Adventurous Date #1: Try Something New

This is going to be a non-bookish series of posts.

Some quick background information: I decided last Christmas that I didn’t want to spend every date night eating at Braum’s. I’m not talking about cost-effective dates–two for one burger specials are incredibly cost-effective–but the same date night every week. My husband and I are in a fun stage of life. We haven’t been married for very long so we’re still learning what things we can enjoy together. Some nights it’s just safer to stick with a burger and movie at home. 

Well, my brain started to spin. I wanted to create something that would allow me and my husband to enjoy adventures together–big adventures, little adventures, fun adventures, and adventures that don’t turn out so well in the end. It didn’t matter. So I decided to create some surprise dates that we could enjoy this year that would, maybe, add an extra level of spontaneity and fun to our date nights.

I took 24 note cards and wrote out 24 date ideas – 12 dates that we could do at home or somewhere nearby just some night in the week and 12 dates that involved a little more planning, travel, and/or money. The plan is to have my husband draw two cards out of an envelope every month. We might not be able to do them both, but the suspense of watching him blindly choose a date is so much fun! And he has no idea what’s going on, so that’s hilarious! I’ve created a win-win scenario for date nights.

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We forgot to take a picture of us together at the restaurant…but don’t we look excited about our adventure?

I think I stopped breathing those few seconds that I waited for my husband to pick the first set of cards. We went on our first super adventurous date this weekend. Here was the date idea:

In the spirit of trying new things, let’s try a restaurant that we haven’t tried before. And this one time, the crazier the better.

Specifics: Anytime, Anywhere, $? (nothing too expensive, dear)

Essentials: $, a camera, our appetites

You see, before I met my husband, I had what he calls “the five-year-old diet.” I had never tried sushi before our second date. He also introduced me to Greek food and Thai food, which I now love. It just takes me awhile to get used to new food. Kevin, on the other hand, is quite an adventurous foodie. I didn’t know what to expect, but, surprisingly, he chose something that I didn’t object to at all: Irish food.

He had been to the Trinity Hall pub and restaurant a few years back and enjoyed it. I had never eaten at an authentic Irish restaurant. That made Trinity Hall the perfect choice for our date night!

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The Trinity Hall!

 It was a little sad that I didn’t get to try some authentic desserts–we’re trying to cut back on sugar– but that didn’t stop me from enjoying the lovely selection of potato-based dishes. That’s not a cliche. Almost every dish contained some kind of potato and a side of soda bread (so yummy!).

This restaurant has a really laid back atmosphere and the building itself was so beautiful. It’s a bit of a drive and the service is slow, but the food and music was amazing. We are definitely planning on going back sometime.

If you’re planning on visiting Trinity Hall,  you have to go on the second weekend of the month. Not only is there live traditional music, but there are Irish folk dancers willing to teach you some new moves. We didn’t get there early enough to participate in the lesson, but we sat right by the musicians. Everyone looked like they were having a blast! This would be a perfect date night option for anyone looking to experience something a little different.

Corn beef appetizer on toasted bread with a creamy horseradish sauce, pork chops with potatoes in an apple sauce, and an interesting take on shepherd’s pie with soda bread. Yum!

Here are some more photos that I took at the restaurant. I think I really embarrassed my poor husband. However, one of the rules of adventurous date nights was that we had to document all of them and he knew that! Just FYI, never agree to that clause if you don’t want me glued to my camera phone.

`The point of these dates is to have a fun adventure with my husband. I’m not rating them, but if I was, this date would rank pretty high on the scale. I can’t wait for our next adventure! Maybe one will take us to the library!

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The Versatile Blogger Award

Thank you, Birdie Bookworm, for nominating me for this award!

Y’all can check out her awesome blog here: https://birdiebookwormblog.com/


Rules:

  1. Display Award.
  2. Thank the person who gave this award (and include a link to their blog.)
  3. Share seven things about yourself.
  4. Nominate ten bloggers.

Here are seven unique things about me:

  1. My husband and I have reading dates where I bring sandwiches to his work and we just sit there in complete silence while we eat and read. It’s awesome!
  2. I’m addicted to grape Dr. Pepper. My family knows they can get me to go anywhere if we stop for Sonic drinks on the way.
  3. I’ve owned a variety of pets, including hamsters, turtles, dogs, cats, and hermit crabs. Since our apartment isn’t big enough for a dog, I’m currently lobbying my husband for a guinea pig.
  4. I’ve have had many book crushes over the years, but no one has been able to compare to Ian O’Shea from The Host.
  5. My dream vacation would be a trip to Ireland/Scotland. I have a little Scots Irish in my blood and I’d love to get back to my roots!
  6. I’ve already picked out all of my kids names. My husband thinks that I’m just being silly…No, it’s true. I have.
  7. I recently became a full-time editor at TouchPoint Press and I’m so excited! I keep telling everyone, so I thought I might as well tell you!

Okay, so that’s it. I’m nominating:

    1. hopethatanchorsmysoul
    2. bookreviewdirectory
    3. thebookiemonsters
    4. novelacious
    5. wordsreadandwritten
    6. wearevoracious
    7. shelbydavids
    8. millieschmidt
    9. cindinessblog
    10. litandloveblog

Good luck, guys!

The Dos and Don’ts of Judging a Book by It’s Cover

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Picture Credit: sawriters.org.au

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.”

It’s usually uttered in reference to something else. For instance, “Not everyone with glasses is a nerd. Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.”

I get that, but, to some extent, you do need to evaluate potential reads by their covers. Take a look at the list of simple “dos” and “dont’s” that I’ve complied below before your next trip to the library:

DO pick up any book with a cover that interests you.

DON’T let a book’s cover be the only reason that you DON’T pick it up.

DO look at covers when searching for a book in a particular genre, age range, or time period.

DON’T ignore a book in your favorite section of the library based on its cover.

DO pick up books whose covers ignite some kind of emotion in you.

DON’T ignore books with plain covers.

DO pick up books with different covers to compare them.

DON’T choose to take home a book when you only like its cover.

DO look at a combination of ornate and plain covers.

DON’T overlook books just because they have “movie” covers.

DO gently take off book jackets to see what’s underneath them.

DON’T ignore the writing on a book’s cover.

DO make sure that you examine the book past its cover.

DON’T ignore any non-professional aspects of non-fiction covers.

And finally…

DON’T be afraid to admit that you took a book home because you loved its cover!

So while a book’s cover shouldn’t be it’s defining factor, it can be an important step in evaluating whether it is right for you or not.

It’s the publisher’s job to use the cover to elicit emotions from readers. Don’t let their hard work be ruined. That’s why I strongly urge you to pick up a book if you feel any strong emotion when you see its cover, whether it’s excitement, anger, sadness, etc. You never know, that might be just the emotion the publisher was going for.

So go ahead! Get your finger prints all over those library covers! Turn them over in your hands and take a peak under jackets! Let your eyes guide your journey towards your next favorite book!

What was the last book that you checked out or bought, because of its pretty cover?

No judgement. I promise. 😉

Quick Thought for my Fellow Bloggers

I have a lot of article and review ideas, and I’m sure a lot of y’all have a list of topics or a queue of posts to schedule. That being said, I’d also like to widen my circle of followers.

Would anyone be interested in exchanging guests posts? I would be open to a one time exchange or some kind of a longer deal. If you already know of someone else who sets up things like this, please let me know.

Another idea, I really want to have more conversations through my posts. Would anyone like to set up a “Conversation Friday” or something like that? Someone can propose a topic and other can all agree to pitch in or answer each other through links?

I don’t know. I just want to find more people and really became a part of the blogging community. Is anyone interested in anything like that?