Date with Slumdog

Not to imply that Scott is, or has ever been a slumdog. Or a millionaire. Unfortunately. The millionaire part, not the slumdog.

Okay then.

One of my (okay, our) goals this year is to plan more date nights. This has been something we've wanted to do regularly, yet they usually got pushed aside out of laziness I suppose. Instead of making an effort to arrange babysitting and planning an evening out, it's easier to just stay in our at-home-rut. We do realize though that couple time is important and we need to make the effort. So in a slightly over sized nutshell, one of our goals for '09 is to have a date night at least once, possibly twice a month.

Last month Scott and I had two race related dates which were fun. February started off with a somewhat spontaneous date night Friday afternoon when Annelise packed herself up for a sleepover at Pappo and Miss Peggy's.

She actually arranged this date night for us by begging inviting herself over. Is it so wrong to allow a small child to manipulate others? I'm thinking in certain circumstances, nope.

Scott and I jumped at the chance to go to dinner and see a movie (we aren't big out-of-the-box thinkers, are we?). We decided to eat Mediterranean food since it's not something we eat as a family very often (A. has tried it, but is not a fan).

A few things:

Scott took our self-portrait. On one hand, I'm glad he is usually a good sport about posing for pics in public and that he puts up with my need to document everything, on the other hand I wish he had held the camera up a bit higher as low, dead-on is not my best angle.

Our first choice for Mediterranean food is another local restaurant which has a quaint but quirky atmosphere. This one was new to us, offered a buffet so we could try several different things, and was close to the theater. (Scott can not miss the previews. NOT, I tell you.) The food was good, but there was no atmosphere at all, which even Scott reflected upon. That says a lot.

This place also used to be a Macaroni Grill, which was my favorite place to eat Italian food. I'm still forlorn and a smidge bitter about its closing, though it happened several years ago. Sometimes my elephantish memory works against me.

As we began to eat I had an epiphany. Since we were going to see Slumdog Millionaire, we should have been eating Indian food.


Not that we've EVER eaten Indian food or anything, but that would have been the perfect opportunity. Oh well, the Mediterranean isn't too far from India, is it?

We posed for another SP in front before we went in theater. Scott was rushing me because people kept walking by and probably wondered what we were doing. He has not quite mastered the art of staring people down, I think.

We thoroughly enjoyed Slumdog Millionaire. It's very eye-opening about life in India. It manages to be suspenseful, uplifting, brutally honest, even disturbing, but overall I highly recommend it.

There was a brief moment, once the movie let out, that we considered seeing another one right after. Do we walk on the wild side or what? We used to do that from time to time back in the day. The day of course being pre-A., pre-fuddy-duddy stage. Though we really wanted to see The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, we didn't think we could last through a 3 hour movie that would not release us until after 1:00 am. I know, we're wimps.

So we settled for these instead.

We quickly decided we had made the better, and tastier choice.


  1. yummy yummy ice cream! Sounds like a great date night!

  2. What fun!!! Scott is such sport! I think Trey would have given me one of his "you have got to be kidding me!' looks with the SPTs~

    Oh, I so wish Trey and I had a family member close to help us with date nights- oh, well netflix will have to do for now!

  3. Aw, this was cute. From one whose child often invites himself over to grandparents, I have no problem with it! Thanks to that, we actually have money to spend on date nights instead of just paying the babysitter.

    P.S. Have you shown us that green bag before? Because, um, CUTE!!

  4. oh man- what kind of ice cream is that & where did you get it? It is extremely important that I find out...

    what a fun night- I love the picture of the two of you- that's a keeper! what's up with macaroni grill closing???? that is just wrong & cruel!?

  5. We are VERY thankful that my dad and Peggy are willing to occasionally watch/keep A. (that makes her sound rather like a pet, sorry). We tallied up how much a full price movie was ($18.00), dinner ($25.00) and then ice cream (not sure, but maybe $8.00??) and then to pay a babysitter (which I don't even know what the going rate is) on top of that--well my goodness that's a LOT. We would not be able to do that as often because of the $$$. So, yes, we are grateful.

    Patsy: That ice cream was from Marble Slab, which is right next to the movies. Scott got vanilla with Heath bits and I got coffee ice cream (no surprise) with Heath bits. YUM!!

  6. Date nights are so essential!! Glad you've had three dates this year so far! :o) and the dessert at the end, yummy. The ice cream isn't too bad either....

  7. Fun! I really want to see that movie. We have a Valentine's date night planned and we (unfortunately) don't have any family nearby. Going rate here is $12-$15 per hour...added to cost of dinner and it gets pricey. Thus the reason I don't mind staying at home in my pjs with a bowl of popcorn.

  8. date night!!! i wish they weren't so pricey- i try not to tally it up when we do the whole sha-bang. :)

    ice cream!!!! those look so good. and that movie sounds a ton better than what we saw recently- we went and saw "push" last night... ick. :)

  9. Randy and I need to schedule more date nights too. I think it's laziness on our parts that we stay home to watch movies together most of the time. I think going to dinner and a movie at least once a month isn't too much to aspire to.

    Your desserts look so fabulous!!

  10. Coffee with Heath bits is one of my faves - have you tried Ben and Jerry's? It's downright sinful!!

    Cute SPs.

    I look forward to date nights too but you are so right - the expense quickly adds up!

  11. I don't think I've ever commented on your blog before. But I had to give a shout out to Scott and his Aggie Ring! Gig 'em!

  12. I loved Slumdog Millionaire. I love Indian food, we should have thought of that! Good for you on the self-portraits.

    Now, that dessert! Holy crap, I want it. Now. And your purse.


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