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Monday, January 22, 2007

My husband and I still date on Friday nights. Okay, truth be known, my kitchen has been closed since 1998 when the kids left home, but on Friday nights we not only eat out, we usually go to a movie (decent ones, mind you). We’re actually kind of in a rut these days, because if there’s not a new movie on, we don’t know what to do. So what are the options?

We tried laser tag once. Any of you ever do that? If you haven’t, don’t. I’m a non-violent person by nature and it just goes against my grain to target people, you know? So I’d hide out in forgotten corners and wait on the cease-fire alert. Unfortunately, I was as inconspicuous as a bull moose in a china shop. Did you know little kids can smell fear a mile away? They stalked me the entire evening. I kept saying, “Shoo, go away little people,” but they just kept laughing viciously and zapping me with their razor sharp beams. I felt as though I was caught up in a cross between Star Trek and Zorro.

Then there’s always bowling. You know the one. Where you pick up a ball that’s heavier than your car, stuff your thumb and fingers into it, step up to the arrows on the floor and release said ball from your grasp, praying all the while your body doesn’t go with it. After a clean release, the entire room--that was only seconds before alive with conversation, exploding pins, and movement—comes to a complete standstill as everyone watches your ball go barreling down your lane, bounce two lanes over and still manage a gutter, never once hitting a single pin. Speaking of pins yours are heckling, pointing and making bets on your next attempt.

Don’t even talk to me about Putt-Putt. I tried it once. The line waiting behind me pretty much resembled the Israelite Exodus from Egypt.

We do have friends over from time-to-time, but they always beat me at board games, so I’m a little bitter about that.

So unless you can give us other ideas, we’re doomed to dinner and a Blockbuster rental until a new decent movie comes out.

Any ideas?
Diann Hunt  
posted at 12:48 PM  
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At 12:57 PM, Blogger Sabrina L. Fox said...

Well, Diann, since it sounds like your friday nights are hipper than mine and my husbands I can't say I feel for you...LOL. We're still in the raising a family stage where an evening out is few and far between But I must say you have given me much to look forward too. ;)

At 1:20 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

ROFLOL! Di, give midget car racing a try. That's a hoot.

Or do like us ... ride motorcycles. Ginny Smityh and I keep saying we're going to get together with our hubbies to ride the Blueridge.

That'll put a spark back in the old Fridays nights. I'll even lend you my leather jacket. ;)

At 1:32 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Midget car racing, what's that?

He has a small motorcycle, but the thought of being on the back of that thing--well, it just drives me to chocolate, that's all. Besides, my helmet weighs more than I do. Everytime I get on the cycle, I teeter off. There has to be a better way to spend my Friday nights.

The leather jacket is pretty tempting . . . .

At 2:38 PM, Blogger ~ Brandilyn Collins said...

Okay. Two months' worth of ideas that you and your hubby can do together, since you asked. (Your last name IS Hunt, after all.)

Week 1: Go down to Baja and hunt iguanas. (This may have to be an overnighter. Or two.)

Week 2: Skin slain iguana from said hunt in #1. Take iguana carcass to meat cut-up plant.

Week 3: Field phone calls from meat cut-up plant employees, who've never tackled an iguana before and don't know where to find the steaks.

Week 4: Pick up iguana meat, all nicely packaged. Place in freezer.

Week 5: Decide where to put the iguana skin in your home. Place on floor or bed or hang on wall as you determined. This may take a couple of alternate choices to find the best one.

Week 6: Develop a slide show from the photos you took on the hunt.

Week 7: Have an iguana party. Invite over your friends, show them slides of your hunt and serve iguana meat.

Week 8: Go out to dinner and decide what eye-opening adventure you shall take on next.

At 3:07 PM, Blogger Leanna said...

I don't get out with hubby much because we still have fairly young kids. Someday though...

Try the laser tag with relatives. We've done laser tag at family reunions and it's a blast shooting your own relatives. :)

Leanna Ellis

At 4:10 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

I have to admit, Brandilyn, that whole iguana thing is something I hadn't thought of. As tempting as all that sounds, I'm thinking I'll just stick to movies. :-)

ROTFLOL, Leanna! Is it just me, or is there a bit of nasty in your voice when you talk about laser-shooting your relatives?

At 5:02 PM, Blogger Katy said...

OK, how could all of your kids be gone since 1998??? You're too young! Hey, I'm 53, and the revolving door hasn't slowed down AT ALL.

Doug and I chase down Celtic performers of all stripes, whether huge gatherings of Highland pipers, a one-man singer of trad Irish tunes, or the Lord of the Pants. :) And if the event has a "session" afterwards, during which Doug can play his whistles with the best of them, we're REALLY happy.

At 5:16 PM, Blogger Jaime said...

My husband and I have taken up hiking beautiful trails in the evening and just talking. Then end up going somewhere and counteract your low impact exercise with a big bowl of ice cream or hot fudge choco cake.

Our more extreme dates have been mountain biking and catapulting off of boulders - but I'm guessing you're probably not going to get excited about that idea ;)

And! We like to just go to a store and browse and add things to our wish list and then come home a talk by the fireplace.

Not very creative, but lots of "talk time" which he knows I need! :)

Oh, yes ... a more creative date was when he set up a treasure hunt all over town. The treasure? him. I had no clue where he was. The customer service lady at Walmart was practically passing out by the sheer romance of being involved by handing me the next clue. I found him at a park with a rose, a date to the movies, and dinner. :)

Ok - I love date nights. What can I say? :)

At 5:55 PM, Blogger Suzanne said...

Oh I have the *perfect* idea for YOU! Did you know that Bubble Yum now has CHOCOLATE BUBBLE GUM? Yes, it is true! Since Bubble Yum is owned by Hershey's and all, it is about time they did this wonderful thing for us. I hadn't seen this stuff since I was a little girl in the late '70s. I found it last week-at Bed Bath & Beyond of all places. So you can have your sweetie take you on a hunting trip for chocolate bubble gum! He'll get to hunt, you'll get the chocolate, it's all good.

And the coolest thing....blow a real big bubble so you can sniff the chocolate at the same time you're tasting it. Mmmmmmm!

At 6:37 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Jaime those are wonderful ideas! Takes far too much energy, but still they're great ideas! *G* No doubt your husband inspires your writing!

Suzanne, that is FABULOUS news!!! Chocolate bubble gum?!!! The gift that keeps on giving. I know what we'll be doing this Friday!!

At 8:32 PM, Blogger Sassy Style said...

We went bowling recently. It's been years since I've bowled and I wasn't any good then either. This time, I slipped and did a tap dance routine to try and keep from landing on my bum. :)

Ideas? I have no idea lol.

At 8:37 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Okay, Di, you SO have to get a Nintendo Wii game! The kids got me one for my birthday and Dave and I have been playing it every night. It's an ACTIVE game, you actually stand and swing like you're bowling or golfing or whatever. Studies are showing that people lose weight with playing it 30 minutes every night.

Okay, so we are doing it like two hours, so that should make the pounds melt off, right? LOL We just use the sports game that came with it: bowling, golf, boxing, tennis, baseball. It's an absolute blast!

At 8:53 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

You know, I recently heard about that. That does sound fun!! What a hoot!! Wish I could be a little mouse and watch you two play that!!!

At 9:55 AM, Blogger Kristy Dykes said...

Since we pastor a church, we have all sorts of options for interesting evenings. :) One: The Annual Bean Auction (for sr. citizens) is a hoot. You eat bean soup and bid with beans that've been provided. I "bought" a thing that looks like a giant brass spider. It's a bona fide headscratcher. Great for a novelist plotting a novel. A pic is at:
Another: a youth "concert." Only my earplugs saved me from acquring total deafness. When the teenagers did whole body flips in front of the stage -- every chair in the building had been removed; they STAND -- well, I couldn't believe it. Head swinging with shoulder-length hair (on guys) splayed out and looking like a turkey tail (think, elementary school art projects), well, it was a sight to behold.

At 10:57 AM, Blogger Pam S. said...


Loved your description of bowling and putt-putt! LOL!
Here are my ideas:
(1) Once we bought several cheap-o copies (e.g., Wadsworth/Wordsworth or whatever-the-name-is editions) of THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, invited a couple of goofy friends over, and did a read-aloud of the play. It was a blast!
(2) We've decided to "do more cultural things" this year, so we've been to a museum or two and a symphony concert. Next up: a play or the opera.


At 11:55 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

The Annual Bean Auction scares me, Kristy. Though I'm sure it's, um, fun. Okay, who am I to cast stones. We have a cow dropping contest around here. Don't ask me to explain. You just don't want to know.

What a creative idea, Pam, to do the "Importance of Being Ernest" thing! What fun!

At 4:04 PM, Blogger Rachel Hauck said...

You get funnier all the time!

Love, Rachel

At 9:41 AM, Blogger Andrea said...

LOL!! Too funny!'s our typical date: dinner, then to the Barnes and Noble plaza where we first hit PetSmart to pick up stuff to spoil our cats and dogs, look at the ridiculous things people buy for their pets and I try to talk Mark into clothes for the dogs. Then, over to B&N where we pick up coffee and a sinful treat at the Starbucks cafe, stalk the comfy chairs until we get two and sit with various books and magazines. When we find something good, we read it to the other. That's about it. Not very exciting, but we always have fun and great conversation. We also look for festivals in our area - Mark's favorite is Garlic Fest. Those events are always fun, although pricier than our usual dates.

At 4:26 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Super suggestions, Andrea! Thanks to all of you who offered date ideas. I'll have you know we just got back from a seeing a great movie, and guess what I discovered!!!!!

Gourmet CHOCOLATE popcorn!!!!!! WHOOOHOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

At 5:57 PM, Blogger Corvinna said...

Wow. You are a really descriptive writer! Y I especially love this part: "I kept saying, “Shoo, go away little people,” but they just kept laughing viciously and zapping me with their razor sharp beams. I felt as though I was caught up in a cross between Star Trek and Zorro.". Another part I liked was the "The line waiting behind me pretty much resembled the Israelite Exodus from Egypt." I love your writing style. Nicely done! :)

At 3:44 PM, Blogger Pat said...

Understand about the bowling. Hubby & I on one of first dates. I threw the ball, it bounced over two lanes (everyone stared as it the ball knocked down all the pins). Strike - only I made it on a league's game. After nearly 40 yrs of marriage I haven't lived it down.

We love to go out to eat on Friday nights. Saturday nights are for sitting on the sofa, me reading, him watching tv. Then we love to go to different State Pks and camp out (ok I admit it, I love our used RV). We love to sit around the campfire at night, for hours, just us, the night & hopefully a few wild animals walking by. Hopefully, only deer, raccoon, a fox or two.

Pat Moore


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