This post was originally sponsored by HowAboutWe, a date-planning service for couples. They invited us to try their service and then decided that bedraggled tired parents were not really their audience after all and stopped paying us. Anyway, I had a lot of fun on the Jedi date. We also had brats somewhere but so what?
Alec and I usually try to squeeze in at least one date night each month, whether we have the energy for it or not. I loved taking HowAboutWe for Couples for a test drive because they helped us out of our usual datenight rut. It is so much fun to browse and *heart* the different date ideas. Sometimes, I share them with him, but most often I keep a running wishlist of dream dates. This month, I’m happy to report that we stepped away from “dinner and a movie” and toward “lightsaber dance battles” and “pretzels as big as my face”.
Date One: The Epic Day Date inspired by our mutual love of Star Wars
Last weekend, I took advantage of my parent-in-laws’ visit to squeeze in a daytime date to a Jedi Training Course with my husband. Though he didn’t start out as enthusiastic as I was, I used my budding mind tricks to convince him that it would be fun.
Feeling decidedly badass, I drove the minivan into an unknown part of San Francisco wearing all black, and joined dozens of strangers in spandex or — better! — thematic costumes for a highly entertaining three-hour class.
We left with some great pictures and useful skills. Seriously, what other date involves LED lightsaber flourishes, DIY sound effects, and learning enough ninja fencing moves to impress an eight year old? Not nearly enough.
Even my reluctant partner had a good time. I realized after the fact that I had expected something a little more acrobatic (perhaps because of Whitney’s recent trapeze date or my own images of flipping and flying to dodge bad guys in the movie fight scenes), but I enjoyed the afternoon for what it was: part yoga, part theatrical swordplay, and part battle-dance class.
HowAboutWe stopped planning dates for married and dating couples and turned into a dating service. Whatev.