One of the things B and I are trying to do this year is an established monthly date night. Not the, “oh, well, we’re out and about so date day!” type of things we usually do. Actually planned, actually dressed up, not on our phones, etc.
For January, we started off super basic with your classic date – dinner and a movie. Which, amusingly enough, I’ve never actually done. My first boyfriend took me to a movie on our first date (and mini-golfing), but he didn’t feed me. In hind sight, that simple fact makes me wonder why I kept dating him …
In any case, for the movie, we went to see “Hidden Figures”. We had both heard wonderful things about the film (and I’d seen interesting fun facts regarding the women it’s about in Tumblr posts on Pinterest), and as there isn’t much else* out that we would want to go see (“Moana” again not included), it became our choice.
There were a few things in the movie that were a bit predictable, but it was a great, well-told story nonetheless. And shit, I can’t even get close to math like that.
We did the movie first (backward life) solely so we could eat popcorn. Small, early lunch so we were hungry enough for the popcorn to pretty much destroy the bag during the previews. With our dinner reservations an hour after the movie, we were still plenty hungry to eat dinner.
Dinner was at an old, but trusty standby, in Benihana. Always delicious, but a bit too pricey for a random dinner, so it was a perfect choice for dinner. We both had a drink (B a Blue Moon and me a Pinot Noir), split a Shrimp Lovers Roll, and each got the Splash ‘N Meadow (steak and shrimp) dinner.
We’re not yet sure what February’s date night will be yet, but March’s is booked for the end of Denver Restaurant Week.
* Well, except “Patriot’s Day,” but we’re trying to decide if the Boston Marathon bombings are still too raw for us to be able to get through the film. I couldn’t make it through the trailers without crying and I don’t want to sob the whole film. We’ll probably still see it, though, but at the first showing of the day. Maybe.