When Jordan and I first start dating, we went on all sorts of fun dates — ice skating, sledding, picnics in the park, bowling, trips to the zoo, dinners downtown, glow-in-the-dark putt-putt. You name it, and we probably did it. As our relationship grew, our dates became more casual — movie nights, walks, dinner with our families. That’s only natural, I suppose. The better you get to know one another, the less you feel the need to impress each other. Fast forward 4+ years, and we’re married. Now, we have to work a little harder to plan fun dates. It’s easy to get comfortable with each other, to spend every night on the couch in our pajamas, to forget that sometimes it’s refreshing just to get out of the apartment.
It’s nice to get away from reality and have fun, just like we did in our early dating days, before we had bills to pay or “real” jobs to worry about (those were the days ). So last night, we did just that. On a random Thursday, we decided to go to a rock concert at a nightclub. Not exactly our usual scene, but we’re only young once, right?
Since we had some time to kill after work and before the concert, we went to one of our favorite Mexican restaurants for dinner. They have the creamiest guacamole — I could just eat it with a spoon.
After dinner, we made our way to The Vogue for the concert. It was our first time going there, so we didn’t realize that there would be a line wrapped around the building. Rookie mistake. We were thankful that we bought our tickets beforehand, because it ended up selling out!
Unfortunately, we got there a little too late to get a seat, so it was standing room only. Fortunately, we got there early enough to settle into a good spot near the stage.
The last concert that I saw was Taylor Swift, so I felt a little (okay, a lot) out of my element — but the opening bands, Midi Matilda and Oh no fiasco, were really good!
When it came time for the headlining bands, Shiny Toy Guns and The Dirty Heads, to come on stage, a lot of
drunk people crowded to the front (where we were standing). I guess I’m a little claustrophobic, because I was more than happy to give them my place at the front and go to the back of the room .
We decided to call it an early night (but at this point it was almost 11:00 pm) and head home. Even though the music wasn’t exactly what I expected it to be, we still ended up having a good time!
At the end of the night, we decided that we need to have more date nights like this one. Less familiarity, and more stepping outside of our comfort zone. Even though we’ve only been married for 7 1/2 months, I’ve found that it’s easy to get into a date night rut. It’s easy to get wrapped up in our own hobbies, on the opposite sides of the couch (blogging and video games), and wonder where the time went. Those one-on-one date nights are what strengthen our relationship, just as they did when we first started dating. We’re young, without kids, so we don’t have any excuses!
I’d like to make date nights a once a week tradition…I’m just not sure they will always involve grunge rock bands .
What are your thoughts on the importance of date nights?
What are some of your favorite date night ideas?