b and I aren't big Valentine's Day people but we do love any opportunity to go on a date. Our anniversary is at the end of February, so often we ignore Valentine's Day in anticipation of our anniversary celebration. However this February seems all about celebrating. Perhaps this is what happens when the kids move out. We did a pre-anniversary celebration when we went UpNorth at the beginning of the month and we also celebrated Valentine's Day yesterday. None of this will stop us from a big anniversary date in 2 weeks (what's really amazing is that we are both still managing to lose weight in the midst of all this celebrating).
So what did we do yesterday? Well first we decided it should be a lazy, snuggle day all day long. This meant that we slept in late and watched TV in bed for most of the morning. b made us a delicious eggbake brunch and then we took Pupzilla for a long walk, since it was a lovely day here in SouthLite. We did absolutely NO chores (that's all for today unfortunately). We indulged in afternoon lattes from the local crazy coffee shop and then snuggled in bed some more.
Several weeks ago b asked if he could buy me a present this year. It was a piece of clothing and, in true b fashion, he was worried that I wouldn't like it. He asked the advice of several female co-workers and got mixed recommendations. Regardless he bought it, I loved it, and I wore it that night. Also, thanks to the weight loss, it fit perfectly and I looked hot. See dress below - but think Black:
We went out for a low-key, inexpensive dinner at a Vietnamese restaurant we had never tried before. It was good and we left quite full. Then it was on for drinks at one of our favorite bars (ok, we have several favorite bars....we like bars) but we only had a little time before the show. Back in December I saw that one of my favorite blues artists was coming to SouthLite on V-Day and bought tickets. The concert had two other artists, that I didn't know. One, Ruthie Foster, we both adored. As Ms. Prufrock knows there is little I enjoy more than discovering new music. Ruthie totally rocked and I highly recommend you see her any chance you get. I thoroughly enjoyed Jorma. When I was 13 or 14 I once traveled about 2 hours from my home town, by bus, by myself (none of my friends would go) to see him in concert. It was a little scary but sooo worth it. Now thirty years later I got to see him again, without traveling and with b by my side (unfortunately b was not as enthralled....b's not a big blues fan in general and definitely not this type of blues). The third guy was Robben Ford. I had not heard of him previously and to be honest he did nothing for me. But it was a splendid night over all.
I should mention my V-Day celebration technically started the day before. Friday night I took Pumpkin out to dinner and then we went to see the Vagina Monologues at our university. I go every year, to support my students and fellow faculty who are performing. If you've never see the Vagina Monologues, you really should. I was fortunate enough to see Eve Ensler do it in HomeCity many years ago and she was amazing. However there is something very powerful in seeing the passion that our students bring to this production every year. For many they are discovering their own power for the first time.