Dexter and I have decided to try to make “dating” a bigger priority in our marriage. Otherwise, we end up feeling like we’re living together out of convenience and we forget how much we like each other. However, there’s always the challenge of what to do, and I’m looking for suggestions.
To Dexter, a date is going out somewhere–to a restaurant, a movie, a bookstore. To me, a date could be going out, but it could be snacks and a movie or board game at home as long as it’s time set aside to spend together for fun. To me, a date could also be cooking a meal together at home. For Dexter, that is pretty boring for a date, although he’s happy to cut or stir things on the stove (knives and fire–the manly parts) to help me with dinner on a normal night. I think part of the turn-off for him is that it leaves a mess in our dishwasherless kitchen that I might want to clean.
Our typical dates are as follows:
1. Netflix or Redbox and popcorn, fancy cheese, wine, or other good snacks
2. Eat out (I have banned things like Village Inn from being “dates” because we always get eggs and pancakes–so the food is really cheap to make at home and it doesn’t feel like a date to go there)
3. Go shopping, usually to Target (this is not such a great idea because I think Dexter gets bored and it also might result in buying things just for the sake of calling it “shopping”)
4. Dairy Queen
Do you and your man-of-choice have different ideas of what constitutes a date? What are your favorites and what are his? I’m looking for low-budget ideas as well as things that cost a little more to do every once in a while.