I had wanted to do the Bookstore Date that I posted about several months ago. I was dragging my feet and almost called if off because it sounded kind of dorky. We discussed going to a movie, going home to take a nap, and I also thought of a few stores I really needed to stop at. We ended up giving it a shot for something different and it was fun. (It's also a budget friendly date! No $ needed for the bookstore portion)
Matt a little minor injury in the line of duty early Saturday morning so we had do to some running around for that. Pick up paperwork, stop at Dr. to get checked out, take paperwork back to another office.
Finally we were able to head over the river to the Big O. We were not sure where we were going to eat lunch but knew there were some new places across from the bookstore we were going to. I pointed to an area and said isn't there some stuff back there....we turned the corner and boom! Sushi right before our eyes! We both love Sushi and new places that both of us have not been to.
We hopped in the car to cross the busy street to the shopping mall across the way. Our destination was a Barnes and Noble book store where there would be plenty of choices. We followed the basic structure of the date ideas on the link above but mixed them together and added our own twist.
We decided our tasks would be as following:
Find a cookbook with something you would want to cook for the other
Find a picture of a place you would like to travel together
Find a joke and read it to one another
Find an idea for a future date night
Then we split up to look for the next ones with plans to meet back in the Children's dept.
Find a self help book for yourself (not one for your spouse...this is not something to cause a fight about ha!)
Find a book you think your partner would enjoy reading
Find a favorite book from your childhood or one that brings back a memory
Find a book together that has the words "happily ever after"
So....here we go~
Recipe. I found mine rather quickly. I was thinking I might find a sushi cookbook since we had talked about trying to improve our sushi rice cooking skills at lunch but couldn't find them. (later saw a different section I missed, oh well.) Matt finally settled on something and when we both turned our books around I laughed that we had both picked Guy Fieri cookbooks! Matt chose a peperoni burger and I selected blackened salmon from the visit Guy had to Dixie Quicks...one of our local eats that we love. We actually thought of eating there for lunch but they are closed on Mondays. (But lucky me has plans to go on Thurs. with the girls)
An police officer pulls over a man in a car. The officer looks him over and says, "sir, your eyes are glossy- have you been drinking?" The man says to the officer, "officer, your eyes look glazed- have you been eating doughnuts?" I am pretty sure I had tears in my eyes I thought I was so funny.
Matt's was "My mom is a travel agent. Her specialty is guilt trips".... lame Matt, lame.
After sharing a few laughs back and forth I asked the big man to take our picture. I told him we were on a scavenger hunt and after he took the pic we would get out of his way and let him concentrate on his shopping. He took the pic and as he handed me my camera back he said, "you are grinning so biiiigggggg". Okay, thanks dude.
We tried to find some date night idea books and couldn't find anything. The shelf was mainly how to date when you are single but not about date ideas/ dating your spouse. We even went to the counter and asked and the girl looked it up on the computer only to come up with noting.
Then it was time for us to split up.
Matt went to self help first while I headed to find one for him. Once we met in the Children's dept. we went over our finds.
Matt selected The Tao of Inner Peace and The Last Lecture for himself in self - help. He said he has read The Last Lecture and it has lots of great life advice he can use. I selected Sunny Side Up- 100 Ways to Be Happier Right Now. I feel like sometimes I am so down and need to quit complaining about the crappy things that have happened.
I thought the self help section would be a lot easier to choose something. I didn't think there was a lot of variety like I expected. My neck was actually starting to hurt because of reading book titles sideways. Then I started to think about why book stores organize their books this way so it is difficult to read if you don't know what topic/ title you are looking for. It seems that the problems people have that shop here are basically, stress, sadness, and addiction. I guess I was just expecting to see a few books on a larger variety vs. several books on a few topics.
For the books we selected for each other- I picked the Butch Cassidy one for Matt. He said he would like it , but I don't know. He might have just been being nice. He came back with a Nicholas Sparks, Jodi Picoult, and one other I had not heard of. The Jodi Picoult one is on my reading list but I am usually too cheap to buy books at full price unless I really really want them.
As we walked around to find books from our childhood, I also could have told you which one Matt would have picked. He selected Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Day. He has memories of his mom reading this book several times as a child.
I was torn and could have selected several. I ended up with Amelia Bedelia. I remember my mom reading this book so many times to me (and the rest in the series) and I loved how Amelia always messed everything up!
Our last stop was to find a book with "...and they lived happily ever after." I said we needed to find the fairy tails section so we split up and I quickly found it. We started going through books together and I think we found it on our third try.
And they lived happily ever after <3
PS- I know that book titles are supposed to be underlined. too bad. deal with it this time.