It’s been quite a while since the DH and I have gone out by ourselves. And due to the fact that my parents are ready to skip out of town yet again (they have more of a social life than we do) we decided to get them to come over and babysit tonight.
So then the next issue was “where do we go?” Since we have no life and rarely go out without kids we both just stared at each other blankly. DH suggested Harvey’s. The conversation ended then and there.
Well, then BFF saved the day and sent me a link (she really is a BFF-since we were 9 months old!) to a list of restaurants in the city next to us-all of which are places we haven’t been to. Of course, the first restaurant that caught my eye was called Jake’s Grill and Oyster House This didn’t appeal to me because I like oysters, but because Jake is the name of the hero in the manuscript I’d just handed in! Dumb. Very dumb.
The thought of dressing up sounded overwhelming (there was a time, not that long ago that dressing up actually did appeal to me, but that usually means kids running around me while throwing together something that isn’t yoga pants-and maybe running a brush through my hair.) But we also thought we needed to go somewhere special since we rarely go out. So we finally decided on the place BFF recommended.
It was a gorgeous restaurant on the lake. We felt like civilized people again. We looked normal, we wore real grown-up clothes, I even had jewellery and makeup on! We ordered cocktails, appetizers, main course, AND dessert! Everything was lovely. We were able to eat our food slowly, without having to shovel it into our mouths while chasing kids around. We did hear a baby in the restaurant and cringed, but that’s okay, it wasn’t our baby.
It was great to have a change of scenery, a change of pace. It was wonderful to go out and sit across the table and have a real conversation with my husband. It was a whole night off from writing, but well worth it. We felt young and in love, and a little like that couple in the picture