A Little Bit Broke? Really Busy? You Can Still Enjoy Some Romance

Chris has been traveling for basically the past month, so the other night we wanted to make the most out of some time together before he hit the road again. Originally we had big plans involving dinner, a movie, and frozen yogurt, but then it got snowy and terrible, and we were tired. Suddenly frozen yogurt and putting on real pants seemed unappealing. Our plans evolved from a night out to just crashing on the couch. Normally if we’re just hanging out at home we’re watching TV, but this time we listened to music and talked. No phones or computers for once, and no staring at a screen in silence. It was nothing fancy, but it was good to catch up since we hadn’t been in the same state together in a while.  What could have been a boring, forgettable night ended up being really fun.

Don’t get me wrong, I love a fully planned night out where we’re trying a new restaurant or going out for a drink, but the relaxing feel of this impromptu time together made me realize that “date” doesn’t necessarily equal expensive or reservations for weeks in advance. It’s certainly nice to get outside of the confines of your couch, and I think this is an important part of keeping the relationship fun, but sometimes low-key dates are equally enjoyable when you’ve been working or traveling a lot. It just feels good to decompress at home together. Also, when you’re out somewhere fancy, you feel like you have to get your money’s worth. You’re worried about getting the maximum enjoyment out of the expensive dinner you just paid for, or taking in every second of that movie that’s probably a half hour too long (aren’t they all?). This way, there’s no harm in yawning a bit or turning in early.

Lack of energy or money doesn’t mean that you have to sit on your computers in silence. People in their twenties are constantly overworked and underpaid, so it’s time to find a way to keep the romance alive even when extravagant dates aren’t possible/desirable. Pick some of your favorite songs to play for each other, or download a live concert from your favorite artist and listen to it together. You can try that new restaurant with the $10 cocktails next week.

What are some of your favorite date nights? How do you spend time together when you’re both busy? 

Sidenote: I forgot that “Date Night” is another one of Steve Carell’s poor choices since he left The Office. The things you discover when searching for a picture to accompany your blog post.

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