Date Day

by Courtney Sirotin on February 1, 2012

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Confession: Since Dylan was born almost a year and a half ago, the longest Jay and I have been alone together outside the house is for three hours at a time.

The main reason we haven’t left Dylan longer is that we don’t have any family or close friends nearby. Once, when I was visiting my family in New Hampshire, I left Dylan with my mom for the day and he was fine, but we don’t have that option here in Georgia. Also, Dylan and I are extremely attached so its hard for me to leave him when I know he’s going to be sad (yes, I am one of those moms). That said, things are getting a little ridiculous in the date arena so I think it’s finally time we try leaving him a little longer with the really nice, really trustworthy babysitter we have here.

What do I mean by “ridiculous”? Well, with only three hours to fit in a date, we don’t have many options. We live in a rural area so to do anything exciting we’d have to drive to Atlanta, but since there isn’t enough time we are stuck doing things locally. Dates past have included things like playing tennis at the local park and then getting margaritas (that one was fun!) and going to the…mall (that one was…lame.). If we are lucky there will be a county fair we can walk around, but there hasn’t been one of those since the Fall.

Our most recent date was so funny/pathetic/typical that I just have to share it with you. But before I do, please note that as pathetic as our dates are, Jay and I really covet our rare moments alone together and somehow always have a great time.

It all started in the car with this handsome guy behind the wheel…

Then Jay broke out the appetizers. He was excited to show me this pack of Trident Layers gum he’d just bought because it was fruit flavored without the seemingly obligatory (gross) mint added. I tried it and it wasn’t bad, but I think it tasted better to Jay because he’s on a version of the Paleo diet and doesn’t eat as many sweet and processed foods as I do.

Then we stopped by an ATM to get some cash. There was a long line but we were happy just to hang out while we waited.

Then we had to get gas. At this point Jay was getting uncomfortable with all the pictures I was taking, but I told him I want my blog to be a “friendly blog” so he agreed to smile in all of them.

Then Jay paid me his first back-handed compliment of the day. He asked if I was wearing the same pair of jeans that I had on the day before. I said I was and he noted that they fit well today but were saggy in the butt yesterday. I informed him that I washed and dried them the night before so they were more snug. I also informed him that by telling me they looked good today he was implying they looked bad yesterday so that cancelled out the compliment.

Then we got back in the car and sanitized out hands. I sanitize fairly often, but Jay is borderline obsessive about it.

Finally, we arrived at our destination.

You think I’m going to say we played at the arcade or went bowling. What are we, middle schoolers?! Nope, we headed into the exclusive…

Coach’s Corner Cafe! It’s basically a sports bar in the arcade where you can play…

KENO!!!!! One of our favorite pastimes. Once we won $800.

But first Jay had to sanitize his hands again.

As you can see, the place was poppin’! As usual, I took forever to study the menu.

We settled on drinks.

And I got a Chicken Pita (this picture was taken after I’d eaten part of it). Jay wasn’t hungry so he just ate my broccoli.

We dove into the Keno head first.

I strategized and played the day’s “Hot Numbers” while Jay chose his willy-nilly. We each won a few and lost a few but ultimately lost more than we won.

I went to the bathroom and Jay paid the bill. Are you still with me? Hang on, things are about to heat up because next we went to…


Look at my man, smiling for the blog while I force him to pose outside of Big Lots.

We browsed around until we ran out of time. The best thing we purchased was this PlayDoh toy for Dylan. We also got a bunch of weird and discounted food items, which you are required to do at Big Lots.

And then we drove home.

Well, if I am being honest, then we went back to the ATM because I actually forgot to take a picture when we went through the first time and was bothered by the fact that my Date Day post was going to be incomplete so Jay offered to reenact the scene so that I could get my picture. And that’s real life romance, just like our three hour dates.

I should leave well enough alone and end the post here, but I know you’re all dying to know what the second back-handed compliment Jay gave me that day was…

Our babysitter is in school to become a personal stylist and always has on really cool clothes when she comes to watch Dylan (totally not like the yoga pants I wear every day). In thinking about her that night I mentioned to Jay that if I ever got a chunk of money to spend on clothes I’d want to ask her to go shopping with me to pick out my clothes. To which he replied, “That’d be awesome for me, too, because then you could dress like a girl.”

I growled and he quickly amended, “But I sure am lucky you look great in yoga pants!”

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

JASON SIROTIN February 5, 2012 at 5:06 pm

There’s no denying that Courtney has a nice butt no matter what jeans she is wearing. I was merely pointing out that the jeans looked better on her than they did the previous day. No matter what ugly pants you put a hot girl in she’s still hot. Some jeans are better than others and that’s life.


JASON SIROTIN February 5, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Also I am very annoyed posing for pictures. Feels weird to be posing in front of a Big Lots.


ALANA February 7, 2012 at 10:20 am

You guys are too funny! Looks like you had fun. I remember that place. Jamie and I can be equally lame on dates 😉


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