Friday, August 21, 2009

Date Night

Last night Todd came home from work and asked me on a date!  Grace went to bed early since we skipped her naptime in favor of Central Market (complete with Lemon Sorbet gelato).  My parents encouraged us to go and spend some time together while they put Grace to bed, so we agreed!

We had a hard time deciding what to do…we’d already eaten dinner, we didn’t want to go to a movie because that wasn’t really interacting with each other, and my diet constrictions meant we couldn’t go get a Sydney’s Sinful Sundae from Outback.  So, we did what other middle-aged couples who haven’t been on a date in months do.  We opted for something practical and went to pick up a few back-to-school clothes for Todd. 

He’s been needing some new brown shoes, and I’ve kept my eyes out for a good deal, but I hadn’t found anything yet.  I was so proud of him because he wanted something trendy!  He’s never worn a shoe like this before and I’m glad he’s branching out. 

todd shoesIt’s a little bit casual for a school administrator to wear, but his school district is more relaxed and other principals enjoy wearing them.  He looked very hip and trendy this morning!  We found them at Kohl’s along with a couple of dress shirts and a new tie.  At first Todd turned his nose up at scouring the clearance racks, but after we found a very nice dress shirt that was only $7.20 and perfectly fine, he got excited! 

I have found that men are very goal-oriented in stores.  They decide ahead of time what they need, they go straight for it on a display, and they get out as soon as possible.  Basically, they order straight from the menu.  I prefer buffet-style shopping.  I have a general idea of what I want, but I’m open to whatever ends up being the best deal, and I’m not afraid of a little leg work to get there.  

All in all, it was a fun date.  And I got $10 back in Kohl’s Cash to use on my next trip!  Best of all, we avoided the “Tax-Free Weekend” crowd while taking advantage of the stocked inventory in preparation for the next few days.  Believe me, it was worth the $4 we spent on tax last night.  (And, I’m not convinced that stores don’t mark up their prices for tax-free days.)

It was also fun to be out together alone, even if it wasn’t a typical date.  That in itself is pretty rare these days!


Larry said...

"Trendy Todd". I love it. Tell him it won't hurt. I bought some Sketchers a year ago and have not suffered any indignity from it. He has my permission to come to SS without a tie, too. Although I know Fred won't.

Kim H. said...

Is it sad that our dates are like that too? Unless we're calling it a staycation... our dates are typically grocery store runs and things like that.

I guess I shop like a man... becauase I don't have the patience to "hunt" for the bargains.