We’ve been slacking on the dates a bit over the past couple of months… probably because we’re hermits and hate winter! Why leave a perfectly warm house just to go out and make an appearance???
Truth be told… it just hasn’t been a priority for us lately because we have had a lot of other things on our minds. As you know, my husband spoiled me on our 20th anniversary and took me out for an evening in a limo. That night still blows me away.
We’ve also been planning our family camping trip, and we’ve begun planning our vow renewal, happening this summer. So a lot of things have been going on behind the scenes for BIGGER dates, rather than a series of smaller, monthly ones – which I am okay with.
However, we wanted to spend the day together for V-Day and you know I’m not a fan of an evening out on Valentine’s Day because it’s always busy and crowded, no matter where you go. So, when my husband and I started talking about it, we decided to do what we did last year, and go out for breakfast and see where the day takes us.
I’m so lucky that I can do this, as a freelancer!
We drove Caleb to school with the cupcakes I made for his class. Then we headed to one of our favourite breakfast spots: Maria’s Fifties Diner in Stoney Creek. The food is filling and delicious, the coffee is endless. We love the pictures of Elvis and Marilyn Monroe, and this time, Popeye cartoons were playing on the television, with oldies music playing (of course!).
The best breakfast is the one you don’t have to make or clean up after!
Afterward, we headed to the nearby mall and wandered. We love to people-watch, crack jokes and window-shop.
My husband decided we should go play pool somewhere, so we headed to the local bowling alley. This bowling alley has a fabulous upstairs lounge, which is where we held our wedding reception. I can’t lie, I wish they’d renovated it before our wedding but it was still a great day.
We weren’t hungry at all, thanks to breakfast, but we ordered a couple of drinks and shot a few games of pool. Of course, I lost. Yup, every game! I blame it on the fact that we had way more practice than I did (even if he was off to a shaky start!). Growing up, his family had a pool table in their home, and still had it when we began dating.
I knew a couple of weeks prior that the new Fifty Shades movie was due to come out that week. I suggested it and boom, we had a tentative plan to go and see it during school hours (no babysitter=WIN). Unfortunately, we weren’t so lucky this year as it wasn’t showing during the day. We had to make do and get tickets for an evening show.
I hit a snag when checking my Scene points online the day before. It was crushing to see someone in another city had redeemed my points to see the movie I wanted to see! I didn’t know what to do, and I’d panicked a bit. Thanks to the Scene-Fitbit app “Carrot Rewards”, I’d spent a lot of time racking up those points and they were suddenly gone!
I had to get in touch with Scene and Cineplex and explain the situation. Thankfully, they believed me in that someone else had redeemed my points. I had my card reset, my points reinstated and we got our tickets. For the first time, we tried getting them on Facebook through a Scene-Cineplex connector app that allows you to use Scene points to get tickets.
The app didn’t ask for my Scene password. This is how someone accessed my points. They guessed a random number and my account had what they needed. No password required. I’ve since reported that to Scene, so hopefully they change the app. I’m also very happy that I had the forethought to check my account before going to the theater!
After my losing streak in pool, we went to another mall to continue our people-watching and browsing. I love going through the week because it’s not busy, and once again, we bought nothing. Without saying it out loud, I think we were just trying to walk off breakfast because we both hit 10K steps!
I read all the Fifty Shades books a long time ago. The shocking part is that my husband also read them, and was almost as addicted. My husband does not read. He hasn’t read a book since high school (unless you count the one he started but never finished several years ago). I think it was a Star Trek book.
Fifty Shades Freed was really good, but as always, there are things they leave out when comparing movies to books. I won’t spoil it for anyone who hasn’t seen it yet.
We came home and said goodnight to the boys and got ready to watch the preliminary Canada-USA Olympic hockey game.
Neither Devin nor I are really into sports, so when I say, “I can’t wait for the hockey game!”, it sounds foreign, even to me. We have a deep love for Olympic hockey!
Did you do anything for Valentine’s Day? Whether it was an at-home date or you went out, tell me a bit about it!