I won’t claim it’s always been easy. (Two people with chronic conditions, including depression, will find things harder. And even healthy couples would feel the strain of being home together every day.) But it’s been rewarding.
Tim has helped me become a better, if slightly more misanthropic, version of myself. Not just because he pushed me to get better medication in a couple of instances. But also because, as much as I temper his impulse spending, he’s reminded me to live a bit more in the present.
We’re not going crazy this year. Last year, we saved up for a Ruth’s Chris dinner. But when we got Tim’s pool table last month, Tim stated that he was giving up all claims to/requests for anniversary, birthday or Christmas gifts. I haven’t decided about those last two, but I’m definitely taking him at his word for the anniversary.
Still, I’m already scheduled to take the full day off from work to celebrate. So I figure we ought to do something. We’ll just do it… carefully.
We have a package of movie tickets, popcorn and drinks. Captain America: Civil War is popular, but I’m thinking it’s probably pretty quiet during the day on Wednesday. I’m pretty sure the tickets won’t work for that movie, but I’m going to try. Failing that, we’ll at least get the popcorn and drinks for free. We can use the tickets some other time.
We have about $30 left on a prepaid Visa GC we got for Christmas, so the tickets will be covered one way or another. And if we end up being ready or the first show of the day, we’ll even get matinee rates. But I’m not holding my breath on that one.
That still leaves a wide swath of time to fill.
There’s always Dave & Buster’s, which has Half Price Wednesdays. If we get a $20-gets-$40 coupon, we can play for a loooong time. But last time Tim’s hands bothered him too much to do a lot of play. So that’s a backup plan.
There’s actually going out to play pool. That might seem weird, since we have a pool table now, but there’s something to be said for actually getting out.
It’s hard to plan because I don’t know what my energy levels will be like. I can’t have any caffeine, in case I’m pregnant. I don’t think I am but… yeah. Understandably, Tim doesn’t want to make any big plans — even potential ones — lest he be disappointed if I can’t manage much more than a movie.
At the very least, we’ll do a movie and then, later, dinner. I just wish I could manage more. There are plenty of mostly free things we could do if I knew I’d be up to it. Like wandering around the student district in Tempe. I guess we’ll just have to see how I feel after the movie.
What’s important is that we spend the big day together without my being stuck behind a screen. Which means I’ll be doing my level best to avoid checking the blog, the blog’s stats, book sales or… anything really. I’m guessing it’ll take about four hours before my head explodes.
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