Year of Dates: September//October//November

What a whirlwind the last month has been! Most of it was revolved around my honeymoon – preparing for it, being out of the country for 16 days, and getting back in the swing of things once we returned. Now things are back to a semblance of normal in my daily routine with the Firefighter and Thanksgiving is less than a week away!

I have a ton of things to update on, but to kick off I thought I’d do a quick Year of Dates update. We’ve gotten three more months of dates under our belts and I’m sorry to say that it’s almost been a bit difficult to work them in at all! I guess that’s what life does – times get busy and it’s almost too easy to skip planning dates and special one-on-one time with your significant other. Even with the differences in both of our schedules, though, we’ve managed to work in our ‘special’ date nights.

September: Dinner Date Food Crawl
This was an idea that I found while looking for unique date ideas on Google/Pinterest. Instead of just doing the typical dinner date night, this gave us the opportunity to get creative and try out multiple different places in one night. We also got to brainstorm together what part of town we wanted to focus on and where we wanted to go. There are a lot of ways to do this particular dinner food crawl – such as one venue for drinks, one of appetizers, one for the main course and one for dessert. In my opinion, there’s really no right or wrong way to drink and eat!

The Firefighter picked out a restaurant/brewery for our drinks and appetizer stop so that he could try out their ‘Oktoberfest’ beer flight. Not being a beer drinker myself, I stuck with one of my “usual’s”, prosecco. Not that prosecco really ‘goes’ with loaded waffle fries or soft pretzels with beer-cheese sauce, but I managed to power through.

For dinner, the Firefighter picked an Italian steakhouse-type restaurant that had gone to once before for a holiday party. It seems to still be relatively unknown since it’s located inside a hotel, which is the only reason I think that we were able to immediately get seated. If the restaurant had been a stand-alone location, I’m convinced it would’ve been a 90+ minute wait without reservations. The food was delicious, plentiful and crazy-affordable considering all we got with the price. I ordered the filet with garlic potatoes and salad, while the Firefighter got the steak medallions with the same sides. Delicious, and we walked away with more than enough for a couple of days worth of leftovers.

The only regret I have about our September date night is that we were so crazy full by the time we left dinner that we did not even bother to try and find a place for dessert.

October: Massiemoon 2016
october-dateThe Firefighter and I knew that we wanted to do a long and rather epic trip for our honeymoon, which is why we waited a few months after our wedding before celebrating. Waiting until the fall allowed us to get cheaper rates and better weather.

Our amazing trip consisted of a 7 day Mediterranean cruise on Norwegian Cruise Line, then stays in Paris and London. We had the best time during our 16 day honeymoon and it flew by bar too quickly. I’ll go into more detail on where we went/what we did in coming posts.

November: Wine & Paint Date
This month I wanted to try doing a different type of date night than the Firefighter and I have ever done before. As an “arty” person, I enjoy painting and thought we should give Pinot’s Palette a try. Though it really was not his cup of tea – or glass of wine, as it were – I give hats off to the Firefighter for being a good sport throughout the two hour class. I had a ton of fun and am already planning on going back at some point.

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