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C'est la Vie: Date Night Diary

I was really excited for date night this weekend. It's been a while since my hubby and I had been out alone and we needed to get away and have some fun. Maybe my expectations were too high. It could have been that we didn't have a plan. (You know I love a plan!) Whatever the reason, things weren't the perfect night I had envisioned...
Because I have no desire to paint a dark picture of any of the events, I will leave places un-named. You can fill-in-the-blanks for yourself. The night got a late start and we headed for the newest shopping mall. It has all the bells and whistles you could hope for from fountains to lighting, boutique shops and delicious dining. We already have a few favorite spots in this particular mall, but wanted to branch out and try something different. Perhaps this was mistake number one.

We rushed to choose a movie and on a whim thought "premium seating" - complete with dining room access - sounded like the best choice. My favorite part? The leather love seat that cradled us for the next two hours. And the air-conditioning. Kind of a toss up given the outdoor temperature was a solid 90 degrees. It was movie watching at it's finest. Sadly, the movie was terrible and the food was lack-luster. I may have set my expectations slightly too high for food served in stadium seating.

The movie will also go nameless. My only word to the wise is never assume anything. Apparently a PG-13 rating means very little which left plenty of room for off-color topics, inappropriate references, and plenty of language. Do not choose a movie on the fly. Take the time to check the ratings and reviews.

It was a not-so-pleasant reminder that date night doesn't have to be about spending money. I can think of lots of other dates that cost practically nothing that were way more fun than this one. And I hope that's an encouragement to you too. Sometimes I get this idea in my head that people who have the resources to drop $200 or more on date nights have more fun. It's just not true.

A great date night could be grabbing an iced coffee and walking around a lake. A great date night could be making an indoor picnic out of Chinese take-out. A great date night could be dancing in your candle lit living room. Only creativity is your limit... and if your creativity is in short supply go ahead and search online for "great no cost date night ideas" and see what you can find!

Have a free or nearly free date night idea? Please share!

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