Date Day Friday | Babes, Books, Bottles!
Disclaimer: When I use the term 'Lover' I am referencing Brandon who is my husband. Not my mistress. I literally call him Lover 99.9% of the time but I'm always afraid that if I do it in writing, people are going to misunderstand. Anyway, End Disclaimer.
So, last week, Lover and I started doing Date Day Fridays where we create a date for the two of us, alternating weeks on who gets to plan the date. We have a budget of ~$50 and the date has to be mostly a surprise. We can tell the person what to wear and that's about it. It's important that who is designing the date does stuff that THEY want to do, regardless of whether or not they think the other person will like it.
This is the case because too often in relationships people don't share the stuff they love for fear the other person won't like it, will be bored, or in general lacks interest. Lover and I really believe that it's important to try new things, and to invest in the things that your partner likes. WITHOUT COMPLAINT. Keep an open mind, and you might find out that you and your person like the same damn things.
This week was Brandon's week to plan.
We started off the night by going to Magus Books which is one of Seattle's oldest independent, used bookstores. We both love books and bookstores so this was sort of a perfect, dusty, prefunk for the evening.
Next, we both sort of mutually decided to go down the alley, following the sign that said 'coffee shop in alley'. I mean, we've just been inside a bookstore covered in ivy, the next best thing is a coffee shop in a Seattle alley. Which is how we ended up at the idyllic Allegro Coffee where we sipped on a coffee and people watched and talked about how our dream home would basically look like the inside of that coffee shop. Tall windows, mood lighting, brick, people drinking coffee, you know, the DREAM.
And if that weren't good enough of a date, Brandon surprised me by taking me to the book signing I'd been wanting to go to! GAH! Chloe Benjamin wrote a fantastic book The Immortalists. She read from her book and did a Q&A session at Elliot Bay Book Company in Capitol Hill where they have some awesome author signings.
She was seriously a delight to listen to. She was so genuine and she started off the night by saying 'I love Seattle so much, you guys have such a great gritty art feel'. Which may not be AS true anymore with all the tech overtakers, but every single person at that reading still craves that version of Seattle so we were all smitten by the compliment.
And the winner of the night goes to the fact that I thought we were headed home and Lover took us one more place. Hidden in the back neighborhoods facing Lake Washington, is a little restaurant inside an old house called BottleHouse whose tagline is 'Dwell, Drink and Be Well' which is mostly all I want out of life.
I can't properly describe the cuteness that is this bistro. Set in an Old Victorian style house, the space is small and intimate. Everyone, couples and friends alike, sit close together, laugh into each other, and drink with their glasses constantly in a toast. The place is lit only by candles, the wine is specifically picked to be unique from all over the world, and the food was amazing. It felt like finding a hidden gem. I'll definitely be taking friends there! Also, they have a great outdoor seating area for summer time and a happy hour! Who's with me!?
We hope you got some date night ideas for the next one out with your honey or your friends! Also, if you have fun date ideas, we'd love to hear them! We're always looking for hints on our next Date Day Friday!