark we were going there for dessert, and we did.
I will not share this one.
During dinner we actually talked about adult things.  It was kind of surreal.  We also decided to go back to Sears to get the mattresses we liked.  They will be delivered in a week.  YAY!

All in all, a very fun, yet simple, date night.  We did date night old school. We were also home by 9:30pm.  I know, we're such party animals!   I don't think my hike even suffered BECAUSE of date night, there was lots of suffering that had nothing to do with my eating habits from the night before, but that's a whole separate post.

When was the last time you spent a weekend night at the mall???

What is your favorite frozen yogurt topping?


  1. Will and I are also mostly home by 09:00 or 09:30, ha! We're also wild like that ;) . I've never seen mochi in my life...?

  2. Yay date night! Next time I want Mochi too! :)

  3. Date night!!! OH MY!! My kids are grown, and I still treasure those when they happen!! We went to Lowes to buy two flower pots, and then to Bob Evans.

  4. I don't think I've ever had a mall date? The malls in rural PA are so incredibly crappy. Also, I didn't date so much as hang out at parties with the flavor of the day.


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