okay, i know i promised a city guide to palm springs this week but, i feel like i blinked and the week was already over. my day job has been taking it out of me these past couple of days. don’t you worry though, you will receive a much anticipated city guide next week, i swear.
on a brighter note, tgif.
i know i had a shorter work week but man am i glad it is friday. b and i plan to take it easy. maybe a little exploring berkley here and a farmers market there. i am ready to have b all to myself. the past 3 weekends i have had to share him with all our lovely visitors and i have loved it, but sometimes you just need some alone time. you know?
do you remember when there used to be a segment on abc called tgif? where new episodes of family matters, step by step and boy meets world were premiered? those were the nights. b and i really love tv shows (far more than movies) so we thought why not make our own tgif for this date night?
we air popped some popcorn (the way popcorn should be made in my opinion), threw some kale in the oven for kale chips and settled down into our cozy couch to enjoy some of our favorite tv shows that we are currently obsessed with. this got me thinking. what would we classify as the top 10 best tv series of all time? b and i have been going through tv series since we were dating so we have a good variety to choose from.
when b and i were dating long distance, we used to watch one episode of prison break a week and then talk about it on our skype dates. i loved it. it was almost as good as watching it together.
after much deliberation, we nailed down the top 9 tv series of all time. it was hard to pick a tenth. i wanted to leave it open in case a new mind blowing series were to come along.
what is your favorite tv series? what should b and i dive into next?
we are currently watching the second season of hannibal, which truth be told is a little too dark but b finds it intriguing.
So I don’t know about the rest of the country but the Bay Area is obsessed with bocce ball as of late. Many companies are adding bocce ball courts to their office space as an extra amenity to their employees. There are also a number of bars dedicated to playing bocce and it is used frequently as an activity during corporate parties. I have loved bocce since elementary school when my family and I used to play it at the beach so I am fully on board with the craze.
B and I recently inherited a bocce ball set and love to play with it at a park near our house.
It can also be the perfect date night!
Did you know bocce ball developed into its most present form in Italy? Learning this, I decided to keep with the Italian theme for our date. We had a picnic full of pizza & Italian soda and a rousing game of bocce ball of course!
This week’s summer date night is brought to you by B and inspired by Arrow.
Have you ever seen Arrow? It is a superhero series on the CW. I was a little skeptical at first but have been getting really into it lately. It recently wrapped up its’ second season and was renewed for a third (first season is currently available on Netflix). Anyways enough about my current tv obsession…
B invited me on a surprise date night last week and it was so creative I thought I would share. The date began with dinner at Vaso Azzurro (a local Italian restaurant located in downtown Mountain View). The food was delicious. I chose Picatta Con Erbe Aromatiche and B chose the salmon. The flavors were fresh and authentic. The live jazz music contributed to a great meal. I hear their pasta is homemade so I will have to give it a try the next time we come. The dessert menu was diverse and lust worthy. Overall, it was a lovely experience and I would rate Vaso Azzurro 3.5 out of 5 stars (it really was quite tasty but as I mentioned before I come from a family of food snobs).
After dinner we raced over to this warehouse looking building in Palo Alto. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. B had taken me to Palomo Archery where we would learn the art of archery (I knew B loved Arrow from the beginning but had no idea it would inspire him so).
We had a hour long archery lesson (archery is actually more tiring than it looks). Our instructor, Peter, taught the very basics and then let us try it out. I was pretty nervous and a little intimidated. The bow was harder to pull back than I thought it would be. I just tried to remember everything I learned and had fun with it. Now I know why Katniss was so praised for her skills. It would take a lot of concentration and practice for me to ever shoot something that is moving.
B was a natural. He was shooting the farther target the second he was able to practice on his own. He could have been Arrow’s sidekick. B encouraged me that we needed this skill in case the zombie apocalypse ever became a reality.
Then B insisted that we must become like Robin Hood and wear the arrows on our back with the hat on our head. I will tell you I did feel a little BA (especially with my hair in a braid like Katniss, which was not planned). We both love learning new things so it was a great time had by all.
The night ended with ice cream and an Arrow episode of course.
I live for the summer.
I live for those long summer evenings and the warm summer mornings. I live for the sun shinning and the bronzed skin. I live for the perfectly ripened avocados, mangos, peaches, huckleberries, etc. (the list goes on and on). But, most of all I live for summer love.
Summer date nights are different. You are more adventurous and one with nature. You want to soak up the last moments of sun that the evening has to offer. You let loose a little more and think in your head “so what it’s summer?”. I have decided in honor of this amazing season I will post summer date night ideas every week to make this summer an unforgettable one.
B and I love games and one of the best two player games is yahtzee. So we grabbed a blanket and headed to a park a block away from our home to enjoy the sun and some competition. I also love Mojitos (virgin that is) so we decided to bring that too . The fresh mint and lime combination just scream summer to me. Check back next week for the recipe.