Date Night!

Everybody needs a rest sometimes, right?

Even authors. Because let’s face it, it’s not all sitting at your desk with your feet up sipping cups of tea while typing out a few leisurely words here and there…

So it was half-term and the boys went to the grandparents for a few days to give my lovely husband and me sometime to catch up on house and garden chores, do some writing (in my case) and music-making (in husband’s case). Well, it didn’t work out that way. With the house quiet and the stress greatly reduced, we both fell into the lazy trap. It was as if our bodies were saying, right, enough now, time for some chilling out.

Time to go out… or stay in?

Okay, then. We gave in, quite readily. We decided to have some proper time off. This was after we’d both fallen asleep on our respective sofas before lunch. Evidently, we were tired!

We went to have a walk in a nearby nature reserve and made plans to go to the cinema and have a meal out. By the time we finished our walk, we’d discovered that neither of us particularly felt like glamming up and going out. Instead, we stopped out our local supermarket, stocked up on ingredients and cooked ourselves a yummy three-course meal. We started cooking at about six p.m. and we finished tidying the pots away at about ten p.m. We listened to music and drank wine and had a little dance while we were at it.

OH in charge. He does love cooking!

OH in charge. He does love cooking!

Looking good! Left ~ Chicken Massaman; top right ~ sticky rice; bottom right ~ Thai green curry (with extra chillis)

Looking good! Left ~ Chicken Massaman; top right ~ sticky rice; bottom right ~ Thai green curry (with extra chillis)

I'm in charge. Cheers!

I’m in charge. Cheers!

Dinner is served!

Dinner is served!

Let's dance!

Let’s dance!

Do you know what? It was bliss. Apart from the fact that I was wearing pyjamas, it was almost like a return to a date night of old, before we were officially together (ha ha, that’s going back a few years now!), when we’d spend hours cooking and chatting and laughing and finding things out about each other.

We went out for a meal and a movie the next day (we saw A Good Day to Die Hard!), and that was fabulous too. And on the Monday morning, when I sat down in front of the computer again, I felt really inspired. I hammered out nearly 5,000 words in the space of a single morning.

Well, I tell you, if a weekend off produces that dramatic a result… I’m all for it! See you on Monday, folks. Rock on!

What’s your favourite ‘date night’ in ~ or out? How do you recharge and refresh body and mind?

22 responses to “Date Night!

  1. That sounds wonderful Nicky and actually that is just the kind of ‘date night’ I would enjoy!

    • Hi Kate, thanks so much for your lovely comment. It was heavenly! A small part of me wonders where the old all-night-clubbing dates went but actually ~ I don’t miss them too much, I can still rock whenever I want! XX

  2. How fab Nicky. I’m envious 🙂 Just goes to show how often we forget about US and our lives. Thanks for reminding me … x

    • Hi Shaz! It is amazing actually how rarely we take ‘US’ time. And we we do get ‘US’ time the tendency can be to rush around and ‘do’ stuff ~ because you can. So this was unexpected but lovely! XX 🙂

  3. Brilliant! I find when I take time off I am raring to go when I get back to writing! (As long as the energy’s there.) So happy you had a good evening and recharged, you busy person, you.

  4. Sounds like you’ve had a lovely weekend. It’s often the simple things in life and being with someone special that gives you the most contentment. 🙂 xx

    • Well said ~ thank you so much, Sue! Contentment is a nice way of describing that evening ~ we did feel very content in our little world (but, I hasten to add, not ‘smug-married’ a la BJ!!!) XX Thanks for your lovely comment. 😀

  5. Awww – that sounds amazing!! xx

  6. Ah, yes I can relate to this. Our monthly date night is suffering. We are just too tired to bother or dont fancy glamming up. We did make the effort two weeks ago and just went to local pub food chain in jeans etc.


    • And why not indeed! It’s not all about going out ~ it’s about talking to each other and being comfortable and allowing yourself to slow down for a while. Golly, I’m coming over all philosphical here, I had no idea this would happen. Thank you for visiting, Carol, and enjoy your date nights ~ whatever shape they take! XX

  7. Oh, date night in your PJ’s can be the most romantic of all. Great post, Nicky!

  8. Curry, PJs, gripping film – Oh, and a wee drop of vino. My Friday night menu! I love your man! Bless his spatula! 🙂 xx

  9. We do the same, cooking together and enjoying dinner at the finest restaurant in town (at home).

  10. Nicky,
    What a wonderful date night! That’s almost a mirror image of mine from last weekend. 🙂

    • Hi Steph, soul sister ~ so glad you had a fabulous date in with your lovely OH. We were probably ‘dating’ together! XX Thank you for visiting and for your lovely comment. 🙂

  11. Nothing like a date night! It’s what keeps the happiness going – and your night looked fab!!!

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