Date 1: Pajama Party
On New Year’s Day, I woke up in horrific pain. No, it wasn’t a hangover; I had somehow managed to strain my lower back. So, our initial kick-off date (a long hike) had to be revised. We opted instead for a movie night pajama party at home. It’s been more than a year since we ditched our DVD player and stopped renting movies so this was a rare treat. We watch a lot of documentaries but very few Hollywood flicks, and after this, I know why! We rented Equalizer 2 and it was not great; however, the snacks and company were. Total cost: 99 cents.
Date 2: Love You With All My Heart
Good health is a key component of a happy life so this week’s date focused on putting our hearts in the right place. We started the day with an unhurried heart-healthy breakfast at Panera – Quinoa Almond Oatmeal, a fruit cup, and a banana. To keep it frugal, we brought our own banana and our own cup (with a tea bag inside). This was our first time to try their oatmeal (at $4.59 a bowl, restaurant oatmeal is quite an extravagance for us!) but it was a date, and it was delicious! Breakfast was followed by a visit to Sam’s Club, where they were hosting a free health fair for members. Angie’s numbers were perfect. I think everyone in the store heard it when her pharmacy tech exclaimed, “these are the best numbers I’ve seen all day”. I guess all that
jumping around exercise pays off after all. I, on the other hand, could stand to do a bit more jumping. Let’s just say, there’s room for much improvement in the areas of cholesterol and BP. Though the numbers weren’t as great as I hoped, the date was, and it gives us something else to work on together. Total cost: $13.30.
Date 3: Bad Luck is Good for the Sole
If I were a conspiracy theorist, I might think that the Universe is out to get us. Of our three dates so far, two have not gone as planned. This time it was a trip to the Middle Tennessee Museum of Natural History that was thwarted by…of all things…our car! The battery died, which is not such a big deal, except that it died in my mom’s driveway in the middle of a rain storm. By the time we were able to swap it out, it was nearly 1 PM and the museum closes at 2 PM. We regrouped over lunch and decided on a Plan B date for the next day, brunch and indoor mini golf. But alas, when we woke up, it was snowing! Sure we can drive in the snow but who wants to?? So instead, we opted for a “spa date”. We made our own foot scrub, enjoyed a long relaxing foot soak, snacked on veggies, hummus, and mango smoothies (don’t let the cup fool you!), and watched a few tiny house/vanlife videos from the Youtube channel: Exploring Alternatives. At first, I was bummed by not “going out” but then Angie reminded me, it’s not about going out, it’s about spending time together. And that we did. Total cost: $0.
Date 4: We Rock!
Finally, a date that went as planned! Our library offers fun activities for all ages, most of which are free. This week, we visited the library for rock painting. People have been marking on rocks since the Paleolithic period but in recent years, it has become something of a popular pastime. We often find painted rocks while out on our walks and I believe you’re supposed to log them online (if they have a web address) or move them to a new location for someone else to find, but honestly, I don’t actually know. They just look cool and we wanted to paint one. So we did. Afterwards, we picked up our free pizza (courtesy of downloading the BOOST mobile app) from Papa John’s and headed home for lunch. Total cost: $3.47 (for the extra toppings).
Date 5: You Have a Glow About You
This week’s date was filled with new experiences, starting with lunch at First Watch. We had never been there, but at some time, I must have signed up for their birthday club because they sent me a coupon for a free entree. First Watch prides themselves on using fresh ingredients and they did not disappoint (though I could have used fewer onions). Angie and I both had the veggie burger, topped with smashed avocado. In all my life, I have never eaten an avocado. Once, I stuck my tongue to a chip with guacamole on the end but I never really tasted it. Now I have, and I can honestly say that I don’t see a lot of avocado toast in my future. Sorry avocado fans! After lunch, we went to Holder Family Fun Center – another place we’d never been before (though we have visited their bowling alleys) – to play a round of glow golf. I imagine that we’ll probably go back there again. They have a skating rink, bumper cars, old-school arcade games, and more. They even have the clown game we fell in love with on our last cruise. Yes, we really are just kids in larger packaging. Following our golf tournament, which I won, by the way, we went for a walk in the park. Total cost: $21.80.