Monday, June 8, 2015

Date Night

No matter how busy life gets, I whole-heartedly believe that every relationship needs "date night". And "date night" should be a routine. "Date night" doesn't have to be a fancy night out over a plate of surf-and-turf. It doesn't have to be a night out at the movies. "Date night" is about breaking the routine, and spending time together as a couple.

I think a routine "date night" is especially important once you start to have children. Not saying it's easy by any means...but every relationship needs 1:1 time away from the day-to-day stressors!

Here are my favorite "date nights":

1. Happy Hour, Gelato, and a walk. One of my favorites is going to North, an Italian restaurant in the foothills of Tucson with a gorgeous patio. They have half-priced wine for HH. We share a few appetizers (marghertia pizza...caprese salad...) And then we go for a walk, and finish off the evening with a small gelato. Lots of variety, decadent eats, and fresh air.
2. Evening coffee dates. Another one of our favorites is on 4th avenue of Tucson, which is an artsy/college part of town. There is a coffee house/bar called CafĂ© Passe, which often has life music in the evenings. We will walk around the little vintage shops, and go there for espresso, live music, and some insanely good people watching.
3. Cooking dates. Okay, so this is a "home date" - but it still breaks the usual. So it counts. We will go to the farmers market or the local butcher, and pick out what catches our eye. Then we will research a new recipe. Open a bottle of wine or perhaps a new type of beer, and spend the evening cooking a recipe together. Last time we had one of these nights, we made a new curry. These top my favorite date nights!

Our most recent date night:
We went to a sports bar, called "The Fox and the Hound". Shared a plate of nachos, and had a few beers. Very simple. Quite cheap. Lots of fun.

Our next date:
Thursday night is our night together this week! So the plan is to do a "cooking date" - where we grill a new recipe (stay tuned). And then after dinner, we have plans to walk to the gastropub up the street and meet some friends for live music and an after dinner drink!

What are your favorite date nights? Are you big on going out? Or do you prefer the fun nights in? My favorite are the nights in :).

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Weekly Review

The high of my week was a tie between 2 evenings.
Wednesday - having Happy Hour with my friend Kristy on Wednesday night and catching up.
Thursday - having a date night with Ryan after not seeing him all week. Life is pretty crazy right now, so we went to our favorite sports bar, had nachos and beer, and caught up on life. Simple but exactly what I needed.

The low of my week was rough this week! We had 2 people out on vacation, so having to do their work in addition to mine made for some long days!

My favorite outfit was This one! It was fun, springy, and comfortable. It's a battle to look "summer-y", but still able to bear the rigid 67 degree temps of my office....


For my workouts, I completed:
Monday - I power walked Miles for 2 miles, and did a 20 minute crossfit work out: 5 pull-ups, 20 push-ups, 25 weighted squats. No stopping!
Tuesday - Track workout - 16 x 400's, getting faster every grouping of 4. Butt kicker!!
Wednesday - Lifted Back & Bi's, Swam 1600 m (100 m sprints)
Thursday - Ran 9 miles
Friday - slept and slept and slept...sooo tired!
Saturday - Ran 8.5 super hilly and hot miles
At the end of this run, we ran to the top of this hill (it's a CRAZY incline). Such a reward getting to the top!
We always run up the hill, down the backside, and through the tunnel coming back. The tunnel is kind of a fun treat at the end of the run :)

Sunday - cycled 40 miles with my girls. Again, very hilly but awesome! (it's really hard to bike around Tucson without hills since we are in a mountainous valley...)

What I cooked - Ryan was not home most of the week, so I had many "salad/cheese/cracker meals". My most significant recipes were....Sweet Potato Tot Hotdish and S'mores Bars I made for Ryan to bring into work Sunday. I hate the word "tater", so refuse to refer to it as "tater tot hotdish". It's one of Ryan's favorite meals, and I loathe it. So make it for him to bring to work.

The best money I spent was $23 on my pedicure yesterday. I haven't had a Pedicure since May of 2014. Saturday after 2 hours of running errands, I decided to treat myself to a pedi. I would have been okay if she had just massaged my feet the entire time, and skipped the whole "toenail clipping/painting". :)

My plans this weekend included:

Pretty low key since Ryan's flew swing shift Sat & Sun nights.....

Friday night I got home and was spent, so Ryan poured us a glass of wine and we vacation planned.
Saturday - Ran with the girls, went to Starbucks with Ryan, did some shopping, spent the rest of the day running errands and doing work around the house until 9 pm!! Day went WAY TOO FAST!
Sunday - Biked 40 miles with my girls, went to church, and then went to a friend's house for a pool day/bbq. Finished my day taking Miles for a nice sunset walk.

What were your week's highlights?