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Date day February 26, 2008

Filed under: family — airingdirtylaundry @ 4:59 pm

Mike and I went on a “date” on Saturday.  It’s funny how my definition of “date” has changed over the years.  It used to be dinner and a movie.  Anymore, it means any time designated solely for the two of us, no matter what the activity. 

Saturday’s plans involved a trip downtown.  We went to Atria’s for lunch to use a gift certificate we had.  My glass of cabernet was excellent.  The crab bisque–to die for.  The 30+ minutes I had to wait for a bloody lump of meat that was supposed to be medium-well while the employees took turns taking smoke breaks . . . .ummm, not so good.  I could understand the wait if they were busy, but Mike and I were the only diners there for quite some time and there were only a handful of people in the bar area.  I guess I can’t complain very much–at least it was a free meal.  Even a burger that “moo”s wasn’t going to ruin date day.

Atria’s is located in PNC Park, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates. 

PNC Park 

While we were there, we stopped in at the clubhouse store, where they were having a 50% off sale.  We spent close to an hour in there just browsing and ended up with 3 shirts and a hat for $45.  Mike spent a while debating on buying a jersey, but ended up not getting it.

Although it was sunny out, it was bitter cold and I was anxious to walk back to the car.  We went over the Roberto Clemente bridge and headed towards home.

6th street bridge

We’ll be back down that way in a little over a month, once baseball season starts.

opening day

Along the way, we stopped at the Meadows Casino for a little while and had fun playing the slots and wandering around.  As it got later, it got a lot more crowded.  There were so many people smoking that we ended up leaving.  Even though Mike and I both had parents who smoked while we were growing up, neither of us can tolerate the smell and it really gets to us.

On our way home we stopped at Sheetz for MTO’s (and garlic fries—mmmmm!).  Once we got home, we put a movie in the DVD player (Superbad–blech) and then watched TV. 

It was such a great day, even though we didn’t do anything extraordinary.  Despite the bitter cold, the crappy burger, losing money on the slots, getting lung cancer from secondhand smoke, and watching a horrible movie, it was great spending time together.

We had so much fun, we decided to have Date Day Part Deaux this Saturday and go to the museum.  I’m hoping the weather cooperates with our plans . . .we’re supposed to have snow off and on for the rest of the week.  C’mon spring–we’re ready for you to get here!


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