After much thought, I've decided my word for the year is REST.
It seems a bit ironic considering "rest" is about as elusive to me as "Disney vacation" or "15-pound weight loss"... but that's where I've settled.
This weekend, I practically demanded Adam and I have a date night. (That's restful, right?) We spent Friday night and Saturday with some pretty awesome kids rehearsing for The Wizard of Oz, and then hit the movie theater for "The Imitation Game."
Have you seen it?
I'm still making up my mind but have decided it was "interesting." Other thoughts on the movie still spinning around in my head...
We ended with a quick dinner at Chipotle followed by a trip to the grocery store...which made me realize how very different our "hot dates" are now than when we first started dating.
More often than not, our date nights involve some sort of childless errand-running. Target. Home Depot. Grocery Store. Thus completely changing the meaning of "hot date".
It's funny how your expectations and desires change after you've been married for 15 years and have three rugrats...
Photo by LyndseyLewPhotography
Our first real date was to see the Peoria Symphony Orchestra. I'd never been to the symphony. Adam held my hand and tapped out the beat with his thumb. I found this terribly interesting, his innate ability to understand music. Somehow I think that's what endeared me to him at the start.
Now, when I think about date night, I almost always think of something comfortable and laid-back.
I suppose in some ways my attitude toward "dating" changes when I'm writing. In Paper Hearts, I can't imagine if Abigail and Jacob's first date was strolling down the aisles of the grocery store...
And yet, I find that rather endearing too.
It leaves me curious, though, as many things often do...what is your idea of a perfect date? And how has it changed over the years? From where I sit, pajamas and a "couch date" are awfully appealing...but am I the only one?
Jump over to my Facebook page and tell me YOUR ideal date. I can't wait to hear!