Groundhog Day was earlier this month. After they pulled Punxsutawney Phil out of the ground, he didn’t see his shadow. Apparently it’s been years since he has seen his shadow… Soon after that prediction though, we got our first good snow of about 6 or 8 inches. Our college has closed early and canceled one of the days, so my husband and I were able to enjoy an extra, unplanned day off together. I suppose I would’ve sided with the prediction of an early spring this year too, since we’ve had little snow this winter, and temperatures already into the 50’s.
I’m glad the weather cooled off because warm weather would not have been helpful for the recent alumni event at my alma mater, the annual ice bar. I had never been before. I was hoping to go this year though, and that my husband would be willing to go with me. He agreed to give it a shot so we could have a night out together. I know it takes a lot of courage for Steve to go to these types of events, and and not knowing what to expect, you could say we were both a bit nervous. Luckily, a couple of my friends attended so we were able to connect with them, and of course, it being an Ice Bar and all, there was plenty of “liquid courage” flowing.
I had a great time! The food was decent. I wasn’t a fan of the oyster though. I tried raw oysters for the first time. The man serving them said he’d suggest putting lemon on it since it was my first one. In retrospect, I think that “don’t chew” would have been a better first-time tip… I think I may have known that I shouldn’t, but when I put it in my mouth, I kind of thought “hmmm.. this is pretty big, maybe I should chew it…” It turns out, that wasn’t a great idea though, insta-gag. I managed to get it down though, and the flavor wasn’t bad, but that weird texture and noise when I bit down… nope, definitely not a fan! The martini wasn’t great either, in fact, it was rather terrible but at $10, you bet I drank it!
I really enjoyed sitting by the fire and that every time I looked over, Steve was there. I was glad my friends came. Most of all though, I was thankful that Steve came with me and we were able to have a good time together.
Steve was so cute, he made sure he smelled extra nice, and had me pick out which watch he would wear for the evening. (We’ve been married for almost 9 years, and he still makes me blush and my heart melt.) I know he is not a fan of having his picture taken, so it was quite lovely and convenient that they had hired a photographer for the event (which is also something else that made me smile so big here). I know it takes a lot of courage for Steve to go to these types of things, and I really appreciated all of the effort he made to be present with me and make sure we could have a good time together. I was on cloud 9, and couldn’t stop smiling for quite some time after.