21 Mar

Winter Bucket List Reassessment

It’s officially SPRING! Though this literally freezing weather is still a bit too wintery to declare spring truly sprung in Windsor. It’s been snowing for the last few days and the weather doesn’t look like its getting warmer any time soon.

I don’t mind too much though. I don’t think I’m ready for warm weather just yet. I’m just happy that the days are so much longer.

And now it’s time to take a look back at the Winter Bucket List I set out for myself way back in December.

Bake a Panettone (Check!)

Panettone

My favourite Italian yeast cake!

I considered doing a fun variation but instead I stick with a traditional recipe filled with raisins and candied citrus peel that I soaked in lots and lots of coconut rum.

I made the panettone for Tina’s birthday back in February.

Go Ice Skating (Not really)

"Skating for Tina's Birthday"

Did I go skating? Well, not technically. The night we planned on going out it had snowed so much that the rink was full of snow and there was a cleaning crew clearing it so we went out drinking instead (makes total sense, eh?).

We headed out back to the ice much, much later but everyone was too cold to put their skates on, save for one brave soul.

Make a Soufflé (Check!)

Souffle

Once I purchased a soufflé dish I was ready and willing to make a kick-ass soufflé. I went with a recipe for Herb and Goat Cheese Soufflé from the cookbook Keys to the Kitchen by Aida Mollenkamp which turned out SO delicious and fluffy and I couldn’t wait to make another.

. . . but then I dropped my brand new soufflé dish and it shattered into a million pieces. So that was the end of soufflé making for Sam.

But, on the bright side, Aida Mollenkamp commented on my blog post so it was pretty much worth it. Wicked awesome.

Enjoy a Warm, Crackling Fire

Never happened. Wah wah waaaaaaah.

Build a Snowman (check!)

Snowman!!

Totally did! And I did it in my front yard where the whole neighbourhood wondered what the fuck I was doing on my hands and knees, rolling balls of snow.

In the process I learned that making snowmen is a fun way to clear the driveway.

Watch The Muppet’s Christmas Carol (check!)

Muppets Christmas Carol! Favourite Movie

Damn right I did! It’s my favourite Christmas Movie.

Matt and I watched it for our December Date Night when our downloaded version of The Dark Knight Rises turned out to be a dud. Yes, we really did go from The Dark Knight to The Muppets.

 

So all in all I managed to get 4.5/5 bucket list wishes crossed off this winter. Next year I’m gonna cross them off all in one shot. I’ll go skating then warm up by a crackling fire whilst watching Muppets Christmas Carol and eating souffle and panettone for dessert. Why didn’t I think of that this year?

03 Jan

Date Nights: Basement Tailgating and Movie Night

Props to Matt and I for getting in 2 date nights in one month! One weekend as a matter of fact. (I guess it was a slow weekend on our social calendar.)

Our October date night didn’t actually happen until November, so we were pressed to have 2 dates in the ever-so-hectic month of December.

These date nights were very low-key and involved staying in and chilling in front of the TV. Sounds like most people’s weeknights, but we don’t really watch TV together so, yes, it was an event.

On a Saturday night we had a movie night where we made popcorn and tea and settled into watching The Dark Knight rises together.

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Except The Dark Knight didn’t rise since the version we downloaded was a dud. So instead we watched The Muppets’ Christmas Carol!

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I swear I didn’t sabotage the Batman movie. (Really, I didn’t!) But I can’t say I wasn’t thrilled to watch the Muppets instead.

Date night and knocking off an item from my Winter Bucket List? Peeer-fect!

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The next day, Matt and I had an afternoon date of a home tailgate party. I cooked up some mini grilled cheese sandwiches, and some baked chicken wings, which Matt loved (yay!). . .and we watched the Lions game.

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I’ll reluctantly admit that football is growing on me now that I’m learning more about how the game is played, and who the players are, and which teams are good and which ones are crap. Weeks ago, I even called Minnesota to make the playoffs, which BTW, they did.

I used to not give a shit at all and now I’m mildly interested. But only in the last couple of minutes. And only if the score is close.

You all should be impressed (and by ‘you all’ I mostly mean Matt. . . and maybe my dad).

It’s funny the things you can learn if you actually pay attention when your husband talks about football.

The Lions lost. Surprise, surprise.

It’s nice that we got in our date night in December because now that the playoffs are coming up I’ll be a football widow for the next couple of weekends.


Date of the Month Club

Check out other posts in the Date of the Month club, where Matt and I go on one special date every month of 2012:

January – Bookstore Scavanger Hunt
February – Board Game Night
March – Bowling
April – Detroit Walking Tour
May – Colasanti’s
June – Picnic
July – Next Restaurant
August – Detroit Tigers Baseball Game
September – Detroit Institute of Arts
October – Wine Tasting

26 Nov

Date Night: Wine Tasting

It’s November. It’s practically December, actually, and Matt and I just yesterday managed to go on our October Date of the Month: wine tasting at some local wineries for their Taste the Season holiday open houses.

So we haven’t exactly been very good about making time for each other, I guess. On weeknights we usually do our own thing. I read or bake or practice guitar while Matt plays video games. On weekends we spend a lot of time together, but it’s usually in the company of other people.

In fact, our date for this month ended up being with other people, at least partially.

Yesterday morning my dad and his girlfriend mentioned that they were planning on hitting the local Essex County wineries too, so of course we had to meet up with them.

Matt and I like wine tasting. Matt has a particularly good palate and can point out flavours in wines to a T. I, on the other hand, rely heavily on the description of the flavour notes. I’ll read the label and if it says, cherry notes then I might taste cherry. Maybe.

I’m like a wine-tasting Neanderthal. “Yum! Taste Like Wine!”

We’ve done tastings in Santorini, in Niagara-on-the-Lake, and in Essex county numerous times. It’s the best to go during open houses or special events because you get free tastings and, if you hit up enough wineries, then you’re bound to get shitfaced on good wine free of charge.

So it sucks when you have to be the driver, like Matt was yesterday.

Planning the RoutePlanning out which wineries to hit up.

Muscedere

We started at Muscedere Vineyards where we sampled nearly all their red wines: a pinot noir, a meritage, a syrah, and a cab sauv. Everything but the baco noir, because, to my taste buds, baco noir tastes like crap.

The Cabernet Sauvignon was my favourite. It had a really nice finish. Their red wines are pretty steeply priced, but we snagged a bottle for Matt parents for Christmas.

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Erie Shores

Next we hit up Erie Shore Vineyard. They have a super tiny tasting room which was packed with a million people (approximately 8 people, but, ya know, it felt like a lot).

We tried a couple of their whites and a couple of reds. They have a killer Riesling, but we bought a bottle of their Chardonnay which was good, and made better by the fact it was on sale for $8.

They also served a bunch of little treats as well, like Apricots in Riesling which were delicious (note to self: soak dried apricots in riesling).

Erie Shores

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I took pictures outside, because inside it was crazy crowded

Sprucewood Shores

We met up with my dad and Silvia at Erie Shores and then headed down the street to Sprucewood Shores. They always have a really great set-up at the open houses with lots of wine and food to sample.

At this point in the day, I had so many tastings (read: I had a real nice buzz going) that I can’t really remember any of the wines that I had at Sprucewood. I vaguely remember a rose that had a really nice strawberry taste.

I do recall that there were 3 kinds of soup (the apple and squash was delicious) and mulled wine which was a perfect way to cap off the afternoon.

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We finished the day off by having dinner at my dad’s house and then we went home and watched Casino Royale which I had never seen before (yes, I know it’s, like, 6 years old).
I’m happy that we finally got to go on our October date, but now we have 2 dates that we have to do in the ever hectic month of December.

Date of the Month Club

Check out other posts in the Date of the Month club, where Matt and I go on one special date every month of 2012:

January – Bookstore Scavanger Hunt
February – Board Game Night
March – Bowling
April – Detroit Walking Tour
May – Colasanti’s
June – Picnic
July – Next Restaurant
August – Detroit Tigers Baseball Game
September – Detroit Institute of Arts

11 Oct

Date Night: Detroit Institute of Arts

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Matt and I managed to squeeze in our September Date of the Month right at the end of the month. We went back to Detroit (last time we went to see the Tigers game) and this time headed to the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Detroit Institute of Arts (11)Grand Hall at the DIA

Both Matt and I have never been to the DIA before. We parked in a lot behind the building and headed toward the rear entrance. I pointed out the sign that said “Group Entrance Only”, but Matt shrugged it off and said that other people were going in that way. So we walked right in, strutted past a security guard like we owned the place and ended up right inside the gallery without paying admission. After a brief debate about the negative karma of sneaking in, we headed to the front entrance and ponied up the cash for tickets. It’s only $8 anyway.

DIAI really liked how the rooms were designed to coordinate with the art inside them (like a room for medieval art designed to looks like a church, very cool).

I was thoroughly impressed with the collections. We spent most of our time in the Eurpoean paintings collection– which is the largest collection in the gallery I think– particularly the medieval and renaissance works which I think both of us find the most interesting.

In the European Modern Art collection we managed to find some famous impressionist artists like Van Gogh, Picasso, Cezanne, and Matisse.

We quickly scanned through contemporary art, though both of us are critical and find this type of art frustrating and then briefly visited the Islamic and Asian collections before the museums doors closed.

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Detroit Institute of Arts (22)This was one of my favourite pieces, though I can’t remember what it is

Detroit Institute of Arts (20)Matt is not impressed with Picasso’s work.

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The building itself is a work of art, really.

After the Detroit Institute of Arts, we walked over to a vegetarian restaurant called Seva close by. I was detoxing so I wanted a place with lots of options for me, and surprsingly Matt was game for this place. I showed him the menu online and he thought it looked promising. When we got there it was quiet (also, it was 5pm) but when we left, the place was nearly packed.

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This general tso’s cauliflower was omg amazing (and probably not cleanse friendly, what with the sugary sauce and all).

I wanted dessert, but instead I ordered fresh carrot, apple, and ginger juice. It was good. It wasn’t dessert obviously but it was good.

The night was still early when we got back home so we watched Snow White and the Huntsman (not great, don’t bother) and then went to bed.

Another fun date night 🙂

Date of the Month Club

Check out other posts in the Date of the Month club, where Matt and I go on one special date every month of 2012:

January – Bookstore Scavanger Hunt
February – Board Game Night
March – Bowling
April – Detroit Walking Tour
May – Colasanti’s
June – Picnic
July – Next Restaurant
August – Detroit Tigers Baseball Game
October – Wine Tasting

26 Aug

Date Night: Tigers Game

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Technically, we missed out on our July Date of the Month. I had intended for use to go to the Detroit Zoo but I made our date of the month cards at Christmas long before our trip to Greece was planned or our tickets to Next Restaurant were purchased. But given all the dates Matt and I had together in July, I wasn’t disappointed about missing the zoo.

For August, our date night was to a Detroit Tigers baseball game.

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Matt bought tickets for a Wednesday night when the Tigers were playing the Blue Jays because he’s a bit of a Blue Jay fan. I, on the other hand, don’t follow baseball. But since I’m Canadian and actually lived in Toronto for a while I picked he Jays to root for. Baseball is decidedly more fun when you’re actually cheering for a team.

Our seats were close to right outfield but right behind the foul post.

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But luckily in the mostly-sold-out park there were empty seats beside us so I was able to move a few seats over so I could actually see the field.

Not that it made much of a difference in my ability to follow the game.

I only have a basic knowledge about how baseball is played so I managed to make an ass out of myself several times throughout the evening by asking dumb questions like “Why is that guy on first base so old?!? He’s geriatric!” (it was the first base coach) or by cheering at inappropriate times.

Me: “Wahoo!”
Matt: “Who are you going for again?”
Me: “The Blue Jays. We just got a run!”
Matt: “No. He was out. You have no idea what’s going on do you?”

Um. Yeah.

Whatever, I was just there for the hot dogs. And nachos.

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There were quite a few Toronto fans in the crowd, not surprising for a game played in Detroit. One of them sitting two rows ahead of us didn’t wait until his 8th beer to start embarrassing himself (and Toronto fans in general) by heckling the Tigers players like a true douchebag. I don’t get hecklers, really I don’t. If you know so much about baseball then why aren’t you playing MLB? I’d like to see you try. Or, better yet, how would you like it if came to your job and start yelling at you when you screw up?

“You suck douchebag heckler! How does it feel to have the worst sales conversion in the office?! You couldn’t hand in a report on time if you tried!”

Or something to that effect.

Douchebag heckler was on a double date. I told Matt that if a guy took me to a baseball game then proceeded to shout rude things to the players I would never see him again. I don’t have a lot of ‘non-negotiables’, but the ability to hold youself back from shouting criticisms to people who are better at shit than you are is definitely one of them.

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Luckily Matt doesn’t heckle. And that’s why we’re happily married (ya know, among other things).

In the end the Jays lost by 1, which disappointed me for 2 milliseconds before I remembered that I don’t follow baseball anyway.

It was a good night.


Date of the Month Club

Check out other posts in the Date of the Month club, where Matt and I go on one special date every month of 2012:

January – Bookstore Scavanger Hunt
February – Board Game Night
March – Bowling
April – Detroit Walking Tour
May – Colasanti’s
June – Picnic
July – Next Restaurant
August – Detroit Tigers Baseball Game
September – Detroit Institute of Arts
October – Wine Tasting 

 

05 Jul

Date of the Month: Picnic

Picnic Date

It was almost impossible to squeeze in a Date of the Month for June. With me being out of town one weekend and him being out of town another weekend, then with Father’s Day and Canada Day we just had too much going on to be able to spend an entire day together on our original date that was planned. So we did a little switcheroo with our date for July a much more manageable, weeknight date – a picnic.

Picnic Date

We packed up our picnic basket with pulled chicken sandwiches that Matt made earlier that day from this recipe, some apple & pear cake that I made from this recipe, and a bottle of my favourite beer– Iron Spike Copper Ale– that Matt picked up from the brewery in St. Thomas last weekend.

Norwegian Apple Cake

We had plans for later in the night to go see Brave with Tina so we had our picnic close to home at a highly under-utilized park.

After reading one of Chuck Klosterman’s pop culture essays on time travel (well worth the read if you have the time) from the book Eating the Dinosaur we spent most of our dinner discussed the theories and purposes of travelling through time. It was a discussion which I’m pretty sure Matt didn’t appreciate since he claimed he would want to go back in time solely to stop the whole conversation from ever happening to begin with.

So that’s the last time we discuss anything remotely philosophical. Well, at least the food and the beer were good.


Date of the Month Club

Check out other posts in the Date of the Month club, where Matt and I go on one special date every month of 2012:

January – Bookstore Scavanger Hunt
February – Board Game Night
March – Bowling
April – Detroit Walking Tour
May – Colasanti’s
June – Picnic
July – Next Restaurant
August – Detroit Tigers Baseball Game
September – Detroit Institute of Arts
October – Wine Tasting 

 

28 May

Date of the Month: Colasanti’s

On Saturday morning, Matt and I went on our Date of the Month for May to Colasanti’s Tropical Gardens in Ruthven.

Colasanti's

If you’re not from the area Colasanti’s is pretty impossible to explain. It is part petting zoo, part plant retailer, part amusement park, and part banquet venue that happens to make really good doughnuts and fried chicken, and it’s all housed within a greenhouse. It’s exactly as eclectic and ridiculous as it sounds but if you’re from Essex County then Colasanti’s is totally normal and somehow makes sense.

Colasanti's doughnut

Truthfully, I go for the doughnuts.

So Matt and I wandered around the petting zoo area, hung out with the goats, and checked out the tropical birds.

Me and a Goat

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This little guy spent about 20 minutes trying to eat this sign. Ahh, goats.

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Afterwards we searched for some plants for the house and picked out a couple of bridal veil hanging baskets for the front porch and a citronella plant to keep the mosquitoes away. The plants are pretty reasonably priced, but they seem to stock less and less every year.

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We stopped for a doughnut or six (relax, we didn’t eat all six, though it did take some willpower) and then headed out.

Colasanti's doughnuts

So it wasn’t exactly the most exciting of dates, but it gave us something to do besides sit in the basement watching The Game of Thrones. Plus the weekends in May have been so busy for us that I think that without the date night (or day in this case) we wouldn’t have gone anywhere together at all! Plus, ya know, we got doughnuts so it was still kinda awesome.


Date of the Month Club

Check out other posts in the Date of the Month club, where Matt and I go on one special date every month of 2012:

January – Bookstore Scavanger Hunt
February – Board Game Night
March – Bowling
April – Detroit Walking Tour
May – Colasanti’s
June – Picnic
July – Next Restaurant
August – Detroit Tigers Baseball Game
September – Detroit Institute of Arts
October – Wine Tasting 

 

12 Mar

Date of the Month Club: March

Time for another Date Night.

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March’s card turned out to be a bowling date, so we headed to Bowlero, slightly earlier than the high school “rock ‘n bowl” crowd (side note: man, I loved rock ‘n bowl as a teenager), for a couple of games.

March Date Night

I’ve always been a crappy bowler. In my worst game ever I bowled a whopping 5.

I have also always been a bad loser, so combining the two meant that as a kid I was a bit of an asshole to bowl with and I wasn’t a huge fan of the sport.

I started to grow out of that when I would rock ‘n bowl with my friends as a teenager, and I found my ineptitude more comical than anything.

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It’s been about 4 or 5 years since the last time I bowled, so it was fun to go out and play again and I think it made a good date night.

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The first game started out ok. I managed to get into the groove of bowling again and got a couple of spares. I ended up with a respectable (for me, anyway) 76 points. Matt got 96.

In our second game I hit the highest score I’ve ever had: 111.

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(I’m the first S, Matt is the second S for ‘Stinky’)

 

March Date Night

We finished the night off with some coffees at Starbucks and discussed what character each of us would be portrayed as if we were on a reality TV show. I figured Matt would be played off as slightly arrogant but funny and likeable. Matt said I could go both ways, and the producers would either see me as a competitive bitch or a total sweetheart. That sounds about accurate.


Date of the Month Club

Check out other posts in the Date of the Month club, where Matt and I go on one special date every month of 2012:

January – Bookstore Scavanger Hunt
February – Board Game Night
March – Bowling
April – Detroit Walking Tour
May – Colasanti’s
June – Picnic
July – Next Restaurant
August – Detroit Tigers Baseball Game
September – Detroit Institute of Arts
October – Wine Tasting 

 

01 Mar

Date of the Month Club: February

Our first Date of the Month Club for January was an awesome bookstore scavenger hunt.

February’s didn’t quite work out according to plan.

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Our date of the month was supposed to be tobogganing and yet the entire month of February went by without enough snow for tobogganing to be possible. Any time the snow fell it would melt away within a day.

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I was hopeful that this weekend would be the weekend that we could finally go tobogganing but the 10-15cm of snow that were expected for Friday turned into a light dusting on the ground that melted the same day.

The unseasonably mild temperatures in SW Ontario this winter have been baffling. What happened to the thundersnows and 20cm blizzards of last February, when my car was spinning out on the 401 from all the snow? And every February prior to this there has been enough snow for snowmen, snow days, and salt covered roads.

This February I was doing yardwork. In a sweater. It was practically November.

February Date Night – Board Game Night

So needless to say the tobogganing date didn’t happen. Which sucked, because how fun would that have been? Instead we had a Board Game Night.

We don’t have a lot of board games that are fit for only two players, so we settled on Trivial Pursuit – Genus Edition. For those of you in the board game know, you’ll recognize this as the original Trivial Pursuit, circa 1981 (ie. before I was born)

Because the game is so goddamn old, the questions are intense. Especially when it pertains to pop culture which, 30 years later, is no longer “pop”. Most of them left us asking “Who the fuck?”

The Entertainment and the Arts & Literature questions are ancient and, since I know nothing about the likes of Ingrid Bergman or Gone with the Wind or Charlotte Bronte, these questions are impossible to answer.
In the end of the game Matt and I ended up tied with 5 pieces and needed an A&L and Entertainment piece, respectively. We tossed the game rules out the window and just rapid fired questions to each other until one of us finally answered something right.

Then we gave up on the game and just watched The Game of Thrones.

In summary:
I need to invest in a version of Trivial Pursuit from my lifetime. And where the hell was all the snow this month?


Date of the Month Club

Check out other posts in the Date of the Month club, where Matt and I go on one special date every month of 2012:

January – Bookstore Scavanger Hunt
February – Board Game Night
March – Bowling
April – Detroit Walking Tour
May – Colasanti’s
June – Picnic
July – Next Restaurant
August – Detroit Tigers Baseball Game
September – Detroit Institute of Arts
October – Wine Tasting 

 

15 Jan

Date of the Month Club: January

I bought Matt Star Wars Episodes IV – VI on Blu-Ray for Christmas and, even though I knew he would love it, I didn’t think that it was a particularly remarkable or romantic gift.

Matt bought me a knife for Christmas so the prosaicness goes both ways, I suppose. Granted it was a really really good knife that cuts through bread like butter (which is really saying something because most of my knives don’t even cut through butter like butter) and I love it.

Anyway, for Christmas this year I decided to give Matt an extra gift and lay the cheesiness on really thick too:

1 Date per Month for the next 12 Months. Like a “Date of the Month” club, although I didn’t call it that when I gave it to him. I came up with that embarrassing moniker about 3 seconds ago.

I had seen posts on the Internet of people doing the “12 Dates of Christmas” where they would go on 12 dates with their bf/husband before Christmas but I wondered who the hell has time to go on that many dates in a month, especially December! (though I’m pretty sure that was the point of the whole 12-dates-of-xmas-thing, but whatever) I just played on that idea and switched it up to one date a month for all of 2012, which is much more doable.

I came up with 12 date ideas ranging from moderately amusing to super-duper fun(!), I bought a bunch of blank cards and envelopes from Michaels, and I wrote down each date on a different card and put it in a different envelope for every month of the year.

Comme ça:

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Now I can’t for the life of me remember what dates I put in what envelopes so it will be a fun surprise for both of us every month.

January Date Night – Bookstore Scavenger Hunt

We decided to do our first date night on Friday: A Bookstore Scavenger Hunt

I found the idea for this date somewhere in the far reaches of the Internet and if you’re thinking that it sounds like a boring and pathetic excuse for a date, that’s true. It does sound that way. But it’s surprisingly a lot of fun.

Basically there is a list of things to find in books and then you go out searching for them. You know, a scavenger hunt.

We did it in two sets, bringing our books back to share with each other after each set (I had planned 3 but apparently Chapters is lame now and closes at 9pm so we ran out of time)

Set 1:

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A recipe you want to try
– Matt picked Sweet and Salty Crunchy Nut Bars and I went with a Colcannon

An idea for a future date
– we both picked games: my pick was “would you rather?” while Matt managed to find some vonderful goot Dutch card game

A Joke
My joke was: “What did King Arthur dub the circle? Sir Cumference!!” from 101 Math Jokes. Quite comical. But Matt brought me the novel Twilight as a joke because he knows I hate it. Hilarious.

Picture or a Map of a Place you’d Like to Visit
– I went with Moscow after reading this sweet Russian Travel itinerary and Matt’s pick was Hawaii.

Set 2:

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A Book You Loved as a Child/Teen
– Matt picked Love You Forever and I found The Wonderful Pigs of Jillian Jiggs which I almost forgot about.

A Book you think the other person would like
– Matt picked The Night Circus for me (which I actually read last month and really liked) and I picked The Hunger Games for Matt because who doesn’t love the Hunger Games?

A Book You Read in School
– Also a book that I loved as a child: The Giver. Matt went with Brave New World. Funny how we both picked dystopian novels.

A Book Containing Happily Ever After
– Neither of us could find a story that actually said “happily ever after” but we did end up finding Happily Ever After Mad Libs which we bought and played over drinks at Starbucks once Chapters closed up shop.

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Somehow the barista got my order completely wrong, but I did enjoy the Cinnamon Dolce Latte that I got by mistake. Luckily I love cinnamon.

Matt’s never played Mad Libs (say whaaa??) and quickly learned that the more inappropriate the words you choose, the funnier the Mad Libs are.

It ended up being a pretty fun date night!

Stay tuned for February’s Date of the Month Club.


Date of the Month Club

Check out other posts in the Date of the Month club, where Matt and I go on one special date every month of 2012:

January – Bookstore Scavanger Hunt
February – Board Game Night
March – Bowling
April – Detroit Walking Tour
May – Colasanti’s
June – Picnic
July – Next Restaurant
August – Detroit Tigers Baseball Game
September – Detroit Institute of Arts
October – Wine Tasting