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#WhyIMarch

I march to show my daughter that we stand up for ourselves and we stand up for others and we stand with others. Yesterday was a much too belated (on my part), tiny step in a long march towards equality and freedom for all. But I took it. And my husband took it. And my daughter took it. And we’ll take another. And we’ll march together.

As my friend so beautifully articulated, “I’m humbled by the work of others before me, embarrassed by my silence and complicity, and eager to catch up.”

A Year of Dates

A Year of Dates

I’ve pondered the concept of date nights in this space before. (Specifically here and here, if you’re curious.) Then a few weeks ago I was reading my favorite blog when I read a post that inspired me to finally take definitive date night action – a whole year of them. Ben’s birthday was right around the corner, so it seemed like the perfect time to coordinate such a feat. I began brainstorming, and a spreadsheet. But there were two glaring roadblocks that needed to be addressed first. I started with the first, babysitting. I did the math and figured that if each set of grandparents and aunts and uncles took two months I’d be covered, so I sent an email asking if that in lieu of a traditional birthday gift the grandparents/aunts/uncles would offer their babysitting services for this grand birthday gift. Then I worked on the second, budget. Having a child has been a gateway to discovering all the amazing free things in our city so I was pretty confident I could rock 12 dates on a tight budget. I set it at $25/date. I’m ambitious like that.

The emails came in, the Google searches returned great ideas and this is what I came up with:

March: Biscuits and gravy at Lankford Grocery followed by checking out some bikes and cycling around Buffalo Bayou Park.

(Sidenote: We did this last Saturday, and it was amazing! Ben and I were long overdue for time doing something new together. It had been over a decade since I rode a bike, but after rediscovering the hand-brakes I got in a groove and it was such a fun (and beautiful) way to see Houston. This year of dates might also do wonders for my rocky relationship with this city.)

April: Early afternoon movie at Sundance Cinemas and happy hour at Blue Fish Sushi.

May: Benjy’s classic happy hour and then experiencing a sunset under James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace.

June: Finally see Jurassic World at Discovery Green.

July: A Friday night moonlight cruise on Lady Bird Lake.

August: Crossing Killen’s BBQ off our bucket list.

September: Migas and a stroll along the Austin Boardwalk.

October: An afternoon of beer and bocce ball at the Brooklyn Athletic Club.

November: Live storytelling at The Moth. (We might even get brave and throw our names into the hat.)

December: An evening of Christmas cheer at the iconic Lights in the Heights.

January: Wine tasting and trying out the hype of Common Bond.

February: Open Mic night at Rudyard’s Pub, a nod to our first Valentine’s date together.

Once I got going the list just kept growing, so I’ve started a second for “family dates” this summer…