A date night in our house was long over due. Daddy and I spend a lot of time at our computers which is sadly the downside of being me being a blogger and my husband being a software engineer. It felt like we were due to spend sometime nurturing our relationship. Now that autumn is here, TV gets a whole lot better and one of our favourite shows started on ABC this weekend. We are huge Once Upon A Time fans, and have followed each series since it began.
If you are out of the loop, Once Upon A Time is closely based around fairy tale characters, and there are threads of their original stories in the plot, but there is always a twist. The characters have left their mythical realm behind to take up root in Storybrooke, Maine.
The start of the series marked the perfect opportunity to have a date night. We we’re left at the end of last season with Emma, the show heroine, turning to the dark side, and we were both keen to get into the new series to find out how this was going to play out.
We had the date marked in the calendar for a few weeks, and seeing as Once Upon A Time was something we both enjoyed watching, I knew we would both not be easily distracted by work, phones or social media. There is no point in someone tweeting or checking emails all night is there, it’s not going to make for much of a date night is it?
The week before, I’d reminded the other half that date night was going to be very soon and what did he fancy for dinner? We both agreed that a curry would be nice. We haven’t shared a curry for ages, so that felt kind of special. I did think about getting some other treats in, but we are always pretty full after curry so it didn’t feel necessary.
I made sure the kids were tired out so that there would be no issues at bedtime. I also spoke to teen as he would be working. I pick him up after his shifts if I’ve got nothing on, but it would eat into date night. As he wants a lift to a party this week, we agreed he would find his own way home.
When my husband got in from work it was clear that he had forgotten it was date night. He flagged on the sofa after a hard day at work and asked what was for tea. I gently reminded him that it was date night and we were ordering curry. I’m so glad we had already had this conversation.
With the kids in bed, teen at work and the promise of a bit of peace and quiet I got the take away ordered from Just Eat. I’ve got to admit I’m a fan of their ordering service, if for no other reason than it remembers my details and I don’t have to hunt for my purse and type in a load of numbers every time I place an order. It’s a bit on the lazy side I know. The curry house even texted me afterwards to say, Chillis has their own website but it would take a lot to get me away from Just Eat!
So our set meal for 2 turned up and we argued over who was having the lamb dish. Seeing as I am an amazing wife, I gave in and let my husband have the sought after meat. Next time I’ll send a note to the restaurant asking for 2 lamb curries, as we have the same conversation every time. I’m pretty sure he gets the lamb every time too!
After a lovely dinner and a good catch up without dealing with the kids, we settled down for our favourite show. Now, if you are a Once Upon A Time fan, you’ll appreciate it’s one of those shows that needs to be watched with the lights out, snuggled up on the sofa, with lots of blankets and cushions. It’s perfect for a cosy autumn evening.
We managed to get through dinner and the whole of the first episode of Once Upon A Time without a child waking up once. However, that didn’t last long and Little Pudding’s teeth disturbed her shortly after we’d watched the show. All in all though, it was a pretty successful date night, and now we’ve got something to look forward to together every Monday night. I’ll probably have to remind him, but that’s OK. It will add an element of surprise to the proceedings won’t it!