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My Random Thursday Celebration


Friday, August 09, 2013

As I have mentioned, probably enough times already, but this weekend is travel weekend. Ten hours total riding in the car. Though I savor the time to read, I don't look forward to being sedentary and exposure to gas station treats. I have a weakness for a particular candy bar. I made it a whole week without sweets, except one time. I have kept on the low end of calorie range all but one day, which was a day at the high end. I also will be exposed to food, in particular the most enticing wedding cake, in my book. I beg for prayers to stand firm and eat controlled portions. We will be having a an evening picnic celebration, with a bonfire and fireworks. We will also be playing outdoor games, so there will be chasing around with little kids and big "kids" my children are still kids at heart. All in all a fun Saturday night.

I wrote about the next news in my status today. I realized it was the 8th yesterday and that is the date we met. I figured it out as 463 months since hubby and I met. A random number and even more random event to choose to celebrate. When we first dated and then after marriage, we would celebrate each month; "monthiversaraies." I got it in my head to make a celebration meal and decorate for this, too. I got out a notepad and brainstormed. I ran around half the day picking up items. The other half the day was spent in the kitchen a decorating. Finished as he walked in the door.

We had a really random meal. Low cost and not necessarily special, but something that would keep me within range and also be hubby's favorites. I put up balloons, picked flowers from the garden, put them on a table runner I bought that has a map and pictures of landmarks of Massachusetts, where we spent our first 12 years. I put a ribbon on a pack of peanut M&Ms, his favorite, and drew a card with the number of months and bowling pins and ball, (we met on a blind date in a bowling alley), I wrote inside that he "bowled me over". I didn't tell him what we were celebrating till he read the card. I poured wine in wineglasses I picked up yesterday at goodwill, since we never have wine. He tasted mine, I'd bought him grape juice, knowing he wouldn't drink the wine. He hated the taste he had and said "I don't know how people can drink that stuff"

Right when he walked in the door, I pulled out of the oven a pineapple usidedown cake, a favorite of his that I haven't baked in years, but was something I baked often when we lived in Boston. He hadn't noticed the table set, so he thought the cake was dinner. His eyes lit up. We shared the M&Ms as our appetizer. When we had dessert later, the cake was delicious warm from the oven.

I stayed within calorie range, even with the small glass of wine and the cake. I'd entered the ingredients in the recipe calculator on SP. It was high in calories, even though I'd cut back on the sugar. (Now the trick will be keeping myself from eating any more of it.)

As I said, I never have wine, and I slept like a baby. The running around and preparing for the night probably also helped me sleep well.

We usually watch TV while we eat, but I had purchased and played while we ate, a CD with Hawaiian music, which we love and reminds us of our kids on Oahu, and our visits there. I told him no TV and I wanted us to reminisce. After we ate we sat an looked through an album I've kept with once annual photos of us and our gradual additions of children, and grandchildren. Yesterday I had to scramble to add more recent photos since I'd let myself slip on adding to it. There are a few years missing, but hubby said that doesn't matter; it's the older photos that mean a lot. I told him that when we're in our 70s and 80s, the ones in our 50's will be just as precious. It was fun going down memory lane.

Then we watched a movie. We spent a lot of time watching movies through the years. Something we like to do together, and we held hands through the whole thing. The night wouldn't have been complete without an interruption by our son calling in the middle of the movie, haha! Somehow we had to include the real evidence of our many years together by speaking with one of our offspring!

You married women (or men) ought to plan a random party for two one of these days. My hubby certainly appreciated it!

Thanks for listening to my long tale of my Thursday randomness! It is written down now for me to go back and remember how this fun special day and evening went.



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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
TRAVELGRRL 8/12/2013 5:53AM

    Wow, what a wonderful wife you are! Thanks for sharing your story!!

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SHERIO5 8/10/2013 12:16PM

    What an awesome way to celebrate as a couple!

I think little special touches ars so thoughtful, and more meaningful...

Have a blast celebrating at the wedding!


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KANOE10 8/10/2013 8:08AM

    What a lovely celebration of wonderful years of marriage. That was personal and psoitve and you stayed on track in terms of eating.

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CHERYL_ANNE 8/9/2013 9:22PM

    What a wonderful way to celebrate!

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_JODI404 8/9/2013 7:42PM

    Sounds like you really created a special and fun celebration!!

Hubby and I celebrate our 2 anniversaries annually, the day we met, which was in June, 22 years this year. And then our wedding, which is in Nov, 12 years this year.
We have always celebrated our day we met anniversary -- it's very special to us!

Hope your traveling goes well. Pack some healthy choices to take with you so the gas stations don't trip you up. The wedding is going to be a ton of fun -- ENJOY!!! Don't worry about the little things, enjoy the good times!!

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LARISSA238 8/9/2013 5:36PM

    That is awesome! I don't remember what date Geo and I met (in a chat room), but it's been 8 years now... time flies! We lay in bed last night and read funny news stories and laughed. I love spending time with him. I think I should do something like that for us :) Thanks for the great idea!

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KELLIEBEAN 8/9/2013 1:53PM

    I read this with a huge smile. I am SO bad at gift giving and planning celebrations. I LOVE this idea!

You have SPARKED my imagination!

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SUGARSMOM2 8/9/2013 12:56PM

  good idea .good luck this weekend . wedding are always hard . love them . cry everytime .

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KNYAGENYA 8/9/2013 12:42PM

    That is such a great idea! I should try that. Of course we are only at 121 months. Good luck this weekend. Don't even go in to the gas station so you can't get the candy bar. You could even slice the cake in half and take part of it home.

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DEJAMQ 8/9/2013 12:23PM

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