It can get easy to settle into the drudgery of routine, especially when relationships are intermingled with homework, big papers to write, newspaper assignments, and grocery list-making.
(He eats a lot of meat, I don’t. He drinks regular milk, I drink nut milk…ahhhh!)
But the important thing about being with someone is finding out what they need, and how you can best give that to them. Creativity, as always, helps.
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1. Breakfast out – This happened today, actually. I hiked up to campus in my snowboots to get Andrew, and we hiked down the hill (and up a hill, and down another hill…) to Little Bread Co., one of my favorite places to eat around town. When we got there, it seemed as if every other local had gotten the same idea, so although we were able to order and secure giant, steaming mugs of precious coffee, there were no indoor tables available. The intrepid explorers we are, we simply brushed the snow off the seats of the outdoor tables and ate our chocolate croissant and drank our coffee in the bright, crisp, snowy peace. It was glorious.
Of course, we moved inside as soon as a table or two opened up, and spent the rest of the morning lolling in the goodness of leisurely reading and journaling with an endless supply of coffee at our disposal.
2. Make something together – Whether it’s a loaf of bread or a crafting/building project, I believe that making something with your someone is indicative of how your personalities will mesh in the important times, and in times of high stress. It’s the same with playing sports together – how well do you play off one another’s strengths and weaknesses? How well do you communicate? Plus, it’s super fun to have something tangible to show for your time spent together.
3. Take a hike – Today was kind of about this, too. We hiked all over downtown to get breakfast, to browse in the bookstore…it feels good to get outside and move around with your sweetheart. Yes, you can hold hands. It’s also fun to observe your surroundings and compare what you see with what your fellow hiker sees. The world is a big, big place, and we are such tiny bits of it! (In the non-winter, we like to go to Devil’s Den, and are planning a Buffalo River foray someday soon.)
4. Take a photo excursion – This is right on par with my personal resolution to better document 2011, but even in its most general form, taking pics of one another wherever you go and whatever you do is a fun way to remember your date. (And a sneaky way to look at your sweetheart a lot.)
5. Go out for hot chocolate – Going out to your favorite coffee shop for a sweet treat is always just that – a treat. Sure, you can make the instant stuff at home, but it’s never comparable to the rich, velvety stuff they serve at the professional places. Plus, they top it with all manner of fancy things that makes going out worth it, and much cheaper than going out for dinner. In fact, going out for just dessert is always a favorite date of mine 🙂
6. Serve together – NWA is a hub of nonprofit work, and there are plenty of ways to get involved in the community and give of time and services to those less fortunate. One of my favorites is serving lunch to members of the Seven Hills Homeless Center with our church on Saturdays. I hate to risk shallowness, but once one is immersed – albeit briefly – in activities like these, it gives such excellent perspective on life.
7. Get lost in your favorite bookstore – Once again, this was a part of our day-date today. The Dickson St. Bookstore is an expansive used book store, and the perfect place to explore and find treasures. The winding stacks of bookshelves are pretty fun to play a [quiet] game of hide-and-seek in, too.
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What are some of your best date ideas? I’d love to hear what you have to contribute, so leave me a comment!