I could have named this post a lot of different titles…some of the others I was thinking of were “A Date Alone” and “Life is What You Make It”…but I’m sticking with this one for now.
I pretty much spent all of the day in the house, not because I intentionally wanted to or enjoyed being a hermit, it just happened that way. Lessons in the morning, a phone call to mom, Russ calling, talking with mom again, surfing the web starting to plan our upcoming move to Kentucky, uploading pics to FB, and IMing a friend…the day flew and all the sudden it was 5 PM and I started feeling stir-crazy.
I knew I needed to get out…but where? what? I thought about my different girlfriends, but everyone I could think of was unavailable, and the ones who weren’t I figured wouldn’t want to do something so last minute. So, I was thinking, I want chocolate or dessert or something. I mean tomorrow’s our anniversary right? I need a night out!
I thought about going to Olive Garden or some other nice restaurant for dessert, but, eh, who wants to sit there alone and let people wonder if you got stood up? Not me…
My mind starting racing. Ahh, those beautiful 2 dozen roses. Wow they are gorgeous! Hey…wait a minute. Why don’t I have my own little candlelight dinner here at home?
I couldn’t think of any good reason not to So off I went in a race of flushed fury to make tonight as special as ever. I shed my jean skirt and cruddy t-shirt and in their place donned my “Audrey Hepburn Dress” as Russ likes to call it.
I plugged my rollers in while I cleared the paper-and-junk filled table. My imagination just kind of swept me away ya know?
About a half hour later, there I was, in my new shoes, fancy dress, hair, makeup, earrings, and Exclamation! perfume standing next to an ALMOST decorated table.
Off to HEB I go, listening to Josh Groban’s “You Are Loved” at high volume. (Not because Josh Groban is my 2nd love like SOME of my friends view him, but because Russ likes him and does the best impression of him in the WORLD, especially on the high notes!) I bought a salad, some candles, sparkling grape juice, and a tuxedo cake (layers of cake and white and chocolate mouse topped with chocolate and a luscious strawberry).
I came home, lit the candles, and enjoyed the romantic dinner with Josh Groban, Il Divo, and Jane Oliver playing in the background. I was a tad lonely…so after my dessert, I pulled out my computer to write this post.
I get to the part about the salad and voila! my phone rings again!!!!!!!! I guess Russell’s NCO was in a bad mood, Russ was in her hair, and so she was like, “why don’t you go call your wife or something!?!?!”
He asked, “What are you doing?”
“Um…having a candlelight dinner!”
Him: “By yourself?”
Not anymore! Russ actually got to “join” me for my candlelight dinner!!!
I didn’t write this so you would feel sorry for me…I wrote this to encourage you. A week ago my mom asked me what I was doing for my anniversary, and I really had no answer. My thought was, “um, an anniversary is kinda hard to celebrate on your own.” Now, I wasn’t upset or “poor me,” but I just didn’t know how to go about celebrating.
Now, as I sit here in the candlelight looking at my gorgeous roses, I can’t think of a better way I could have celebrated our anniversary (at least this side of deployment). I’m so glad I didn’t just skip over it all. I mean, life is too short right? And just because my other half is on the other half of the world doesn’t mean that our first year is any less important.
I’m ending tonight with a bubble bath and the Princess Bride (a very important movie to Russ and I, but that’s another story…)
Life is what you make it…