Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Tuesday Coffee Chat: Show Me Love, Date Night on a Budget

Rory Bore at Ink Interrupted hosts the Tuesday Coffee Chat, and this week the topic is Show Me Love.  Get all lovey-dovey with a poem, a craft, or date night ideas. 

No, i won't subject you to my poetry, no one deserves that.  As for crafts, i will do one if someone else comes up with the pattern and shows me how.  The only thing i can tell you about is what Sweetie and i do when we don't have much money for date nights, which is most of the time.

Our first favorite is simply to go to a local coffee shop after dinner for decaf coffee and a long talk.  Days can go by during which we are ships passing in the night, me working multiple jobs and he putting in applications and working a bit for The Big Boss and by the time we are in the same place at the same time, we're ready for bed.  Taking an hour to go get a decaf and have a chat reconnects us.

The next one will sound boring to those who aren't book worms, but we love to go to a bookstore for a date night.  We will save up a bit of money and enjoy wandering the aisles, getting back together with a few books to share with each other, like sharing treasures.  Looking at the prices and our budget, we decide which ones are best to add to our library, and come home ready to lie in bed and each read our favorite.

Going out for breakfast is a much less expensive date than dinner, and is a great way to connect at the start of a day.  If you do it on a Sunday morning, it's a great way to connect at the start of the week.

Spending time together doing something fun doesn't have to cost much, and is always worth it!

Today is:

Extraterrestrial Culture Day -- New Mexico, US ("to celebrate and honor all past, present, and future extraterrestrial visitors in ways to enhance relationships among all citizens of the cosmos, known and unknown.")

Feast of Apollo -- Ancient Roman Calendar

International Pancake Day

Mardi Gras -- Fat Tuesday, Carnival, the last day to feast before the Lenten fast begins tomorrow, greeted with revelry in many parts of the world; related observances and names:
     Scotland, Fasten's E'en or Bannocky Day
     Portuguese, Terça-feira Gorda
     Italian, Martedì Grasso
     Swedish, Fettisdagen
     Danish, Fastelavn
     Norwegian, Fastelavens
     Estonian, Vastlapäev
     Spanish, Martes de Carnaval
     German, Faschingsdienstag
     Hawaiian, Malasada Day
     Lithuanian, Uzgavenes
     Icelandic, Sprengidagur (literally, Bursting Day)
     also Pancake Day or Bursting Day, the day to eat the last of the eggs and butter in the form of some kind of fried cakes, and to eat until bursting

Mother's Day -- Israel (Shevat 30)

Narvik Sun Pageant (Vinterfestuka) -- Norway (annual festival held since ancient times to honor the sun goddess)

National Bagels and Lox Day

National DAV (Develop Alternative Vices) Day -- internet generated, in hopes that bad habits will be altered to positive coping mechanisms

National Read in the Bathtub Day -- yes, the day has its own Facebook page

National Sports Day -- Qatar

Pizza Pie Day

Read in the Bathtub Day -- another one that no one will claim to have invented, and please don't try it with a digital book

Remembrance for Eyvind Kinnrifi -- Asatru/Slavic Pagan (martyr)

Safer Internet Day -- organised by Insafe (promotes safe and responsible use of the internet by teaching children how to keep themselves safe online)

Shrove Tuesday -- Christian

St. Apollonia's Day (Patron of dentists; Achterbos, Belgium; Ariccia, Italy; Cuccaro Monferrato, Italy; against toothaches, tooth disease)

St. Maroun's Day -- Lebanon (Syriac Maronite Church of Antioch, an Eastern Catholic Church)

Tales of Kelp-Koli begin -- Fairy Calendar (through the 16th)

Toothache Day -- and someone thought this needed a day because...?  Okay, I guess because there is a patron saint for it.  Or against it.  However that works.

Weather Day -- US (Weather Service Founding)

World Ag Expo -- Tulare, CA, US (largest farm and equipment show in North America; through Thursday)

Birthdays Today:

David Gallagher, 1985
Ziyi Zhang, 1979
Mena Suvari, 1979
Shakira, 1977
Travis Tritt, 1963
Charles Shaughnessy, 1955
Judith Light, 1949
Mia Farrow, 1945
Alice Walker, 1944
Joe Pesci, 1943
Carole King, 1942
Janet Suzman, 1939
Roger Mudd, 1928
Brendan Behan, 1923
Kathryn Grayson, 1922
Bill Veeck, 1914
Gypsy Rose Lee, 1914
Ernest Tubb, 1914
Carmen Miranda, 1909
David Dean Rusk, 1909
Ronald Colman, 1891
Amy Lowell, 1874
William Henry Harrison, 1773

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Falstaff"(Verdi Opera), 1893
"Venice Preserv'd"(Otway Play), 1682

Today in History:

The Synod of Breslau orders Jews of Silesia to wear special caps, 1267
The first recorded race meet in England in Roodee Fields, Chester, 1540
The British ex-premier Walpole becomes the Earl of Oxford, 1742
After no presidential candidate receives a majority of electoral votes in the election of 1824, the United States House of Representatives elects John Quincy Adams President of the United States, 1825
– The U.S. Weather Bureau is established, 1870
The first Japanese immigrants arrive in Hawaii, 1885
The Davis Cup competition is established, 1900
The first forestry school is incorporated at Kent, Ohio, 1909
Snow falls on Mauna Loa, Hawaii, 1922
Brazil becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty, 1922
Year-round Daylight saving time is re-instated in the United States as a wartime measure to help conserve energy resources, 1942
Joanne Woodward receives the first star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, 1960
Jamaica becomes an independent nation within the Commonwealth of Nations, 1962
The Beatles make their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, performing before a "record-busting" audience of 73 million viewers, 1964
First test flight of the Boeing 747, 1969
Satchel Paige becomes the first Negro League player to be voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, 1971
Space Shuttle astronauts Bernard A. Harris, Jr. and Michael Foale become the first African American and first Briton, respectively, to perform spacewalks, 1995
A storehouse of thirty Egyptian mummies is unearthed inside a 2,600-year-old tomb, 2009


  1. I so agree. Hubby and I get together each evening we are home and read for about an hour together. They we watch Netfix or Amazon Prime (currently watching Bones), and we hold hands. It's a wonderful way to connect.

    On the boat we are in a small space and again we often read. We could watch television, but rarely do. We are together and that's the important part.

    I love your family.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

  2. You two are wise old owls and your children must appreciate that. Blessings on you both!!

  3. I love spending time with people in ways that don't cost much money. This lets you focus on conversation and friendship instead of an expensive activity.

  4. That sounds wonderful to me because I'm a bookworm who enjoys spending quiet time with my hubby too.

  5. love that you have simple times shared!

  6. Mrs. C and I look forward to Saturday nights and a cheezy movie that is always on the Lifetime network, generally a husband doctor who beats his wife, or a psycho wife plotting her husbands demise to collect insurance.

    We may have issues.

  7. Such a great post! So many of us who also have kids have the trouble of affording both the date AND the sitter! These are great ideas. We are fans of going to the book store, or even our local library because it has a cafe part. Sometimes we also will do a later dinner and watch a movie at home to get that cheaper dinner/movie feel. And the bonus is we get to make something that the kids won't usually eat.

  8. It is the simple things that linger and carry us through the daily stuff of life. Bill and I do the same things. Hugs.


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