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Technology plays an incredibly large role in our lives today. I will be the first to admit that I don’t know when to put down my phone or step away from the computer. When my husband gets home from work, he grabs his bag of Tostitos and parks himself at his computer. We made a promise early on that we would always have dinner together with no distractions. We are pretty good about that, but dinner is usually ten minutes long. After that we are back to our computers, phones, and the TV.
If we do enough of something, it will become a habit. I want to make a habit of putting away the electronics once my husband is home and having a little date time every night. Here are five low-key “dates” that we have started to do, or plan on trying soon!
1. Go out for dessert after dinner.
Who doesn’t like a mid-week treat? Going out for some ice cream or frozen yogurt after dinner breaks up our usual routine. Or you can take ice cream from your fridge out on the porch. What makes it even more special is that we went out for frozen yogurt all the time when we first started dating. I think it is safe to say that we fell in love at our local Yogurtland surrounded by preteens.
2. Free (or near free) events around town.
Our local coffeehouse has live music during the week. For the price of two coffees, we can enjoy some acoustic goodness and each other’s company. My husband is big on music, so this is right up his alley. Back when we lived in Miami, we attended Wallcast concerts. These were concerts held on a big lawn outside of the New World Symphony building. An amazing orchestra played inside, while we picnicked outside and watched them on a 7,000-square-feet projection wall. I will definitely miss sitting outside in the winter this year!
3. Play a board game.
I am taking it old school with this one. When I was younger, my home did not have cable television and my parents limited my time on the Nintendo. Educational board games were allowed to be played at any time. Monopoly was one game that my cousins and I could play for hours. While I never took to Chess when I was a child, it has become a fast-favorite with my husband and me. It stimulates the mind and, well, I like calling out “Checkmate!”
4. Head to the gym together.
A long day at work can be tiring and stressful, so why not release some happy endorphins together while staying fit and healthy? Now that our TV shows (New Girl, The Voice, Big Bang Theory, and Modern Family!) are back on, we have decided to watch them at the gym. The gym at our apartment is small, but it is just a few steps away, has a television, and two treadmills. We laugh, discuss the show, and sweat it out. The best part is how great we feel afterwards!
5. Take a walk around the neighborhood.
Instead of being on our laptops and phones inside the house, we leave technology behind and take Pika for a walk around the neighborhood. It gives us a chance to reconnect and talk about our day, without any email or text interruptions. And plus, the houses near our apartment complex are gorgeous. We love to walk past those houses while daydreaming about our future home.
There you have it! Five low-key, inexpensive activities that any couple can look forward to after a long day at work. If this were any other Monday, we’d be at the gym watching The Voice tonight. But this Monday I’m in Hong Kong with my parents!
Fill me in on your weeknight date ideas! I would love to hear them.
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